Optimize your VMware VDI template

People who use Horizon View or plan to use it, are always looking for the perfect template configuration. We all ask ourselves, did I turn everything off, did I install all the software which my user need, did I miss some registry entry?

While going through the same thoughts, I came across the VMware OS Optimizing Tool. If you ask me, this is exactly what you need if you want to build a stella template for your Horizon View setup.

The VMware OS Optimizing Tool is for free and helps to optimize Windows 7/8/2008 and 2012. In order to run the software, you will need Windows 7/8/2008 or 2012 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 installed.

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To get started with VMware OS Optimization Tool, download it from here and either start it on your Horizon View template or on a different machine, which can access the Horizon View template.

Once started, you can either run an Analysis of the local machine or of a remote machine:

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If you select Analyze, you have to choose the Optimization Template Name. Select the proper template, based on the OS of your template.
Next, hit the Analyze button and wait a few seconds until you receive the result of your work.

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As shown on the image above, I ran the VMware OS Optimization Tool on my Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise template and it detected 20 un-optimized settings, as the graph in the top right corner shows.
Luckily this tool can automatically fix all u-optimized settings with a simple click on Optimize.

After you ran the optimization wizard, you can take a look under History, which shows you when an optimization task ran and you can rollback to the previous state.

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Overall, the VMware OS Optimization Tool seems like a great tool to keep in your tools repository and come in handy when building a Horizon View template. All optimization made by this tool, are based on the VMware OS Optimization Guide.

 

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