BriForum 2014 Boston - Richard Agnew - Strategies to Optimize Your VDI OS Gold Images

Presented by Richard Agnew

This session will present in detail, system tools and techniques to optimize windows desktop OS performance and reduce image size resulting in reduced SAN storage requirements. The presentation will start with a generic windows desktop OS installation with all updates applied and describe methodologies to optimize to a final Gold Master Image. 

This process will utilize windows system and third party utilities to:
• Delete Windows update files (750 MB to 2 GB)
• Clean the transactional metadata (typically 750 MB)
• Eliminate Windows junk files (100's of MB)
• Clean, defragment and compact the registry (by as much as 20%)
• Optimize the windows environment for VDI including numerous configuration and registry modifications
• Eliminate unused hidden devices from windows device manager
• Offload antivirus security for virtualized environments to obtain higher operational performance and minimize impact on virtual servers with enhanced scan avoidance and scanning based on overall load of the hypervisor
• Increase VM and application performance by optimizing reads and writes for increased bandwidth to VMs, eliminating application bottlenecks and enabling more VMs on a single physical server. Also presented will be benchmarks before and after optimization. 

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