VMware Horizon View – Setup 2012R2 RDS Template, Optimize Windows

Welcome to my VMware Horizon View series, how I setup “View” in my LAB. In this sub-session I will describe how I optimized my Server 2012R2 RDS template.

After I finished installing applications and agents in my previous session, I’m now ready to optimize the template using, among other, VMware OS Optimization Tool. This can be downloaded from: https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-os-optimization-tool

I will also configure some local group-policies and do some optimizations with SDelete and the vdi-cleanup script from: https://www.plonius.com/single-post/2017/07/20/VDI-cleanup-script—the-decisive-factor

 

VMware OS Optimization Tool

When I start VMware OS Optimization Tools for the first time I check for updates before I proceed. Updates are found under the Public Templates section:

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Next, I’ll make a copy of the template I’m going to use, WindowsServer 2008-2012, click “Copy and Edit”

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I give my template a new name

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I select my new template and change %USERPROFILE%\..\Default User\NTUSER.DAT to %USERPROFILE%\..\MANDATORY.V4\NTUSER.MAN.

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Next, I analyze which recommended system optimizations to apply

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Based on the recommendations from the optimization tool, I run “Optimize”.

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Finally I reboot the VM after optimizations are done.

 

Local Group Policies:

Open Local Group Policies MMC

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I edit the following options as follows:

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SDELETE

From an administrative cmd-prompt I run “sdelete64 -z c:”

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VDI-Cleanup

I first download the vdicleanup.bat and run this from an administrative cmd-prompt. This script basically takes care of all cleanups that needs to be done and shuts down the VM when it’s done, very nice!

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That concludes my session about how I optimized my Windows 2012R2 RDS template. My next logical step will be to prepare the template for use with my instant clone pool, covered here: VMware Horizon View Setup Template – Prepare for usage with Horizon View

 

Recommended reading:

VMware Tech Zone: Creating an Optimized Windows Image for a VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop

VDI cleanup script – the decisive factor by plonius.com

 

VMware Horizon View – Setup 2012R2 RDS Template

VMware Horizon View planning, deployment etc.

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.