Jack’s VMware OS Optimization Tool

VMware colleague Jack McMichael has released the a tool that helps to optimize Windows 7 desktops for use with VMware Horizon View and VDI in general. The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Since most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization tool can be used to easily disable unnecessary services and features to improve performance.


You can perform the following actions using the VMware OS Optimization Tool:

  • Analyze
  • Optimize
  • Viewing History
  • Managing Template

The tools also include a Remote OS Optimization Tool, which uses the same functionality as the Optimization Tool, but connects to a remote VMware View broker so that remote parent and template VMs can be enumerated and optimized.

Check out Jack’s new tool at the VMware Labs website. Click here.

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.


    • xu on 07/29/2013 at 7:12 pm

    Limit the system language?

    • Phil S on 07/30/2013 at 6:22 am

    Seems to work well and has a nice interface. One issue is that Sysprep does revert some of the changes to services. You can confirm this by running the tool before and after Sysprepping your Gold Image.

  1. Thanks for the feedback Phil – feel free to ping me with specific services and I’ll see if anything can be done to keep sysprep from reverting them. @jackwmc4

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