Mastering VDI Templates updated for PCoIP and View4

I have updated and uploaded a new version of my Mastering VDI Templates spreadsheet.

The new version has some corrections and adds the VMware ADM Templates for Group Policies Objects, including some non-documented PCoIP settings (at least I could not find anything on VMware documentation).


Some very interesting discussions from my last post on how this should evolve; perhaps adding the VDI costs on the infrastructure (I/O, CPU cycles etc.) for each of the settings or creating a desktop services strategy which defines the service economics to drive the kind of desktops one will be providing.

The spreadsheet is Open Source, ANYONE please feel free to make changes and improvements and I will merge, track changes and upload it again.

Download the new version here:  spreadsheet

If you are interested in Desktop Service Strategy I recommend reading Steve Chambers article.

Thanks to all bloggers who produced the content for this collection of customisations for VDI Templates.

Windows XP Performance Guide for View from TCPDUMP
Building a great VDI ready Windows from GabesVirtualWorld
Creating a VDI Windows XP Template from Quest
Optimized XP Virtual Machine for VDI Template Checklist from VMETC
Creating a VDI template from Virtuall

Have Fun


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  1. Have you seen all the settings in the ProjectVRC papers? Lots of stuff from Ruben in there.


  2. I guess my document is more in line with one of the items of Project VRC.

    “Which performance optimization on the host and guest virtualization level can be configured, and what is the impact of these settings on user density?”

    I wish I as an academic with time to do these researches.

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    • Breisch on 02/04/2010 at 9:01 am

    I have a question about aligning the User Data Disk.
    When creating the Master template, you are only dealing with the OS disk.
    When deploying that template to users and adding the option to create a separate disk for the user data, there doesn’t seem to be any way to align that disk.
    Basically it deploys the vm as a linked clone computer from the master image and then creates a second disk on that vm. Once the second disk is added, it automatically partitions and formats the disk and adds it as a D drive on the computer.
    VMWare has no clue how to perform a partition alignment on that particular disk.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Breisch,

    I haven’t seen any documentation on that.
    Being said that, in most of my designs the User Disks will seat in a different datastore and this datastore is normally hosted in a Tier 2 or 3 LUN with slower disks such as SATA. User Data disks do not require the same performance and I/O throughput as the system disk do, therefore I don’t think it is that important to correctly align User Data disks.
    Anybody else with thoughts on that?

    • kopper on 03/31/2010 at 5:44 pm

    really great article

    I am just starting working at this VDI stuff where I see or I see these GPO Settings on my Active Directory server or in my Windows XP machine? if not tell me how

    • Andre Andriolli on 06/17/2010 at 7:31 am

    This is the best View reference for VDI templates I’ve seen so far!

  5. @Andre

    Thanks. I’m planning an updated version for the next couple days.

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