Mastering VDI Templates updated for Windows7 and PCoIP

I have just uploaded an updated version of my Mastering VDI Templates spreadsheet. This is the 3rd version of the document and adds Windows 7 specific customisations and few additional PCoIP configuration settings.

Amongst the new item are:

  • Disable copy/paste using PCoIP
  • Configure PCoIP virtual channels
  • Change Startup Check Disk (Win7)
  • Disable updates to the Last Access Time stamp (Win7)

    Download the updated version here:  spreadsheet


    The spreadsheet is Open Source, and anyone is welcome to make improvements and I will merge, track changes and upload it again.


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      • Louw on 06/17/2010 at 11:04 pm


      Is the WinXP and Win7 customizations cumulative?


      • Andre Andriolli on 06/18/2010 at 8:11 am

      Thanks, Andre!

    1. @Louw The Win7 customizations are cumulative, however some WinXP customizations do not apply to Win7. I will provide the segmentation for the next release.

      • Tomas on 11/18/2010 at 6:40 pm

      maybe you have Mastering VDI Templates for WindowsXP and PCoIP spreadsheet too?

    2. Thomas, you may use the same spreadsheet as it contains mostly information related to Windows XP.

      • Melissa on 03/04/2011 at 5:17 am

      Hey Andre! Please excuse my ignorance but it’s only my 2nd week at VMWare so i’m still in “stupid question” mode! What does it mean in Column D where you have written “Not Configured” for the attributes listed under VMWARE VIEW 4 GROUP POLICY OBJECTS (GPO). I have a customer looking to implement some of those GP objects using View, but they don’t know how. Thanks!

    3. @Melissa
      “Not Configured” means that the specific GPO option is not configured and the Default setting specified by the GPO will be used. You can find what the Default setting is looking at the description when editing the GPO.

      The Admin Templates must be loaded into a new GPO, and they will be found at %program files%\vmware\vdm\broker\extras (or something similar).

      I hope that helps, however you can find more information on VMware View Installation Guide.

      • Nigrod on 08/07/2012 at 3:18 am

      Hi- i notice in the doc you have Network Local Awareness to be disabled.
      Is this the same as Network Location Awareness on Windows7- if so I advise not to disable-
      this causes a Protocol error in the view administrator.
      Also see here from the vmware forums-

    4. @Nigrod
      Thanks for the update. VMware may have started using Network Location Awareness in newer releases of VMware View.


      • Eric H. on 01/02/2013 at 7:29 am

      Afternoon Andre,

      Apologies for slightly off topic post… Do you have any discussion points on how to manage load on the SMB/CIFS Sorage Servers for the Desktop Redirected Folders and Profile Managememt? I have just joined a new site with 5K View Desktops… Theyre wanting to Depoly DFS to increase the bandwidth to the saved profiles etc…. Doesnt make sense


    5. Eric,

      Profile settings are very light. What put the load on the solution is the folder redirection. As far as storage performance and replication goes it really comes down to what your users are saving in their redirected folders. It’s common to set a maximum share per user to ensure they don’t overrun the storage capacity and cause replication issues.

      As an example, in my consulting experience I have seen user placing Outlook PST files in redirected folders, causing the file to be replicated every time outlook is closed.

      In saying that, Windows DFS works well and is a good way to replica profiles.
      I wrote about it in VMware View Disaster Recovery Scenarios & Options

      I hope that helps,

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