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Written by Siva   
Saturday, 06 November 2010 18:34


We are using Microsoft Windows 7 as the virtualized desktop platform because many organizations consider Windows 7 deployments in a virtual desktop environment. When used in conjunction with Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy Objects, Windows 7 proves to be highly customizable, flexible, and stable.

The basic image configuration consists of a Windows 7 32-bit image configured as follows:
• 2GB of RAM
• 40GB thin-provisioned hard disk assigned as drive C:
• LSI SCSI controlled
• VMXnet3 NIC
• No floppy drive
• CD/DVD set to Client Device
• Video card memory set to 128MB
• VMware Tools and VMware View Agent installed

The following applications are removed:
• Indexing
• Media Center
• Windows DVD Maker
• Tablet PC Components
• Windows Gadget Platform
• Windows Search

The following features and services are disabled because they are not applicable to the environment:
• Bit Locker
• Disk Defragmenter
• Home Group Services
• IPv6
• Security Center
• Themes
• Windows Defender
• Windows Firewall
• Windows Update

The following registry setting changes are made:
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Controll\Terminal Server\WinStations RDP-Tcp set to 0x00000004
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Disk TimeOutValue=REG_DWORD:0x000000be

Other miscellaneous configuration options are set as follows:
• Disable IPv6
• Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
• Set background to Solid Color
• Set screensaver to None
• Set Sounds to No Sounds
• Set Windows 7 Basic Theme
• Open Windows Internet Explorer 8 and set homepage to default internal Web site
• Disable messages regarding virus protection
• Disable Check for solutions to problem reports
• Disable Automatic Computer Maintenance
• Disable Allow users to browse for troubleshooters
• Disable Allow troubleshooting to begin immediately when started
• Set Visual Effects to Best Performance
• Change Power Settings to High Performance with no sleep timer
• Turn off System Protection on drive C
• Set No GUI Boot through msconfig.exe
• Disable Windows Updates
• Disable System Notifications regarding Windows Firewall
• Disable automatic defragmentation schedule

After the image is configured, applications such as Microsoft Office are installed, and the Windows 7 VM is licensed and activated. As a last step of configuring the base image, temporary files are deleted and the machine powers off.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 November 2010 18:36


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