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Preparing Windows for Disk Alignment

If you are installing Windows Server 2000, 2003 or Windows XP on a physical server or desktop, you cannot fix disk alignment at the time of installation with the Windows media. (This is not a problem with Windows 2008 or Windows 7). Once Windows has been installed, there is no way to fix the alignment, it must be done at the time the partition is created. You won't have the proper tools until after Windows is installed.

The Importance of Disk Alignment

Read of a Cluster may cause multiple SAN reads. - VMWare, Inc.

Disk performance is one of the bottlenecks that can adverse affect the performance computer system. This is true if you are running a physical system a Virtual Machine on datastore. All traditional rotating disks are divided into physical sectors. The operating systems and their components operate according to this sector logic. Since virtualization relies heavily on SAN storage, the alignment of the Virtual Machine's disk with the SAN become important. This is known as disk alignment. Some metrics will state a 9-15% improvement in performance with aligned disks vs.

Optimizing Windows 7 for VDI

It amazes me that we are still talking about how to deploy Windows 7 and that XP is still a mainstream OS, and likely will be until we get closer to 2014 when XP support ends. I find Windows 7 to be one of the best versions of Windows. Almost enough to get me to switch from Linux, almost. That said, I do a lot of VMware View work and my VDI clients ask what changes I make to speed up the VDI desktop.

Optimizing Windows XP for VDI

It is important to optimize the desktop for your VDI environment, this is true if your environment is Citrix XenDesktop or VMWare View. This document will outline some of the key changes that need to be made with your desktop. If this is to be your template give it a meaning full generic name such as "xp-template"
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VMWorld 2011

I've been working with VMware since early 2000 and this is my first VMworld. I don't know why I haven't gone sooner. I went this year because all the major releases of VMware products are coinciding at the same time; vSphere 5, vCD (vCloud Director), SRM 5 and View 5 and some new functionality. What I saw at VMworld didn't disappoint.

Virtualization

VMware virtualization is our speciality. We are all certified engineers and architects with the VMware platform and especially vSphere 4. With over 12 years design experience with VMware - we are subject matter experts. A guide can help you with the process of setting up your Data Center, or smaller virtualization environments. Virtualization is one of the fastest growing areas of technology and becoming available to companies of all sizes. This drive is allowing businesses to achieve higher returns on investment, green the datacenter, and unify management.

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