VMware Horizon 7: Top 5 GPOs you should configure

VMware Horizon GPOs are very powerful in large environments and should be configured to avoid End User performance issues. Here you can find top 5 recommended policies to boost Virtual Desktops performance.

  1. Turn off Build-to-Lossless Feature

    Location

    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> PCoIP Session Variables

    Description

    If this setting is Enabled or Not Configured then the build-to-lossless feature is turned off and images and other desktop content may never build to a lossless state.

    In network environments with constrained bandwidth, turning off the build-to-lossless feature can provide bandwidth savings. If this setting is Disabled then the build-to-lossless feature is turned on; this is recommended for environments that require images and desktop content to be built to a lossless state.

  2. Configure the PCoIP session bandwidth floor

    Location

    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> PCoIP Session Variables
    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> PCoIP Client Session Variables

    Description

    Specifies a lower limit, in kilobits per second, for the bandwidth that is reserved by the PCoIP session.

    This setting configures the minimum expected bandwidth transmission rate for the endpoint. When you use this setting to reserve bandwidth for an endpoint, the session does not have to wait for bandwidth to become available, which improves session responsiveness.

    Make sure that you do not over-subscribe the total reserved bandwidth for all endpoints. Make sure that the sum of bandwidth floors for all connections in your configuration does not exceed the network capability.

    The default value is 0, which means that no minimum bandwidth is reserved. When this setting is disabled or not configured, no minimum bandwidth is reserved.

    This setting applies to the agent and client, but the setting only affects the endpoint on which it is configured.

  3. Configure PCoIP image quality levels

    Location

    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> PCoIP Session Variables

    Description

    Controls how PCoIP renders images during periods of network congestion. The Minimum Image Quality, Maximum Initial Image Quality, and Maximum Frame Rate values interoperate to provide fine control in network-bandwidth constrained environments.

    Use the Minimum Image Quality value to balance image quality and frame rate for limited-bandwidth scenarios. You can specify a value between 30 and 100. The default value is 40. A lower value allows higher frame-rates, but with a potentially lower quality display. A higher value provides higher image quality, but with potentially lower frame rates when network bandwidth is constrained. When network bandwidth is not constrained, PCoIP maintains maximum quality regardless of this value.

    Use the Maximum Initial Image Quality value to reduce the network bandwidth peaks required by PCoIP by limiting the initial quality of the changed regions of the display image. You can specify a value between 30 and 100. The default value is 80. A lower value reduces the image quality of content changes and decreases peak bandwidth requirements. A higher value increases the image quality of content changes and increases peak bandwidth requirements. Unchanged regions of the image progressively build to a lossless (perfect) quality regardless of this value. A value of 80 or lower best utilizes the available bandwidth.

    The Minimum Image Quality value cannot exceed the Maximum Initial Image Quality value.

    Use the Maximum Frame Rate value to manage the average bandwidth consumed per user by limiting the number of screen updates per second. You can specify a value between 1 and 120 frames per second. The default value is 30. A higher value can use more bandwidth but provides less jitter, which allows smoother transitions in changing images such as video. A lower value uses less bandwidth but results in more jitter.

  4. Min Session Bandwith

    Location

    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> VMware Blast

    Description

    Specifies the minimum bandwidth, in kilobits per second, that is reserved for the Blast protocol when remoting a session.

  5. Persona Management

    Location

    Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) -> VMware View Agent Configuration -> Persona Management

    Description

    User Persona Management allows you to centralize End User data. You can configure different policies in order to take advantage of User Roaming & Synchronization and Folder User Redirection. I will discuss this topic in a future post.

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