Because the amount of RAM, CPU, and disk space that virtual desktops require depend on the guest operating system, separate configuration examples are provided for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 virtual desktops.

The example settings for virtual machines such as memory, number of virtual processors, and disk space are VMware View-specific.

The guidelines listed in Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows XP are for a standard Windows XP virtual desktop running in remote mode.

Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows XP

Item

Example

Operating system

32-bit Windows XP (with the latest service pack)

RAM

1GB (512MB low end, 2GB high end)

Virtual CPU

1

System disk capacity

16GB (8GB low end, 40GB high end)

User data capacity (as a persistent disk)

5GB (starting point)

Virtual SCSI adapter type

LSI Logic Parallel (not the default)

Virtual network adapter

Flexible (the default)

The amount of system disk space required depends on the number of applications required in the base image. VMware has validated a setup that included 8GB of disk space. Applications included Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, McAfee Antivirus, and PKZIP.

The amount of disk space required for user data depends on the role of the end user and organizational policies for data storage. If you use View Composer, this data is kept on a persistent disk.

The guidelines listed in Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows Vista are for a standard Windows Vista virtual desktop running in remote mode.

Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows Vista

Item

Example

Operating system

32-bit Windows Vista (with the latest service pack)

RAM

1GB

Virtual CPU

1

System disk capacity

20GB (standard)

User data capacity (as a persistent disk)

5GB (starting point)

Virtual SCSI adapter type

LSI Logic Parallel (the default)

Virtual network adapter

VMXNET 3

The guidelines listed in Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows 7, on an ESX/ESXi 4.1 or Later Host are for a standard Windows 7 virtual desktop running in remote mode.

Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows 7, on an ESX/ESXi 4.1 or Later Host

Item

Example

Operating system

32-bit Windows 7 (with the latest service pack)

RAM

1GB

Virtual CPU

1

System disk capacity

20GB (slightly less than standard)

User data capacity (as a persistent disk)

5GB (starting point)

Virtual SCSI adapter type

LSI Logic SAS (the default)

Virtual network adapter

VMXNET 3

(To use this adapter, you must install Microsoft hotfix patch http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550978 for Windows 7 SP1 or http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2344941 for previous versions.)