Group Policy for Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI)



Update: How to configure a home drive for VDI

If you want to configure your VDI users with a different home drive then there is a new group policy setting called “Set Users Home Folder” which allows you to specify what home drive the user receive. This setting can only be applied to the computer and as such makes it only useful for VDI environments when you want to give users a different home drive. For more information on this setting check out my other blog post https://www.grouppolicy.biz/2012/07/how-to-set-users-home-folder-via-group-policy-in-windows-8/

Summary

You may find that a lot of the setting you apply to your VDI systems are similar to the same policy you have applied to your Remote Desktop Services servers. This is quite true as just with RDS your VDI group policy setting revolve around reducing the overhead of the VDI workstations so you can squeeze the most out of your hardware… That being said, remember that if what you want is higher utilisation of your hardware you are always going to get more users on the same hardware using Remote Desktop Services…

Acknowledgements

I would like to give a big thanks to fellow MVP Darren Mar-Elia (a.k.a. @grouppolicyguy ) for helping me with this post… You can check out his web site at http://www.sdmsoftware.com and his “Optimizing Group Policy in Virtual Desktop (VDI) Environments” TechEd session at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/WCL309

Author: Alan Burchill

Microsoft MVP (Group Policy)

67 thoughts on “Group Policy for Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI)

  1. Havs anyone heard of a way to collect the user profile without installing a agent on the end users machines?

  2. Best article about virtual desktop and group policy best pracice I came across on the internet….
    great article

  3. Need help with a group policy IE 11not saving passwords Load balances servers
    roaming profiles on R2012 R2 , only saves on the first one it was created. any help much appreciated

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