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Recommended optimizations for Desktop Images


Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM)


Once a new Desktop Image has been created, either from Azure Marketplace or from your own Azure VM, we recommend you check a few things with the new Desktop Image.  Microsoft has provided the following guidance for tuning AVD images. Please review these documents and implement the relevant changes on your customer Desktop Images.

The select set of optimizations below are ones that we see most commonly used.

Time zone

Set the system time by powering on the Desktop Image from Nerdio Manager. Remote into the VM using the "/admin" switch of mstsc.exe (e.g. mstsc.exe /v:desktopimage.domain.local /admin) and change the time zone from UTC to what it should be using administrative Powershell and Set-Timezone command.

Enable time zone redirection via local (or group) policy.  

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Device and Resource Redirection > Allow time zone redirection.

Session timeouts

Configure the appropriate session timeouts for your environment using local (or group) policy.

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Session Time Limits.

FSLogix Profiles

FSLogix Profile Containers application can be installed on the Desktop Image or via Nerdio Manager automation during session host creation (default).  If using the default FSLogix automation, do not install FSLogix on the Desktop Image and make sure there are no registry entries in HKLM\Software\FSLogix.

If you prefer to configure FSLogix via Desktop Image, registry or GPO then disable FSLogix on the host pool in Nerdio Manager.

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