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

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

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 the following table are for a standard Windows XP virtual machine desktop.

Table 1. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows XP

Item

Example

Operating system

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

RAM

512MB

Virtual CPU

1

System disk capacity

16GB

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 guidelines listed in the following table are for a standard Windows Vista virtual machine desktop.

Table 2. 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 the following table are for a standard Windows 7 or later virtual machine desktop.

Table 3. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows 7 or Windows 8

Item

Example

Operating system

32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 or later (with the latest service pack)

RAM

1GB (4GB if users must have hardware-accelerated graphics for 3D rendering)

Virtual CPU

1 (2 for 64-bit systems or if users must play high-definition or full screen video)

System disk capacity

24GB (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