Disabling Windows Defender avoids some I/O operations to the file system and can reduce the growth of an instant clone's or a linked clone's virtual disk.
If Windows Defender is the only anti-spyware installed on the virtual machine, you might prefer to keep Windows Defender active on the desktops in your environment.
The following steps apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8. The steps might vary on different Windows operating systems.
- In vSphere Client, select the parent virtual machine and select Open Console.
- Log in as an administrator.
- Click Start and type Windows Defender in the Search programs and files box.
- Click .
- Deselect Use this program and click Save.