This page serves to collect links to resources I’ve found useful (or think to be useful) to some aspect of working in the virtual desktop/end-user computing space. Full truth disclosure: some of this is simply keeping up with pages I cycle between finding and losing again.
- Windows lifecycle fact sheet
Includes end of support dates for Windows desktops operating systems, including the various versions of Windows 10.
- Windows 10 release information
Tracks releases and revisions for each of the Windows 10 servicing options.
- VMware KB 2149393 “Supported versions of Windows 10 on Horizon 7 Including All VDI Clones (Full Clones, Linked Clones, Instant Clones) (2149393)”
Supported versions of Windows 10 for each version of Horizon 7 & 6.
- VMware KB 51663 “Windows 10 Guest OS support FAQ for Horizon 7.x and 6.x (51663)”
FAQ cover support plans for Windows-as-a-Service release model.
Graphics Testing Testing and Tools
- Jeremy Main’s GPUProfiler
Track GPU (as well as CPU and RAM) usage while running applications.
- Magnar Johnsen’s GPUSizer
Particularly useful for matching active workloads to vGPU profiles. Also shows GPU API usage (Direct X and OpenGL on the graphics side and CUDA and OpenCL on the GPGPU size).
- Remote Display Analyzer (Bram Wolfs and Barry Schiffer)
Recent 2.0 release features support for VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft’s remote display protocols.
“Workloads” and Fun Stuff
Some of these might be a stretch to call workloads, but none-the-less, fun to play around with.
- Anna Kendrick – Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”) on YouTube
Multitude of plainly visible shots where sounds (claps, cups on table, bells) are produced can be used to verify audio and video streams are staying synchronized.
- Big Buck Bunny (standard, 4k60fps) on Youtube
Assuming you have the hardware, gives you some options on video quality to play/compare.
- WebGL Aquarium
- HelloRacer (Interactive WebGL race car)
- Unigine Benchmarks (Heaven, Valley, Superposition)
Several publications and demos of GPUs within VDI make use of either Heaven of Valley. Note that the licensing level required for command line automation changes between Valley and Superposition.
- Standard Performance Evaluations Corporation (SPEC) Graphics and Workstation Performance Group‘s benchmarks (SPECviewperf and SPECwpc plus many single application benchmarks)