Currently we are using Windows 7 and we recompose once a month with Windows updates. We use profile unity to save user settings. Going to Windows 10, I want to just leave the VM's alone and patch and update them with SCCM and avoid the recompose. Also, i want to get rid of profile unity. Anyone see any issues using linked clones as permanent workstations, or stick with full clones?
We have over 1,000 persistent linked clones and it works great. We've been doing this for over 5 years with success but recomposes can be a little disruptive. We are actively implementing Profile Unity and when a recompose is too disruptive to a department we give the pool a persistent disk.
Is this Horizon VDI? If that's the case, I don't recommend having permanent linked clones. That's not what linked clones are designed for. Overtime, as more data is written to linked clones, we've gotten reports of slower performance from customers who've implemented this. We think the reason is because of the data structure that linked clones maintain. It sounds like what you really want is persistent VDI, which is typically served by full clones. Why don't you just deploy full clones to start with?
-Angela Ge, Horizon Product Management
They are dedicated machines and are essentially used as permanent machines. We don't allow the users to install applications and they don't have admin rights (They submit a request and our team that manages the parents will get it added). In addition all of the parents are powered on monthly to run Windows updates/update applications (They had a go at FlexApp but ran into some issues) and then the pools are recomposed. With profile unity and persistent disks our users don't even know when a recompose takes place (This includes our developers that are writing code).
OK, same as what I do basically - monthly recompose. sometimes PU takes too long when users logout, reboot, leading to complaints. Mainly why I want to switch to "static" machines. We don't use the fancy features in PU like profile disk or anything.
We are seeing that same issue with ProfileUnity.
Give persistent disks a try (it redirects the users profile and gives the users a space to save files). It "persists" between recomposes so all of the users settings should remain intact. If you have Horizon Enterprise I would start with Instant Clones and App Volumes user writeable disks (The equivalent of persistent disks). At some point VMware will likely end of life linked clones.
We started with ProfileUnity and then rebuild a few pools with persistent disks. I don't manage ProfileUnity so I'm not sure what all it can do but the users are much happier with persistent disks (Part of the reason we needed persistent disks is because some users have 30 GB+ profiles (It's developer build files that need to run locally) and ProfileUnity would time out doing the synchronization).