what are some of you using these days to prep a gold image before taking a snapshot to deploy?
Would you recommend using the 'Finalize' option provided with: Windows OS Optimization Tool ?
So far, I've been using this script here: VDI Cleanup script I use before sealing any golden image before deployment - vEducate.co.uk.
This is for W10 Pro and Horizon 7 Instant Clones (soon to be Horizon 8 ).
Well it's a combination of different things.
As DefProf doesn't (fully) work anymore with Windows 11 I had to do a couple of things manually, like modifying the start menu. Microsoft stripped many features in that regard and therefore it's best to create a customized menu and use that as a template for all newly created accounts.
I also tried a PowerShell script to remove Bloatware but that didn't work successfully in W11 22H2. Why? Don't know. Setting up first accounts always brought some of the apps back that were supposed to have been removed. Others were gone. Not really transparent, can't recommend.
At that stage the login time for a new account (all VDI machines are non-persistent Instant Clones) took app. 45-50 seconds.
Then I used the VMware OS Optimization Tool and received the best results with that. I generalized the image afterwards and got the logon time reduced by roughly 50 %, making it way more bearable to log on to a completely new Desktop each time. So far it looks good, even if the logon screen now shows "Updatig Store App xx of 56..." (didn't do that before, but stil much faster so I'll just go with it).
I did the optimization with OSOT and now I have the black screen problem.
When the user logs in to the desktop, they have a black screen for 20 seconds, then the desktop appears and the login takes about 50 seconds.
Has anyone had this problem before?
We create Golden images with MDT, with autodeploy to our pools.
In the task sequence we are running Finalize 2 times:
When this is finished, we run a couple of others tasks, and then we run Finalize again before the Golden image is shutting down for Clone and snapshot before automatic deployment: