How to improve your Hyper-V lab performance

While looking into Windows IO/Mem performance on a rainy day (i.e. “no golf”), I noticed something that I do in my Hyper-V lab setup that kills performance.

I build new VMs all of the time. Usually they are for a simple test I build with MDT and I throw away the VM after a couple of weeks. I do it so often I don’t really think about it much.

Well when I looked at the performance of the server, I noticed that when I start up a VM, it remembers the virtual CD I used to build it. So parts of the virtual iso file end up getting loaded into memory.

So duh! Got to remember to unmount the iso. Especially on the ones I keep with the snapshots.

By Tim Mangan

Tim is a Microsoft MVP, and a Citrix CTP Fellow. He is an expert in App-V and MSIX.