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Best Practices

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Avoid Microsoft Outlook while running Virtual Desktop

If you need to check your email while using a virtual desktop, we recommend using Outlook Web Access rather than Outlook.

By default, Microsoft Outlook downloads a copy of all email to the computer it's installed on (in this case, to your virtual desktop). Depending on the size of your inbox, this can be a problem if Outlook needs to transfer a large amount of data to your virtual desktop every time you log on. If you must use Outlook, please change the settings to run in non-cached mode.

Do not work with data while it is on a USB flash drive

  • If you have data on a flash drive, do not work with the data directly while it is on the flash drive. Reading and writing data from a flash drive is much slower than reading and writing from storage in the virtual environment.
  • Copy the data to your Home drive, and work with it there. When finished, copy the data back 
    to the flash drive, if desired. 

Do not try to stream locally connected web cameras 

Although it is possible to connect USB devices to your local machine and access the devices from the virtual machine, streamed webcam traffic does not work with a virtual connection.