Configure VDI Environments

Applies To: WatchGuard EPDR, WatchGuard EDR, WatchGuard EPP

Desktop virtualization environments host virtual machines in a data center that users get access to from a remote terminal. Virtualization environments can centralize and simplify management and reduce maintenance costs.

There are two types of VDI environments:

  • Persistent VDIs — Storage space assigned to each user persists between restarts, as well as installed software, data, and operating system updates.
  • Non-persistent VDIs — Storage space assigned to each user is deleted when the VDI instance restarts. This returns the virtual machine to its initial state and undoes all changes made.

On the VDI Environments page, you define the maximum number of computers that can be simultaneously active in a non-persistent virtualization environment.

To see a list of the non-persistent computers on the network, on the VDI Environments page, click Show Non-Persistent Computers.

Screen shot of WatchGuard Endpoint Security, VDI Environments settings

Configure the Maximum Number of Non-Persistent Computers

Non-persistent computers (both virtual computers and VDI environments) have a very short lifecycle. When you turn them off, they no longer exist. These non-persistent computers use licenses and remain in the WatchGuard Endpoint Security web UI even though they no longer exist.

To avoid this problem, you can create a gold image for non-persistent computers and specify the maximum number of non-persistent computers that can be active simultaneously.

For more information, see Create an Image for Windows Persistent and Non-Persistent Environments

To configure the maximum of non-persistent computers:

  1. From the top navigation bar, select Settings.
  2. From the left pane, select VDI Environments.
  3. Enable the Automatically Manage the Lifecycle of Non-Persistent Computers toggle.

Screen shot of WatchGuard Endpoint Security, Maximum number of non-persistent computers

  1. Specify the Maximum Number of Non-Persistent Computers that Can Be Protected Simultaneously.
    If this number is exceeded, WatchGuard Endpoint Security deletes the non-persistent computer that has been offline for the longest time and releases its license.
  2. Click Save Changes.

See Also

Manage Settings

Create an Image for Windows Persistent and Non-Persistent Environments