Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-20

In a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment, the virtual machines and the user’s local computer must meet the requirements outlined in this section.

Refer to your virtualization solution provider for details about how to install and deploy the virtualized environment. For information about deploying a virtualized environment based on Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services, see the following articles in the Microsoft TechNet Library:

The following are requirements for the virtual machines running on the data center computer:

The following are requirements for the user and the user’s local computer:

To configure Remote Desktop Connection settings

To prepare Remote Desktop Connection in Windows for the Lync VDI plug-in, follow these steps.

  1. If the local computer is running Windows 8, skip this step. If the local computer is running Windows 7 with SP1, install the latest Windows 8 version of the Remote Desktop Services client, available at

  2. Start the Remote Desktop Services client by clicking Start, and then clicking Remote Desktop Connection.

  3. Click Options.

  4. Click the Local Resources tab. Under Remote audio, click Settings, and then do the following:

    • Under Remote audio playback, select Play on this computer.

    • Under Remote audio recording, select Do not record.

    • Click OK.

  5. Click the Experience tab. Under Performance, clear the Persistent bitmap caching check box.

  6. Click the General tab. In Computer, type the name of the virtual machine, and then click Connect.