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SVS and Netbooks/Laptops for Max Performance

Created: 30 Jun 2009 • Updated: 29 Jul 2010 • 6 comments
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As we know, netbooks have started hitting the market with a storm.  However, in my mind, the two biggest factors to look at are performance and battery life, portability not withstanding.

With that said, by using Altiris SVS and by having the ability to deactivate or enable layers dynamically, a user now has the potential for the maximum possible performance on the system.  With a simple right click, you can not only update software or remove a trial version of something, but you can also ensure maximum "clean" performance through this process by not having superfluous software that is not needed at that moment.

Any other netbook, laptop, or tablet users out there using SVS?  My new tablet PC arrives on Friday and I can't wait to test out this theory and see how it performs!

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 There are a few other things that you can do to increase performance. You can, by default, have some or all of your apps disabled. Then you can create custom icons (for Firefox for example). When you click on the custom icon it will activate the layer. You can also set the layer to deactivate on exit. It requires a little work on the backend, but it will be easier than manually activating the layer.

One thing that I have noticed is that the more files you have on your computer the slower it goes. I think your tablet will perform better without all of the layers running all the time, but not as well as a clean machine will. It will be interesting to see how it all works out.

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I have ordered an acer aspire one mini netbook with 8.9" screen and hope to get it this week.
But indeed I will install swv on it and use all software as a layer.
Only activating what i really need.
That will help me keep the book fast.

Regards Erik www.DinamiQs.com Dinamiqs is the home of VirtualStorm (www.virtualstorm.org)

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Definately Erik.  That is what my whole goal is, maximum performance and maximum battery life.

trb48, That is a bloody genius idea!  I never thought about creating the shortcut and editing the link to use the SVS layer.  That is a brilliant idea and I think I want to do that for the labs all over campus too!  Thanks for the tip sir!

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The tablet is up and running with a base image of Vista, SVS 2.1, and layers for Acrobat, Firefox, Slingbox, Java, and Pidgin so far.  It's hard to determine how much extra battery life I am squeezing out of it at the moment since I am always using the damn thing, but even if battery life is the same, it just feels faster since I only activate the layers as necessary.

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Question, I used SVSCMD to create a shortcut which automatically activated the layer, but doesn't actually execute the program.  Are you using a VB Script that encompases the activation and then execution afterwards?

Also, what are you using to deactivate the layer upon program closure?

Thanks fellas!

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Hello people,

I had the same idea like Palvaran for my new thinkpad t400, primary to keep it clean and not so much for performance issues. So I set up a fresh XP and installed about 15 apps inside SVS. When beginning to work with my laptop I realized a constant 25% load in the services.exe process which hosts eventlog & plugandplay. When I disable all SVS layers the load drops to 0%, Enabling just one layer causes ~10% CPU load on a T8400 CPU, almost no matter which layer is activated. I don't know whether there is a specific problem on my machine, but assuming that this is normal SVS behavior, I suppose this is not a way to keep a netbook fast. Actually, I loose about 20-30% of battery life. I am looking forward to hear how this works on your laptop. Has anybody an idea what could be causing the 25% load and whether this is indeed normal?

Best regards

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