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Desktop Virtualization - Successes and Failures

I am working on a project that encompasses the virtualization of my company's desktop infrastructure. Presently, I am looking at several technologies to accomplish this:
(HP CCI Blades with VMWare for the 1 to 1 aspect, VMWare on HP Blade Servers for the Many to 1 aspect, and presentation of a desktop through Citrix).

I've been reading a lot in the forums as of late, but would like to hear from anyone who has successfully (or not so successfully) implemented any or all of these technologies. If any group can provide this type of insight, I figured TR people can.

My main interest lies in the bullet points below:

1. Using repurposed PCs (preferrably with no hard drive, but a bootable USB drive or CD) until these fall off the warranty. This drive would present them with nothing more than the broker to get them into their session. Reason being, if I am doing a VDI type solution, I really don't want to have to pay MS for the OS license twice.

2. The potential for doing something similar for remote clients, so they can be presented with only an Internet connection to get them into our VPN so they can be presented the virtual session broker.

3. The viability of using a linux flavor kernel on said machines, whether from a thumb drive or CD or a solid state HDD, and providing only what the end user will need to connect.

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by Jaqui In reply to Desktop Virtualization - ...

set up the server(s) with linux and use pxe boot?
most distros support that.
a single system with linux installed, and every user can network boot from it.
[ as long as the workstation bios supports network boot ]

edit to add:

windows or macos, you have to buy a license for every system accessing the os.

linux, the bsds and open-solaris, no license required*.


* apparently, RHEL and Suse Enterprise do require licenses, but they aren't worth the money anyway.

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