We have a SBS2008 Standard server and would like to start replacing desktop computers with thin clients. We would like our 10 employees to be able to access some Internet based web services using Internet Explorer and they need to run three applications that exist on the SBS server. I am confused about our options and required licenses.... Here is our list, I think...
1) We could get thin clients that have a lite version of WinXP embedded in them and they use RDP to connect to the SBS2008 server. How do I give the users access to the three applications that are on the server for them to use? Terminal Services has changed on SBS2008 and I am unsure how to proceed with this option. Microsoft has been talking about releasing a VDI technology soon as a replacement for Terminal Services that uses Hyper-V. Is that what we need on SBS2008?
2) We could get thin clients that connect to a VMware virtual machine that exists on the server. This idea is very easy for me to understand and manage. It also is very well established technology. The point I am wondering about is best practices. If there will be 8 to 10 virtual machines, should I have an SBS2008 server and a separate VMware ESXi server for the virtual machines/desktops? Although there would be two physical servers, this permits full access to SBS' features (i.e. faxing, etc) while permitting migrating to virtual desktops over time. The alternative would be to run VMware ESXi on the physical server, create an SBS2008 virtual machine and the desktop machines. This would work, but I think there is less flexibility for SBS and there is no access to USB and eSata devices, which affects our backup technology.
These are the choices that I know about. There are good thin clients for both... Right now, I am seriously considering the VMware solution since it is scalable, very easy to implement, reasonably priced, and easy to accomplish. What do you think?
Thanks for your ideas and suggestions...