I would like to implement a very fast Windows Vista 64-bit workstation that will run a demanding AutoCAD application. The preferred platform is MS Vista Business 64-Bit on an Intel I-7 (gaming) platform. Using this combination of software and hardware the workstation supports 8 CPUs and up to 16GB of RAM. I would like to share this system between multiple users but (for licensing compliance) only allow 1 concurrent user at a time. I have confirmed that it is possible to support this scenario using the native RDP (hosting) capabilities of Vista. Clients could connect as an administrator and control this workstation remotely accross a LAN one user at a time.
My concern is the apparent video performance bottleneck imposed by RDP client. Is there any superior way to support the proposed scenario other than what I've outlined. I am comfortable using VM Workstation 6.5 as well as VM ESXi but neither of these products will come even close to supporting the number of processors that a physical Vista machine is capable of supporting. Is there any other remote client software that offers super-fast video performance over a LAN other than RDP? Is PC Anywhere, for example, any faster?