With VMware View 4, which OS should be used on Thin Client?

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I am going to use View 4 for Virtual desktop. Assume I will buy Wyse Thin Client. I am familiar with Windows OS. On Wyse website, it lists Thin client with Linux, Windows CE, Windows XPe, or windows Embedded. Which OS should I go with, or choose no OS at all? Am I supposed to install View Client on the Thin client machine? If there is no OS, how to install View Client?
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Hey "danyangz"...ok, I'm in the middle of a nite-time project, but didn't wanna leave ya hangin'. I'll post as soon as I have just a bit more time...sorry :(

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Hi, Thanks for letting me know. That's very nice of you. I will check here often. I really appreciate your advice.
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OK..whilest I'm working, I went ahead and plugged my tech to see what we're doing at the moment; at the moment, we are doing the same thing...running a base OS on the client PC (we are at the moment using PCs), and then have a VM pushed out to the hardware. So yes, we have a client on XP. BUT...there is a way to have it as I mentioned earlier, but not sure how that works with the View client/agent not on the target thin client. We are actually testing that out now. I'll do a bit of research on how this is done and let you know.

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If you could give me more information, that will be great. You say you are running base OS on the client PC. Is the base OS a Windows XPe or Windows Embedded?
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No...XP SP3; I know my guy tested the pano logic device. When he gets in, let me see what he did with that as far as no base OS....

~coolsport00
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Ah...ok...just found out some good info "danyangz". To have your clients have no OS directly on them, what happens is the thin client (we tested with Pano logic boxes) comes with an Management tool (Pano Manager) that 'connects' the IP/MAC address of the Pano box to the VM. It works something similar like the Connection Broker...and it conjunction with it. We're still in the testing infancy phase, so I know this doesn't sound too clear. The main thing is it is a techology that is used, but isn't solely something down within VMWare View alone.

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I see. That's very clear. Apparently, Pano is one solution for this. I am wondering other choices like Wyse terminal, since they are the longest in the business.

Thanks  a lot for the information. it's very helpful.

danyangz
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No prob...more testing needed. I would think so tho....

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yes, absolutely.

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coolsprot00 is very cool!

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