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Does Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) 4.2 and VMware View Support XP Theme Passthrough for End Users

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In a nutshell, I have a VMware View 4 (soon to be 4.5) environment and am utilizing Sun/Oracle thin clients. These thin clients are managed by a Solaris 10 (SPARC) Sun Ray management server, which has the following software installed:

Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) 4.2
Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS (SRWC) 2.2
Sun Ray Connector for VMWare View Manager (SRVC) 1.2

The system functions fine, as I can log onto the thin clients and connect to my VMware View Windows XP image. Unfortunately, it appears that the Sun Ray server is stripping the visual themes out of the image. The standard Windows XP theme and background are removed and I receive the old, blocky, and dull original Windows theme.  When I go to manually change the theme, there are no others to choose from.  

Is there a way to pass themes through to end users so my XP image looks a little more modern, or is what I am experiencing a permanent feature aimed to improve desktop loading/performance on the thin clients?
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The Sunray connection broker to the a View desktop uses Sun's version of RDP so I guess you are seeing a configuration limit of this connection.

These are configurable options most of which are set to disabled to improve performance. Check here for parameters. http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3dot1/VDI+Defaults

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THANKS! That is exactly what I was looking for! Using the the arguments,       -E theming and -E wallpaper allowed the Sun Ray servers to pass through our custom desktop background and theme onto our Windows XP image. End users now have a visually pleasing desktop!
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