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How to setup a public KIOSK using VMware?

I was wondering if it would be possible to setup a linux guest  on ESXi and use it for a KIOSK?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Could you explain in more detail what you would like to do in KIOSK mode?

Is ESXi just being used for a single machine?
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victordrAuthor Commented:
well i have two windows xp PC's that i have setup to  auto login and they launch IE in full screen and directs the person to a job application website.

 the ESXi host i am running has several VM's on it.

 What i am looking to do is replace the PC's with thin clients that  RDP into a VM for the KIOSK application.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, what you propose, Linux distros can be installed as VMs, you can use RDP autologin, single click logins to connect via RDP.
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victordrAuthor Commented:
What distro would you reccomend? I am not familar with Linux.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Distros are really a personal choice, but Unbuntu, Centos or Mint are all very good.
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bill_lynchCommented:
You would install a linux kiosk in a VM just as you would a physical machine:

Fedora has a distro:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Kiosk

But so does Ubuntu and others.  
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victordrAuthor Commented:
So on the XP KIOSK i have it  setup to load the local IIS server for a custom interface with the current job postings. These links point to an external website.

 Would this be possible? Can we configure the local web server on this linux distro to do this?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, but you would have to use Apache?

Just curious if this is all working with XP, why the change to Linux?
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victordrAuthor Commented:
We had one of the PC's die and i don't have any old replacements. I just want to impliment a thin client and not have to worry about a PC.
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bill_lynchCommented:
Could you use a P2V converter to make the existing XP Kiosk a virtual machine?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
But this would be easier for you to implement a virtual XP computer, than a linux VM as you are not familiar with Linux, you could also P2V a computer very quickly.

You would also have to install RDP server for Linux as well to connect to it via RDP?
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victordrAuthor Commented:
ahhh hah! that may work, but it has OEM XP on it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ok OEM is not transferable.

But quicker to setup a new XP than Linux, if you have no Linux skills, stick with what you are familiar with.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
or legal to P2V OEM, you could try but it would require reactivation, which is likely to fail. But XP retail is now very cheap.
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bill_lynchCommented:
I've never done it but there are directions out there on converting XP OEM to retail, for example:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-change-windows-xp-version-between-retail-oem-and-volume-license-channel/

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JRoyseCommented:
i was looking at http://www.thinstation.org/ for a think-client OS
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
4. Points Split
Which answers the original question proposed.
"setup a linux guest  on ESXi and use it for a KIOSK"

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victordrAuthor Commented:
Yes sorry about that hanccocka.. how do i split the points?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Mods are monitoring, so they'll see to it.
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