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VmWare View - deployment question

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We are considering using VMWare View in order to move our current desktop infrastructure to VDI.
 
We would like to move into a workstation pool model which will work well for the company. We are looking at running thin clients as the end points and allow them to access to a pool of VD.
 
From a licensing perspective would it be possible to run 400 thin clients and have them access a pool of 300 VDs (Win7)?  

Anyone is currently doing something similar and would like to share his/her experience, tips, suggestions?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, what you propose is do-able. We have deployed many large implementations of VMware View for clients using thick PC and thin clients to access the pool.

You will first need to scale your infrastrcuture correctly, for 300 VDI desktops. Select the correct Thin Client, and decide on whether to use Local Disk or SAN for storage of 300 VDI desktops.

Have you also decided whether to do Floating or Dedicated Pools?

Have you evaluated VMware View 4.6 yet?

Have you created a Proof of Concept?
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by:llarava
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Hi,

We are going to wait for View 5. According to VmWare will be released this Sept 14th.

We are considering using thick PCs with as the  "thin clients" --> What did you guys use as the thin software client that sits on top of the thick PC?

Also you mention "use Local Disk" vs "SAN Storage" - what do you mean by use local disk?

Finally do you have any baseline templates for us to follow in order to run a basic proof of concept?

 
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It depends on what you want to do, some clients that have had the rights to transfer licenses, because they've used Volume copies of XP of Windows 7, have transferred the licenses from the PCs to the View Environment. By replacing the PC OS with 2X Thin Client Server, which does not require a Windows License, and it has a client to connect to the VMware View Pool.

other clients have just used the existing Windows PCs, and installed the VMware View client.

SAN or Local Server Storage for storing the VDI desktops.

I would follow Paul's VMware View 4.5 Guide here for deployment and testing

http://paulslager.com/?p=572
also pay particulr attention to
http://paulslager.com/?p=1140

Here's a Basic POC by 10Zig
http://www.10zig.com/thinclient/vdi-proof-of-concept.php
http://www.10zig.com/images/FirstStepForYourVirtualDesktopInitiative.pdf
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Have you guy done any upgrades on the network side (switches) to accomodate the View/VDI implmentaions? We are currently running 100 Mbps connections on all the end points and 1Gbps on the servers.
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No, not at all.

Only changes to some networks, have been the VPN Gatetways.
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