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Having desktop computers boot to VMware IP address to create virtual desktop

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Here i my scenario that i would like to achieve. I have a ESXi 5.0 environment with two hosts. I have converted 1 physical desktop machine and converted to 4 Vmware virtual desktops. We use these machines for training purposes. All that has to be done, is have user RDP to VM and user interacts with machine as normal. I would like to know if its possible to have a PC boot directly into that VM to accomplish this. I was thinking of purchasing 4 new machines, but they arent going to be utilized all the time. Is it possible to make this happen? Or should i just create my own Vmware View environment for testing purposes and training?
Any solutions or recommendations will be welcomed.

Thank you
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, it can be done using the following, all our distributions or Linux, that can be installed on a PC, which replaces the existing Windows OS, and can be set to boot and connect via RDP to a Server or PC running RDP listener or server.

Otherwise any, Thinclient e.g. Wyse Terminal with RDP, can perform the same function.

1. 2X CCOS Cloud Client OS (free)
http://www.2x.com/ccos/

2. 2X ThinClient Server (free, up to three clients)
http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/

3. Thinstation
http://www.thinstation.org/
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You could also use many of the WinPE, BartPE, Linux Live CDROM distributions, that also provide RDP Client.
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Thanks for the prompted response. So your saying that i can have the PC boot into an IP, and that IP is linked to the ESXI hosts with the Virtual VMs, correct.

THanks again.
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Yes, exactly using RDP.

But each PC that boots will connect to a different IP address which is the VM hosted on the ESXi host.

If you want the PC to Boot to the Connection Broker (single IP address) to forward requests to VMs, you will need to use VDI.
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