Solved

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

Posted on 2011-09-14
4
315 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
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
0
Comment
Question by:ferranti02
  • 3
4 Comments
 
LVL 118

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
ID: 36538954
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/
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 36538964
You could also use many of the WinPE, BartPE, Linux Live CDROM distributions, that also provide RDP Client.
0
 

Author Comment

by:ferranti02
ID: 36542793
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.
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 36542813
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.
0

Featured Post

How to improve team productivity

Quip adds documents, spreadsheets, and tasklists to your Slack experience
- Elevate ideas to Quip docs
- Share Quip docs in Slack
- Get notified of changes to your docs
- Available on iOS/Android/Desktop/Web
- Online/Offline

Join & Write a Comment

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.5 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, the Windows OS we will install is Windows Server 2016.
Teach the user how to convert virtaul disk file formats and how to rename virtual machine files on datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Review VM disk settings: Migrate VM to new datastore with a thick provisioned (lazy zeroed) disk format: Rename a…
Teach the user how to edit .vmx files to add advanced configuration options Open vSphere Web Client: Edit Settings for a VM: Choose VM Options -> Advanced: Add Configuration Parameters:

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now