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We are using VSphere 4.0 U2 in our infrastructure.
We are evaluating VMView 4.0 and have below queries:

1. While using Vmview client migration, we are doing P2V of exiting client PC and and providing the THICK client to the users with Only Windows OS, Antivirus and  View Client. Since the existing PC is being converted to virtual machine which is having all licensed software ( Win OS. Office, Antivirus etc). Do we need to buy additional license for thick client ( Win OS and Antivirus).
2. If yes than  Does VMWare provide any software to behave the Thick client to behave like thin client
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1. Firstly you must check that you are using Retail copies of Windows installed on your Thick Clients.

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

If you have OEM version of Windows, you are in breach of the OEM Licenses, and it's likely the software will require re-activation.

If you transfer the licenses to View, you must have valid licenses for ALL Windows Desktops, and the appropriate seats for your anti-virus.

2. VMware does not provide any software to behave like a thin client. But I can recommend the following that we have used successfully to Thin Client PCs (no WIndows License Required)

a. 2X CloudClient OS (2X CCOS) (free)
http://www.2x.com/ccos/

b. 2x thinclient server
http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/

c. Thinstation
http://www.thinstation.org/

The above do not require a Windows license and will save you money, and purchasing a Windows OS.

If you want to purchase Windows OS licenses for your PC, there is

a. VDI Blaster (not free)
http://www.vdiblaster.com/

b.Windows Thin PC
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/windows-thin-pc.aspx

or you could use any Linux Distro with the Open Source View Client
http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/
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