Xen desktop with ipad

We are planning to implement iPads in the classroom. We have about 12 trainee's in each room. Can we deliver ONE windows 7 desktop created on the xen set to all 12 trainee's simutainiouly, or do we need to create 12 different desktops each with their own configs, applications and separate licences?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can.

You can maintain one master copy of desktop images while preserving the personalization that users need.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Citrix, refer to it as Single Instance Management.
r00tsAuthor Commented:
That's great, so cost wise, one licence purchase for OS and applications will be sufficient?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, you still must purchase sufficient licenses to cover 12 users. Using Citrix XenDesktop does not allow you to get around Microsoft Licensing.

You create one static image with OS and Applications, and users connect to this XenDesktop, so all would connect to their own, but the configuration would be identical.
r00tsAuthor Commented:
Thanks again for the prompt response, generally what spec server should I use for flawless delivery to 12 concurrent users, using multimedia websites and office applications?. Thanks again
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Dell, HP Dual Processor, Quad Core, 8 - 12GB.

Citrix recomends

For Windows 7: 2 GB of RAM per VM, and 1vCpu.
For Windows XP: 1 vCPU/1GB each

To review the requirements of XenDesktop 5.5 please visit:


Rob KnightConsultantCommented:

For such a low number, look at www.terminalservicePlus.com - Citrix alternative which can be run on a number of OS (even Windows desktops -run 5 users per desktop with powerful processor/ram).


r00tsAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much for all of the help so far. Just one last one before i close it. IF we wanted to deliver the desktop to our old machines (because we may not have enough ipads to go round).

How do we install citrix receiver on the old Pentium machines?
Do we install it on the current operating system?
Does this mean double licencing? (base OS then the virtual delivered OS)

Thanks a million
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, install the Citrix Reciver client on ANY PC, that a user needs access to a virtual desktop.

You will need to have license for the desktop they connect to, and you must have a license for the desktop they are connecting from.


Depending on the amount of Microsoft licenses, you may want to install linux on those pcs and then install the Citrix Receiver.

We do that a lot, and save some licenses. Take in consideration that for connecting to a Windows desktop (VDI) you need to have software assurance from Microsoft or Microsoft VDA licences, wich are not really licenses, are more like a fee for the connection.

For the VDA the payment is annually.
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