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VMware View thin clients and Windows 7 embedded

Is there any one out there who has set up Windows 7 embedded on a thin client device to connect into VMware View 5.0 desktops over PCoIP?

What are the reasons for having Windows 7 embedded over using a free O/S for thin client devices?... considering the user would be connected to a Windows 7 view environment anyway.

We are currently looking at the Dell Optiplex FX170 with DeTOS or Windows 7 embedded. Are there other thin clients you could suggest for View?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The advantage of using a Windows 7 OS, is the VMware View Client designed for Windows is the BEST client available on test. VMware View was designed for a Windows platform. The other free opensource Linux client, developed by the community is poor in comparison with the Windows version.

We use Wyse, Dell, 10Zig, igel Windows 7 Embedded Clients, or standard Wyse P20 devices for use with View. If you are looking at free alternatives, please read below, the alternatives we've tested, as free devices.

Generally the VMware View experience is limited in clients available for

1. Window OS
2. Mac OS X

there is a VMware View client available Linux, but our clients we have worked with have had 50/50 Acceptance Tests to create a truley free client to use with View.

Linux client is here

http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/

Clients that we've tried for our Clients

1. Opensource Thin Client
http://thinstation.org/

Disadvantages - Linux based, relies on Open Source VMware View Linux Client. Some clients did not pass performance and acceptance tests.

2. Linux Distro using VMware View Client for Linux
http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/

Disadvantages - Linux based, relies on Open Source VMware View Linux Client. Some clients did not pass performance and acceptance tests.

3. 2X CCOS
http://www.2x.com/os/

Advantages - lightweight, USB flash drive installation, can be used with some Thin Client devices.
Disadvantages - Hardware Support - not all PCs supported.

4. 2X Thin Client
http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/

Advantages - Free, lightweight, can be used with some Thin Client devices.
Disadvantages - Hardware Support - not all PCs supported.
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ams_groupAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments and the links. They are helpful
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