XP - under VMWare - Multi Monitor

Erik Whiteway
Erik Whiteway used Ask the Experts™
I'm looking to move some old process machines to VMware (for new hardware).

Issue is they each drive 2 monitors.  And there are 2 machines per desk (4 monitors total).

So my question is:

What is the best way to get VMware to open a single machine on 2 monitors (as 2 monitors) when the guest is XP?

I wasn looking at RDP - but it seems to use all the monitors or just 1 - I need to open on 2 of the 4.

Is there a different console I should be using? Right now I am using VShere Client with and ESXi host (right now 4.1 - but it will be a new machine so I can go up to any version).

The machines on the desktop are planned to be Windows 7 with 4 monitrors (2 USB)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Unfortunately, the console only supports a single monitor, and originally designed for viewing a guests console for diagnostics, not for general usage.

Using the console provides poor user experience.

 vSphere supports VDI solutions that can support multiple monitors but not via the console, via clients.

RDP is an option which supports spanning.

Otherwise as this is a Desktop OS you are wanting to virtualise the Best Option would be to investigate VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop which support 4 or 6 monitors or more via PCoIP VMware View Client or Citrix Client.
You can force RDP to open over 2 monitors (if you have more then 2) using commmand line switches:

mstsc /w:2048 /h:768 /v:<servername>

That will work for our purpose
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