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Basic steps installing VMware view and Microsoft Lisensing

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Hi

I have studied a little the View but I wonder beside web guides I found what are the basic Steps installing the View?

I have a ESXi 5.1 host platform with SBS 2011 Prem addon (two Win Servers). If (when) needed I can upgrade ESXi 51 to vSphere.

1. What are the minum components I need to install.
2. Can I use for virtual Desktops Micosoft PKC/FPP/OEM lisences or should both the OS and Office licenses be Volume Licenses?

I'll try to keep the system as simple as possible.

There would be only max 8 virtualiced Desktops.
Is there a low cost system to boot physical PCs directly to view?

If for some reason the View setup is way too complex for this case what about VM Win7 WSs installed on ESXi.?The only way to use them is to boot the computer to the physical OS and then have RDP session to VM Win7?
The PCs are rather old and we wonder if view (among some other benefits) would be a way to delay the purchace of new PCs.

Thanks,

Juha
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I think you may find, that 8 desktops, VMware View, maybe a little OTT!

VMware View 4.5 install (similar to 5.1)

http://paulslager.com/?p=572

It would be easier to create 8 Windows 7 Desktops, and get your users to RDP to each defined private dekstop! (and cheaper!)
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Thanks

Checked from dictionary: OTT means way too complex system for only 8 desktops (Over the Top), right? Is it terrible iea to setup View for only 8 desktops?

The link seemed to be perfect to evaluate more.

Is VMware vCenter Server mandatory or will vSphere Client provide basic functions needed?

Thanks,

Juha
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, sorry, it's a lot of configuration and servers for 8 desktops, also cost! (unless you've got it for free).

You will need a vSphere vCenter Server for VMware View.

But if you are a single server ESXi (for free), 8 Desktops of Windows 7, RDP, there is very little requirement for vCenter Server.

vSphere Client can manage a single ESXi server.
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by:RimFire007
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Thanks

We will forget View regarding this project. We will install on ESXi 5.1 (or vSphere) platform some Win7 VirtualMachines (VMs) and they will be accessed via RDP.

VMware licenses would cost way over 5000€ and it is too much for this scenario.

Rgs,

Juha
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