Remote Desktop Solution

Greetings Experts,

This is my first inquiry here and I've searched up/down for some help before dropping this post.

I need some help with selecting the right approach to provide virtual desktops to about 20 end-users for remote access / snow days.

Our server infrastructure is entirely virtualized:  3 ESX 4.0, 1 Dell PE (running vcenter & backups), plenty of iSCSI storage.

I was hoping to use RDS but I am not sure how (or if possible) to redirect/broker the incoming connections to the VMware-VMs.  Is this possible?  I am hoping to complete this without the purchase of 3rd party tools.

I have read-up on the Microsoft RDS solution and cannot determine if it's capable of brokering connections to non-Hyper-V VMs.  If this is not possible, can I deploy Hyper-V VMs on a virtualized server?  (double virtualization).

Thanks for your thougts and if you would like additional info, just ask.  

Thanks,
Mike
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
here are some articles and whitepapers for you to browse through to make a decision on whether todo, VDI or Session Based (RDS or TS).

http://www.pqr.com/images/stories/Downloads/whitepapers/vdi%20smackdown.pdf

http://www.wtslabs.com/Downloads/TSAtoZ.pdf

Please ask questions.

You cannot nest, VMs under Hyper-V under VMware.

You could use VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop with VMware.
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mdsurfriderAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  The first doc was exceptional.  After comparing the capabilities and given my current architecture, I'm leaning toward VDI.  Do you have any experience or general opinions about  VDI-in-a-box by Citrix?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, Citrix Xendesktop is a very good, cost effective VDI solution, compatible with VMware ESXi/VMware vSphere vCenter Server.

But ask the question do you really need VDI for "snow days".

As for experience, many many years!
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mdsurfriderAuthor Commented:
Fair question.  We have been using Citrix for ~ 5 years and have run into massive problems deploying AutoCAD (Engineering Firm) to users both in the field, on travel and the snow days, etc.  

We have found that AutoCAD runs fine on VMware Win7 machines, thus the driver to move toware a solution like this.  The hope is that we can transition to VDI for the cost of the current, under-utilized, Citrix deploymetn.

Thoughts/ideas/suggestions?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ah, one our favourite (difficult) applications, in a Citrix environment!

How are you currently accessing your Windows 7 VMs? via RDP via LAN?

Biggest issue with accessing Remote solutions, is bandwidth into the organisation remotely?

you may want to look at a product called TSPlus (http://tsplus.net/), very inexpensive Remote Desktop solution.

It depends how advanced and involved your users get with AutoCAD. You may want to consider PCoIP (VMware View) which gives a much better VDI experience.
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mdsurfriderAuthor Commented:
We have 10MB dedicated optical to the Internet.  With < 20 users, we should be fine.  Thank you for all you help.
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