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Low cost VDI enabled hardware for replacing old HP workstations ?

Hi guys,

Irrespective which VDI solution that you may have / use (Citrix Xen Desktop or VMware View), what hardware that you are using to reduce the maintenance cost and software management ?

The reason I ask this was that I am trying to reduce the hardware maintenance task and desktop image SOE update in our DR suite where we have 100+ HP desktop is currently offline just in case there is DR situation happening, then the business critical team can start to use it right away.

in the head office we have 300+ workstations, so I'll try to sell the idea to virtualize the DR suite to my CIO as follows:

1. No need to use dedicated HP workstations which require annual SOE image update
2. Reduce the hardware support cost (from using normal HP desktop series) by using PCoIP enabled monitor.
3. user can sit wherever they want to be during the DR situation.

So therefore I guess the DR Fibre Channel link must be upgraded into more than 1 GB dark fibre to accommodate the connectivity to our Data center across the city.
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Albert Widjaja

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

You could create a Linux Desktop, (no OS cost).

Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs fellow VMware vExperts have a good book on the subject

http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-laverick-and-barry-coombs/building-end-user-computing-solutions-with-vmware-view/ebook/product-20368612.html
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Thanks all for the suggestion, I guess that we will just leave the existing old workstation for a while or reformatted with plain vanilla OS to access the remote desktop.
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So in this case, the existing desktop which comes with Windows XP OEM sticker is should be fine to access the VDI virtual machine from the licensing point of view?
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Thanks !