Is Windows XP (without support) OK as a dumb workstation in a VDI environment?
Posted on 2014-01-18
I previously closed my related question, "What's the best Desktop Virtualization model?" with good answers from Andrew Hancock and Rindi.
Let's say it's a given that users need to use local printers, USB printers, USB devices (iphones, cameras), handheld scanners, scanners, and USB flash drives for documents ... What does that imply about the choice of OS for the workstation? Does this make it a whole lot easier to recommend Microsoft workstations?
The point is that we already have XP licenses for our existing 20 (old) workstations, and the hardware is still working.
Andrew mentioned that "Windows XP can be dumbed down and locked, so it just becomes a Windows XP dumb terminal running RDP."
Summary of this new question:
1. With MS discontinuing support for XP, is it secure to recommend "dumbed-down XP" for the workstations?
2. Is it just a whole lot easier to have XP rather than Linux, in order to avoid issues about locally-connected hardware?