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Ubuntu as thin client for Hyper-V 2012

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I have a 2 part question

1) Is it a good idea to use Ubuntu as a thin client solution to connect to windows 7 virtual machines on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V (compared to Win7 Thin PC for example). For me the main concern is connecting remotely to Ubuntu from my Windows system for maintenance and support. Is this possible? Any other concerns and /or recommendations for this approach?

2) Other than the license for the Win7 virtual machine do I need any additional licensing for Ubuntu to connect to the Windows 2012 Server (Hyper-V)?
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by:rindi
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I think you are mistaken in what a "Thin Client" is. A thin Client consists of very basic, low-end hardware and a minimal OS. Ubuntu requires good hardware and is an OS that uses plenty of resources, similar to what Windows Desktop OS's need, along with a 3d capable graphic card. So it is as far away from a thin client OS as you can get.For a thin client you would go for a light-weight Linux distro, with a low resource GUI, like LXDE or lower, not unity.

But basically you can use any Linux distro to connect to Windows VM's. You just need a remote desktop client installed (if possible a newer version).

You don't need any additional licensing.

But of course you can also use Ubuntu to remote into your VM's, particularly if you are using Linux as your main OS and are just remoting for support or maintenance. But if you want your users to use linux to connect to their Windows desktop, I would recommend a leaner distro.
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by:Lionel MM
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They key is to use Ubuntu to connect to the virtual system and not that I defined Ubuntu as a thin client but that I plan to use it for that purpose, in addition to its many other features (but that is not the reason for why I asked the question). So considering that I know Ubuntu is not a thin client but that I want to use it that way to connect to win7 and 8 virtual systems, then could you please answer my original 2 questions, if possible--thank you.
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by:rindi
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That I answered above already, there is no reason not to use Ubuntu or any other Linux distro to remote into Windows clients, and you don't need any extra licenses.
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by:gheist
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Check this old answer
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by:Lionel MM
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On the license side of this I was looking for something official to read, which I have been unable to find myself. And then on question 1 I need to understand much more the what and how of connecting to ubuntu from windows remotely. Thanks
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by:rindi
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You can remote into Windows 7 pro from any client that supports it. There is no extra license for that. It doesn't matter whether it runs as a VM or on actual hardware. The same applies to Windows server OS's, there you can even connect remotely with 2 clients at a time. You only need additional remote desktop licenses if you don't use it for administrative purposes, but rather for normal users for normal terminal server purposes. I'm not aware of any official documentation for that.

Remmina Remote Desktop Client is already installed by default in Ubuntu. Just use that to connect to your RDC enabled PC's.
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by:Lionel MM
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Remmina Remote Desktop Client is already installed by default in Ubuntu
This I know works what I need to do is go from Windows to Ubuntu
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by:rindi
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I don't understand what you mean, with "go from Windows to Ubuntu"...
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by:gheist
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Putty is a ssh client. If you need graphics xming does even opengl
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by:Lionel MM
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rindi
remote from my windows machine to the ubuntu machine
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by:rindi
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The do as gheist mentioned, use an SSH client like putty or kitty, and xming as an X server on your windows PC so you can run GUI software in your Windows kitty or putty connection.

http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/kitty-portable
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/
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by:gheist
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"remoting" is not correct term in this context.
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by:Lionel MM
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The advice given here was too difficult to follow, so I have looked on youtube for help. I need step by step detailed instructions, advice as I am new to Linux and what I have been given here assumes too much fore granted. Once I have looked at all the videos I found I will post the one that helped me most so someone in the same position as I may gain from me solving my own question. Thanks for the time anyways.
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by:gheist
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Search ubuntu site for "diskless"
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Lionel MM earned 0 total points
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My apologies for not giving points sooner. Here is the solution that I found on my own to answer my main question posed, namely how to use use windows to remote onto ubuntu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY3V79t5tKA.
I did not get any advice or feedback on whether it is a good idea or about licensing thus the grade of C--regardless thanks for the time.
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by:Lionel MM
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for lionelmm's comment #a40104313
Assisted answer: 500 points for rindi's comment #a40038086

for the following reason:

None of the provided comments addressed the actual questions I asked so I had to find the solutions for myself--awarding points not for the solutions provided but for the time taken
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