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What is the best software available to use to repurpose a pc as a thin client?

I know there are many options out there, but I need to find out what the best software for re-purposing pcs as thin clients.
We need something that we could centrally manage and works well for VMWare View.
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When you say thin PC, do you mean diskless?
The consideration often deals with what your users will be able to use.
The lower cost wouldbe to use a Linux  based OS which is less resource intensive to just startup.
Look at VMware view options and decide based onthat.
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We have users that are on vmware view and also users that rdp in to term server. They also use dual monitors. We want to turn some of the old xp machines in to thin clients... meaning they do not have a full windows os... we want the users to only be able to log in to their VDI or term server and not go to the Internet locally from that pc.
A Linux OS has both feature vmware as well as RDP tool
There are several tools using PXE to boot a diskless system with ...

http://lancore.sourceforge.net/en/remote_desktop.html

There are any approaches, your best bet is to define what you want to achieve and then proceed from there.
You also have to identify what resources are available to accomplish the options discovered.
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you can netboot minimal linux with RDP client... There are no persistent data, so you can centrally manage DHCP and netboot image...
I would test using a LInux distrobution, because the VMware View Client for LInux, is not as full festured as it is for Windows.
Easy one is here: http://build.porteus.org/kiosk/
But probably you wish to settle with something like ubuntu (you can provision horizonview client too) with central netboot server (netboot to avoid configuring end nodes time after time - even there are heaps of centralized configuration management solutions around - why not just avoid them for good and have single well packaged application...)
I have done this for my Windows XP PC using Ubuntu--has all the features most users need and is one of the easier Linux systems to use and learn from for a Windows user like me. http://www.ubuntu.com/ If you want to stay with a Windows product then Windows 7 ThinPC has a small learning curve http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/virtualization/thinpc.aspx
We ended up replacing these PCs with thin clients. This issue has been resolved. Thank you all for your suggestions!