VDI and Desktops

We are looking to implement a virtualized desktop environment (VDI) utilizing VMWare Horizon View 6 in part of our corporate environment. We're looking at several potential options, one of which is using a large pool of physical desktops that we have available to us.

If you have implemented VDI in a corporate environment utilizing physical desktops, can you tell me about your experience? Did you decide to use a kernal-based environment to implement the Windows OS layer? Or did you decide to go ahead and implement an OS layer and simply use the Horizon View client? Our environment really shouldn't have a need for an OS layer, but I could see some advantages and disadvantages to it.

If you've explored these options and have some advice or input, I'd appreciate it.

Thank you!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We found that the best performing VMware View Client, was the Windows Client, and the Best Performing Thin Client, was a Windows OS on a PC!
We also explored these options. We also ended up using a custom windows-image as a thin client. The main reason we ended up doing that was that the (ancient) smart card technology that we have equipped our 25k users with was not supported by any thin clients, but works ok in Windows.


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