Horizon view VDI for MAC

Is there any option to connect to a MAC vm for freelance users who would work with their own device but connect to MAC vm setup in company's lan? I heard MAC only supports own hardware but the defeats the purpose of bring your own device and secured connection to protect freelance users from making copy of content protected data on their system.
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pchettriIT DirectorAsked:
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serialbandCommented:
It's not entirely clear what you're asking.  Do you want to connect to a Horizon View VDI from a Mac?

If it's a VM, you should be able to connect to it remotely from a Mac.  There's Microsoft Remote Desktop, if you want to connect to a Windows VM.  There's the built-in Screen Sharing app if you want to connect to an unencrypted VNC linux or Mac session.  You can have Mac VMs on a Mac.  If you have older Macs OSX that came on physical media, you technically can create a VM image and run it on non-Apple hardware, but you'd have to have the correct, supported hardware to make it work.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, we have Apple Mac VDI Setups, but we honour the Apple EULA, which states the Apple Mac OS X, can only be used/run on Apple Hardware.

So VMware vSphere is installed on Apple Servers.

Our developers connect to Virutal Mac sessions from Macs and Windows, using RDP. (and we actually use a third party company to provide the RDP software, which is compatible with Microsoft RDP clients)

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serialbandCommented:
You can also pay $79 for Apple Remote Desktop (ARD=encrypted VNC) to connect to the remote Mac VM.

If you don't have a lot of users, or just have a single user, you can just set up a Mac Mini and allow a single remote connection to it.  That might be cheaper than setting up Apple VMs that comply with Apple's licenses.
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pchettriIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I will probably have 7 apple VMs or 10 down the line for freelance users. Mac mini wont give adequate performance unless I buy one with 16 gb of RAM and good CPU clock speed for graphics based application on Adobe cloud. So vmware connector client does work for connecting to MAC VMs and it is limited to VNC only?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
At present there is no VMware Horizon View for Mac, only Windows & Linux.

You have to do it manually, and remember you will need Apple Server Hardware.
pchettriIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Looks like there are no powerful server for Apple. Most of the cube in our office are used by individual designer. Perhaps, I will have to setup each cube for VM user and give them access remotely. I will have to research, if VNC has security feature and restriction like vmware connection server that restricts copying and pasting of content out VM for users working from home
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Apple XServe3 (discontinued), and Apple Mac Pro

3.7GHz Quad Core (or 3.5 6 Core), and 64GB or memory!
serialbandCommented:
No point in getting the XServe.  The Mac Pros are more powerful, but you can still buy more power in a modern rackmount unit, just not with Apple Hardware.  It really depends on how many users you wish to support and how much you wish to spend.

Apple still only serves basic consumer needs and barely get into the "pro-sumer" category with the Mac Pro.  They're limiting their own high end market.  Apple has mainly stayed in the Mid range market.
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