WinPE on Thin Client.

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WinPE on Thin Client.

I have seen an environment that use Wyse thin CLient device for users, in the back end it is Vmware View.
If I understand the Wyse device will have WinPE  to boot from and search for a VM in Vmware view that it will connect to and will be presented to end user.
Now if WinPE on the device is Windows 7 , and the VMs in Vmware view are Windows 10, would that be able to work ?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
Yes, there are a number of Clients, Remote Desktop (RDP), VMware View Client (PCoIP, BLAST)
Kesavan JeganarayananIT Consultant

Commented:
Yes.

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the reason I asked is because, I have seen an environment where they are updating Wyse thin Client with image of Windows 10.
In this case will they have both  Windows 7 [WinPE] and Windows 10 full blown OS on Wyse device in addition to the VM [which is already Windows 10] in Vmware  OR Thin client Wyse cannot have full blown Windows 10 OS, just thin client[WinPE] Windows 10 ?
Kesavan JeganarayananIT Consultant

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As long as Update to W10 for WinPE thin clients is better as these devices is used for accessing the VM horizons without any compatibility issues.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Also remember there were changes in RDP, and Windows 7 is end of life soon.

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So the Windows 10 image targets the WinPE ?
I mean it wipes out Windows 7 WinPE and puts Windows 10 WinPE ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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WinPE can be based on any Windows OS, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, or even Server OS - Windows 2012, 2016 and 2019.

So if you want to use a newer fresher OS, then re-create WinPE based on a later OS.

However this is only if you have issues, and are using RDP, because PCoIP and BLAST are based on the Horizon View Client, so you just need to update the client, not the OS.

The issue is this is Wyse and not just roll your own WInPE BOOT disk on a cdrom.

You may need a certain level of compatibility in the Wyse Client to support a later edition, we were once told in the early 90s by Wyse, you would be able to purchase a Wyse Thin Client and it would last 40 years until you need to replace it, this is NOT true, because Wyse does not maintain firmware for the devices for ever..... that support later versions of RDP, Citrix ICA etc

and later Wyse devices would need replacement just like a Windows Computer!

So you need to check with Wyse what the support for a later OS support is, also there is usually a CAL associated with the Wyse Thin Client, at present it supports and has a Windows 7 CAL, it may not have a Windows 10 CAL.

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However this is only if you have issues, and are using RDP, because PCoIP and BLAST are based on the Horizon View Client, so you just need to update the client, not the OS.

I am not clear with above statement , especially the sentence in bold
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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What technology are you using to connect to your VDI ?

RDP, PCoIP, or BLAST ?

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how can I tell which technology they use  ?
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Check the client specifications, check the VDI Pool Serttings.

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I will check that later.

Thank you
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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No problems.

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