Thin Client and Virtual Machines Thread, desktop vm's for students (clients) -- im not up to speed with this in Technical; hey gang,
i was at uni the other day and i had to login into what was a pure *nix ...
24th May 2011, 12:12 PM #1
desktop vm's for students (clients) -- im not up to speed with this
i was at uni the other day and i had to login into what was a pure *nix lab, now a multiple OS lab (win vista, centos, and another flavour of *nix).
Computer booted into what i thought was centos/redhat -- dissapeared (monitor black) for 30 seconds then left me at a OS selector. selecting centos i noticed the OS loading within a window which leads me to think that this was a vm starting rather then parition selector type deal.
ive come to the realisation that the base os is a hypervisor type deal or a *nix with custom startup into a vm manager menu. This is pretty sweet! can anyone enlighten me as to:
- this is popular within schools to provide ms/*nix easily and interchangably
how would you go about deploying a lab like this?
what os would be acting as the hypervisor/base os?
would this make images (vm files) fairly "universal" to maintain (within the same os obv)?
thanks guys -- any info / comments greatly apprecaited.
24th May 2011, 12:24 PM #2
26th May 2011, 11:28 PM #3
There is a commercial offering from Citrix XenCLIENT, that is also a Tier 1 hypervisor (bare metal) for the desktop, its very good.
Citrix Systems » Desktop virtualization, virtual desktops - Citrix XenClient
Even better, the Express version is fully featured and free!
Thanks to andrew-virtusolve from:
29th May 2011, 09:56 AM #4
Andrew specifically -- that is exsactly what i am referring to. Not to make my clients desktops "thin clients" rather then allow them to leverage VMs opposed to traditional OSes installs. XenClient looks like it can achieve A,B,C of a total solution (with flexcast) but all im interested atm is step A.
Thanking you both
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