+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
Thin Client and Virtual Machines Thread, Local virtual client in Technical; ok this is my first post so sorry if im asking the wrong questions....... first of; Hi im John 28 ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Atherton
    Posts
    112
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 6 Times in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    8

    Talking Local virtual client

    ok this is my first post so sorry if im asking the wrong questions.......

    first of;

    Hi im John 28 from Atherton, work at a secondary school as a Tech. been readin' this forum for a while now and its help me allot over the past few years its great! (short but sweet)

    i have fog installed on site and it works very well...... over 800 pcs on site with about 200 laptops. with about 40 images (due to 32bit/64bit and hardware differences).

    we've looked at virtual servers but money is too tight...... i wanted all the staff to have the same pcs so i only had to maintain one image....... this got my thinking......

    in my office i run ubuntu as my default os with windows running my admin account in vbox.... works great....

    is there anything out there that would allow me to have the pc boot to a vbox like app and load a vdi disk image locally?.

    i know i could just use ubuntu like i do in my office...... but dont want a big "fat client" foot print.

    so im after something that will boot and make each physically different pc, virtually the same hardware and boot.

    dont know why, but im expecting a roastin from you guys so be gentle with me

    thx in advance

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Posts
    2,198
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 228 Times in 217 Posts
    Rep Power
    67
    Take a look at using SysPrep, we have one image doing about 15 different make/models. You just need to play about with the drivers bit.

  3. #3

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,625
    Thank Post
    1,240
    Thanked 778 Times in 675 Posts
    Rep Power
    235
    Quote Originally Posted by jahilton2002 View Post
    is there anything out there that would allow me to have the pc boot to a vbox like app and load a vdi disk image locally?
    You could simply have a light weight Linux distribution that, on boot, loads up rdesktop full screen and connects to the local Windows virtual machine (using vbox, Xen, KVM, or whatever). Each PC will need a processor with hardware virtulisation support, and I imagine there'll be a bit of a performance / RAM overhead.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Worcestershire
    Posts
    68
    Thank Post
    11
    Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    XenClient Express - depending on the hardware.

    Version 2 has just become available on public preview, ticks all your boxes I think, link here

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Atherton
    Posts
    112
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 6 Times in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by andrew-virtusolve View Post
    XenClient Express - depending on the hardware.

    Version 2 has just become available on public preview, ticks all your boxes I think, link here
    sweet thx for that.. looks like what i need.... can't find the T&cs on the "trial" version..... or a price for that matter.... thx

  6. #6


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    8,919
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 2,676 Times in 1,973 Posts
    Rep Power
    787
    Quote Originally Posted by jahilton2002 View Post
    I have fog installed on site and it works very well...... over 800 pcs on site with about 200 laptops. with about 40 images (due to 32bit/64bit and hardware differences).
    Wow! That's a lot of images. I think you would be better off using MDT and sorting out your drivers (as MatthewL suggested). Are you running Windows 7 on all of your computers?

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Worcestershire
    Posts
    68
    Thank Post
    11
    Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
    Rep Power
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by jahilton2002 View Post
    sweet thx for that.. looks like what i need.... can't find the T&cs on the "trial" version..... or a price for that matter.... thx
    Express version is Free, Citrix at the moment give it away and will charge for the synchroniser, there are three main components to the overall solution;

    1. XenClient - Endpoint that is stand alone installed on laptop (desktop coming).
    2. Synchronizer - XenServer VM that provisions, backs up, manages virtual machines.
    3. Citrix Dazzle - Self Service application store.

    This old but good blog post explains it

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    853
    Thank Post
    111
    Thanked 112 Times in 108 Posts
    Rep Power
    45
    Quote Originally Posted by jahilton2002 View Post
    sweet thx for that.. looks like what i need.... can't find the T&cs on the "trial" version..... or a price for that matter.... thx
    Xen client 1 was free so guess 2 is?

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Atherton
    Posts
    112
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 6 Times in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    8
    thanks for all the info guys, to answer your question arther we're an XP site

    thx again guys

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Client local drive permissions
    By _Bat_ in forum Windows
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 7th January 2011, 10:17 AM
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 26th February 2010, 10:00 AM
  3. Thin Client \ Virtual Desktop \ Virtual Apps
    By gshaw in forum Thin Client and Virtual Machines
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17th December 2008, 06:04 PM
  4. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11th December 2008, 03:34 PM
  5. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 14th June 2008, 12:18 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •