VDI thin client hardware
Hi I have setup a VDI with
1 Server 2008 R2 (RD Virtualization Host)
1 Server 2008 R2 (RD Connection Broker, RD Gateway, RD Session Host, and RD Web Access in single VM)
Is there a vdi thin client hardware available in the market.
Your help would be much appreciated, thank you.
Any thin client that supports RDP 7.0 or above should be fine for what you need.
but how does it work in terms of Pooled VMs ?
What I am looking for is a thin client/small hardware that upon boot will prompt for username & password, when entered it will connect to the one of the pooled vms, is there something available ?
In terms of pooled VMs, the different is in the RDP file itself, you can easily take the RDP file that RDWeb Access creates by going either through the IIS settings on the physical server or by opening up RDWeb Access in Firefox, then when you click on the RDP file it will ask you if you want to download it, then you have a copy of the file you can deploy to the clients.
You can create the file yourself but it is easier to take this pre-made one then edit it as appropriate.
With regards to physical hardware, there are multiple choices and different ones offer different options. There are vendors like Axel, HP, Igel, 10zig, Dell Wyse etc, apologies to any I have missed out. Most of these are customizable and will mean you can make them turn on (login locally if necessary) and then launch the RDP file. Then a user would be faced by a box asking for credentials, most clients would also let you make the RDP relaunch when closed etc.
I would setup your pool, then use some old hardware to create a test "thin client", you can use software like ThinKiosk.
Take a look at igel very good hardware
I have few HP Thin Clients T5325 & T5335z; these doesnt allow creating a .rdp shortcut, though it has option to setup RDP, Citrix, VMware connection. And simply adding vdi-01.myschool.co.uk in the RDP connection settings connects to the server rather than to the Windows 7 VM Pool.
Following is the contents of my vdi-01.myschool.co.uk-W7Pool1-localhost-VmFarm.rdp
allow font smoothing:i:1
workspace id:s:Congratulations !
use redirection server name:i:1
I don't know if they'd be of any use to you at all but I've got a Huge pile of HP T5700s going for next to nothing. Let me know.
Can you edit that RDP file easily?
I can give you my basic settings from a virtual pooled (personal though)
that will be great, thank you.
thank you Achandler, may i know what hardware do you use for vdi client ?
We have Windows 7 embedded thin clients, because we wanted to utilise RDP 8. So we have 10zig WES7 clients for our pooled desktops. They weren't as cheap as the linux alternatives though, but ours are in our SLT offices. If I was using thme with pupils I would have got cheaper linux ones. We use Remote desktop session host with our students.
thank you for your assistance
do you join win 7 embeded thin clients to domain ?
do users has to first logon to win 7 thin client then rdp to win 7 vm pool and enter domain credentials again ?
we have windows 7 volume license, will that cover windows 7 embed thin client license aswell
The IGel Clients I recommended are actually Linux based (but support later versions of RDP etc I think). They also come wit a clever management software (which is free if you buy an igel). This then gives full managability of the devices remotely including profile provisioning (i.e you setup one and all the others get the config as they should).
Originally Posted by bicky
Ours are off the domain, we have thinkiosk on them, this auto logs the computer in, and replaces the explorer shell so the user is presented with a login box only.
You can use any old computers remember, doesn't have to be WES7 clients, and indeed Linux ones are fine to.
IGEL equipment seemed good when we saw it but it isn't the cheapest, the management software is good to as glennda said. Biggest issue I had with IGEL was with how pushy the sales bloke was.
ThinKiosk (which is free) has some GPOs that go with it.