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    Can anyone assist in helping to determine what the options are to run a VM from bare metal? We are evaluating VMWare view with the goal of connecting about 5 thin mobile clients (WYSE) to VMs. The part we are struggling with is the various VMWare components. The connection server is installed and there are some existing VMs on a different server, created using the free VMServer. As we work with View it seems that multiple additional components are needed (Composer, vCenter ect.). Seems like a lot of apps for 5 machines. What are the minimum components needed to accomplish this? Is there a way to connect to the existing VMWare Server VMs via RDP using bare metal (view client??) and skip using View? Is there there a different product more appropriate for this setup? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance for any assistance.

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    Re: Bare Metal VM

    Indeed you need a licensed bare metal hypervisor i.e. vSphere ESXi4.1 (not the free version such VMware Server), the VMware vCenter Server package for the management, and finally VMware View package to enable VDI.

    Go for VMware View 4.5 Enterprise Starter Kit. Up to 10 VMs with everything you need included in the bundle.

    Now, you can still run desktop OSes in VMware Server and connect to them via RDP from your thin client. You don't have all the bells and whistles that's for sure but fits low budget scenario.

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    • #3
      Re: Bare Metal VM

      Thanks for the reply, we have a better understanding from the server side. On the laptop, however, we would like to use a bare metal client. We would like to have the WYSE device boot directly to a hosted VM from bare metal (no local os) over wireless ethernet. Is this possible without having the vSphere infrastructure and use an existing VMware Server VM?

      Thank you in advance for any additional insight.


      • #4
        Re: Bare Metal VM

        Nope, you're looking towards thin clients or zero clients.
        This needs a couple of components, for example:

        A VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer platform as the hypervisor where your Virtual Desktops will be running.
        A couple of components which will deploy the VM's and are used as the broker between the thin client and the Hypervisor environment, eq VMware View or Citrix XenDesktop (I believe at MS it's MED-V?)

        Then your thin clients which connect to the Broker to connect the thin client to your Virtual Desktop
        A nice overview can be found here, which saves me time to write it all out

        However, keep in mind that the investment for such project can be huge however you should calculate the TCO instead.
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