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Old 01-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Boot virtual machine without host os

Hello Forum,

I have been trying this idea for a few weeks with no success. Here is the setup and what I want to do:

SETUP: I am using VMWare server (free version) that is running 3 virtual machines (VM) (2 Windows XP and 1 Windows 7). Each VM is assigned to a desktop computer.

I want the desktop computer to boot up, connect to VMWare Server automatically, and load the respective VM from the computer. In a way, the desktop will become a dumb terminal and all the work will be done on the VM Server.

Is there a linux OS or program that can connect to VM or act as a dumb terminal or any ideas on how to do this? I hope I explained this correctly lol. Any direction, advice, or recommendations would help. Thanks.

Old 01-23-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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The minimal way?
Just install a minimal OS of any linux flavour. Then:
1. Install a display manager (gdm/xdm,...)
        # apt-get install gdm
2. Install tsclient (Terminal Server Client)
        # apt-get install tsclient
3. Modify the display manager startup script to start tsclient on start up.
Took me about 1 minute. Without the OS installation that is. With the OS install? Add 14 minutes ;-)

Good luck.
Old 01-23-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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basic solution - as mentioned above - any linux distro and an RDP client.

good scalable solution - VDI or terminal server(s), with thin clients


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