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tucansam 12-30-2012 09:53 PM

Total newb virtualization question, ESXi and linux

I have ESXi running on a system for testing, and am currently running an XP VM that is doing some routine stuff around the house.

I'd like to explore the possibility of migrating two of the desktops in the house to thin clients running VMs.

I'd like to set up two systems, preferably Atoms or the equivalent low power solution from AMD/Via/whatever, throw in a gig or two of RAM, and boot a linux distro via a USB memory stick. Then I'd like to have VMPlayer load up the appropriate VM (Windows clients in this case for the kids) and run as transparently as possible, as though the user was sitting at an actual XP system.

Is this possible? Can it be done using free software? How robust will the clients need to be for general web surfing (the kiddos like Flash games), Office, maybe some google Earth action...

kbp 12-31-2012 08:42 AM

You could probably do this with a server running linux + KVM and using the Spice protocol to communicate between the thin client and the vm, I've heard good things but not seen it personally. If you want to stick with ESXi on the server side you'll probably need to go with RDP connections.

jefro 12-31-2012 09:45 AM

If you want to rdp windows then look at You can run your images of xp on your server. The other way is to run them in iscsi but you'd need more bandwith and speed.

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