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First off don't beat me with a stick mods as i couldn't find a better place to put this and i see it as somewhat fitting here. I'm looking for a free (hopefully) or cheap way to visualize desktop environments. I'm hoping to find a way to purchase a few higher-end PC's and be able to host additional Windows OS environments off of it. I have come across Windows Multipoint Server and NComputing. I was just wondering if anyone knew of another product that would allow me to set up these powerful PC's and then be able to hook up additional Keyboards, monitors, and mice to be able to allow multiple users to take better advantage of the desktops capabilities.

I know Linux has support for this and i may have to look into this i'm just thinking for ease of access and for the familiarity for the user this may be easier. We have had issues in the past with connectivity to network resources with Linux and Mac OS products in our Windows environment. Plus my knowledge of Linux if very limited. I can usually set it up but if something happens i have to resort to a re install normally.

Similar products:
http://userful.com/products/userful-multiplier

http://linux.koolsolutions.com/2009/04/28/connect-with-xdmcp-linux-remote-desktop/

So what useful words of wisdom you you have to share with me OCN...
 
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How many users do you want to virtualize? It would be nice if you could network boot to a plain old TS or RDS desktop, but I don't think you can do that. Even then, you would need thin clients or some sort of client box to launch the desktop with.

Why can't you just use multiple profiles + something like deep freeze and system state and/or image backups?
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How many users do you want to virtualize? It would be nice if you could network boot to a plain old TS or RDS desktop, but I don't think you can do that. Even then, you would need thin clients or some sort of client box to launch the desktop with.
Why can't you just use multiple profiles + something like deep freeze and system state and/or image backups?

I'm looking to be able to place a few powerful desktop in our library lab, and then host maybe 5 virturalized machines off of that.

I'm trying to pitch this to the school as a way to save funds as we are looking into a 1:1 initiative with the students with mobile devices; net books, tablets...

I'd also like the clients to be verified against out active directory server and have full logging against our Websense Server.

these are hopes, i'm still not fully aware of what is actually possible. i just saw that some of those other products could host 10 or more Vclients so i'm hoping for something similar as that would allow us to reduce from 16 computer in one of our labs @ $1200 each to one or two with dumb boxes or thin clients.
 
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There are plenty of products that do what you are talking about, everything from Citrix to VMware View to Microsoft terminal server (Called Remote desktop services or something like that now). The point is all the same; have one master server, and a bunch of thin clients connect to it.

The tools are up to you, you can do everything from Citrix laptops to web accessible desktops etc.. We use lots of Wyse thin clients (300-400) connecting to Citrix Xenapp for their desktops, plus lots of users accessing their desktops via the web. Virtual desktops would be perfect for a set lab environment; because I remember when working for schools the big concern was students messing with programs/desktops. With virtual desktop you can just have 1 master image; a student logs in, gets the image, accessses their work on the file server, then when they are done, their VM is destroyed and the next student gets a fresh image.

EDIT: I know exactly where you work lol. Good luck with the 1:1 initiative; do you folks already have pilot programs for laptops and such? Or is all this entirely new?
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