Using PC 2007 to serve VPN users

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Frank Reichenbacher, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. I have a small office with 15 workstations and a W2003 server connected to
    the Internet with a high-speed connection.

    I've had a couple of employees semi-retire and continue their work from home
    using Remote Desktop to their old machines which I have left set up right
    where they left them. Seemed ok at the time, but now I realize it can't last
    since it means leaving a machine running by itself in a vacant cubicle until
    these users retire forever.

    Desktops, My Documents, and other workspace features are redirected to the
    server, and, of course, all of the important network resources are on the
    server as well. So it seems to me that I could cannibalize one of those
    semi-retired workstations to use as a virtual desktop server. I should be
    able to reformat, reinstall XP (or whatever), load PC 2007, set it up on my
    server rack and create a VM for each of my retirees. Then I could load their
    software on these VMs and they could just Remote Desktop in like they always
    have. Most of their previous workstation experience would be there just like
    it was.

    Obviously, I need to set up IP addresses correctly and I need to make sure
    the hard disk and RAM requirements are met on the VM server that I use (and
    maybe I have to install a new machine instead of reusing an old one).

    Any caveats with this set up? Seems like it should work just fine, but
    scanning this newsgroup I really don't see any evidence of people employing
    this seemingly simple idea (or maybe it would just fit my needs well but not
    many others).

    Frank Reichenbacher, Apr 18, 2008
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  2. The problem here would be the overall performance; especially if you have
    more than a few users at a time. First of all, instead of VPC 2007, you
    should use Virtual Server 2005 (also free) for this kind of job. Second, if
    the performance is to low - because you have to many users at the same
    time - then you should take a look at a solution such as Terminal Server or
    Thinsoft. Using one of the later will cost you a little more at the
    beginning but if you take into account the fact that you are probably paying
    your employees semi-retire by the hour, a better setup shouldn't take too
    long to pay for itself.

    Also, don't forget that any OEM license cannot be transferred to a virtual
    Sylvain Lafontaine, Apr 22, 2008
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