2X today published a guide demonstrating how to implement desktop virtualization within a company at no extra cost. Using VMware server and 2X ThinClientServer, companies can convert existing desktops to thin clients, and have them connect to a virtual machine on one, or more, central VMware servers.
This solution is based on 2X ThinClientServer PXES edition, obtainable for free, and VMware server, also available at no cost. The virtual desktop runs Windows XP, and can use the same license already in use by the company.
“We believe that centrally managed virtual desktops, published to thin clients, are the future. They are the most efficient way to trim IT costs by reducing the time spent managing and securing desktop PCs,” said Nikolaos Makris, 2X President.
WTC successfully combines VMware and 2X ThinClientServer
Wamego Telecommunications Co. (WTC) uses 2X ThinClientServer for Windows installed on a host with VMware ESX Server. The software integrates with Active Directory for the login and access, whilst user connections and hardware settings can be adjusted so the software on the server is directed to the thin client. Users are directed to the appropriate terminal server, depending on the way an account is set up on the thin client server.
A case study outlining WTC’s implementation of VMware with 2X ThinClientServer, is available at http://www.vmware.com/customers/stories/wtc_vdi.html
“I was looking for a product that would allow me to RDP to a VM XP box. I came across 2X ThinClientServer which handles authentication and control over which user can connect where, using a very nice web interface. The install was easy. I setup a whole 2X system in VMware Workstation in about an hour. It worked like a champ… first time,” said Jim Jones, Network Administrator at WTC Communications. A full testimonial available at: http://www.2x.com/thinclientserver/reviews.htm.
2X ThinClientServer is the complete solution for central deployment, configuration and management of thin clients and user´s connection settings. Both PCs converted 2 thin clients and thin client devices from any vendor are supported via 2X ThinClientOS. Thin client settings, screen size, terminal server type and name can be controlled centrally by user, group or department. 2X ThinClientServer can limit user access to Citrix or 2X published applications, not a whole desktop. A free version of 2X ThinClientServer is available at: http://www.2x.com/pxes/download.htm.