Question:How Do I Transition Desktop PC to Virtual Machines in a Small Enviornment?

I am an IT Network Tech at a small Electrical company(~100 end users). Me and My Boss are the only IT employees here. This is my first IT Job(just graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Info Systems). Every user has a dell desktop PC at their desk, and hardware seems to fail every day. I have suggested switching to virtual machines instead of physical machines to cut down on hardware costs. My question is, how would I implement this plan into the workplace? I have a few virtual PC’s already configured that we use for testing so I am somewhat familiar with Hyper V. I know we would need a new virtual host server(preferably dell), but what would you suggest for about 50 virtual machines? Also what would we need for our users to connect to their virtual machines(thin clients?)? Is going virtual even good idea for this small environment? Thanks for your help!

-Dustin S.


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Windows 10 personal computer on the Raspberry Pi: NComputing rolls out $99 RX300 Computer

Official introduction:

The RX300 thin client will be for sale to firms from the end of this month.

A thin client is a lightweight personal computer that is purpose-built for remoting into a server (typically cloud or desktop virtualization environments). It is dependent seriously upon one more computer (its server) to meet up with its computational roles. This is distinct from a regular desktop computer (fat client), which is a PC built to undertake these functions without help. The specific roles assumed by the server may vary, from hosting a shared group of virtualized applications, a shared desktop stack or virtual desktop, to data processing and file storage on the client’s or user’s behalf.

NComputing has unveiled a Windows OS thin client built around the $35, debit card-sized Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

The RX300 thin client offers entry to a range of Windows desktops, which include Windows 10, which can be streamed from a central machine by NComputing’s vSpace Pro 10 desktop virtualization software program.

The software allows firms to supply a centrally operated Windows desktop to many hundreds of RX300 clients.

NComputing suggests its vCAST streaming technology allows for full-screen playback of 1080p FHD local or on-line video on the clients, without the demand for the central servers to get a dedicated GPU. Having said that, registration to this vCast technology is just included for six months time after buying the RX300.

Each individual thin client has 4 USB v 2.0 ports, with full USB redirection and server-end device drivers to present support for a spread of peripherals.

The $99 RX300, which is made for schools and SMEs, can be run as a thin client to gain access to a virtual Windows desktop computer or as a local Raspberry Pi Computer, running the Pi’s official Linux-based Raspbian Operating system.

NComputing declares the thin clients are created to be very simple to manage and receive updates from vSpace Pro 10 servers on auto-pilot.

Young Song, NComputing CEO, claimed he opted to base the client around the Raspberry Pi 3 due to board’s value for money and portability.

Every single RX300 unfolds along with a cost-free twelve months connection license to vSpace Pro 10, with each subsequent year priced at $49 for each customer.

NComputing’s vSpace Pro 10 can easily stream a Windows desktop to one single client from Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 or Windows Server. To stream a desktop to various clients, vSpace Pro 10 ought to be running on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 U1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Multipoint Server 2011 or Windows Multipoint Server 2012-the corporation also has to spend on the correct Microsoft client access licenses.

The NComputing RX300 series will be on the market all over the globe in late February through shops.

The RX300 is not the first thin client to be introduced based upon the best-selling Raspberry Pi. Not too long ago Citrix and ViewSonic unveiled the $119.99 SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 Thin Client.

RX300 Functions Datasheet



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