Live CD to be used for VDI project?
Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:15 PM
I am the destkop administrator for my company and the lead for our Virtual Desktop project for this year. we are still in the evaulation stages but leaning towards Citrix Xendesktop. Part of the process is determining a way to repurpose existing machines that will be used to let users connect to their server room housed virtual desktops. I have successfully setup a machine using the idea's here: http://blogs.citrix....hared-desktops/
Basically what the link above accomplishes is I installed Windows Thin PC (stripped down version of windows 7), installed the citrix reciever/plugin, a citrix version of Adobe flash for end user side flash rendering, enable windows 7 to autologin to the Guest account and created a IE shortcut link in the startup folder to launch IE9 in kiosk mode and points to my Xendesktop web login page (specifically my startup shortcut looks like this: "c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" -k http://<em class='bb...xxx.xxx.xx</em> substituting the x's w/ my internal xendesktop server)
when windows boots, it launches IE in kiosk modes so that is all the user see's and as long as they have an internet connection it will take them to the login page.
The one downside to this is that we still have an install of windows that needs to be patched on the users physical machine...which is where this comes in....
I've played with linux boot disks in the past but not much luck and stumbled upon this site and the winbuilder tool and have hopes that maybe it could work for what I am trying to do..
I saw the various scripts for download but is there any way to use the winbuilder tool to build a live cd that has the citrix reciever installed already and the ability to set this IE startup link i mentioned above? this really would be an ideal solution I think since it would be a read-only copy of windows for the user (since all they really need it for is to connect to their virtual desktop) and we could just keep extra copies on hand if need be..
I am going to continue researching on here but wanted to throw this out there if anyone had any advice
Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:56 PM
But what you would need to do is build a basic PE (using any of the many available projects...Pick first if you want it to be more XP based or Win7 based, and try a few of them - they each have strengths and weaknesses). Then see if you can figure out what files and registry keeys you might need inside the PE. If you can "install" the receiver/plugin inside the PE without having to reboot to make it active, you can possibly capture enough of what was changed in order to add it when the PE is built. Again, not a task for a novice, but there are other examples of complex scripts, so just jump in, and poke around, ask for help, etc.
A couple of other questions, since it looks like you are looking for something simple for the "end-user" (and I am not too familiar with XenDesktops)...
Does this all run inside a browser? (i.e. the plugin you mention)...
What did you try on "linux"...again, if it runs in only IE, I can see the issues, so does it work in chrome and firefox? Have you posted or poked around on things like the ubuntu forums? Or in the Citrix forums?
I did read the full blog entry, and it seems geared to re-purposing XP machines (and OS installation)... Why do you think that after doing this it would need to be "patched"...Seems to me that if you got it working well, the only thing the OS is now providing is the core OS, and a browser...Once it is working correctly, it could be "frozen" and turned into a boootable image... (but just thinking out loud here...)
Good luck with whatever approach you take...
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