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12 May 2013   #11
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, it sounds like this user wants full-on VDI or SAN booting - diskless workstations and a machine on the back end to host the Windows install.

This is possible, but it requires at least 2 machines - one to boot from, and one to serve or run the install of Windows. There's no way around that. After that, there are free ways to implement VDI, but they're not for the faint of heart. These are the reasons why most people choose to use Microsoft or Citrix VDI solutions - time is also money, and it takes a good deal of time to implement the "free" solutions, making them no longer free . If it's just for you, and your time will be spent on learning, spending your time on learning can be worth it though.

Note that these can either be VDI solutions (connecting to a Windows 7 image *hosted* on a virtual server), or iSCSI boot from SAN solutions. Both are worth learning if you have the time, but the VDI solution is going to require commercial software. If you're stuck in broke-land at the moment, learn iSCSI booting instead:
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12 May 2013   #12
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
You want the VMware to hold the .img file and have other PCs to connect to it and install Windows from that ?
No, not install, load as if windows is on them even though it isnt
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12 May 2013   #13
doglover129

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
No, it sounds like this user wants full-on VDI or SAN booting - diskless workstations and a machine on the back end to host the Windows install.

This is possible, but it requires at least 2 machines - one to boot from, and one to serve or run the install of Windows. There's no way around that. After that, there are free ways to implement VDI, but they're not for the faint of heart. These are the reasons why most people choose to use Microsoft or Citrix VDI solutions - time is also money, and it takes a good deal of time to implement the "free" solutions, making them no longer free . If it's just for you, and your time will be spent on learning, spending your time on learning can be worth it though.

Note that these can either be VDI solutions (connecting to a Windows 7 image *hosted* on a virtual server), or iSCSI boot from SAN solutions. Both are worth learning if you have the time, but the VDI solution is going to require commercial software. If you're stuck in broke-land at the moment, learn iSCSI booting instead:
Windows Diskless with AoE | A definitive guide to how to boot Windows Diskless with ATA over Ethernet Protocol (AoE)
Windows Diskless over ISCSI | How to booting Windows over ISCSI completly with Free Software !
That is exactly what I mean! Thank you, I will give it a shot
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