We're currently using the latest version of vSphere for 50+ developer environments and they have enjoyed all the features that come with VMWare like back-ups, 24x7 access w/ no boot-ups, ability to take advantage of server level processors vs. mobile laptop processors, etc... With some products coming out like Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7, developers are asking for true multi-monitor support for their remote desktop sessions. Developers don't want the "span" option, but would like multi-monitor support in the way they receive it when they run things locally. They would like to have a Visual Studio on one monitor and a MySQL window on another monitor.
Without purchasing VMWare View 4, is there another way to make this work?
I do not know of a way that you can do this without View -
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RDP 7 (Windows 7 and Server 2008) provides this functionality, up to 16 screens IIRC.
Also it might be worth looking at one of the performance enhanced versions like Blaze.
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I tried SplitView out and it has it's quarks, but that's just about what I wanted. Limitations include a max resolution of 4096w x 2048h and both monitors needing to be the same resolution, but I'm ok with this. I'm still curious about some of the other solutions to this problem.