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How do end users access created vm on an ESX server?

I am new to ESX and am wondering how a end user can get access to a virtual machine created on a ESX server. Say I build an ESX server and install 4 XP virtual machines on it through VSphere how can a end user get to anyone of them?

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Troy_Clavell
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they have no need to know anything about ESX. A simple method would be to give them each a PC name and using RDP connect to the XP Desktop that way.

Another way, as mentioned would be using VMware View and setting up a connection broker and having the users access their desktops via the View Client.

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Welcome to the Forums - most organizations control who can create to help control VM sprawl - but if you feel this user can be trusted you can provide to the the vSphere client and give them access to the ESX server (if it is a standalone server) or to vCenter to create a VM -

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As I understood you are wondering how does end user gain control over his VMs. It is done by VMware permissions (either local on ESX host, or via vCenter). If customer X has permissions to VM1 and VM2, and customer Y to VM3 and VM4, then they won't see other VMs (other than theirs)

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Troy_Clavell
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... I understood the question differently, so 1 of the 3 of us has to be correct Smiley Happy

your users would access the vPC's through RDP, VNC, but I wouldn't give them console access.

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Well I'll give an example:

I am the admin and I create 5 Win XP VMs on my ESX server, now I have a classroom that I setup for 5 new users to learn basic PC skills.

How would they log into these VMs that are sitting on the ESX server?

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jpawlicki2
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How would they get to the ESX server and know what to RDP into?

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amvmware
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Since you mention XP desktops - if it was VDI a broker would take care of the connectivity for you. If it is just a few PC's then you could connect to each PC using Windows remote desktop connection and RDP connectivity - you need to know either the computer name or IP address and would need to be running a MS desktop.

I think you may also want to check MS licensing for using MS desktops - you may need a VECD license on top of your OS licenses.

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Troy_Clavell
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they have no need to know anything about ESX. A simple method would be to give them each a PC name and using RDP connect to the XP Desktop that way.

Another way, as mentioned would be using VMware View and setting up a connection broker and having the users access their desktops via the View Client.

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jpawlicki2
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Thanks dude:D

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znet98
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Think troy is right, RDP or VNC...

If your want make it fancy, try VMWare LabManager

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jpawlicki2
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Thanks to all you guys..

:smileycool: Good info

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