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Make your Own VMware View Thin Client in 30 Minutes

Posted by Michael Letschin on Wed, Sep 08, 2010 @ 12:44 PM

When repurposing your desktops as a thin client – most users choose to keep a base windows image or replace it with a thin os to get you to your view desktop (ex. VDIBlaster). Both of these cost $, but a new free approach that is easy to do with the instructions below is to make your own thin client. The use of Meego, a very user friendly Linux distribution, combined with the VMware View open Client allows for a free(if you have old hardware) and fast do it yourself thin client. Just follow the instructions below.

  1. Download Meego from
  2. Install Meego to the hard drive of any system(it will work as a Virtual machine as well)
  3. From the Home menu select Tools, then Terminal
  4. Type "su" Password is "meego"
  5. Type "sudo yum search firefox"
  6. Type "sudo yum install firefox.i586" Substitute the proper package from the search. Select yes to download and install the packag
  7. From the Home Menu select Application Finder
  8. Type Firefox into the search field and open the browser
  9. In the browser go to
  10. Save the rdesktop-1.6.0-7.meego.i586.rpm
  11. In the browser go to
  12. Save the VMware-view-open-client-4.5.0-271013.i386.rpm file
  13. Return to the terminal
  14. Type "ls" to list the files in the location you saved them
  15. Type "rpm –ivh rdesktop-1.6.0-7.meego.i586.rpm"
  16. Type "rpm –ivh VMware-view-open-client-4.5.0-271013.i386.rpm
  17. Return to the Application Finder and type "vm" Open the VMware View Open Client
  18. Enter the View Manager DNS Name\
  19. Enter a Username and Password
  20. Select the View Pool to connect to
  21. Wait for the machine to connect
  22. Start using your virtual machine

Topics: VMware View

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