Virtualize Laptop as Client using Host Resources

November 29, 2015 at 10:39:29
Specs: Windows 8.1 64-bit, i7 @ 3.0Ghz -- 6GB
I Have access to VMware Workstation, vCenter, vSphere and several others. I've heard of IaaS providers farming out computer resources for fees. That got me thinking, what if instead of buying a new laptop because the current one that I have is very old and slow, I can host a server on my premises to supply the extra processing power for the laptop. Am I crazy or can this software do this?

Currently I have a powerful desktop computer which is greatly underutilized when in use which could be the server. I could then create a bare-bones new machine which would be my new desktop, pulling resources directly from the server and with that I would also be able to essentially turn my old laptop into something usable.

From my understanding, this setup would be a type 1 hypervisor server with two clients but I've spent several hours researching this and I feel that nobody else is trying to do this or I have the vocabulary wrong because I can't find any answers.

If this setup were to happen, they would be connected with either gigabit ethernet or 802.11ac wireless (desktop vs laptop). The laptop would be used for standard laptopy things and the desktop would be used for software development, goofing off and gaming. I would likely build a new server utilizing very new hardware if this works out.

Please let me know if this is such a thing! IaaS providers do this, can I do it myself?

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November 29, 2015 at 13:43:47
These really don't sound like suitable subjects for virtualization to me.

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November 29, 2015 at 16:48:52
I suppose in that case, I may be asking multiple different questions.

To narrow it down, is VMware software just used to install multiple operating systems on one machine? Nothing more, nothing less?

After spending a little bit more time on the internet after posting, I noticed someone asking about using remote desktop connections as their method for quick processing utilizing a server. In a sense, I'm looking to remote into the server and use that power but I'm also trying to not install a full blown OS on the clients and do a standard remote desktop, I want all of the resources hosted from the server.

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