So a couple of Mac consultants walked into one of my customers office and convinced the business owner that they could completely swap in Macs across the board for the entire office.
Being a Mac lover at home (and who isn't?), the business owner jumped at it and now wants to completely migrate everything over.
Losing the customer aside, I think this would be a horrible decision for them because as far as I know, they'd be essentially supporting a Mac and a Windows environment concurrently because their core line-of-business (LOB) applications tightly integrate with Exchange, Office, etc. and while I've tried out Parallels at home on my Mac Book (ran IE, seemed to run ok, but obviously not exhaustive),
I'm failing to grasp how this could make any business sense at all, let alone technical sense, as they would need Windows licensing, SBS Server (for Exchange), CALs, Active Directory (because of the reliance of Exchange), anti-virus (again, because of the Windows OS running in Parallels), and would the Mac guys even be qualified to maintain a Windows environment running side-by-side?
For reasons of due diligence, I'm asking the SF community if there's anything they can share as far as experiences goes, good or bad, and really whether this is at all doable.
Can you natively log into your Windows "VM" desktop with Parallels? Anyone familiar with the underlying hypervisor that Parallels uses?
Does Mac support a native Remote Desktop session or would it require VNC Server, etc. to be installed?
I'd like this to be a Community Wiki if the mods feel the same way.