[THIN] Re: Best Thin Client Hardware

I have a couple of terminal notebooks here but I don't think there
exactly what you are after  ;)

Nick 


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From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Bill Sorenson
Sent: Tuesday, 25 February 2003 1:16 PM
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Subject: [THIN] Re: Best Thin Client Hardware



On a little different note, does anyone know of a good Thin Client
that's in a notebook format?  We've got a Citrix desktop client that
wants to move forward with a terminal notebook.

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Hardy [mailto:Chris.Hardy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:59 PM
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Thanks Mike - I'll take a look=20

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Batters
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Sent: 21/02/03 10:44
Subject: [THIN] Re: Best Thin Client Hardware


Chris,

No big story like Glenn I am afraid just a quick recommendation.

Many of our clients use VXL Netica terminals as thin clients.  Cheap
Linux based devices, really easy to set up, remote manage etc etc.....

Have a look at www.vxl.net for more info.

Regards,

Mike


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From:   thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]  On
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Sent:   20 February 2003 22:16
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Subject:        [THIN] Re: Best Thin Client Hardware


Great story Glenn - Thanks for that - also very useful info.

In all my research I have found that neoware do make the best thin
clients but the way you are using old P 1/2/3 is great too.

Again thanks

-----Original Message-----
From: Sullivan, Glenn
To: 'thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Sent: 20/02/03 23:51
Subject: [THIN] Re: Best Thin Client Hardware


In my case, my Terminal Services implementation was designed to extend
the useful life of the existing Pentium 1/2/3 workstations in the
company, while also reducing support costs through centralization.

So I did a bunch of testing, and came up with what I believe is the
ideal "Thin Client" for my company: a stripped down, rebuilt desktop
with a custom shell.

Now, when it comes time to convert someone from a full-blown desktop to
a Terminal Client, I give them a temporary machine that is already set
up to connect, and take their machine.

If it is capable of running windows 2000 (even barely):
*Add a PXE compliant NIC
*Perform a RIS unattended CD-Based install with a custom SIF file
*Remove the PXE NIC (their old NIC works fine, but will not do RIS)
*Rename the machine *Move the created computer account into a "Thin
Clients" OU.
  *GPO is very restrictive
  *AutoLogon with a service account is setup via Startup Script
  *RDP Client 5.1 is installed via GPO
  *A Custom Explorer Shell Replacement program is install by GPO
  *That shell replacement is used at boot instead of Explorer.exe
*Startup script checks for a new version of the shell at boot
  *If Found, it is copied locally
  *Sets up PendingFileRenameOperations to replace old version at boot
  *Reboots

If it cannot run Windows 2000:
*Add a NE2000 compatible NIC
*Boot with a custom boot disk
  *Wipes all partitions & reboots
  *Creates a single 100% partition & reboots
  *formats, connects to the network, and copies Win98SE source files
down
  *Pauses so you can remove the NE2000 Nic and reboot
  *Automatically installs Win98SE at bootup, unattended.
*Log into Win98 with a service account
*logon Script sets up shell replacement, and does similar version
checking.

The Custom Shell has the ability to also run applications installed
locally (for example, a Digital Camera utility) and because the machines
themselves are running a full operating system, I can share a printer,
install VNC, do just about anything I want with them...

And, after all that, some people who have had nothing but VT terminals
(don't ask) get Neoware Capio 610's as a replacement.  They have worked
well for us.

So that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it,


Glenn Sullivan, MCSE+I  MCDBA
David Clark Company Inc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Hardy [mailto:Chris.Hardy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 4:27 AM
To: 'thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: [THIN] Best Thin Client Hardware



Hi All

I would like to ask the list for what people is the best thin client
hardware.

I understand that your first question will be what is it going to be
used for.  Well, let me put it back to everyone by saying - Lets go from
the very basic to the most feature rich models.

Any stories (about thin client hardware ofcourse :)) )that come along
with your advise on this matter would also be nice.

Thanks Guys and Gals

Chris

P.S: Come to think of it - any stories would be nice - there isnt enough
story telling on the list :))))


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