Want to use my PC's as thin clients

October 29, 2011 at 13:48:05
Specs: Vista 64 bit, 4GB
My PC's & laptops are a few years old, but still useul. My problem is, I get my main laptop setup just as I like it, & as time goes on, add proggrams. At some point, I always get a virus or bot or something, & no matter how many times I try to keep good backups, they sometime get srewed up also. So I end up reinstalling everything, resetting up everything, & sometimes I loose programs that I don't have DC/DVD's for, & I'm tired of the cycle. So my question is, If I by a server, can I run all programs from it, & not run any programs from my other laptops & PC's, other than getting on the unternet, & how would I go about doing it? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
October 29, 2011 at 14:00:36
I'm not quite sure how thin clients and a server would help you. You will still be prone to viruses on the server, will have to back it up, and can still lose programs. If you cannot manage these things on a simple laptop, why would it be any easier on a server?

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#2
October 29, 2011 at 14:47:37
I guess what I am looking for is a similar setup to what I have at work, which i managed by IT. we access all of our programs from the PC through Citrix, & thinclients, so nothing resides on the PC other than the OS, & a few programs, but if i have to go to another department or site, I can still access everything from whatever computer I get on. If my PC crashes, I don't loose anything, they just reimage it from a standard image for our department, & I'm good to go. That's what I want for my home. Managing the viruses & malware, I can deal with.

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#3
October 29, 2011 at 14:53:10
Believe me, it's easier to manage a few standalone computers than a Citrix server. The reason that works so well at work is because you have professional IT staff who are trained to manage these things. As an aside, a server to run Citrix, plus the necessary software licences would cost you thousands of pounds.

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#4
October 29, 2011 at 15:06:14
I don't really want to try to run a Citrix farm at home, I just want something similar that I can manage. do you have any suggestions?

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#5
October 29, 2011 at 16:42:42
Everytime you install a program do an image backup. Get 2 external hd's and use them alternately. Make CD/DVD backups of new programs and keep them in a safe box.

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#6
October 29, 2011 at 17:21:30
2x.com has a solution or two.

Using pxe/gpxe/ipxe to some server would work to either some downloaded type like pxes or make an iscsi to save both an golden image and a working image.

There are also ways to run remote desktops.

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#7
October 30, 2011 at 00:07:49
I'm still not convinced that any form of thin client is the answer to your problems. If you run a server you will have exactly the same problems with that as you currently have with individual PCs. Do as wizard-fred suggests and institute a regime to back up and/or image your PCs regularly.

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