|I recently posted a question on Yahoo answers (copied below). I quickly received a good answer, but it brought up another question. The thing I don't like about Yahoo answers is that you cannot comment on or continue in a "conversation" with the person, so I am transfering my question here. Here is my Yahoo question and response...|
Im doing research on possibly adding a server (win 2008) to my work network and in my research i have heard that a user can log on to basically any computer on the network and all of their settings will be displayed as if they are on their usual computer. Is this actually true? Well, I mean obviously one perk of a server is that the users files can be accessed from anywhere, but I am asking about general computer settings like desktop background, the arrangement of the icons on your desktop, any custom cursors or sound schemes, etc. Are all of these "transferred' to whatever computer the user logs in to, or are just the users files only accessible?
What you are describing is not a typical home network.
What you are describing is a "Thin Client" environment, which is a completely different setup.
In the typical home server network setup, a computer or storage device is designated and set up as a network server. All other computer on the network operate normally. The change is that now the network server can be accessed from any machine and files stored or read.
But all work is still done on the workstation. The server is just a file server, nothing more.
In a thin client environment, the desktop computer is a bare bones box with about the same computing power as a netbook. The client accesses the sever, which runs the workstation as a virtual machine, sending the image of the desktop to the workstation.
But everything happens on the server. The desktop box is just really a remote terminal.
This system makes a lot of sense in a call center or an insurance company, but is less useful in the home.
Hope that helps
My response to that is as follows... (bear with me because I am extremely new to the whole server system) So when building a network with Win 2008 server, first off, this not what I am looking for but just for learning purposes, can i create that "thin client" environment with win 2008 server? Second, I've learned that the "file server" service of Win 2008 in short is essentially is just like mapping a network drive in the client PC to that users folder. Is there a way to configure the Client PC so when the user opens the My Documents folder, it is actually opening the users folder on the server for that user? Im sure there is some registry configuration on the client pc to change this location, but what mean is, is there some type of server setting, so I wouldn't have to edit the registry on each PC.
I'm sure many, many more server questions will come, but lets just start with these. Thanks for your input