Solved networking cyber cafe device to set 10 dumb terminals

July 12, 2012 at 02:39:51
Specs: Windows 7
i have seen a cyber cafe having 8 vdu & keyboard only with a windows xp loaded on a laptop working as a server .How to establish such network ?

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#1
July 12, 2012 at 07:10:50
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Correct nomenclature would help a lot.

I suspect you're talking about "thin clients" and not actual "dumb terminals" since dumb terminals are used in conjunction with a mainframe computer. Which a Windows XP based computer is not.

If you are indeed talking about thin clients then I would suggest you won't be able to do it with Windows XP unless you can find some 3'd party software out there to provide a "Terminal Server" type service on the XP box that the thin clients can connect to. Something like Citrix might do the trick, but Citrix isn't free. There may be free software options available out there. I don't know myself, you'll have to go look and see what you can find.

Typically, you'd use a Server version of Windows on your server so you could deploy "Terminal Services" on it and have thin clients connect to that.

Alternatively, if you're fluent in Linux or UNIX, you could look into using one of those OS's for your server. While I don't know for sure if either offers a "Terminal Server" type service, knowing what I do about both platforms I feel quite confident there is.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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July 12, 2012 at 09:47:44
Citrix XenDesktop Express allows for ten free connections. I use this at home and it works quite well, but the initial setup and configuration is quite involved. It also requires a type-1 hypervisor such as VMware ESXi (which also has a free version). This is probably more than you need. Below is a link for the basic configuration:

http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/02/04/...

When I was looking at implementing a VDI solution at home I looked at several options which are listed below.

Citrix XenDesktop
Citrix VDI-in-a-box
2X
QVD

All these are free solutions minus the cost of hardware. In the end I went with Citrix XenDesktop but that was because I could use it as a learning platform for deploying it in an enterprise. There are probably a ton of other solutions out there so maybe someone else can shed some light on those.

Tony


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#4
July 12, 2012 at 14:10:18
Citrix XenDesktop Express allows for ten free connections. I use this at home and it works quite well, but the initial setup and configuration is quite involved.

Yeah, that's Citrix for you.........and "quite involved" is a very politically correct way of putting it. I'd have said "PITA" myself.

I worked with Citrix some about 10 years back and I recall all too well how annoying it was. Come to think about it, that's about the same time my hairline started creeping to the back of my head!

I had a quick look at the links Jolicloud posted and was pleased to find out there was something I didn't know about XP. I had no idea you could run TS on it...even in a limited way. The fact that you can turn up the number of allowable connections is promising. Either way, it's worth a shot trying it in XP before doing anything else if you already have XP and none of the alternatives.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
July 13, 2012 at 09:28:15
Yeah, that's Citrix for you.........and "quite involved" is a very politically correct way of putting it. I'd have said "PITA" myself.
I worked with Citrix some about 10 years back and I recall all too well how annoying it was. Come to think about it, that's about the same time my hairline started creeping to the back of my head!

The most annoying part was getting my SSL certificate to work with Citrix Access Gateway. The rest of it was fairly straightforward but was pretty time consuming.

Tony


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#6
July 13, 2012 at 09:50:57
That's Citrix in a nutshell........"time consuming"

LOL

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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