centralizing dumb terminals to a server

July 12, 2009 at 23:00:40
Specs: Windows XP
i have 10 pentium3 PC's without hard disk and one powerful core 2 duo system with 500 GB of hard disk. I want to set up a small centralized network at home for teaching purpose. how to i configure? please help

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#1
July 13, 2009 at 03:22:30
If you want to set up diskless workstations the first thing you meed is Network Interface Cards with a boot ROM installed so that they can boot from the server. Most NIC have a socket for this ROM, all you need is to aquire them. I wouldn't use wireless for this purpose, far to unreliable.

This will not make them dumb terminals. To be dumb terminals which means all the processing is done by the server, you need an operating system capable of doing that such a Microsoft Terminal Server with the necessary lisences. Or you could opt for a Linux solution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskle...

Stuart


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#2
July 22, 2009 at 07:43:59
Thank You for your valuable answer. I have bought NIC, TP Cables for all the 10 diskless PC's and a HUB . Now should i install windows server on the mainframe computer and connect them to the hub? or just windows XP is enough. I have never used linux. I am very new to networking please help in detail.
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#3
July 22, 2009 at 08:34:31
"I am very new to networking "

Then setting up dumb terminals and terminal services isn't for you. That is an advanced networking setup. You need to start with basices like sharing between two pcs.

I would add that terminal services cost money and isn't free from Microsoft. You would also need 2003/2008 server.


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#4
July 22, 2009 at 09:28:21
>> Now should i install windows server on the mainframe computer <<

The simple answer is you don’t. A mainframe computer is usually a huge thing that has a room all to itself with it own air conditioning and a team of operators to control it. It usually comes with a proprietary operating system supplied by the manufactures like IBM. You would not want one in your home unless you live in a mansion.

I think you need to do a bit of reading and start of the simpler things like peer to peer networking. Windows XP isn't going be enough to set up a server. All Windows XP Professional can do is act as a client to Windows 2003/2008 server or as another computer in a peer to peer network.

Stuart


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