Thin Clients / Dumb Terminals and Server 2003

February 4, 2011 at 14:51:22
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell Poweredge 2600 Server running 2 X 73GB SCSI drives, 2 x 2.0GHz Zeon Processors and 2GB RAM with Server 2003 R2 installed with no roles yet assigned

I also have 6 X Compaq Deskpro EN PIII 1GHz 512MB RAM Desktops - No CDROM, no hd, no floppy.

I want to set this up at home so that myself, the missis and the kids can connect to the Server, use the internet, do our emails (mostly gmail and hotmail) as well as use openoffice - all from the server.

I need help on two fronts.

1. How do I set the server up so that I can install the required apps such as open office or Adobe and have the Desktops connect to and run them from the server?

2. What do I have to do to get the Deskpros to connect to the server. They all have the 3Com 100T integrated Network cards.


Any help will bemuch appreciated


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#1
February 4, 2011 at 15:01:41
Do the deskpro systems have an embedded operating system in each?

If these are true Thin Client devices they usually have some kind of solid state drive with an embedded operating system and you need to have the appropriate admin password controlled access to make any kind of changes to settings.

What if any response do you get if you try to boot one up?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
February 4, 2011 at 15:10:43
Hi Richard59,

They do not have any embeded software in them, but I know they can do a PXEBoot.

I haven't gotten to the point of trying to connect them to the server because I need to know what to do next having installed the Server 2003 R2 Os on the Dell.

Do I now run the terminal services, if so are there any speial configurations I need to be aware of?

How do I set up the Server to respond to the clients via PXEBoot?

Regards


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#3
February 4, 2011 at 15:12:04
Not sure what you think this is going to do for you but here are the how tos

1. How to setup terminal services [you will need to buy TS cals]

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/ar...
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/ar...

2. you are not running thin clients/dumb terminals but pcs.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814585

Next you will need to know how to setup group policy so your family doesn't trash your server.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278295

Best of luck!

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#4
February 4, 2011 at 15:42:14
but I know they can do a PXEBoot.

Are you sure that is is not just the BIOS that is PXE Boot capable as most are these days. To make it work you also need a Boot ROM in the Network Card. They do not come as standard but should be available from the manufactures. All NICs I have seen have a socket for the Boot ROM.

This should be of interest to you:

http://www.hanewin.net/remote-boot.htm

Stuart


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#5
February 4, 2011 at 16:18:35
StuartS I think we might be mixing old information with new.

Pxe enabled bios infer a builtin nic which has been programed to do pxe boot.
Enabling pxe boot in the bios turns this feature on.

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#6
February 5, 2011 at 00:46:00
An option may be to install a version of Terminal Service Linux. I had friends install this on upto 60 clients.

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#7
February 5, 2011 at 01:45:46
Of course you will need to put a hard drive in each of the systems.

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#8
February 5, 2011 at 04:28:53
Terminal Service Clients don't need any storage except for RAM to run apps.

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#9
February 5, 2011 at 07:37:29
Hi guys,

I came accross an article talking about using Thin Station 2.2. - a Linux solution that allows PXEboot NICs to query the server and obtain an IP address for connection.

I am going to give that a go after the weekend (weekend is for family) and post a progress report.

Most appreciative of all the different input.

Cheers


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