Windows with HD

Hewlett-packard Nx6120 notebook
May 13, 2010 at 22:08:04
Specs: Windows XP pro Sp3, 1G
I saw some internet cafe machines running windows without any HD, the guy told me he had a Windows 2003/2008 server, broadband, switches, the client had good graphics cards for gaming and enough ram but didn't need to be too fast, he had about 15 machines, how can the client start up without a HD? is it some sort of vitualization as I would like to setup something like this if it's works and doesn't load up my server or network.

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May 14, 2010 at 13:27:23
ITs called a Thin Client. It runs a virtual machine on the server so all you need is a screen and a keyboard and a PXE server. Lookup Cloud Computing learn it love it because it is the future.

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May 14, 2010 at 14:12:57
Cloud computing is different than terminal server architecture.

Cloud computing is based on the old mainframe architecture of leasing time on the equipment/connected software so you don't pay for the architecture. Anyone who worked on DEC vax/servers or Netware remembers the user account accounting where you set charge limits and prices per time used for network access.

All the thin clients I have worked with don't use a PXE boot.

They boot from flash memory which has some OS like XPe embedded.

kiwi_hk google thin clients for more info.

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May 16, 2010 at 17:44:53
HP did have some thin Client demo about 1-2 years ago with small machines and without HD, I think they use a blade server, these machines I saw was just old terminals, so I am not sure what software they are using to run these clients machines. WIll take a look at thin clients.

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