Windows XP to thin client!!

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am in a citrtix enviroment and we use Windows 3.11 as thin clients also with Wyse terminals.

We would like to explore using Windows XP machines as a thin client on where we can convert these machines to thin clients and then back to a "fat" workstation.

So far we have seen thintop ( does anyone know any other products that do the same

Thanks  JJB
Question by:jarjarbinx1979
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    It would seem to me that if you just create a good set of global policies you won't need to purchase any software and will be able to achieve just about anything that the advertised software can. I would instead suggest getting a good book about Windows administration and management.

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    Have you tried Remote Desktop?  It might not support all Citrix functions, but should at least give access for basic OS and app functions.

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    Thank you for you comments

    Group Policy - yes we can do this, but not whant I want to do....

    Remote desktop...well I have over 6000 citrix not a good route


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    Neoware has a product called ThinPC. Makes the pc asct as one of their Neolinux thin clients. $99 I think. Doesn't care what OS is on the client pc as I recall.
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    I'm not sure if that what suite you, but it may be possible to use a knoppix cd with integrated Citrix client. Knoppix is a fully functional linux Distribution which runs off a bootable CD. This System recognizes most hardware very well when booting and you can create a floppy disk where individual userdata would be stored, so the system always boots the way it should (could probably also take a usb memory stick or something similar. Because Citrix needs licensing and isn't open source, that client isn't on the distro itself, but I found a link to someone who has created his own version of knoppix CD with such a citrix Client. He explains how he does that in the following link:

    It may be a problem for you to understand, as it is in German...

    If you need help with the translation I might be able help, or possibly the guy responsible for that link could help if you get in touch with him.

    Knoppix itself is free and Iso images can be downloaded from many places. It might be overkill because it contains so much software you don't need, but since you'd probably have to do some editing anyway to create your own distro, it should also be possible for you to remove what isn't needed.
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    My company uses a product called WinVNC.  Am not sure if it will suit your purpose though.

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