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I need to put some type of computer access out on a production shop floor.  The production area is a very dusty/dirty area.  My question is what type of equipment should I be looking at?  It will eventually have to tie into a Windows 2003 Server (standard version).  Are thin clients a good option? what additional hardware/software requirements would there be?  any input would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I would see two ideas:

1.  Thin clients (the lack of significant hardware should help ensure the system doesn't overheat and also keep replacement costs down if and when the device fails).
2.  Regular clients - but you would need to check on them periodically and often to ensure they didn't get too dusty, cleaning them out with Compressed air and a vacuum.
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Better would be KVM over cat5 or KVM over IP, which would expose only the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.  A flat panel monitor would not be affected too much, and keyboards and mice are cheap to replace.  I have this one: http://www.kvm-switches-online.com/0dt23008a.html
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I agree with the KVM solution and would only add that you can put a protective skin on the keyboard
http://www.protectcovers.com/
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Outstanding Solution,  did not know such a device existed.  I just sent in an order for 4 of them.  God, I love this website.... quick answers and delightful solutions
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