What is the best thin client hardware?

Posted on 2007-10-01
Last Modified: 2008-02-07
I have a small business network (medical practice) with a Windows 2003 file server, Windows 2003 exchange server and just added a windows 2003 applicattion server. I want to replace my clients (ages 5 - 8 years!) with thin client appliances. Can someone steer me towards the best thin client hardware and how to implement the thin clients?
Question by:M_Epstein
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    Wyse is my choice!

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    Can I get comments from those experienced with HP and NEC?

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    I agree with rbkumaran on the WYSE note.  Their WNOS/Blazer product is wonderfull.  It has an amazingly small footprint, updates are easy, just put the WNOS.ini and WNOS image on an FTP server.  It takes a little bit to get the FTP server setup right, but once you get it setup, if you're doing DHCP you can set a few DHCP options and all you have to do is plug in the thin clients.  The Citrix PN-Lite is a great way deploy Citrix applications!  if you're just doing Terminal Services it works good to.

    XP Embeded - way to complex for me to consider it a thin client.  In a bank I used to work for they had 400+ XPe thin clients and it was a pain applying all the security patches for these devices.  It's a full blown OS with only half the features.

    HP's Linux terminal seemed to have the same overgrown/ overcomplex problem that XPe has two years ago, maybe it's gotten better.

    I liked NeoWare's NeoLinux 7 when I got to test it in beta last year.  Another great platform to consider.

    No experience with NEC.

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    If I was evaluating a new thin client platform I'd consider the following products:

    WYSE: S10 / V10L
    NeoWare: I liked the E370, but any of their Linux products were the same (E370 is a nice all-in-one solution including monitor).

    Both S10 and E370 have very nice small footprint on the desk (as in can be mounted on the monitor).  Wyse is easier to keep updated, NeoWare: check out there management software (ezRemote).

    You should be able to get demo units from these vendors.  If not, you can go through a VAR to get one.

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