how to setup terminal services and thin client

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
HI, i am a student and new to networking. I could really appreciate all the help I can get.

I am supposed to setup a thin client using Terminal services in windows 2003 server. Could you please let me know all the necessary steps I should to take in order to configure terminal services and what I should do from the thin client to access the server? I am suppoed to use the network card to boot.
I am also supposed to implement Network load balancing from Terminal server.

I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks very much.
Question by:jshara
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    How far have you got so far?

    Do you have the Windows server installed?
    Do you have the client(s) installed?
    Can the clients talk to the server?

    Configuring Terminal Services itself is relatively simple.

     Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
     Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
     In the dialog box, select Terminal Server.
     Follow the instructions in the Windows Components Wizard.

    The clients connect to it using either the Terminal Services client or Remote Desktop client.  They're pretty much the same thing,  they're just named differently according to what version you have and what OS the client is running.

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    Yes, server and clients are able to talk with eacth other. But I am suppoed to setup a thin client. I beleive this means that the client pc cannot have a hard drive. How can I  enable the  pc with no hard drive access terminal services on the server?  All I know is that I have to use the NIC of the think client to boot. But how does it establish a connection between the thin client and server? How do I make this happen?


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    It depends on what you mean by thin client.  Usually a thin client has a basic operating system that can connect to a server running (in the case of Windows) Terminal Services.  
    A "dumb terminal" has no hard disk at all so it needs to download an operating system from a server.  This is not something terminal services can do.

    I would suggest confirming exactly what services you need to configure because if you need to boot from the network card, it's more than just Terminal Services.

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    Yes, thats exactly what I am trying to do. I need to run the server operating system from a dumb terminal by booting from the network card as you said. Can you please tell me how I can do this?
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    You can't boot a dumb terminal and connect to Terminal Services using just Windows Server.  This is why I suggested you find out exactly what you need to do.  To run a dumb terminal, you'd need third party software.

    The only thing I know of (using Windows) that involves booting from the NIC is Remote Installation Services.  You can load an image of Windows 2000 Professional (XP wasn't out last time I did this) onto the Windows Server.  The client PC boots using it's PXE enabled Network Card.  It sends out a broadcast and finds a DHCP server to get an IP address.  Then it finds the Windows Server and downloads and installs Windows 2000 Prof on it's local hard disk.  This is different to a dumb terminal - it's just a way of installing Windows onto a client computer.  Setting up RIS is complicated.  See
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    by:Cláudio Rodrigues
    Just get the 2X ThinClient Server. It has all you are looking for. With this solution you can remote boot any PC and connect to a Microsoft Terminal Server or Citrix for example.
    The product I think is free for up to 5 or 25 users. Very simple to setup and use.

    Hope this helps.

    Cláudio Rodrigues
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Terminal Services

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