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Thin Client needs to boot from USB flash drive for terminal emulation

I recently purchased a number of HP t5135 Thin Clients. The project once completed will have these thin clients using RDP to talk to a Windows 2003 Server for their sessions. Currently, there are dumb terminals deployed talking back to a SCO server.

My dilemma (due to my own failure to research what I was told) is these unit do NOT have any terminal emulation software native. I had planned to deploy the new thin clients and have them use terminal emulation to talk to the existing SCO server, and/or the Windows 2003 Server when it came online.

Since I need to have parallel systems for a couple of months, I will either have to have a thin client AND the old dumb terminal on the desk -OR- run additonal cabling. Neither solution is particularly attractive or feasible.

Now to my plee for help ...
These unit can boot from a USB flash drive, so I would like to create a bootable flash drive running linux or WinPE and have it either present a terminal emulation window to the user or give them an icon they can click on to launch a terminal emulation software.

Can anyone offer me direct advice or point me to resources so I can get this show on the road?

I appreciate any and all help!

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Cláudio RodriguesFounder and CEOCommented:
I would definitely take a look at the 2X ThinClient Server. It is basically a solution that has a Linux based OS (can be deployed on CD, PXE Boot and probably USB key) that is managed from a central location (all nice, fancy web interface) and will allow you to connect to Windows Terminal Servers and of course to Unix hosts through terminal emulation.
Their PXES version is free. Cannot get better than this. :-)

Cláudio Rodrigues

Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Terminal Services
robertbranchAuthor Commented:
I apprectiate the info! I tried and loved the 2X solution.

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