Need help setting up a Terminal Server/thin client environment
Posted on 2009-02-10
Since I am a total newbie at this, I would really appreciate som help - and getting me started in the right direction. I am setting up a test environment with Terminal Server. I need to simulate "thin clients", but at the moment I only have som old laptops, and xp-desktop machines. I know I can just log in to the server using the "remote desktop" function, but I need it to be more realistic than that. I want the clients only to be able to work together with the terminal server. And I simply dont know how to achieve this. First of all, which operating system do I need for the pseudo thin clients? I have ordered a copy of Windows CE 6.0 which hasent arrived yet. But that package was several gigabyte big...so I am guessing that it has to be configured in some way, before it can be installed as a operating system for thin clients? But are there other good alternatives you can recommend? I am aware of that there are many Linux versions, but since I want this to be as authentic as possible - I am leaning more towards windows based system as I believe that companies are more likely to use windows instead of linux.
My other question is how do I setup a thin client login interface? As I mentioned above, I want the connecting clients to have a login-window as soon as they have booted up. I.E. I dont want the clients to see the "remote desktop" tab at the top of the screen...? How is this done? At the moment I am only using the Terminal Server function. Not the Terminal Server gateway, or Terminal Server Web. I wont be needing Terminal Server web, but perhaps I need the Terminal Server gateway to achieve the above?