Thin Client > Citrix?

Xeronimo
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Hi,

I've got an old laptop that I would like to use as a thin client to access a Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 (we usually do it through a Citrix Access Gateway) and start a program.

Is this possible and how would I do this?

Thanks a lot,

Jerome
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An old laptop should work for this since there is not much overhead required on the remote PC (the thin client - laptop).  As long as you can install the client and connect, it should run well.

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Thanks but what program exactly do I need to install and where can I download it?? :)
http://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/results.asp?productID=186&c1=sot2755

this will get you in the right place - I'd have to ask the same questions this page requires to find out what you need... take a look - let me know if it makes sense.
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The website you use to connect to Citrix should include a client download.

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building:

I thought there was some kind of program like thinstation where you could install a basic Linux OS with which you could then somehow connect to the Presentation Server or the Access Gateway?

I would like the laptop to simply boot and ask for the connection parameters ... is that possible?

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mrjosh:

Yes, but I don't want to use a full OS with browser etc ...
Some information on options for thin client OS - looks like you should be able to use linux without issues.

http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/03/01/Choosing+a+Thin+Client+OS+for+XenDesktop 

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Thanks but so it seems like there is no ready-made Linux OS (or LiveCD) that simply boots into a Citrix Login Screen?

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Something like ThinStation but for Citrix ...
This might work for you...

http://www.thinstation.org/ 

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I've been there but the LiveCD I've downloaded opens up with VMWAre View OpenClient4 ... I need something for Citrix ... and the general 'desktop' version of the LiveCD takes hours to download (for 43 Mb!!!) ...

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Hm, looks like a lot of manual work and research ... for which I don't have the time right now ... Oh, well. Thanks anyway!
But it does look possible...  :)  have a good weekend!
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It really does seem that any way you go is going to require a decent amount of manual work to get it working.

Here's how to accomplish this with a Knoppix LiveCD

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/guestbloggers/archive/2006/04/03/how-to-create-a-custom-thin-client-knoppix-boot-cd-with-the-citrix-ica-client.aspx

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Ah, the Desktop version of the Thinstation finally downloaded and works perfectly! Now I only need to copy the whole thing to the HD so it'll boot from it instead of the CD.

http://www.thinstation.org/LiveCD/

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Hm ... anyone have an idea as to how I could clone that CD image to the HD to be able to boot from it? ;)
There is generally an option to "install" or "run from Hard Drive" when you boot to the CD.  If not, I've always used Acronis for disk imaging - however i'm not sure if you can take a CD to Hard Disk (CD Boot might treat things differently so you may not really want to do an exact copy).  
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Check out Wyse PC Extender, it is made to turn old computers into thin clients:

http://www.wyse.com/products/software/pcextender/index.asp
Looks like you found a good solution - so just an FYI - The Citrix Embedded Desktop Receiver will acheive this - still requires a local Windows OS though - but the user will never be able to get it. You can lock down the local OS, disable most of the services. When the user logs into the Laptop it will automatically launch into a full screen xenapp desktop - if the users logs of or get out of fullscreen the device will automatically reboot..
http://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=1686492&productId=163057

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Too many people offered some level of support for multiple questions to be closed with no points rewarded.

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I agree, there should be a split.  

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