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Howdy All,

I'm in the early stages of looking at developing a virtual environment for a group of medical centres. It's a steep learning curve, and there's so many different technologies etc available.

A brief overview of what the plan is - essentially there will be one master surgery which will host either a couple of terminal servers or some form of virtual desktop infrastructure.

Ignoring most of that, the problem that i'm trying to get my head around is how you can use local devices - whether it be a usb scanner or an eftpos terminal. In some surgeries we have an IP based eftpos unit so would this mean we would need some form of VPN network setup between the surgeries?

From what i've read remoteFX should enable things like USB, but what's the performance like? Is it stable/fast enough to enable something like scanning of a document?
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At the server what version of Terminal Services or Citrix Presentation Server will you be using.

For the desktops/workstations, are you using thin clients or fat clients (Windows machines)?  If thin clients, which are you considering?  If Windows, what OS?

Look forward to your response.

Regards.
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Hi,

Server level will be 2008R2 either std or enterprise, desktops are yet to be decided. Ideally probably thin clients although we might initially just use the existing pc's which are a mix of XP and Win 7.

Cheers
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If you use XP/7 within the RDP client select Local Resources > Drives so the local system drives are available to the users terminal session.  Scan the files to the local drive (ex: C:\Scans) and from the terminal session can go to \\tslclient\c\scans to pick up the scanned files and attach to the medical records.  Make sure to NOT attach the file as a link.

Good Luck.
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OK that could work - we're also looking at possibilties of centralizing the scanning at the main office as well.

Any ideas about IP based eftpos machines?

Also asides from scanning - there's a range of USB devices such as heart monitors etc which i know can be connected through, but would it be stable and reliable?
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Thanks for the reply by the way!
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Thus far we are only using barcode scanners for patient information attached to the thin clients.  The barcode scanner reads specific data and dumps into the facilities practice management application.

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Bump - anyone else have any experience with this?
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