Windows Thin clients and Remote Desktop ... confusion

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I think I need some "clarification" ...
We are thinking of installing some Wyse thin clients.  We have Windows Server 2008 R2.

What I am confused about is Windows Embedded (7, in this case) --  I thought the idea of the "thin client" is that it only needs to connect to the server, where a "virtualized" installation of Windows 7 will run for each user, as Remote Desktop Connection.  Why do some of these "thin clients" have what appears to be a full Windows OS running ("Windows Embedded", as I understand it)?   Isn't that contradictory to what a thin client is?

Question by:RobRud
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    The way I see it is the traditional thin client is where it relies solely on some other server be it TS or Citrix to provide its content and services.  The thin clients with windows embedded are to be used more as a stand alone device for example in a kiosk setting.  Think of it as "windows lite" so that developer have something to run applications on top of turning it into an appliance instead of a "PC".

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    So, I'm looking at Wyse hardware ... I'm not sure which I should get -- I am thinking we don't need to run anything "locally", so all our users can run their apps in a virtual environment, via Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2008.  They use MS Office, IE, and a custom VB6 app that is currently being converted to C# to run on the "client".

    I suppose I'm going to have to start talking with Wyse, at some point ...
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    All you would need then is one of their thin clients runnin Wyse's ThinOS.  You simply tell it where your TS server is, check the box for run at startup and reboot, all the end users get is a TS login screen.  You may want to speak with someone there at wyse to discuss some things like peripheral connections such as printers.  That is the only thing I have not tested in a while.

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    Thanks.  That clears it up.
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