Thin Client OS - A live CD with TS Gateway?
Posted on 2011-10-31
I'm onto the next step of my plan to setup a virtual terminal services environment at work: the thin client. I'll have about 100 users connecting to a Windows 2008 R2 terminal server over RDP, and I need a thin client for them to do it from. I'd also like to temporarily use our existing hardware (rather than going out and purchasing a bunch of new Wyse termninals or similiar), so what I really need is just a good thin client operating system. I'd love for that OS to be in the form of a bootable live CD/USB, so I could remove the HDs from the various desktops/laptops around the company.
Here is what I'm looking for in a thin client OS:
- Bootable from CD/USB if possible
- Ability to add wireless/graphic drivers if needed
- Ability to connect to wireless networks
- Ability to use dual monitors
- Ability to connect via RDP 6.1 or higher
- *Ability to use Remote Desktop Gateway* OR Cisco VPN Support
I've experimented with several and found that many come close but none totally fit the bill. I've tried:
- ThinStation (no wireless support)
- Android x86 (no ability to add drivers)
- BartPE (RDP version 5)
- Win7PE (Cannot use RDP Gateway)
- Ubuntu 11.04 (When using LiveCD, can't do much of anything. When installed, can nearly make everything work, but have to purchase iTap RDP at 30 bucks a license and I don't want to have to install everything every time)
Any ideas? And no, 'just use Windows 7' isn't an acceptable option - I'm trying to build a proposal that has some semblence of cost savings.