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Windows 10 Operating system options

We have a client with 150'ish machine that need to be built to windows 10. These machines will also need to be licensed so my question is:

The client machines only connect to a Terminal Server farm and so have no requirement for local applications over and above RDP capability. Is there an operating system that is cheaper with limited functionality that could be used like a thin client OS?

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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Your Win10 options are Pro, Home and S.  S is for Surface...not sure if that is an option in this case.

Take a look here.  

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-s
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need a license for the OS even on terminal server so choose Pro (cannot use Home).
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LBTechSolOperations DirectorAuthor Commented:
Is there a Windows Thin version (previously noted as WinTPC)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not think so. Enterprise, Pro and others you cannot use.
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Thanks John...forgot about Enterprise...I hardly ever see that one.

As John said...you can't use Home as those machines won't be able to be joined to an AD environment.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Your first sentence says "I need windows 10"  then later you are asking for alternative cheap OSes.

Which is it?

If you need windows 10 then there is no cheap alternative.

Windows Thin PC is still around, but it has *always* been a Software Assurance benefit only. Which means it isn't a cheaper alternative.  Windows Thin PC was primarily a VDI play, and since VDI required VDA licenses (or itself Software Assurance), it provided those with SA an easy way to redeploy consistent light-weight endpoints. So in that regard, it reduces costs for a full VDI deployment where SA is basically needed anyways, but it doesn't reduce costs in other scenarios at all.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Do you *have* to use Windows? I'd suggest you can do all of this with Linux. Free and easy to lock down if required.
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LBTechSolOperations DirectorAuthor Commented:
i was thinking Linux would be a good way forward if they are not tied to a Windows operating system
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
I would say Linux also if all they need is a dumb RDP terminal...
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