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I want to setup something like Multipoint Server at my office. But NOT WITH zero clients. I know that it's possible via network. I mean booting OS via network. Read about LTSP http://www.ltsp.org/. Is there windows alternative for LTSP? Please, someone explain me. How to setup computer network with thin clients and 1 server at office?

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More info is needed in order to give some pointers - for example, what apps do you need to run? –  Linker3000 Sep 17 '11 at 7:20
    
Office, messenger .. etc –  Tural Aliyev Sep 17 '11 at 7:33
    
oh..and how many users –  Linker3000 Sep 17 '11 at 7:47
    
maximum 10 i think. Please explain me how to start? step by step –  Tural Aliyev Sep 17 '11 at 7:48

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For the 'plain' Windows approach, you would be installing a core server, such as Windows Server 2008 with Terminal Services running. Each thin client would require a Terminal Services Client Access Licence (CAL) and the server itself needs enough terminal services licences for 10 users. There is a Microsoft document explaining the licencing terms here:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3032

Now, with regards to clients, as you want truly thin ones (rather than PCs running remote desktop), you need something like a 'WinTerm' unit - a device that supports the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) - A Web search will turn up some options, but for example - there's the Wyse product range:

http://www.wyse.com/products/hardware/

http://www.wyse.com/thincomputing/index.asp

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Do bear in mind that the thin clients are quite sophisticated devices and can cost as much (or more) as a simple PC running Windows (which could be used as a 'thin client').

If you want to look at serious thin client infrastructures, you will need to talk to the likes of Citrix or Microsoft for their full platform options.

http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/home.asp

There are a lot of things to consider before you head down the thin client route - especially ask yourself what is the principle driver for doing it - if it's to save money, then for a small 10-user setup I doubt if you'll do this by the time you have a central server powerful enough to support your users and have purchased all the clients, licences and support contracts + considered what extra hardware you need for redundancy and backup - remember, if the central server is offline, none of the clients can do anything.

If the driver for going thin client is to reduce admin then I'd suggest that on a 10-user setup there will be little difference between 10 PCs and a server or 10 thin clients and a server.

Do come back with more info about what you are trying to achieve and we can give some more specific guidance.


Edit - Based on further comments, if you already have a Windows server running with Terminal Services enabled and licenced (Terminal Services CALs) then you could setup a spare PC or three with thinstation ( http://www.thinstation.org/ ) - an Open Source app based on Linux that boots into a thin client.

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i want to just test such system without thin clients but with standard pc's. and wanna know how to get it work? Lets say i installed win server 2008 on one pc. What i need to install on client pc's? how to boot network OS? –  Tural Aliyev Sep 17 '11 at 8:21
    
are you still there? –  Tural Aliyev Sep 17 '11 at 8:35
    
I've added some more info for you. –  Linker3000 Sep 17 '11 at 8:37
    
and what will look like thin client's GUI? –  Tural Aliyev Sep 17 '11 at 8:47
    
@Tural Tyyuboglu: I think Terminal Server is gonna overwhelm a new user like you. Multipoint Server is geared more for users like you. –  surfasb Sep 17 '11 at 13:17

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