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    Re: Upgrading existing PCs.

    We're throwing out 60 perfectly good PII 233's 64MB *AND* we are already a thin client network !

    Management want us to replace them with new thin clients wyse terminal or similar (PII 233, £200 each) because the others are too old ???

    Aparently aesthetics is everything when it comes to IT.

    I can see the inevitable question: Why not use them as thin clients? Well, it would cost as much to build a Citrix or TS server and get all the appropriate licences as it would to just upgrade them. We'd have to do the whole thing from scratch as we're running fat clients here at the moment and using a Linux system isn't an option so it would have to be TS or Citrix.

    That's a one off cost. Continually upgrading your desktop PC's is not.

    A Linux TS is fine for the basics. eg, OpenOffice, GIMP, Scribus, Firefox, Thunderbird is what I'm intending here eventually.
    This is a good way to go, you can still run your windows apps using a windows TS, so you cut down on licensing. An excellent tutorial
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    Re: Upgrading existing PCs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffkins
    They actually wanted me to try and get the autodesk suite running on celeron 533 machines with 128mb memory, which were already crawling with XP and various other 3d des software. Took me a year of arguing to get 3.0g p4's in place of them. I almost cried i was so happy, lol.
    you are me.

    and the kids continally reset the machines "because they're slow", which corrupts the registry.

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    Re: Upgrading existing PCs.

    Management want us to replace them with new thin clients wyse terminal or similar (PII 233, £200 each) because the others are too old ???

    Aparently aesthetics is everything when it comes to IT.
    Just buy new cases.

    We use the reverse logic here in the IT Office. We but brand new AMD64 based machines in grotty old cases. Always a bit of spare cash for upgrades that way.

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    Re: Upgrading existing PCs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Just buy new cases.
    But don't tell them that the internal components are the same, and wait for the "it's so much quicker now you got the new machines" 8)

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    Re: Upgrading existing PCs.

    Just buy new cases.
    I agree 100%, its already written into a budget now though, and we seem to have too much money to spend (probably all this linux and thin client stuff... hehe)

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