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    Thin client solution

    I have just been asked by SMT to submit quotes for 4 new suites, but they want to use terminal services, I have put some prices together with information I have found here on the site.

    But I was wondering if anyone could recommend a supplier for a total thin client solution.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    So, that's 4 suites, depending on the no. of clients, that's at least 1 high spec server bumping up the price. And more...do SMT realise this?

    Unless the planis to use old stations as the clients....

    Chris

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    Re: Thin client solution

    I know this is off topic, but i've been blind to Thin Client stuff for a while now.

    My understanding of most thin client systems is that you get a low spec machine and you use TS from it to connect to a server. How do you manage using devices at the actual desktop? Can you plug in say a Lego USB tower and it work? Do stuff like MIDI USB keyboards work?

    Or is it just the hardware that's plugged into the TS server that's available?

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    hi,
    i had some information though from a company called dataspire, they were inviting people down to a school in northhampton called campion (I think).

    i went down and had a look theyve done a really good job.

    they were a bit cagey about the price but thats always going to depend on the size of you network

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    Re: Thin client solution

    Get on to Precedence Technologies:
    http://www.precedence.co.uk/
    They make their own Thin client machines & also have software to convert old PC's into thin clients. We use them here & have been very pleased with the service that we get.
    They could probably do a total package, servers, clients etc. You may want to consider using Citrix, but Precedence can advise you on what would be best for you.
    Talk to Stephen or Phil, they should be able to help.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    They make their own Thin client machines
    IIRC their 'own' thin clients are boxed EPIA boards - lot cheaper to build them yourself and whack a copy of thinstation on it. http://www.icp-epia.co.uk/
    Still if you want a ready to go solution they are good, but cutter would work out cheaper in licensing.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    My school used Novus Networks - http://www.novus.co.uk/

    Not recommending them over other suggestions here, just letting you know of them. I had direct support for my frst year, the whole thing tho' was so expensive, although I assume that would be the case with any Citrix setup.

    I know of the pilot sch Ashton-On-Mersey - check out the case studies here: http://www.novus.co.uk/education.htm

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    Re: Thin client solution

    Thanks for all the quick replies guys. I have phone Novus and Precedence about their solutions and they were both very helpful. Look like I have a bit of weekend reading to do now.

    Does anyone else work at home too?

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    Re: Thin client solution

    I work at home too much.
    Precedence are very good & know what they are talking about. Never tried Novus, so couldn't coment.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    How do you manage using devices at the actual desktop? Can you plug in say a Lego USB tower and it work? Do stuff like MIDI USB keyboards work?
    Citrix can map local resources (USB Devices, Hard Drives, Floppy Drives, CD/DVD Drives (burners too? Ric?), Printers etc) to a users session.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    How do you manage using devices at the actual desktop? Can you plug in say a Lego USB tower and it work? Do stuff like MIDI USB keyboards work?
    Citrix can map local resources (USB Devices, Hard Drives, Floppy Drives, CD/DVD Drives (burners too? Ric?), Printers etc) to a users session.
    In fact any device that is available on your client OS is available within the terminal environemtn (policy allowing ). I've found that keeping a selection of Windows boxes available for the odd peripheral and then replacing everything else with dedicated thin client devices helps keep down TCO and manageability... plus those random pieces of hardware will still work.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    Quote Originally Posted by ind13
    hi,
    i had some information though from a company called dataspire, they were inviting people down to a school in northhampton called campion (I think).

    i went down and had a look theyve done a really good job.

    they were a bit cagey about the price but thats always going to depend on the size of you network
    We used DataSpire for our small Citrix setup after seeing them at Campion - I have been very impressed with the service so far.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    Just bringing this subject up again has anyone had any experience of Thinstore? Its just that their quote has come in quite good. I know of one school localy using them but I suppose I'm just looking for a second opinion.

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    Re: Thin client solution

    We've bought some stuff from them and our rep is very friendly. Their prices are OK but I wouldn't buy monitors from them. We haven't tried their installation/support services but my rep gives quick bits of advice when I ask him to.

    We've been buying IGEL units from them which seem to be 400MHz EPIA boards put into really tiny cases. They seem pretty good although I've fallen in love with the 2X ThinClientServer PXES Edition.

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