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    How important is thin client hardware spec?

    Hey,

    I'm currently looking around at the various Thin Client desktops and I'm wondering what impact the memory and processor speed have. A lot of the newer ones seem quite a big step up in specification, so was curious if there was a need for it.

    TIA,
    Andy.

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    It is important if you want the client to run an o/s and host local applications. otherwise get a p1 and 16mb ram!.

    We use atom 1.6Ghz with 2GB Ram. totally overspecced - but they are mini itx computers so we can add hdd and turn them into FAT clients if we need.

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    Yeah the intention was to boot straight into a virtual server so nothing I can think of running locally. I guess the thought in the back of my mind was how CPU/memory intensive some of the remote client software can be (RDP or ICA).

    Cheers!

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    maybe if you have a lot of encryption it would be important, but IMO you should spend money on your network infrastructure instead.

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    ICA and RDP take very little CPU power, you can dredge up your oldest PC and it'll work just fine as a thin client.

    For RDP and ICA most of the memory required is to maintain the screen, so the amount is a function of screen resolution and colour depth. (ie 7 Mb for 1920x1200 @ 24 bit colour)

    The real question is, what operating system to use in the thin client, as this is where the hardware resources really make a difference.

    A thin client based on XP will require a lot more hardware to run RDP/ICA at the same speed as a thin client running Linux, and the Linux thin client will in turn require a lot more hardware than a thin client that has no operating system and runs RDP/ICA direct from hardware...

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    Quote Originally Posted by andycoates View Post
    Hey,
    I'm currently looking around at the various Thin Client desktops and I'm wondering what impact the memory and processor speed have. A lot of the newer ones seem quite a big step up in specification, so was curious if there was a need for it.

    Andy.

    The spec is important when considering additional features such as USB redirection & Multi Media/CODEC enhancements.

    Another alternative is Sun Ray's from Sun Microsystems. These are ultra thin units, no memory or CPU options. I have a Sun Ray 1 unit thats over 9 years old and delivers a Windows Vista desktop absolutely fine.

    Andy



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