Ok I'm looking at setting up a trial of multipoint server in the library to provide service to 5 users at once, 4 on attached clients and one on the host itself.
The 2 options I am considering are:
Option 1: HP Server running multipoint server + 4 NComputing U170 clients.
Option 2: HP Server running multipoint server + 6 mini display port gfx card + usb cables and hubs for keybaords/mice
We are also looking at this for our library but with four clients each due to space constraints on the tables. As they are in close proximity and for cost reasons we are looking at i7 based boxes with two dual head GPUs, we are using existing moniters which only have analogue connectors so the multihead GPUs are out unfourtunatly.
Due to the limitations of the socket 11xx CPUs we are looking at the socket 13xx i7 line of CPUs which will allow for more than one PCI Express x16 channel allowing one for each of the cards. The i7 CPU will allow for one real core and one hyperthreaded imaginary core for each user and along with some fast drives and 8GB of memory should result in four very capible stations. The one thing I have not figured out as yet though is sound for each individual user in this setup if it ends up being required.
Investigating the liscencing it looks like it will cost about $300 per year for the base OS and four CALs.
This thread does remind me that I was supposed to have priced up the hardware for it by now and have yet to get to it. I'll have to remember to add it to the list for the comming week.
I think we'll be buying ours outright.Investigating the liscencing it looks like it will cost about $300 per year for the base OS and four CALs.
I was not aware that you could buy it outright as I thought that it was only avalible through a volume liscence so I may need to do some more investigating.
Bother - I'd better check on that, then, too.I was not aware that you could buy it outright as I thought that it was only avalible through a volume liscence
Thanks for the info guys 2 x dual head + on board gfx could well be enough for me tbh.
Any systems integrators on board that can advise?
I wanted to PM you, but your in-box is full - could you make some space, or PM me an email address....!
We are running a test school in the fall that will have about 30 multipoint servers setup. This replaces all of the standard student desktops with multipoint servers.
We are using Dell T3500's with the nvidia NVS 420 and NVS 295. This would give us 6 stations. About $2k each.
We tried using the wyse usb stations and it max's out the cpu if you watch any type of live streaming video on 3 stations and above. We thought that was a huge issue so that is why we went with the other route.
I wrote in earlier when I still trying to figure out what to do. Based on some of this forum's advice, I went ahead with Multipoint Server and now have 4 stations running beautifully. It could hardly be easier.
For those interested, here is what I did:
bought a core 2 quad, 4GB machine on eBay for $400
added 2 PNY geforce 5200 PCI cards for $70
licensed WMS 2010 and 4 CALs for $200
bought 4 USB hubs (you need one for each station no matter how many slots they have)
plugged in available monitors and mice
booted up, installed video drivers (had to find the right one -- wrong info abounds)
booted up again. (press s)
set up stations
plugged into ethernet (no domain)
Beautiful. Runs well. My only problem is that my colleague wants to run autocad and this may take a little fiddling.
Highly recommended. Expect final cost to be less than $12,000 for 24 seats.
I more point: I have purchased some USB audio adapters ($5 or $10 each). Not yet tested, but should work.
If it's not too late I actually have a spare HP MS6000 and 3 spare T-100 thin clients sitting in the server room. I don't mind loaning it to you for a week or two to test and play.
plexer (16th July 2010)
They do indeed work fine. Had to run setup again after plugging them in. Hub is powered.
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