How to get started in thin client networking?
I am a network administrator for a smaller company. We have 35 people, 3 servers, network printers etc. I am the only NA that this company has. I spend a lot of time doing deskside support. We also have a small to midsize budget for IT.
With that said, I am looking into moving over to thin client computing for our network, with the idea of me doing less deskside support, purchasing and upgrading desktops and laptops, and doing more on the network side of things.
I have tried to dig up as much info as possible, but I am still sort of at a loss on where to start.
I have gotten the approval to look into doing a test bed of sorts to test the functionality.
Things we do are:
1. We are a vendor company, with the majority of our work coming from a large software company.
2. We Ras into our main clients network using smart cards to utilize their internal tools and apps.
3. We do a lot of data crunching in excel spreadsheets, as well as using web based tools on thier internal network.
We utilize Window software (windows servers, exchange server, Vista enterprise desktops etc.)
That being said, can someone help me figure out what I need to set up a test bed?
I was thinking of picking up 1-3 different types of thin or zero clients, and setting up a server to work with them.
The key here is for the users to keep doing thier work as they always have, utilizing the smartcards/ras that they need to connect to our clients network (required), the ability of testing software on CD's/DVD's and keeping the users existing dual flat screen monitor setup.
So what all do I need to get testing?
Is there any trial software for a easy server setup?
I have a spare server that I can load up with whatever to test with. I am also just finishing up getting everyone on GB ethernet.
Thanks everyone for your help.