Atom/Win 7/TS Remote Programs
I've a bit of money to upgrade our computer lab (primary school). Currently there are 17 workstations: Windows 98 machines, with RDP client in startup, and four Igel thin clients. We're using Server 2003 r2. Most of what goes on in here is web-browsing (Firefox) and word processing (OpenOffice).
The prices of thin clients seem to be about the same as Atom PCs which are capable of running Windows 7. I was impressed with the Acer Aspire Revo (admittedly, I haven't looked around much) which comes with Nvidia Ion graphics so video will not be an issue at all, whereas in our current setup it's the most glaring drawback.
Our server is a dual quad core Xeon 1.6 with 4GB ram. It's used for Terminal Services during the day, has a 1.5TB drive for backing up our DC/fileserver and I run virtual machines on it for testing. I'm thinking of fitting the room with Atom PCs, running web-browsing locally, and letting TS Remote Programs keep us future-proof for a while. I'll move the four Igel thin clients into a classroom and continue running them as regular RDP sessions.
We're planning to buy MS Office licenses very soon for all our computers. This will probably be the heaviest thing running initally.
With TS Remote Programs, it seems one must log onto the local computer and then again when accessing the application. There is an option to save credentials, will this make the RDP logon transparent after it has been completed once? Or will Network Level Authentication take care of it all?
So, any advice?