Multipoint Server 2011 + nComputing on a domain issue
We've been using an nComputing solution for just over a year now. Firstly we were using XP - that was fine, the odd issue now and again. We're now a Windows 7 network (With 2008 R2 Servers) and have been having big problems with the nComputing solution. We have single x500 cards in small form factor Shuttle PCs, so run up to 5 stations per machine - currently 3 - 4. However, every now and again (usually if the machine is restarted/shutdown) the station screens go blank, or just have 'nComputing' on them. Logging onto the machine we get 'This device cannot start' errors in device manager. Usually reinstalling the whole lot fixes this, and sometimes even restarting the machines a few times. It's very hit and miss though. Some machines we haven't heard a peep out of. Others we we're called out two or more times a week. I've tried changing settings in the bios and creating a brand new image without other drives or devices that can conflict, but still get the issue.
To try and fix this, and also to get out of the 'grey area' I've now tried Multipoint Server 2011 Premium. After soom issues with sysprep (still wont hold the graphics card drivers etc - but no matter) I've got this to deploy fine. I just have to install graphics drivers and nComputing drivers and vSpace software. All sorted. Testesd in our office with a test student or two, brilliant - works!
I've now been told that students trying to use the stations either can't log on (just get a black screen after 'Applying Computer Settings/desktop etc' or take absolutely ages. I couldn't understand, as the two test student accounts I've used log in within 2 minutes and work fine. Also, the machine takes a while applying settings etc when booting. I think this might be down to some 32bit msi files failing to install though.
I've noticed in Event viewer that all is not well with group policy. Mostly folder redirection errors (access denied) and the above issue with programs installing. Does anyone know if standard GPOs designed for Windows 7 should largely be ok with MPS2011 Premium? Or what the problem could be? Aside from and/or including issues with group policy above.