Thin Clients - project for secondary school
My school has 400+ Dell machines running XP. At least 80% of the machines are out of warranty. Many of them are 4+ years old. We have a couple of issues; we don't have the money to start replacing 100's of machines and if we were to move to Windows 7 I don't think all of our machines would be capable of running it.
We are starting to look at Thin Client solutions. Initially using our old machines as thin client terminals, to save £££.
All our servers are virtualised, we are running VMware and we have the capacity to add more servers.
We've spoken to a few companies and we are being told different things regarding price, software and licensing. One guy, who we trust was assuring us that costs had dropped dramatically over the last couple of years. I seem to recall he was suggesting a Linux based solution. Unfortunately he has left the country to pursue his career.
Ideally, we would like students and staff to be able to access a remote desktop from home.
I don't expect anyone to wave a magic wand and drop a solution into my lap but I'm interested in your opinions and suggestions, especially from anyone who has had a tackle a problem of similar size.
Cheers from the Cap'n!!!