A diskless workstation solution ..

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  1. cyberelf

    A diskless workstation solution ..

    I've been asked to set up a diskless workstation solution for a Non-Profit. Is there anyone on here who could advice me on the best cost effective solution. For example, an Open Source server delivering Windows images to the client PCs.

    1. Aitor 1

      Re: A diskless workstation solution ..

      I would say boot from network and then execute on server.. kind of what ernie ball did but more modern. there are several solutions using just opensource.

      So you treat pcs as thin clients.

      Anyway, using disks is not THAT expensive...

      http://openthinclient.org/home

      http://cult-thinclient.sourceforge.net/

      http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/thinstation/index.php?title=Main_Page

      And mainly:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Terminal_Server_Project

      I don't understand why you want to deliver a windows image to a local PC.. you might want to have tarantella, or VMware or whatever executed on remote, but where do you want to store a windows image if you don't have a hard drive?

      1. cyberelf

        Re: A diskless workstation solution ..

        Thanks for the response .. I'll take a look at those links you provided ..

        > Anyway, using disks is not THAT expensive...

        The manager want's to eliminate disks to prevent viruses, hacking and clients installing their own software and storing prohibited images on the machines. The machines are used by grown-ups in the daytime and children in the evening.

        > I don't understand why you want to deliver a windows image to a local PC.

        I don't, the manager wants Windows and there's nothing can persuade him otherwise.

        > where do you want to store a windows image if you don't have a hard drive?

        http://www.ccboot.com/

        According to this, they store the windows image and persistent client data on two partitions on the server. I presume the image runs totally in memory, and a home folder is mapped to the client user. I've been bitten before by software that don't perform as advertised. The spec sheet is more aspirational that real. The only way to really know if it'll work is to suck-it-and-see.

        From personal experience, any thin-client solution I've ever seen, has been slow to boot and sluggish in operation. Rubber-band effect on the mouse and a noticeable delay when typing before anything appears on screen.

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