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Thin Client recomendation

Thin Client recomendation

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We operate hosted desktops and I am looking for recommendations for devices to log on to the server. I believe that thin clients are the best solution but that is about as far as my knowledge goes. I need one that supports dual monitors (preferably triple) and one with a dvd drive. I am also informed for ease that it would be preferable if it had windows but I am not sure why. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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By Flash Gordon
28th Nov 2014 15:49

Bit biased

What's wrong with slightly chubby clients? Or a healthy weight with curves in all the right places clients? I'll admit that you might want to avoid the morbidly obese ones if they visit your offices as they could snaffle all the biccies but to only seek thin ones is a bit sizist. 

Now that we no longer live in caves I'd guess that most clients (of any size) would have windows. Unless they live in tents? I've never specified such things though. I just care that they pay me. Where they live is their business.

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By iandc6
28th Nov 2014 16:09

HP t510

Hi Paul4p - from my knowledge a year or so ago (which is a long time in IT) the HP t510 was a good one - not truly a thin client, but most of the way there. Also added bonus, it can connect to the web even if you can't connect to your virtual server.

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By AS
28th Nov 2014 17:07

HP

We use HP T5740e - Windows 7 embedded thin clients with dual monitors. They do not have a DVD drive. We previously used  use similar units with Linux instead of Windows and they worked very well but screen resolution was limited when using dual monitors. Why would you want a DVD drive on a thin client?

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By James Reeves
29th Nov 2014 09:03

DVD drive

I agree with AS that having a DVD drive on a thin client seems a bit pointless, but if absolutely necessary you can just get a portable DVD drive that plugs into the USB port.

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By paul4p
01st Dec 2014 14:12

Thanks for the recommendations, the bit I am more confused with is the Flash drive and the operating system - is one necessary if everything is on the cloud? A DVD drive is because some clients still bring in there records on cds so I need to be able to read them.

 

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By Flash Gordon
04th Dec 2014 14:49

Keep up

paul4p wrote:

Thanks for the recommendations, the bit I am more confused with is the Flash drive and the operating system - is one necessary if everything is on the cloud? A DVD drive is because some clients still bring in there records on cds so I need to be able to read them.

Keep up man - Flash wasn't on the cloud (referring to oneself in the 3rd person is now acceptable according to Felipe on The Apprentice), Flash was on a rocketcycle which went through the cloud... Honestly, it's not like it hasn't been on a few times.

I still need systems to operate regardless of weather conditions - without my systems I struggle. (We're talking how I arrange my clothes in the wardrobe, what I do when, how the dishwasher needs to be filled etc.). The dvds are for some background noise when I'm doing work that doesn't need much thinking. What clients do with their records makes no difference to it. 

So you see it's simple. Listen to your Uncle Flash and you'll be fine.

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By jonstanton
04th Dec 2014 13:47

IGEL thin clients

We use and recommend the IGEL thin clients.

We use the IGEL UD3 secures in house with the Linux OS (although you can get a Windows embedded OS if you prefer), which works well on our Citrix network.  We run dual screen, and have the ability to pass through local devices such as USB memory sticks and smart cards.

IGEL also have a product called the Universal Desktop Converter, which allows to to take your old PCs and laptops and convert them into thin clients. This removes most of the management overhead from them, and because you are using hosted desktops the performance should still be good. We have a number of laptops configured like this to enable remote access for staff.

Kind regards,

Jon Stanton

www.pemit.co.uk

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