Slighty OT: Advice on Terminal Server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Javier Gomez, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. Javier Gomez

    Javier Gomez Guest

    Hi all !!!

    I have a client that will be running SBS2k3Prem (running SBS2k right now)
    and will require in the near future an additional TS server (Win2k3) for
    about 10-20 remote sessions (something I'm preparing myself to deal with).
    The remote computers will be used exclusively for connecting to the TS
    (which in turn is only used to run one app). I need to get some numbers
    ($$$) on this whole setup and I have been thinking about those

    Since Windows 2003 Server now requires TS CALs for everything... then (IMO)
    there is no incentive to run Windows XP Pro on those "dummy" workstations if
    they are not going to be used for anything else. I was thinking of using
    Linux with some RDP client to save some money. I'm no Linux expert but so
    far it works ok (with my limited testing)... although I have not been able
    to figure out how to redirect printers.

    So, my questions are:

    -Does this seems like a reasonable thing to do?
    -Any potential problems that I'm not aware of?
    -Is there a better alternative to this?
    -Has anybody here done this? If so, what RDP client are you using (and Linux

    Javier Gomez, Jan 19, 2004
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  2. Roger Crawford, Jan 19, 2004
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  3. Moishe Grunstein, Jan 19, 2004
  4. Javier Gomez

    Javier Gomez Guest

    Roger--> Many many thanks for the link... this looks even better than what I
    was trying to do! I will give it a try.

    Moishe-> Thanks... I'm aware of these very cheap workstations. However, I
    have ton of old hardware that could come in handy here. I still have to
    evaluate how much money they would really save and if its advisable... so
    anything is possible. Any specific reasons why you don't like the idea?
    Javier Gomez, Jan 19, 2004
  5. I just like a complete Microsoft platform.
    Moishe Grunstein, Jan 19, 2004

  6. I've used rdesktop ( to connect to my
    SBS2003, admittedly only for remote admin so far, but it works remarkably

    James Reather, Jan 19, 2004
  7. Javier Gomez

    George Guest

    Wyse winterms, 15" lcd's at 1024x768. Cheap, silent, small, rock stable,
    almost impossible to foul up. I use my documents redirection onto the sbs
    server, and keep all the data files there as well. Print locally if you
    want, or via the network. Basically zero admin for the TS and wyse

    You can model the terminal server hardware requirements with
    George, Jan 19, 2004
  8. Javier Gomez

    Javier Gomez Guest

    I've used rdesktop ( to connect to my
    That's the one I have been using... and it works great [I just need to
    figure out the printer thingy]. :)

    After seeing Roger's post I think I will switch to that (it also uses
    Javier Gomez, Jan 19, 2004
  9. Javier Gomez

    Javier Gomez Guest

    Thanks... I will take this under consideration.
    Javier Gomez, Jan 19, 2004
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