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May 10, 2009 2:24:37 PM

I am planning on building a server component setup, and I was wondering if it would be possible to install XP on it, and then plug in 2 or 4 each of monitors, keyboards, and mice, and make them work like seperate desktops.

If this is possible, what types of components would I need?

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May 10, 2009 2:51:28 PM

How would you make that work with Windows XP? It would be easier to install a real server OS like Windows Server 2003 or 2008. Then use RDP and a thin client for each user.
May 10, 2009 6:59:15 PM

GhislainG said:
How would you make that work with Windows XP? It would be easier to install a real server OS like Windows Server 2003 or 2008. Then use RDP and a thin client for each user.


Right okay, thats what I was sort of thinking.

So I would get some very cheap networked clients (any ideas?) and then a windows server thing.

Any ideas for parts?
May 10, 2009 7:18:06 PM

It depends on how many clients you'll need, what they will do, etc. You first need to determine if 4 GB is enough or not. I setup a Windows 2003 Server for a customer having over 20 users connected via RDP and it uses less than 3 GB. Knowing how much memory each instance of an application requires is important.

We use PCs to connect to RDP sessions (using mstsc), but you can buy thin clients. Check what HP (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF04a/12454-124...), Dell and others have to offer. Thin clients are nice, but you won't save much money over normal desktops. What re you trying to achieve? I mean we normally select thin clients and RDP to minimize the level of support and accommodate for remote users, not to necessarily save money on hardware.
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