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I currently run a primarily XP based network. NAS Server, with XP Pro, primarily for video storage. I have SageTV running on another PC and distributed via extenders to a couple of locations in the house. My wife has a mac-mini and I have my work computer, a macbook Pro. I don't want to mess with much of that.


What I do want to do is start using either thin clients or ncomputing nodes (L300 etc) to provide terminals for my kids (and maybe replace my wife's mac mini too)


While reading/researching I'm finding myself a bit confused. Can WHS support virtual desktops for the L300, or do I have to go to windows multipoint server? The cost difference appears HUGE.


If I go thin client, with embedded OS, is that more where the WHS would play?


Ultimate goal, leave my SageTV alone for now, replace any kid/parent computer with either thin client/alternative and have that manageable by ME. The # of computers I'm running is getting a bit overwhelming. Other add ons, I wouldn't mind hosting a webpage or two at some point, not huge right now. Would like the latest to be based on Win7 desktops (not sure if WHS11 looks/acts like that)


I've tried searching a bit on this forum, have seen a ton of HTPC topics, not much on thin/ncomputing, but maybe my searching efforts missed something.


Thanks in advance!!!

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Grab a TechNet subscription and most of your costs will be reduced "in your testing environment". I thought I had a White paper on the subject. If I find it I will PM you.

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Interesting idea for the tech sub. Thanks if you find the White paper too! I'm kindof stuck on the WHS11 support or not for thin clients. Does the thin client allow you to utilize WHS11 or do you still need to go multipoint?


Grab a TechNet subscription and most of your costs will be reduced "in your testing environment". I thought I had a White paper on the subject. If I find it I will PM you.

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Two different animals. MultiPoint is more of a "kiosk" type design where you would have multiple monitors and keyboards connected to one central server. Thin Client, as I understand it, is really the Win7 version of Windows embedded. A scaled down version with not many extras.


I have a 7 Thin Client running in a VM just to see what it would do. Nothing special...no frills. My thoughts would be to run one to record TV with an external tuner.

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So I think you are close to answering my question.


If your running 7 thin clients, do you need a WHS as a backend, or can any WIN7/XP or NAS box do?

On the thin clients can you upgrade the OS, either security updates or full xp-win7?


I'm looking to use the thin clients primarily to use for kids machines, maybe wife too.

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What is this thin client of which you speak? Obviously I've heard of thin client as a concept, and have even used some of the hardware ones, like those from Wyse, but I had no idea MS makes one. It sounds interesting in that it might be a good fit for my wife's puter. Can anyone provide more details, or have a link to some?

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The actual name is "Windows Thin PC" which is the Windows 7 version of XP Embedded. It was available as a trial on Microsoft Connect but it is definitely available on TechNet.

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I tested out Multipoint Server beta a while ago and wrote something here, http://theaverageguy...rver-2011-beta/ My setup was using multple videocards on one server, the separate monitors, keyboard/mouse through hubs.


As jmwills says, best to get a copy from a technet subscription, you can also get the Windows 7 thin PC images there. I also got a Windows Office 2010 with Terminal Service license, that allowed me to install only 1 copy of Office 2010 on the server and remote in from multiple PC's.


I also read that you can add a WHS2011 machine to the mix for data stoarge and/or backups.

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