VNC vs. TS part II

Stuart Ellis elliss "at"
Thu Apr 29 13:29:00 2004

A set of 15 Windows PCs will be a massive time sink if you don't have AD
or Novell.  Trying to keep the software updated, in sync and correctly
configured on all PCs, plus lockdown, AV etc. to prevent them being
messed up will be a job in itself.

Is it feasible to remove Windows from the equation, and run the app on a
Linux system ?  You could then give VNC desktops to your users without
the licencing issue, and client machines can boot off the network if you
wish.  There are various kits for making this kind of setup.

On Wed, 28 Apr 2004 20:06:00 -0500, "Ordway, Bruce" <bruceo "at">
> Please let me rephrase my original question.
> I have about 15 remote users.
> In fact remote may be a misnomer, they could be called disconnected
> users right now.
> The CRM application we use connects to a WinNT RAS server occasionally
> and replicates.
> We are upgrading our CRM application & it doesn't replicate anymore.
> Instead, looks like a user connects using Windows Terminal server and
> uses the application "live".
> When I started adding up the cost of a Terminal Server and all of the
> client licenses... made me sad.
> I haven't done the math yet but I wonder if it wouldn't be cheaper (and
> easier?) to set up 15 PC's in the back room. They could each run the
> client CRM software and a VNC Server. PC's are pretty darn cheap these
> days.
> Would this be insane?
> If not, then what if we go even further.
> How about fewer PC's sliced up using VMWare?
> Possible?
> Cool or UnCool?
> Thanks,
> Bruce
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