Multi-users

Brian M. Godfrey brian at wildbirdshop.com
Tue Aug 25 21:11:24 BST 2009


   The micro PC in the shipping area will be one of those tiny ones running
Linux.  It cannot run my POS software which is windows-only.  I'm just using
it as a "remote terminal" for one of the POS systems.  The possibility that
I could use that system locally and remotely at the same time is an added
attraction, though not the main objective.
   It is true that I have no idea how the POS application would feel about
having multiple instances running at the same time on the system.  Probably
not good.  But I don't really need two instances running at once.  It would
just be nice for someone in the front to be able to use the system for other
things while the person in the back is receiving.  We also have Outlook open
on it all day, Excel, and the UPS shipping software.  
   I have been looking around and found some interesting things.
   Here is information on converting the Windows workstation OSs (XP-Pro and
Vista Business) to true multi-user systems using RDP:
http://remotedesktoprdp.com/Multiple-Remote-Desktop-Sessions.aspx.  I'm not
sure if this would allow VNC to create a second user session or not.  I
suppose there is an RDP client for Linux out there somewhere.
   Here is a shareware product that allows you to create separate sessions
within windows on your Windows desktop:
http://www.wugnet.com/shareware/spow.asp?ID=587.  It's kind of old, the
company appears to have disappeared, but it appears to create separate user
sessions without using RDP/terminal services.  Would VNC just take over one
of these sessions/desktops and leave the others available on the main
monitor?

--Brian M. Godfrey
  brian at wildbirdshop.com



> -----Original Message-----
> From: vnc-list-bounces at realvnc.com [mailto:vnc-list-
> bounces at realvnc.com] On Behalf Of Bob Hartung
> Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:30 PM
> To: Toninho H 1; vnc-list at realvnc.com
> Subject: Re: Multi-users
> 
> For Brian's situation, VNC won't give him what he needs. I don't
> believe RDP would either. I'm guessing the PC he's using to run a POS
> app is unlikely to be a terminal server or he wouldn't be looking for
> an alternate way to have multiple users.
> 
> Brian, you said you plan to setup a stand-alone micro PC in your
> shipping area and want to hook up to you POS PC. I'd check with your
> POS software provider to see if they support multiple PCs hooking up to
> the existing POS PC. It might be as simple as installing the app on
> your micro PC and configuring a share from your main POS PC.
> 
> Another thing to be careful about is even if you were able to get
> multiple sessions running on a single PC, if your POS sofware doesn't
> support multiple users you might end up having problems and corrupting
> your POS transactions or database.
> 
> 
> 
> ----------------------
> 
> Bob Hartung
> Wisco Industries, Inc.
> 736 Janesville St.
> Oregon, WI 53575
> Tel: (608) 835-3106 x215
> Fax: (608) 835-7399
> e-mail: bhartung(at)wiscoind.com
>   _____
> 
> From: Toninho H 1 [mailto:feitosa_neto_a_r at hotmail.com]
> To: vnc-list at realvnc.com
> Sent: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:59:47 -0500
> Subject: Re: Multi-users
> 
> Bob,
> 
>   VNC does not provide even the sessions, just the Virtual Network
> Computing
>   layer. If the host system can, you know, host multiple sessions of
> VNC
>   Servers, THEN the VNC protocol for sure can provide multiple client
>   sessions, even from the same ~client PC~ just using different display
>   numbers...
> 
>   This is the way it works under Linux hosts, and it can work this way
> also
>   using Windows Terminal Server I believe, but in this case you would
> be
>   better "served" using the microsoft RDP clients.
> 
> 
> 
>   --------------------------------------------------
>   From: "Bob Hartung" <bhartung at wiscoind.com>
>   Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:13 PM
>   To: <brian at wildbirdshop.com>; <vnc-list at realvnc.com>
>   Subject: Re: Multi-users
> 
>   > Multiple people can view a single PC but VNC has never provided
> multiple
>   > independent sessions in the 7 or so years I've been using it.
>   >
>   > ----------------------
>   >
>   > Bob Hartung
>   > Wisco Industries, Inc.
>   > 736 Janesville St.
>   > Oregon, WI 53575
>   > Tel: (608) 835-3106 x215
>   > Fax: (608) 835-7399
>   > e-mail: bhartung(at)wiscoind.com
>   >  _____
>   >
>   > From: Brian M. Godfrey [mailto:brian at wildbirdshop.com]
>   > To: vnc-list at realvnc.com
>   > Sent: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:05:37 -0500
>   > Subject: Multi-users
>   >
>   > Hi,
>   >
>   >     I have used VNC on a few of my Win XP-Pro systems for a couple
> of
>   > years
>   >  or so.  It seems to me that when I first got it, it was possible
> for one
>   > to
>   >  login to a system using VNC without affecting the primary user of
> the
>   > system
>   >  - effectively making it a multi-user system.  I want to do some
> work on
>   > our
>   >  main POS system without taking it away from the sales people who
> are very
>   >  busy this time of year.
>   >
>   >     Is that still possible?  I haven't tried it in a long time.
>   >
>   >
>   >
>   >  --Brian M. Godfrey
>   >
>   >    brian at wildbirdshop.com
>   >
>   >
>   >
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