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Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment

David Richards

A quick guide for System Administrators
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847192042
Paperback176 pages

About This Book

  • Learn to implement the right Linux thin client network for your requirements
  • Evaluate and choose the right hardware and software for your deployment
  • Techniques to intelligently design and set up your thin client network
  • Practical advice on educating users, convincing management, and intelligent use of legacy systems


Who This Book Is For

The book is for System Administrators interested in designing and setting up a Linux thin client network and provides enough knowledge to understand how the technology works, make decisions about deployment, and then implement a stable work environment.

Linux Thin Client Networks Design and Deployment


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of Thin Clients
Theory of Design
Common Misconceptions
Features Gained in the Thin Design
Chapter 2: The Types of Thin Clients
Proprietary Operating Systems
Windows Embedded Devices
Linux Devices
Wireless Devices
Handheld Devices
Chapter 3: An Analysis of Costs
Anticipated Costs
Reuse of Current Personal Computers
Possible Reductions in Server Counts
Thin Client versus Client/Server Anticipated Costs
Project Staffing Size and Changes
Other Cost Savings to Consider
Chapter 4: The People Issues
Executive and Management Issues
User Community Issues
Chapter 5: Considering the Network
Primary Network
Remote Sites
Thin Client Network Connections
Testing the Network
Chapter 6: Implementing the Server
Planning and Designing the Server
Building the Server
Enabling XDMCP
Providing the Desktop
NFS Mounts and Shared Directories
Integrating Bandwidth Management for Remote Users
Chapter 7: Implementing the User Software
Running Software from a Remote Server
Planning which User Software to Deploy
Electronic Mail
Office Suite
Instant Messaging
File Processing
Picture Processing
Audio and Video Processing
Software Development
Connection to Legacy UNIX Servers
Connection to Legacy IBM Mainframes
Connection to Microsoft Windows Applications
Chapter 8: Implementing the Thin Clients
Choosing the Right Thin Client
Turn-Key versus Customized Solutions
Starting the Appropriate Connection Method
Creating a Chooser for Multiple Connection Methods
Personal Computer Hardware Devices
Enabling Remote Sound
Allowing the Server to Gain Access to USB Devices
Chapter 9: Support
Supporting the Users
Support within Your IT Staff
Vendor and Open-Source Support

What You Will Learn

Chapter 1 gives you a overview of exactly what is a thin client, and the different types that are available.

Chapter 2 gives you a sample of multiple types of thin clients. This chapter will help you decide the hardware to deploy.

Chapter 3 identifies key areas to review when considering the financial impact of your thin client plan and also discusses hardware acquisition and staffing costs.

Chapter 4 addresses what might be the hardest part of your deployment: People. Some people are passionate about their software and others are challenged with any workflow changes. It's important to address them as much as possible before, during, and after deployment.

Chapter 5 reviews the network required to run thin clients. Because of the simplicity of the computing deployment, your network too is simplified.

Chapter 6 covers the steps necessary to design a server for the number of users in your deployment and the steps to allow thin clients to log into and run a desktop environment.

Chapter 7 explores software packages that run on Linux, along with their suitability to run over the network to thin clients.

Chapter 8 reviews the process of considering the operating system to deploy on the devices and also covers interaction with USB devices and speakers.

Chapter 9 covers three aspects of support: supporting your users, support within your IT staff, and support from software vendors.

In Detail

A thin client network is a client-server architecture where client computers depend primarily on a central server for processing activities. The client machines (thin clients) mainly focus on passing user input to remote services and receiving and displaying the output; thin clients aren't as much about the hardware or software as about the design.

This book has all the information you need to easily set up your own Linux thin client network. It will help you evaluate how a thin client network fits into your organization and make informed choices on the hardware and software needed for your deployment, discusses design issues, and guides you with building, configuring, and supporting the network.

The author has given thought to the book to create something that is well rounded, and meets the needs of small and large organizations.


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