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Connect older machines to Terminal Services system

By mjvipond ·
Here's the project:

6 - 10 Pentium 166 Mhz computers, 64M RAM
A switched network
Windows 2003 Terminal Services servers

Scenario: Boot the computer using Linux, automatically start RDesktop (or other TS connection software) w/o user intervention.

Question: What Linux distro?
How to configure for automatic startup of RDP?

Any and all comments welcome. I've got a little Linux experience, but not much. I'll need some hand holding.



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by Jaqui In reply to Connect older machines to ...

check the live cds for several distros to see which one suits your prefferences, that's the distro you need.( full version to install )

during system configuration you should be able to tell each to connect to rdf automatically.

mandrake has auto install facility, where you can install on one, make an auto install floppy, then boot the other machines off it and only have to check during configuration.
all packages are set up already.

you may have to use samba to connect to the server, as windows netbios isn't a recognised standard.

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by FelixOrtiz In reply to Connect older machines to ...

I use this on the same type of hardware you outlined here to make Dumb Terminals that connect to my Citrix and Terminal Servers. Its quite nice.

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I second that

by Roger99a In reply to ThinStation

My company has about 60 thinstations deployed and everyone loves it. It's easy to deploy, even for non-linux people like me. Do a search on

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