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Hello all, I have been working with thin clients for some time now, among others i have used it to set up cyber cafe’s for clients even bet9ja.

Firstly lets go over to setting up the thin client itself in other words configuring it.

Thin Clienting at Home
 Have you ever wished to own a cyber cafe or a bet9ja outlet that you can power with even a small KvA generator set Low energy consumption means less fuel right?? and less business running cost which means less profit!!!

Your solution? A Thin client……A THIN WHAT??
A thin client, a thin client is basically a stripped down computer that is used as a window to the Terminal Server, some use complex platforms to connect to the server, but today I am using RDP because that was the easiest for me (and cheapest).

Step 1: Materials

Materials
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Well you are going to need a few Items to set this up.

1-Extra Computer (well, you could actually use the one you are using now), Running Windows XP PRO, Specs dont really matter, I am using a 2.6ghz with 512ram, any old one hiding in your closet would be fine.

2-Compaq Evo T20 Thin Clients (again you could use any type, I just used these because that is what I found in Lagos)

3-Wired Home network (Cat 5e preferably)

4-DSL or equal home connection(Modem)

Step 2: Pre Config, Setup

So go ahead and install your “server” in the location you select for it.
Connect the network, the power, and the secondary network (optional)

Step 3: Windows Modification

OK here is the easy part, all you have to do is download this software and install it on the “Terminal Server” (the computer you want to use as your server)
http://www.brothersoft.com/terminal-server-patch-142879.html

This is personally what I used, but I am not responsible for any screw ups you might cause to your system, not limited to Trojans, Malware, Viruses, anything else, etc…, ……

Ok, download this directly to the server, dont put it on a flash drive because I tried it and it didnt work right, so just to be safe.
Now go ahead and install it, then determine the number of terminals you want to use, then take and set up that number of user accounts WITH Passwords
Personally I have three thin clients that I want to set up, so I have three accounts.
Your almost done! Yay

Step 4: Connect & Configuring

Connect & Configuring

Ok, this is really quite simple, just connect the terminals to your network, then connect your server.
It should be pretty self explanatory, make sure your server has the terminal services enabled, to check go to
Start>Control Panel>Performance&Maintnence>System> then click on the remote tab
Now, make sure both boxes are checked, then click ok.
Make sure that there is one account per thin client terminal, these accounts MUST have a password, otherwise they will not work!

Configuring- Well go ahead and start up your thin client and it should come up to some kind of connection window, with windows CE (If you have a Compaq Evo you may have to reset it, all you have to do to reset it is, hold down G while turning on the thin client) Now,go to the connection editor, the default should be named something like RDP test or RDP …….something, IDK what your config is but edit that connection and get the IP of your server (the local IP 192.168.1.000 or whatever it may be) and place the server IP in the remote server box and click OK.

To Find the IP address of your server
Go to: Start>Connect To>Show All Connections>Then click on your LAN connection>Support

Now, Pray that it works.

If everything works right you should see something like the picture below. Insert your information.

Continue to next step

Step 5: Finish!

Finish!

HOORAY
You Should now be finished and should get something like the screen below

If this doesn’t work for you follow the next steps

you should consider these steps they are simpler works easily and very light weight…

  1. Thin clients are just CPUs without the bells and whistles, so open up your thin client, f it has a BIOS Battery you are outta luck but if instead it has a Micro SD Card you are good to go!!!
  2. remove the SD CARD download this small Operating System its Linux but with a good GUI. http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html download it in your computer (the ISO, or the dsl embedded.zip) also downoad this cool piece of software to help create a bootable space in your Micro SD https://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.7.8.exe
  3. Download and run Universal USB Installer, select DSL, and follow the onscreen instructions
  4. Once the script has finished, reboot your computer and set your system BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device
  5. Remove the SD CARD and place it back to the thin client… it should be booting from the memory card now

Your Thin Client Has no SD CARD?

Dont feel bad yet you can run this whole process over with a USB Flash?

Wish to boot Windows Instead??

too bad windows is too big, but not to worry you can get it done by taking advantage of the SATA Harddrive cable slot that come with a thin client, just attach a hard drive loaded with windows to it and boot from it.

You can use the comments section for your queries!!

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