With the Microsoft 2008 VM you can easily set ut cheap desktops in the cloud using Microsoft Terminal Services(TS). This way you can cut your hardware and administration costs. Due to the nature of Terminal Services this solution is mostly targeted at businesses with much administration work, like accountants and secretaries. TS is a way of providing users with their own desktops in a shared computer, so the same computer services multiple users at the same time. This way the hardware is utilized more efficiently than on a dedicated desktop, and a bonus is that the computer is moved out of the office, saving both space and electricity.
So what’s the fuzz about? How do I do this?
There are many ways to accomplish this, but the easiest way is to take the old computers, and simply hook them up to the TS-server, using built in software like the Remote Desktop client in windows. This is not the way that TS i mostly implemented, the vast majority of the organisations that are using Terminal Services uses Thin Clients that provide the user with a simple OS that can handle the connection to the TS.
I was thinking about writing a tutorial on how to installa and configure Terminal Services on Windows 2008 R2, but then i decided that it was a bad idea, if you don’t know how to install Terminal Services, and can’t find a tutorial for it online, then you should not install it;) Anyway, in short the installation process goes like this: Create an Windows 2008 R2 machine in CityCloud, configure Terminal Services, connect and go!
An important note: Most definately TS requires other licenses than the ones that City Network uses in CityCloud, so you should contact sales to be sure that you use the right licenses!
This is where the real money saver is, instead of paying thousands for your hardware, you can use old hardware with http://www.thinstation.org/ or with the installed Windows / Linux and use a RDP-client inside, or you can order a thin client and configure the embedded OS to automatically connect to the Terminal Server. A thin client costs much less than a “real computer” and has virtually no maintanance demand.