Pros & Cons of Thin Client vs Thin PC

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We are in the middle of designing a new Domain Configuration and are in need of information relative to the issues anyone may have experienced implementing either of these solutions on the AS/400.

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Yes, I have experience with both. The obvious advantage to the thin PC is that you have more options latter as far as installing other software. Although if your users are like mine and they get confused when you give them to many options and they are use to dumb terminals. Then Thin clients are cheaper and easier to configure. If you have any specific questions please ask.

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  • Ramheka
    Thin Client is wonderfull in a sens deployment of applications and restrictions are used from one point also if you have branch offices and mobile users thin client allows them to connect and work with no problem. as any other technolgy you might end up dealing with some issues like sessions timing out and printing to local printers or so on. it is a technology that has more positif than negatif specialy if you think of expanding in the future
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  • Kojones
    Let?s check this out from both a financial and a support point of view. 1) How much does it cost for each type of client; e.g. thin client vs. thin pc? 2) Are your users savvy; e.g. do they know how to install their own software and do they have a need to do so? 3) Can your current personnel handle the updates required for a thin pc; e.g. service packs, hotfixes (assuming this is a Microsoft client), anti-virus definitions, etc.? 4) Will a thin client allow you to maintain that client in a more efficient manner than a thin pc; e.g. one-stop shopping on a dumb terminal where no updates are required with the exception of firmware updates; or if you are using Citrix, then you only need the operating system and a product that will handle the automatic updates for service packs, hotfixes, anti-virus definitions, security (if you indulge), etc.? 5) What type of user community do you have; e.g. highly technical, moderately technical or novice? These are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to determining whether thin clients or thin pcs are more practical for your environment. And, as someone else mentioned, you need to consider printers and, perhaps, VPN.
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    Let?s check this out from both a financial and a support point of view. 1) How much does it cost for each type of client; e.g. thin client vs. thin pc? 2) Are your users savvy; e.g. do they know how to install their own software and do they have a need to do so? 3) Can your current personnel handle the updates required for a thin pc; e.g. service packs, hotfixes (assuming this is a Microsoft client), anti-virus definitions, etc.? 4) Will a thin client allow you to maintain that client in a more efficient manner than a thin pc; e.g. one-stop shopping on a dumb terminal where no updates are required with the exception of firmware updates; or if you are using Citrix, then you only need the operating system and a product that will handle the automatic updates for service packs, hotfixes, anti-virus definitions, security (if you indulge), etc.? 5) What type of user community do you have; e.g. highly technical, moderately technical or novice? These are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to determining whether thin clients or thin pcs are more practical for your environment. And, as someone else mentioned, you need to consider printers and, perhaps, VPN.
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