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im testing it now on sig rig.
it has 4 hard drives now with the first one being the main OS.
Just installed xp on the 2nd drive with virtual machine.

How do I make a usb keyboard and mouse dedicated to it?
Right now if I move both mice, it only moves the pointer of the main OS
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SSD wouldn't help much; the big problem is network latency.

A kit like that is an option, however support will be slim to none, and administration options are usually lacking. That setup is more for your house, where you can have hours of down time and no one cares too much.
I've used systems connected with the NComputing cards and I've never noticed any sort of latency, and definitely not in office applications. They aren't connected over a "network" of any kind to the host computer..

Depending on how many employees are in this business, VDI sounds like overkill to me. Licensing the VM/VDI software (and the host OS, like Server 2008), buying the hardware, and paying for support would cost much more than buying even 4 mid-range desktops.

EDIT: Also, not only would they have to purchase the VDI server, but also thin clients to connect to it.. you're talking about $100-300 a piece for those.
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I've used systems connected with the NComputing cards and I've never noticed any sort of latency, and definitely not in office applications. They aren't connected over a "network" of any kind to the host computer..

Depending on how many employees are in this business, VDI sounds like overkill to me. Licensing the VM/VDI software (and the host OS, like Server 2008), buying the hardware, and paying for support would cost much more than buying even 4 mid-range desktops.

EDIT: Also, not only would they have to purchase the VDI server, but also thin clients to connect to it.. you're talking about $100-300 a piece for those.
Thus why the OP needs to actually consider the "why" of thin clients, and think what the best solution will be. Why do you want multiple people on one box? Save money on buying each a workstation? Save on administration costs?

If it is three people it is a tough call; if it was 50 then thin clients would be good, but at 3 then dedicated workstations would likely be your best bet of TCA vs TCO.
    
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Thus why the OP needs to actually consider the "why" of thin clients, and think what the best solution will be. Why do you want multiple people on one box? Save money on buying each a workstation? Save on administration costs?

If it is three people it is a tough call; if it was 50 then thin clients would be good, but at 3 then dedicated workstations would likely be your best bet of TCA vs TCO.
Agreed.. for 50 people, a VDI solution would fit right in. For 4 people doing simple office work, I think the NComputing solution is great. No wasted computing power (SSD, 6 core and 8 to 16gb of RAM would be plenty for 4 users and could be purchased for ~$1000) and cheap enough to have a cold spare standing by in case of failure.
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Agreed.. for 50 people, a VDI solution would fit right in. For 4 people doing simple office work, I think the NComputing solution is great. No wasted computing power (SSD, 6 core and 8 to 16gb of RAM would be plenty for 4 users and could be purchased for ~$1000) and cheap enough to have a cold spare standing by in case of failure.
but for $1200 he could build 4 low end workstations and keep 1 in a closet in case of problems - which is a much easier & cheaper solution all round, with far fewer likely issues resulting...
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but for $1200 he could build 4 low end workstations and keep 1 in a closet in case of problems - which is a much easier & cheaper solution all round, with far fewer likely issues resulting...
Probably more than that, but yes, in the long run it's a better solution.. I'm just giving the OP an answer to his question, which is how to split a single computer into 4.. we've never had any problems with the X350, it's less than $200 and it sets up in literally minutes. If you need a quick and cheap solution, this is it
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You're going to be best off to buy some used Dells for them.
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