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post #11 of 17
I may not be understanding you 100% but it sounds like Terminal Services is more up your alley. You would still need client systems which can be locked down and only run TS.

If they are only doing basic surfing a server with dual Xeon X5650 and 32GB of ram may suffice. I think your main bottleneck would be IO speed with harddrives, but I am not sure.
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post #12 of 17
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There is no budget.

Also I've never seen all 15 PCs being used at once. Maybe 5, at the most.
    
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post #13 of 17
You should look into Vmware vSphere since there is really no budget. Very cool suite of software, but you'd have to be vmware saavy. It's wouldn't be hard to do some research and play with it. ESX should be free of charge and you can try that since it's not really an Enterprise thing. Seems simple, so ESX should do. Read up on it. Get a nice server rig and go to town. Maybe I am making this a little more complex, but this is the way I'd go about it. It's the way I know.
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I'd say Terminal Services sounds like the right idea, with thin clients to connect to it.

Get a solid i7 quad, and 16GB of RAM (since its tri channel on 1366 I guess go 24GB).

Assuming 16 thin clients were connected all at once, that would give each client access to ROUGHLY 1/4 of a core of the CPU (or 1/2 if you include HT), and 1.5GB of RAM per machine. That's plenty enough. You could actually even get away with 12GB of RAM total (768MB RAM per thin client, assuming 16 total connected).
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post #15 of 17
You are asking about Terminal services, no question about it. The tough part is; how to execute it.

There is Citrix with virtual desktops, or Xenapp (what I work with), then there is VMware with their Virtual desktop software.
    
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