Thin Client vs. Desktop in the Small Business

Mark Berry December 12, 2009

A non-profit customer has an underutilized server and a desktop due and budgeted for replacement. Would it make sense to replace the desktop with a thin client, and run the needed programs in a virtual instance on the server?

I blogged earlier about Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Licensing for the SMB. Mostly for licensing reasons, it doesn’t make sense to do full virtual desktops. So that leaves the option of running a terminal server to host the customer’s apps.

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Setting Up Dell OpenManage on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Mark Berry November 19, 2009

One of my misconceptions about the Microsoft virtualization options was that if I wanted to have access to server management tools, I would need to run “regular” (paid) Window Server 2008 so I could install those tools, then enable the Hyper-V role for the virtual clients. It turns out that that is not the case.

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Setting Up Windows Server Backup on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Mark Berry November 19, 2009

Part of my testing of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 will be the built-in backup solution. But although Windows Server Backup it is a built-in feature, it is not enabled by default. Here’s how to activate it and to register the VSS writer so it will tell your virtual machines to do a snapshot for the backup.

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