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This paper provides an overview of thin-client/server computing in higher education. Thin-clients are like PCs in appearance, but they do not house hard drives or localized operating systems and cannot function without being connected to a server. Two types of thin-clients are described: the Network Computer (NC) and the Windows Terminal (WT). Advantages of both types of thin-clients in the areas of network management and technical support, software, security, and cost are summarized. Differences between NCs and WTs are listed in the following categories: application support, NOS (network operating system) support, client hardware, bandwidth requirements, and systems staff expertise. The paper then focuses on the use of WTs at the Illinois Institute of Technology library. The hardware and software used are described, including Windows NT Terminal Server, Citrix Metaframe, Citrix ICA (Independent Computing Architecture), and Citrix MultiWin, and differences between ICA and RDP (Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol) are highlighted. (MES)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Computer Software, Computer System Design, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Information Technology, Library Automation, Local Area Networks

Web site: http://educate.lib.chalmers.se/IATUL/proceedcontents/chanpap/elbaz.html









Author: Elbaz, Sohair W.; Stewart, Christofer

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9131&id=ED433820







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