Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




2568 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 480


Topic # 27447 26-Oct-2008 14:54
Send private message

Hi,

I have been looking at replacing some PCs at work.

They dont get very heavy use at all - web/word processing and email pretty much.

I saw this site http://www.ncomputing.com/ and the product looks pretty promising.

It basically turns a reasonably powerful desktop PC into a server and allows multiple desktops to be run off the one PC.

Just wondered if anyone has actually tried it - Does it do what they say?


Cheers

Robert





Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
60048 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11134

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

35 posts

Geek


  Reply # 173714 26-Oct-2008 16:54
Send private message

I have a bit of experience with their l130 boxes, and they do what they say.

They are easy enough to setup, and you can run the server off less than the recommended specs quite happily for alot of word processing applications and other minor things.
You can set them up to log in automatically into a certain profile/user etc and can make changes to their config from the server without fuss and you can have multiple servers on the same network quite happily.

Youll need to be carefull with apps that lock files/single instance apps however, especially firefox and the likes (plenty of work arounds for most programs though).

You can run up to 10 l130s off a single desktop if I remember right, or as much as you like off a server.

One thing you will need to make sure of is NOT to use hubs with them, switches only.
May sound redundant to say switches only, but I had to diagnose this one after someone thought a hub was a brilliant idea to save cash.

With a decent server youll save quite a bit on electricity as these boxes use about 6w~7w total if I remember right.


I dont recommend them in places doing multimedia/cpu intensive work though.

 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software
1571 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 251

Subscriber

  Reply # 173740 26-Oct-2008 19:52
Send private message

We have something similar at work (not sure its that brand).  they work fine for most things like word processing etc.  However if a load at anypoint is placed on the server everybody else feels it.  Im talking about opening saving PDF files for example..

Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 173748 26-Oct-2008 20:35
Send private message

Check the licencing requirements of your chosen operating system carefully.

Not all OSes are licenced to allow multiple users to simultaneously use the same installation.




Visit http://www.thecloud.net.nz for New Zealand based Hosted Exchange, Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, FTP Backup & more.
(1GB free FTP storage, or larger plans from $5.75)
 
 - Setup your own mailserver at home on Ubuntu Server - full step by step howto here.
 - Have you seen this: Nathan "KFC4LIFE" Dunn.


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Opera launches new mobile browser: Opera Touch
Posted 25-Apr-2018 20:45


TCF and Telcos Toughen Up on Scam Callers
Posted 23-Apr-2018 09:39


Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.