[Samba] windows terminal server

Alexander Saers alex at saers.com
Sat Apr 5 08:29:45 GMT 2003

Sorry, i didnt make myself clear

I want people to be able to log in to a computer when they are out of
office. They usualy turn their computers of for power saving and it
would be nice to have a single computer that servs all the poeple that
are out of office. Winxp only allows one person to be loged on at a
time. So, is it possible to install windows terminal server as an
ordenary client or is there any hack that enabels several users to be
loged on remotly to an ordenary winxp client?


On Fri, 2003-04-04 at 01:39, Kurt Pfeifle wrote:
> Alexander Saers alex at saers.com wrote on Samba-Digest:
> > Thu Apr 3 23:33:50 GMT 2003
> > 
> > 
> > Hello
> > 
> > I have a wounderfull linux/samba server running as pdc for a network.
> > Now to the thing. I would like to add remotedesktop capabilites so that
> > users outside could login to the system and get their desktop up from
> > home or another country..
> > 
> > Is there a way to acomplish this. Do i need a windows terminal server
> > and do i need to configure it so that it is a member of the domain or a
> > bdc,pdc??? Is there any hacks for winxp to enable remot login even if
> > the computer is in a domain?
> > 
> > Any idees/experience would be nice :)
> You want to look at the new offer of NoMachine, the "NX" software:
>     http://www.nomachine.com/
> It implements a very easy-to-use interface to the remote X protocol as
> well as incorporating VNC/RFB and rdesktop/RDP into it, but at a speed
> performance much better than anything you may have ever seen in the form
> of native TightVNC or rdesktop or remote X.
> Remote X is not new at all -- but what they did achieve successfully is
> a new way of compression and caching technologies which makes the thing
> fast enough to run even over slow modem/ISDN connections.
> I could testdrive their (public) RedHat machine in Italy, over a loaded
> internet connection, with enabled thumbnail previews in KDE konqueror
> which popped up immediately on "mouse-over". From inside that (remote X)
> session I started a rdesktop session on another, a Windows XP machine.
> To test the performance, I played Pinball. I am proud to announce here
> that my score was 631750 points at first try -- I couldn't have achieve
> this over a bad performing "rdesktop embedded in remote X" connection.
> (Of course, I could also have connected directly to the Windows XP box
> using NX).
> NX for me performs better in my local LAN than any of the other "pure"
> connection methods I am using from time to time: TightVNC, rdesktop or
> remote X. It is even faster than a direct crosslink connection between
> two nodes.
> I even got sound playing from the remote X app to my local boxes, and
> had a working "copy'n'paste" from an NX  window (running a KDE session
> in Italy) to my Mozilla mailing agent... These guys are certainly doing
> something right!
> I recommend to testdrive NX to anybody with a only a remote interest
> in remote computing
>      http://www.nomachine.com/testdrive.php
> Just download the free of charge client software (available for RedHat,
> SuSE, Debian and Windows) and be up and running within 5 minutes (they
> need to send you your account data, though, because you are assigned
> a real Unix account on their testdrive.nomachine.com box.....
> I think they will be able to compete against Citrix and Microsoft with
> their RDP performance. I don't have figures, but deepest impressed I am
> about their X performance, which is really, really worth a try.
> They plan to get to the point were you can have NX application servers
> running as a cluster of nodes,and users simply start an NX session locally,
> and can select applications to run transparently (apps may even run on
> another NX node, but pretend to be on the same as used for initial login,
> because it displays in the same window.... well, you also can run it
> fullscreen, and after a short time you forget that it is a remote session
> at all).
> Now the best thing at the end: all the core compression and caching
> technologies are released under the GPL and available as source code
> to anybody who wants to build on it! These technolgies are working,
> albeit started from the commandline only (and very inconvenient to
> use in order to get a fully running remote X session up and running....)
> To answer your questions:
> * you don't need to install a terminal server; XP has RDP support built
>    in.
> * NX is much cheaper than Citrix -- and comparable in performance,
>    probably faster
> * You don't need to hack XP -- it just works
> * You log into the XP box from remote transparently (and I think there
>    is no need to change anything to get a connection, even if
>    authentication is against a domain...)
> * The NX core technologies are all Open Source and released under
>    the GPL -- you can today use a (very inconvenient) commandline
>    to use it at no cost, but you can buy a comfortable (proprietary)
>    NX GUI frontend for money
> * NoMachine are encouraging and offering help to OSS/Free Software
>    implementations for such a frontend too, even if it means competition
>    to them (they have written to this effect even to the LTSP, KDE and
>    GNOME developer mailing lists)
> > /Alexander 
> > 
> Cheers,
> Kurt
Alexander Saers <alex at saers.com>

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