What are Thin Clients?
Thin clients are computers built with minimal hardware that are designed to connect to a host server that performs most of its processing while receiving keyboard and mouse inputs from the thin client and sending screen displays to the thin client, making it function as a typical desktop computer.
The centralized administration of network resources made possible by the use of thin clients makes it easy to quickly update user environments with patches and applications without the need to physically touch every deployed workstation.
Network security is enhanced through the use of thin clients because all user activity is easily logged on the host server. The limited internal storage and lack of external storage makes it more difficult for users to download company data for personal use and for users to install unauthorized software.
Mobile thin clients offer additional security because they contain no user sensitive data and can easily be restricted from network access.
Now that Windows on thin clients is commonplace, users can have the same experience as they might expect from a standard Windows workstation. However, some thin client problems with Windows can occur, for which users and administrators should be prepared.
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