Thin Client technology seamlessly centralizes the processing for individual users on a network. A master server stores programs and data, and "serves" a full Windows desktop to each user. The user's PC (the "client") runs a simple program to display the desktop and communicate with the server. The advantages of this method are great:
- Cost of desktop PC's is drastically reduced, since machines can be much less powerful. Even your old Pentium II's can provide adequate performance.
- Administration and management of the system is centralized: programs and upgrades are installed only once, and are available to all designated users.
- Users can "disconnect" from a session at work, and reconnect later from a remote location.
- Managers or IT staff can "shadow" a user's session (remotely view the screen and type on the keyboard) to provide support from a central location.
- Traveling staff can access their full desktop from anywhere in the world.
- Performance overall is very fast.
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