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    2003 Terminal Server Client

    My boss shoved me a (Microsoft) bootable floppy that could give you a terminal session to a windows 2003 server, impressive seeing it all fit on a floppy, no tftp servers or whatnot needed for extra files. So heres me, stuck with a great piece of windows software wanting to better it by a Linux version. Checking around i found Thinstation - runs better - fantastic stuff - supports almost anythng BUT its about 9 mb and you need a botable cdrom and floppy to get this terminal session happening.

    Ok! you migh think, but still wheres a floppy version of this because this is what is needed. Right! more research it seems you need rdesktop for the terminal session. So im thinking and askin for ideas on this. Does anyone know if it is possibe to bake a boot floppy that can run rdesktop?

    I guess you can put the required stuff together? What is needed, probably the smallest functional linux kernel, a tiny x server, the smallest version of rdesktop you can compile and being able to configure the driver for your network card each floppy you build??

    Anyway, i might be dreaming here but if anyone has experience here then i need it
    Its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done :P

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    Hi there friskydrifter,

    * This site
    * http://netstation.sourceforge.net/features.html

    Terminal protocols supported
    ====================
    X-Terminal XDM
    TightVNC
    SSH
    Telnet
    Rdesktop RDP
    Citrix ICA
    Tarantella

    Hardware requirements
    =================
    Processor: x86
    RAM: 16MB minimum (8MB using TinyX), 32 MB recomended
    Network: 10 or 100 mbps network card (any supported by kernel 2.4.x)
    Video card: All supported by Xfree86 4.2/3.3.6
    Mouse: Serial or PS/2

    Boot methods
    ==========
    DHCP/TFTP with Etherboot or PXE bootrom
    From floppy, hard disk, cdrom or DOC2000 using Syslinux
    From DOS using Loadlin

    GUI modes
    ========
    Single client in fullscreen session
    Text session (Telnet or SSH)
    Multiple concurrent clients using local window manager

    Other features
    ==========
    Local printer support through network printer emualtion
    Network card, video card and mouse autodetection
    Dynamic ".nsp" package support (can be loaded at run time)
    Centralized configuration using TFTP to obtain config files
    Hope this helps* :

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    I just downloaded netstation. It seems to require a tftp server to load extra stuff, so doesn't fit what friskydrifter is looking for. Unless, of course, I'm reading his requirements wrong.

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    Actually... I take that back...

    It MAY require a tftp server, but I'm not sure if it does or if that's JUST for the PXE/Ethernet boot. I'll try to make a floppy and use it from my openbsd laptop (it should be able to handle the graphics... I hope...) and see if I can connect to my WinXP laptop.

    If it works, I'll post again to let you know, but I can't test right this minute (gotta run to the fair with my family for a bit.)

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=7109

    wohoo, mouse doesnt work but im going to have a shot of makin my own floppy out of their article.
    Its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done :P

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    From your original post, I thought you wanted a bootable linux distro to connect to a Windows Terminal Server. (Hence the "rdesktop is a must" comment you made.)

    The article you found creates thin clients which rely on VNC and a Linux fat server.

    :P

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    Tsk Tsk - quick to jump to conclusions

    down load the floppy and you will see that version 2 has VNC and rdp binaries :P
    Its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done :P

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    You say "download the floppy" but the link you provided is just an article. I don't see a link to "version 2" of the article and I don't see a download for a floppy image any place. So... what are you on about? ;D


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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    Is this attack frisky month hehe

    Read the Article - the llink is in there

    and if you cant read then this is the link from the article

    http://cng.ateneo.net/cng/wyu/software/
    Its better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done :P

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    Re: 2003 Terminal Server Client

    Quote Originally Posted by friskydrifter
    Is this attack frisky month hehe

    Read the Article - the llink is in there

    and if you cant read then this is the link from the article

    http://cng.ateneo.net/cng/wyu/software/
    Not really. I was just trying to help and then you came back with something different than you originally stated you wanted. HOWEVER... I also can't read apparently as I went back and looked a 3rd time after you posted the link and sure enough, there it was.

    Sorry if you thought I was jumping your case, I was just trying to help ;D

    Work has been pretty hectic lately and I've been going crosseyed from the long day of work as a Unix Sysadmin (finally got hired w00t!)


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