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> Hello all,
> I just started playing with the new 5.1.1 Thinstation. Still new to all
> this. I've been able to successfully remote to my Desktop by entering my IP
> address into RDesktop. The most basic test, but at least it works ;)
> My final goal for this product is to enable users to easily log on to their
> workstation from any of those Thinstation PC's that will be in different
> areas (board rooms, etc...). I work under the assumption that users are
> "dumb" and will not know by heart their Computer Name, nor their IP address,
> nor they will always remember to leave their station turned on all the time.
> All right, here's what I would like to achieve with Thinstation:
> - User wants to log into his Windows 7 workstation.
> - Opens up that PC (which sits in a common room), thinstation boots using
> PXE (client)
> - User is presented with a username / password form, enter his information
> and hit "log in"
> - Then, there is a process that finds the PC associated with the userID (we
> use AD - not sure if it's easy to track)
> - Once the PC is found, it finds it's IP Address and MAC address
> - If the PC isn't turned on, it sends a magic packet to do a WOL
> - Once the PC is accessible, it feed the IP address, then username /
> password to the RDP session and this connects the user to his station.
> So basically I need an easy 1-2-3 process so the user doesn't have to enter
> any information more than once and doesn't need to know anything but his own
> userid / password.
> Is this something that would be feasible on Thinstation, or it this too much
> to ask? ;)
Unless I get this totally wrong it seems fairly easily done - except
the problem if the Windows workstation is turned off.
What you need is a USB key for each user. This contains the IP number
(or DNS name) of the user's Windows workstation in its TS config file.
This obviously requires fixed IP numbers (no DHCP) or something like
dynDNS. You leave the User ID and Password blank in rdesktop so
"somebody" can't "borrow" someone else's key and get unauthorized
access to the rightful owner's workstation.
When needing access to the Workstation, the user plug in his USB key,
reboot the TS client and gets connected directly to his Workstation.
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