Thin Client Computer Lab Paper

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Dvorak Technology Academy Thin Client Computer Lab Project
Submitted by James I. Davis jd@gocatgo.com TIE-532 November 30, 2008

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Thin Client Computer Lab Project
Introduction Computers are an integral part of 21st century life, and as such technology education is recognized as part of the Illinois Learning Standards (ISBE, 2008). A computer lab is an efficient way to deliver access to computers and the Internet to students. Traditional labs, like the one at Dvorak Technology Academy, are populated with complete, standalone computer systems. In network terms these are "fat clients", because each workstation is a complete system, with its own memory and disk space and performing most if not
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A thin client lab will allow Dvorak to extend its financial resources by saving on new computer resources and extending the life of existing assets. In addition, computer lab fat clients require substantial maintenance to keep the systems in working order. While CPS's computer support systems help with this task through programs like Deep Freeze, routine hardware maintenance as well as software installs and updates not covered by CPS can be a significant drain on technology coordinator resources. A thin client architecture can reduce the workload of the technology coordinators by centralizing management and reducing the kinds of workstation maintenance that needs to be done. Finally, thin client networks are very scaleable. If, in the future, web-based applications or productivity applications require more processing power than is currently available in the lab, additional servers can be added to the system to handle the added load instead of upgrading all of the workstations. As classroom desktop computers are upgraded, the older classroom machines can be used as additional workstations in the lab, or replace failing lab systems, or deployed in a new lab.

Project description The Thin-Client Computer Lab Project creates a computer laboratory built around thin-client

Thin Client Computer Lab Project - page 4 computing using open source software as an extension to a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) network. It will re-purpose existing…

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