How Do Thin Clients Work?

There is Growing Interest in How Thin Clients Can Replace Desktop PCs. But how Do Thin Clients Work?

Thin clients run an operating system locally and carry flash memory rather than a hard disk. Since it has no hard drive or local storage, all applications and data are stored on a central server, but advanced thin client technologies help users still experience the same look and feel as on a PC. Thin clients allow for local printing, audio and serial device support, web browsing, terminal emulation and can combine local processing with network computing.

By hosting more of what users need remotely, the thin client devices used to access that data can become both more powerful and cheaper. Additionally, as individual connection protocols improve, through developments like Remote FX and Citrix HDX, businesses are able to gain that much more effectiveness out of virtual desktops.

A major part of a thin client solution is the thin client management console. The management console such as Echo, is a virtual appliance that can be installed on your Server to remotely manage all of the deployed thin clients. It then can create, clone, and push out the customized image to the deployed thin client devices. This allows IT administrators to freely access any device that is connected to the server, as well as pushing through certificates, software packages, as well as upload full disk images. This proves to be an invaluable tool for both simple and complex VDI environments.