[PC-BSD Testing] 7.1.1 - Server mode

Fabrizio Parrella fabrizio at bibivu.com
Mon Jul 13 04:41:01 PDT 2009

I am very interested in the same questions..

plus I want to add:
 - can a boot CD (or floppy, or DVD, or...) be made for clients that do not 
support boot via PXE ?

Thank you

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A.Yerenkow" <yerenkow at uct.ua>
To: "PC-BSD Testing list" <testing at lists.pcbsd.org>
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 3:40 AM
Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Testing] 7.1.1 - Server mode

> I've installed a server edition;
> I wanted to test a ThinClient PBI.
> I found that serer edition didn't enable a "hald" and "dbus" in
> /etc/rc.conf -- so any login attempt in kde failed.
> I added this manually.
> 1. Do ThinClient PBI while installs add these values, if they not exists?
> 2. I have only one network card, ThinClient didn't ask anything while
> installing, and setup both  dhcp and on same card; (I fixed
> this, at least I separated to em0 and em0_alias0) -- I think this
> behaviour should be a bit tweaked;
> 3. In-menu "Thin Client Docs" points to trac, where I see link to
> wiki.pcbsd.org -- should be fixed.
> I couldn't tested yet this setup, since my laptop didn't support network
> boot (oops), and second PC is busy right now :)
> So I have questions, for peoples, who use Thin Clients;
> 1. How much RAM per user should be on server? Minimal/Recommended;
> 2. How much Network bandwidth would be sufficient for comfort work, per
> user;
> 3. Do these network users are in separate group, or class, or else; Can
> be limited space/CPU usage/Ram usage per user, at some level higher than
> per-user?
> 4. Do users see other's HOME dirs? Do all users have some common/shared
> Dir, to which all have rights to write? Or this should be made manually?
> 5. 64bit server and 32bit clients - possible? this year? next year? :)
> 6. Can I have in one network one DHCP server, two (or more) ThinClient
> servers, and users will automatically (or at least manually) choose less
> loaded server?
> 7. Any guides/written experiences exists?
> We are going to new office this fall, and I think I'll try to make a
> setup of 30+ ThinClients, so currently I had to experiment and annoy a
> bit :)
> Thanks!
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