Thin Client Information
for the labs and Academic Village
What's a thin client?
A thin client is a simple device that displays a server-hosted desktop. Thin clients were chosen for their low cost, low maintenance, performance, and easy access to software.
We use thin clients throughout the College of Engineering: In the ENS computer labs, administrative staff and some faculty offices, and the Academic Village residence hall. These thin clients connect to Windows servers and provide access to software and a common desktop experience.
Thin clients are currently available in the following computer labs:
Engineering Software Available
Each thin client is connected to one of several Windows servers, collectively called the Virtual Classroom. In general, the same engineering software is installed on the Virtual Classroom that you will see on the Windows PCs in the labs. For more information, see our software page.
Log in using your Engineering user name and password. You will automatically be redirected to the same Virtual Classroom session that you already have, if you have one, or you will start a new Virtual Classroom session.
When you log in to a thin client, you receive a session in the form of a Windows desktop. You can disconnect your session and reconnect to it later, so that all your programs keep running the way you left them.
To do this, log in as normal. When you are ready to disconnect your session, do not log off. Instead, click the Disconnect icon on the desktop. When you sit down at any other thin client, log in and you will have your session immediately available.
An alternate way to disconnect from your session is to click the Windows start button, then the arrow directly to the right of the Log Off button. Select Disconnect.
The thin clients are equipped with front panel USB ports. Some thin clients are attached to the back of the monitor. In that case, a USB extension cable is provided. It will either be attached to the monitor and labeled, or will be in a desktop stand next to the monitor.
Because these units do not include a standard headphone jack, you must use USB-based headphones.
Thin clients connect to the Virtual Classroom. Because your session is portable, or mobile, the Virtual Classroom may not know exactly where you're sitting. It will try to figure this out and automatically select your printers, but that may not always happen. You can select printers to map by using the Map Printers App. You can open this app from the Start Menu at any time.
If you are using a Mobile Desktop, your printers should already be in place and you can print just as if you were printing from a Windows PC.
If something goes wrong, restart the machine. Press the power button to turn it off, then press it again to turn it back on.
Please report any other problems to ENS.
This document last modified Wednesday May 04, 2016