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Terminal Servers

History

SP used to run a cluster of Windows machine that were running purely to allow members using Linux systems to operate Windows applications. This was hideously ungreen and took up a lot of administrative time as any updates or software installations that were not covered by WPKG had to be done by hand on each and every machine. These machines also started to fail due to their age.

A temporary replacement was built in the form of 4 virtual Windows pcs running on the Pool's server S3. Sadly, even these seemed to have certain limitations (the main one being that they didn't seem to interface with the winpool.php page on SPZ). They also had the admin overheads of multiple updates and multiple non-WPKG installations.

Now

In order to reduce Admin overhead, electrical overhead and make the service more useful, we are trialling the much desired Terminal Service on Windows Terminal Server. These are still hosted as virtual machines on S3, so have a greener footprint and can be upgraded easily as required (certainly more so than the cluster of physical hardware). Having 1 (or 2 depending on demand) servers to administer is cheaper in the long run than 8 machines. They also will support Thin Clients in the future if the requirement for these comes in with the greener measures.

Access

To access these facitilities you must have an account on the SP domain, CAV_SP.

From Linux-

Open a terminal and run one of the following commands

rdesktop app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
rdesktop lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
From Windows-

Open the Remote Desktop Client (Start, Programs, Accessories, (Communications,) Remote Desktop Connection). Add the address of one of the servers

app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Applications

The applications that are installed on there machines are

AutoCAD 2010
AutoCAD 2012
Inventor 2010
Inventor 2012
Mechanical Desktop 2010
Mechanical Desktop 2012
Matlab 2010b
Origin 8sr4
Trial of application only connection commands

This bit is here for trial purposes in order to only open the connection and specific application. Beware, some things here might not work for you.

AutoCAD 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\AutoCAD 2010\\acad.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
AutoCAD 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD 2012 - English\\acad.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Mechanical Desktop 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\ACADM 2010\\acad.exe /p <<ACADMPP>>" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Mechanical 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD Mechanical 2012\\acad.exe" /p <<ACADMPP>>" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Inventor 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\Inventor 2010\\bin\\Inventor.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Inventor 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\Inventor 2012\\Bin\\Inventor.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Origin - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\OriginLab\\Origin85\\Origin85.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Matlab - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\MATLAB\\R2010b\\bin\\matlab.exe" -g 1024x768 app.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
AutoCAD 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\AutoCAD 2010\\acad.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
AutoCAD 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD 2012 - English\\acad.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Mechanical Desktop 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\ACADM 2010\\acad.exe /p <<ACADMPP>>" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Mechanical 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\AutoCAD Mechanical 2012\\acad.exe" /p <<ACADMPP>>" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Inventor 2010 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\Inventor 2010\\bin\\Inventor.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Inventor 2012 - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\Autodesk\\Inventor 2012\\Bin\\Inventor.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Origin - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\OriginLab\\Origin85\\Origin85.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Matlab - rdesktop -s "C:\\Program Files\\MATLAB\\R2010b\\bin\\matlab.exe" -g 1024x768 lication.pool.phy.private.cam.ac.uk
Oddities
None at the moment. :)