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  • Terminal Servers

All companies look for ways in which they can decrease their initial and running costs of their computing environment, and luckily there is a way to do so. By running a Terminal Server within an organization, the business can reduce ongoing cost by consolidating all the software required onto one computer. Compared to traditional setups, the software of a Terminal Server computer setup is required by clients to run on the server itself and display on the clients screen whereas a traditional setup has the client system running the software.

It is not complicated to understand how Terminal Servers work as they can be considered a powerful desktop system. The main difference is that rather than show a display on a directly connected monitor it sends the display across a network to a client terminal. As a result the user uses the client terminal as if it were a normal desktop except the input from the user is sent to the Terminal Server and the resulting display sent back again. On top of this the Terminal Server is not limited to just one client terminal but rather can handle a number of clients connected to and using the Terminal Server at the same time.

A Terminal Server setup has numerous merits compared to a traditional computer setup, such as reduced initial implementation costs and reduced ongoing support costs. Owing to the fact that processing work is done by the Terminal Server, client terminals are very inexpensive as they are completely disk-less and run the minimum of hardware. Although a Terminal Server is more expensive than a standard desktop system, the cost is offset by the reduced cost of client terminals.

When it comes to upgrade time for your systems only the Terminal Server needs to be updated when the time comes, the client terminals do not need to be touched at all. Furthermore, Terminal servers offer flexibility as users will not need to sit on any particular client terminal to access their user account. Any user can sit at any terminal client and by providing a valid username and password they are able to access their account. This is not even limited to just terminals in the office, most computers have the required software to connect to a Terminal Server pre-installed, so you can connect to your Terminal Server from any computer with an internet connection.

Here at VG Computing, we have dedicated ourselves in mastering new technological advances, plus we are able to setup the hardware, software and installation of your requested Terminal Servers at your premises.

We provide our clients with excellent after sale services especially to clients who need assistance in using their new system. With our general usage support service we strive to ensure you are happy and pleased with your system by providing assistance in its usage and also to help in the event that you come across any problems. Additionally we also install what is known as 'Remote Administration' software with which we can correct any software problem you are having by remotely connecting to your system.

We also offer a service to maintain your server after installation. We are able to ensure your server remains up to date with the latest security patches as well as ensure that your server is working at peak efficiency.

  • How it works

You can consider a Terminal Server to be a powerful desktop system. The main difference is that rather than show a display on a directly connected monitor it sends the display across a network to a client terminal. In this way the user uses the client terminal as if it were a normal desktop except the input from the user is sent to the Terminal Server and the resulting display sent back again. On top of this the Terminal Server is not limited to just one client terminal but rather can handle a number of clients connected to and using the Terminal Server at the same time.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages

A Terminal Server setup has a number of advantages and disadvantages over a traditional computer setup. The following is a list of what to expect when running a Terminal Server. If you are unsure whether or not a Terminal Server is suitable for your needs please contact us and we can determine if this type of setup is suitable for your environment.

Advantages:

  • Reduced Initial Implementation Costs

    Since the processing work is done by the Terminal Server, client terminals are very cheap as they are completely disk less and run the minimum of hardware. While a Terminal Server is more expensive than a standard desktop system this cost is offset by the reduced cost of client terminals.

  • Reduced Running Costs

    Client terminals require very little ongoing maintenance and attention. Since only the Terminal Server itself needs to be maintained running costs are kept to a absolute minimum.

  • Upgradability

    When it comes time to upgrade to a newer operating system only the Terminal Server needs updating. The client terminals need not be touched at all.

  • Flexibility

    User will not need to sit on any particular client terminal to access their user account. Any user can sit at any terminal client and by providing a valid username and password they are able to access their account.

Disadvantages:

  • Display Speed

    Sometimes when the server and/or network is under heavy load the display on the client terminals may be a little slow. However a well setup server and connecting network will alleviate this problem in most instances.

    Also high quality animated graphics may also be slow to display. Generally the network connection between the client terminal and the Terminal Server is fast enough to handle a movie clip however performance may suffer if a number of users are doing this at the same time. A 3D animated graphics display (normally used for 3D games) is not possible on a client terminal.

  • Dependency on Server

    The client terminals rely on the Terminal Server to function. If the Terminal Server is unavailable for any reason the client terminals will cease to function.

  • No Floppy or CD-ROM

    Generally client terminals do not include any form of floppy or CD-ROM drive.
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Terminal Server
Base System
Below is a set of systems you can choose to use as your server. If none of these are suitable for your requirements (eg. you require a rackmounted system or require more storage space) please contact us and we can provide you options for other systems.

Vserve M440 - Suitable for up to 5 users
Tower Case
Intel Core i5 8500 Six-Core 3Ghz (4.1Ghz Turbo)
Intel H370 Mainboard
8GB DDR4 RAM
2 x 500GB 7200RPM SATA HDD - RAID1 - 500GB Usable Space
1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$1659
Vserve M440 - Suitable for up to 8 users
Tower Case
Intel Core i7 8700 Six-Core 3.2Ghz (4.6Ghz Turbo)
Intel H370 Mainboard
16GB DDR4 RAM
2 x 480GB Intel S4510 SATA SSD - RAID1 - 480GB Usable Space
2 x 10/100/1000 Network Port
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$2429
Vserve T210 - Suitable for up to 12 users
Tower Case
Intel Xeon E3-1270v6 Quad-Core 3.8Ghz (4.2Ghz Turbo)
Intel S1200SPL Mainboard with Remote Management Module
32GB DDR4 ECC Unbuffered RAM
2 x 960GB Intel S4610 SATA SSD - RAID1 - 960GB Usable Space
2 x 10/100/1000 Network Ports
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$3959
Vserve T330 - Suitable for up to 16 users
Tower Case
2 x Intel Xeon Silver 4110 8-Core 2.1Ghz
Intel Server Board S2600STB with Remote Management Module
32GB DDR4 (4x8GB) ECC Registered RAM
2 x 960GB Intel S4610 SATA SSD - RAID1 - 960GB Usable Space
2 x 10/100/1000 Network Ports
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$6119
Vserve T330 - Suitable for up to 24 users
Tower Case
2 x Intel Xeon Silver 4116 12-Core 2.1Ghz
Intel Server Board S2600STB with Remote Management Module
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB) ECC Registered RAM
4 x 960GB Intel S4610 Enterprise Class SSD - RAID10 - 1920GB Usable Space
2 x 10/100/1000 Network Ports
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$9429
Vserve T330 - Suitable for up to 30 users
Tower Case
2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6130 16-Core 2.1Ghz
Intel Server Board S2600STB with Remote Management Module
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB) ECC Registered RAM
4 x 960GB Intel S4610 Enterprise Class SSD - RAID10 - 1920GB Usable Space
2 x 10/100/1000 Network Ports
DVD+-RW Optical Drive
$12239

Request Quote
If instead of an order you would like a quote for this system please select this option and we will provide a formal quote for you. You can request any variance to the items listed here on the next page.

Operating System
Please select the operating system you would like.

Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS +$0
CentOS Enterprise Linux 7 +$0
Debian GNU/Linux 9 +$0
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Standard (includes 16-Core, 5 Client Access Licenses and 5 Remote Desktop Licenses) +$2481
*Microsoft Windows Foundation is only available for HP or IBM servers which have a single processor and 8GB RAM or less.


Microsoft Windows License Upgrade
When selecting a Microsoft Windows operating system you receive a certain number of client licenses as stated above. In this section you can upgrade the number of licenses you will receive with the server by adjusting the license value appropriate to your server software choice. Linux based operating systems do not have user limits so it is not necessary to purchase extra licenses for these systems.
x 1 Client Access Licenses for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 +$63
x Additional 4-Core Licenses for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 +$345
x 1 Remote Desktop Services License for Microsoft Windows Server 2019* +$192
*Requires equal or higher number of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Client Access Licenses.

Client Terminals
When using Terminal Services you will also need terminals to connect to the server. Here you can select how many dedicated hardware terminals you require. You can also convert your older decomissoned desktops and notebooks to be used as terminals, bringing new life to your old hardware, usually without extra cost. Finally you can install some extra software on your existing desktop or notebook to access the terminal services.
x Client Terminal USB Stick - Converts old PCs to Terminal Clients +$29
x Client Terminal with 21.5inch Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard and Mouse +$311
x Client Terminal with 23.6inch Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard and Mouse +$340
x Client Terminal with 27inch Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard and Mouse +$474

Monitor Upgrade
No Monitor +$0
21.5inch 1920x1080 16:9 LCD Monitor with LED Backlight and Speakers +$176
23.6inch 1920x1080 16:9 LCD Monitor with LED Backlight and Speakers +$204
27inch 1920x1080 16:9 LCD Monitor with LED Backlight and Speakers +$338

Mouse and Keyboard Upgrade
No Keyboard or Mouse +$0
Standard Keyboard and Optical Mouse +$20

Extras
16GB USB3 Memory Stick +$8
32GB USB3 Memory Stick +$12
64GB USB3 Memory Stick +$23
128GB USB3 Memory Stick +$50
1TB External USB HDD Drive (no external power required) +$85
2TB External USB HDD Drive (no external power required) +$114

Technical Support
VG Computing provides high quality and friendly technical support to help you get the most out of your new system. For more information please visit our support section.

No Technical Support +$0
1 Hour Technical Support +$124
5 Hours Technical Support Bronze Package +$590
10 Hours Technical Support Silver Package +$1120
20 Hours Technical Support Gold Package +$2120
40 Hours Technical Support Platinum Package +$4000
Note: Multiple server orders do not increase the quantity and pricing in this section.

On-Site Installation
No On-Site Installation Required +$0
On-site Installation for Melbourne +$299
On-site Installation for Adelaide, Brisbane or Hobart (includes 8 hours of on-site service) +$1699
On-site Installation for Sydney, Newcastle or Canberra (includes 8 hours of on-site service) +$1899
On-site Installation for Perth (includes 8 hours of on-site service) +$2099
Note: Multiple server orders do not increase the on-site installation charge.

Server Maintenance
Our Server Maintenance service allows us to handle all the administration duties of maintaining the server for you. This includes hardware monitoring, software services monitoring, installation of latest security updates plus much more. For more details please visit our Server Maintenance page.
No Server Maintenance +$0
1 Month Server Maintenance Trial (regular price $179) +$0
12 Months Server Maintenance (2 months free) +$1790

Quantity
Purchase 2 or more systems and you will receive a $80 discount for the second and subsequent systems ordered.

Final Total: $ (inc GST)

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