Every now and again I'm asked to give someone a way to connect to a Windows application server. Usually this is for a visitor but I have one or two other users who find it convenient to have a terminal for this on their desk so that they don't have to break out a laptop and wait for that to boot. We have a shelf full of old desktop PCs that were retired when Windows XP was killed off. Here's what I do:-
- Install NetBSD/i386 6.1.5
- Install rdesktop, an excellent remote desktop client.
- Create a user called "termuser".
- add the following to termuser's .profile:-
startx clear exit
- create a .xinitrc file for termuser:-
rdesktop -fd MYDOMAIN servername
Things to do: have the terminal authenticate against Active Directory or LDAP and then pass those credentials through to the application server, so the user only sees one login screen.