Raspbery Pi 2 RDC Project

DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
Hey guys,

So the past few months I've been tasked with deploying a low-cost RDC system for a Terminal Server deployment which has a low priority and I recently acquired a Raspberry PI 2, at home, that I now have a image of Ubuntu 14.04 on it and I've successfully norton ghosted the MicroSD to a External hard drive with an External DVD drive.

I use it at home for RDC and VMware Web client viewing into the different networks, but what this has shown me is with about 3 hours of leg work I can make one image and then distro it to other MicroSD card and enable Out-of-the-box-experience on all of the images and deploy them as glorified RDC clients.

At roughly $65 for a unit plus a case it's a relatively cheap solution, question is has anyone ever used a Raspberry PI in this manner before?

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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    What's RDC? (Sorry for my ignorance. I just don't understand your use case, tho I am interested.)
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  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    DoubleNNs wrote: »
    What's RDC? (Sorry for my ignorance. I just don't understand your use case, tho I am interested.)


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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Gotcha. I've used my raspberry pi's at home for something similar. Never at work however.
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  • DPGDPG Posts: 780Member
    We experimented with something similar but found the lack of hardware acceleration support in the RDC clients to cause performance issues at normal viewing resolutions such as 1920x1080.

  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    I've found a riser expansion card that has a descrete graphics card on it and a VGA/DVI/HDMI connector on it. Ordered it off Amazon, going to add it to my RP 2 at home and see if does the trick.

    I've been tickering the past few months with a hobbist RP 2 Car computer system: for Blind Spot, rear/front mounted night vision cameras, ODB2 sensors, HUD, 7.1 surround sound emulator, and a live streaming Go-Pro service for 4G unlimited service all on a 7 inch touchscreen with voice activation. It's been side project of mine to turn my car into Knight rider. :)

    Hey you all know me as a certfication nut, but I have many hobbies, one is modifiying the piss out of my car! ...I've been called a closet grease monkey. icon_wink.gif
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    When you get the riser card, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how it worked out. I might want to order one for my RPi as well.
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  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,860Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Sounds like you have some cool projects going..
  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    DoubleNNs wrote: »
    When you get the riser card, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how it worked out. I might want to order one for my RPi as well.


    Found this website last night and they are working on a X505 riser card that comes with a discrete graphics card from ARM and a DDR3 SODIMM slot. The guy said in the email it will support 4 GB's of RAM, so for a RPi 2 to have 5 GB's total with a Quad core and a riser card that has a Discrete graphics card this makes for some interesting possibilities. :)

    Raspberry Pi Expansion Board


    Here is a 3 amp battery switch for ignition to automatically and safety turn off the unit.

    3A Car Supply / Switch – Mausberry Circuits
  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    To fix the memory issue I'm going a different route I'm taking apart a external USB 2.0 hard drive and using it's SATA III caddy for a ultra-thin 1.8' 16 GB SSD, about $18 dollars on Amazon. This will have a 3 GB Swap partition and the rest will be for ext4 storage, the Ubuntu OS will be install on a Sandisk Extreme Pro MicroSDHC card.

    The SSD is powered by a 4 port USB powered hub, this hub has a connector on it that requires 5V, so I'm using a 12V power adapter from a old laptop and hooking into into a dedicated connection to the battery in my car, however noce the gintion is turn off the connection is severed and it won't drain the battery.

    In-case some are wondering I already have a high-output alternator on my car for the stereo system, and an addtional rear-mounted optima battery for more juice.. icon_smile.gif
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