Dell Tera 2 Remote Access host card- can someone tell me how it works?

yc1793

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Good morning,

I'm looking into buying a workstation (T5810) from Dell, and see they offer Teradici Remote Workstation Access Host Cards. They have three options:
-Remote Access Host Card, Tera2, Full Height [add $246.00]
-Dell Tera2 PCoIP Quad Display Host Card (Full Height) [add $487.50]
-Two Dell Tera2 PCoIP Quad Display Host Cards (Full Height) [add $975.00]

These interest me because I would love to be able to access this workstation from my laptop, as the workstation will have a much better processor, GPU, RAM, etc. for computational work. But I have no idea how these work.

Here are my questions:
(1) If I purchase a remote access card for the T5810, I will then be able to access the workstation remotely from a laptop or another computer, correct? Does this other computer (laptop, for example) need special hardware, or just software?

(2) Based on some googling, it looks like the Tera2 cards have an ethernet port on the card. Is this correct, and does this mean I need a second ethernet connection for the computer? One for the Tera2 card and one for motherboard ethernet port?

(3) What is the difference between the "Remote Access Host Card, Tera2, Full Height" and the "Dell Tera2 PCoIP Quad Display Host Card (Full Height)" other than the $200 difference in price?

I have tried searching online, but have only found limited instructions and information on these cards. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 

kanewolf

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Remote access (as a separate IP address) is standard in servers. HP calls it iLO. It allows a remote access, usually browser based, to the BIOS, and OS level. It is generally a sysadmin tool. You will need a second network connection and second IP address.

You can use remote desktop protocol (RDP) to access your Dell without the card. If you will usually have access to the local display, there is no reason to spend extra for a remote access card. It is most useful for remote admin.
 

yc1793

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Thank you, kanewolf.

I was under the impression that PCoIP was preferred over RDP due to graphics quality, speed (if bandwidth isn't a problem, which is isn't), and security.

Any other thoughts?
 

kanewolf

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I don't have anything to contribute to the RDP vs PCoIP. I have only used RDP. I know that RDP has been improved by MS. I don't see any good comparison articles that aren't too old. I would assume that Dell would sell you a card later if you end up needing it.
 

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