Thin Server

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What Does Thin Server Mean?

A thin server refers to a computer that has enough computing resources to operate and provide some low level processes to other computers in a network. It enables providing network based tasks and processes in a client/server network architecture, which otherwise would have been performed by a standard server.

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Techopedia Explains Thin Server

A thin server is primarily a computer within a network that has been configured to act as a server as well. A thin server is usually designed to operate in small network environments.

Installing a standard server in such environments will cost more than a thin server or their capabilities far exceed than the requirements. Typically, a thin server has computing resources equivalent to other computers in the network, but may be installed with an advanced or server side OS along with necessary network components and applications.

Some of the services provided by a thin server include file sharing, printer access, storage and Internet access.

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.