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The University of Kansas Technical Report Implementation of Ambient Computing Environments Concepts in Microsoft Windows Brett Becker Victor Frost Joseph Evans Information Telecommunication Technology Center Department of Electrical Engineering Computer Science The University of Kansas Lawrence Kansas ITTC FY2002 22731 01 August 2001 Copyright 2001 The University of Kansas Center for Research Inc 2335 Irving Hill Road Lawrence KS 66045 7612 All Rights Reserved Abstract This paper explores the possibility of creating a Windows based distributed and userfriendly computing environment similar to that of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center s Ambient Computing Environments ACE project The Ambient Computing Environments project focuses on creating smarter computational environments that allow the co opt of resources user friendly video conferencing desktop sharing and centralized resource allocation Since ACE is based on a completely custom Linux software architecture that will not port to other operating systems there has been much interest in creating a similar environment using Microsoft Windows based servers The approach is to build a test environment using current publicly available software in which the pros and cons of each software solution can be explored along with how they interact Table of Contents List of Figures 4 1 0 Introduction 5 2 0 Resource Allocation 6 2 1 Microsoft Active Directory 6 2 2 Windows NET 7 3 0 Login Security 8 4 0 Desktop Accessibility 8 4 1 Microsoft Roaming Profiles 9 4 2 Microsoft Windows Terminal Services 9 4 3 AT T Cambridge Laboratories Virtual Network Computing VNC 9 4 4 Symantec pcAnywhere 9 5 0 Videoconferencing 10 5 1 Microsoft NetMeeting 10 5 2 Microsoft Exchange Conference Server 12 5 3 CuSeeMe 13 6 0 ACE Hardware 14 7 0 Voice Recognition 15 7 1 IBM ViaVoice 15 7 2 Dragon Naturally Speaking 16 8 0 Handhelds and Portable Computing 16 9 0 Conclusion 16 10 0 Bibliography 18 3 List of Figures Number Page Figure1



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