Use an old laptop as an RDP cleint for windows (WOL & fast boot)
I am looking to use an old laptop as a remote keyboard and monitor for a more powerful desktop computer. I do not want the desktop running when I am not using the laptop. I was thinking that a WOL script somewhere in the very beginning of the boot process would be the first step. I want to connect to a windows desktop and they need as much time as posssible to boot.I have 2 questions. What is the best way to send the WOL packet? Can GRUB possibly do it before booting? Second what is the slimmest distro I can use that will work as smoothly as possible?I tried to search but I am was not able to sort through all the different options without getting confused.
One more thing. Can I set up the remote desktop so that when linux finishes booting it is already logged in and I am looking at the regular windows desktop? Maybe some sort of batch file on the windows pc to tell linux when it is ready for the connection. I am sure linux will win the race. After windows is ready the linux pc will initiate the rd connection. The question is how do I go about that?
Thanks in advance.