I have 3 PCs running Windows XP, and I regularly use 2 of them (not at the same time) to remote desktop to the third. When I do this, where is the actual processing taking place, at the PC I’m touching (which I assume is the client) or at the PC I’m operating remotely (which I assume is the host)?
This seems like yet another thing I should know or be able to figure out intuitively, but every time I think I’m comfortable with an answer, I come up with a reason it doesn’t seem right. For instance: the fact that I can be downloading a very large file or group of very large files and disconnect my remote desktop session without interrupting that download suggests to me that the host is doing the processing. Yet, the fact that things seem to run much faster when I’m connected via my fastest PC suggests to me that the client is doing the processing.