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Review: Windows Server 2008 (Terminal Services)


Microsoft is moving in on Citrix territory even more as they now introduce the following components: Terminal Server Gateway, RemoteApp, and Terminal Services Web Access. Terminal Server Gateway allows remote user’s access to Terminal Servers through your perimeter firewall. RemoteApp allows you to publish applications on a Terminal Server as opposed to an entire desktop. Finally, Terminal Server Web access provides you with a portal to access application and/or desktops.

I know many clients that have completely moved away from Citrix to save on license costs due to the fact that Terminal Services offers such a robust amount of functionality. Once my labs are complete I will upload some tutorials on Terminal Services in action.

11 comments
VeteranTech
VeteranTech

For those who do not know, Microsoft obtains it's TS technology from Citrix. They are not moving in on Citrix's territory. Citrix is giving them the added functionality as it still benefits Citrix by adding deeper integration between the two. Citrix also recieves compensation from Microsoft for this technology. Learn to research and know the history of the technologyu before making ignorant comments. It vastly degrades the credibility of the author.

ek7us
ek7us

Regarding Generation of Terminal service gateway(TSGU) traffice over netmon: Hi, i have a setup where-in i need to connect to remotely from a client(longhorn)to a target server(longhorn)through a Gateway server(longhorn).I am able to connect using mstsc,but i am not gettng the TSGU packets over netmon 3.1.Can anyone help in this regard?

robert
robert

Excellent news. When Microsoft upset Citrix to the point that Citrix will port everything to Linux, this will be the just what the Linux / Novell community will want.

str33tp0et
str33tp0et

So buggy on the remote printing side. It always seems like I am jimmy rigging ports to get the remote clients to print. do you guys have the same problems?

blarman
blarman

Linux has SSL. It's built into the OS and already supports everything Citrix could do.

sprinkl3s
sprinkl3s

I don't really see citrix doing that. there are several reasons for this: 1. majority of the market is windows 2. majority of citrix users will still keep citrix because they are comfortable with keeping the same product name they currently have 3. most citrix customers run windows servers

tgueth
tgueth

I have only run into problems with USB printers on local printers. Other than that, I have not had any issues. Tom

Tony K
Tony K

First, SSL isn't "built into the OS", it's provided by a library from OpenSSL. All distros provide it, but it's not part of "Linux", per se. Secondly, no, it can't do everything Citrix can do. Forgetting all of the really advanced stuff, I'm assuming you're talking about doing remote X windows...except you're forgetting X doesn't directly support encryption or compression. The ICA protocol was designed to allow a user to work with almost no lag over a 14.4K modem connection. Sure, you can get encryption and some compression by routing it through an SSH connection, but that's not anywhere as easy as clicking a link on a webpage for your users. And, it still doesn't come close to the performance of Citrix. Believe it or not, Linux isn't the answer to every problem.

troym
troym

Agreed. I only see the problems with local USB printers mapping to the server session. Network printers that users can add themselves, work 98% of the time. Issues with default printers on citrix as well.

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