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By mightyduk ·
I work in a network environment with about 200 PC's some of them are getting ancient (as old as 486) and the network administrator is proposing to use NT Terminal server to alleviate the need for significant hardware upgrades. He also wants to allowusers to log in from home to the terminal server. It seems to me we have enough trouble maintaining our existing network environment without going to this new and complex technology. Any thoughts on the feasibility of this proposal?

note: it's an educational environment, with applications from office, to accpac, visual studio, etc.

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by ruturaj In reply to NT Terminal Server

It is a pretty feasible enviornment if you don't want to touch your client machines for upgrades.
But you will definately need a considerable investment on the server (Depending on usage and number of concurrent connection), but I think it will be much less of an investment than upgrding all your client machines.
In fact this technology your administrative headaches will go down because management is completely centralised.
One moot point however your server has to be very reliable since if it goes down every one is down, It is better to have two servers rather than one to load balance & take over if one is down.
Literally all platforms can connect i.e 286, 386...........Windows, Unix, DOS............
Licensing is another thing which has to be looked into it is per connection.

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by FractalAdmin In reply to NT Terminal Server

Totally agree with previous answer, going to TS means all your clients have to do is send keyboard and mouse info to the server and receive screen info. The only other load on them is their network stack and the base OS.

Users dialling in from home will love it, again all they are doing is exchanging I/O info with the server, much lower bandwidth requirements.

The headaches you will experience will be in configuring your applications on the server(s), it can be tricky to provide everything to everyone. You should find, however, that your network traffic will fall, thus IMPROVING your current environment. Client call logs should fall also.

Hope this helps...

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by garland_stephan In reply to NT Terminal Server

Your network admin is offering you a proposal that will reduce some of your troubles maintaining your environment and extend the life of your workstations. The time and resources you save with this change could be used to outline an over-all strategy to improve your network environment and hardware. Moving to terminal servers could reduce your cost by as much as 35% for IT services. One thing to consider is the servers you are going to use. For 200 users I would suggest 2 Netfinity 6000R's withQuad Processors and 4GB Ram. A rule of thumb for terminal servers that I use is 50 users per processor. This is a little over kill but will give you redundancy, room for growth and space for peeks times. I suggest IBM servers because they come with hardware monitoring software that is valuable in any server environment.

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