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Terminal Server or Citrix?

By Tim.Doyle ·
I'm considering a remote desktop solution for between 20 and 80 remote users (number will depend on costs and the benefits of the chosen solution). Windows Terminal Server and Citrix come to mind as the two available solutions but there may be others I'm not aware of. Basic specs of what I've got to do are below:

- All users have about 384k + - to play with.
- I want to run Outlook, Internet Explorer and some LAN-type applications for our consumer loans system.
- Client machines may be a mix of 98, 2000 or XP so the remote client software needs to support that.

Thanks in advance.

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by evkuo In reply to Terminal Server or Citrix ...

Technically, you'd be running Citrix on top of TS. I'd got with Citrix, since it would give you better functionality and security.

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by waff In reply to Terminal Server or Citrix ...

Windows 2003 TSE has almost all features like Citrix. Citrix is just the luxury solution.
Remember, you pay Windows 2003 server license, W3k CAL licenses and W3k TS CAL licenses anyway. If you use Citrix, you can add the Citrix server licenses incl. 15 user CAL's.
As long you use Win based clients, W3k can do anything what Citrix can. To connect unix or MAC clients, you would need Citrix.
New servers support 25-30 users per CPU. So I recommend 2 x 2CPU servers to have enough reserves.

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by NickW_uk In reply to Terminal Server or Citrix ...

Citrix should give you a thinner client, useful if running over a WAN or dial up. You could run TS to start and see how it runs.

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