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    Could someone who uses Citrix please explain why it is advantagous to use Citrix vs Terminal Services.

    I know this is a loaded question, so I'll give some details on my scheme.

    1 Current Terminal Server (Windows 2003 Standard) hosting 20 connections.

    Looking to Add another Terminal Server and give redundancy / failover.

    I understand the basics of Citrix (IE: load balancing, fault tolerance) but are these not available from Terminal Services?
    I'm looking to spend about 12k for the Citrix software and for Licenses (not to mention the SSL Licenses for my Cisco Router) So I guess I'm trying to justify in my mind.

    Thanks!

    Hobie
    Last edited by Hobie; 23rd March 2009, 20:07.

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    Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

    1. http://www.citrix.com/English/ps2/pr...tentID=1686588

    2. http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/bri...er-enough.aspx


    The real values are:

    1. Universal printing.
    2. Good and real load balance.
    3. Short time to deploy.
    4. Option to run legacy software.
    5. Easy management (You will not need to use GPO most of the time, after blocking the option to logon to the server via RDP/ICA for regular users.

    6. Option to run graphics applications in and obtain good performance.
    7. Support for non MS clients.
    Best Regards,

    Yuval Sinay

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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    • #3
      Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

      Thanks!

      I read the article and it was informative.
      I hear great things about it and I'm considering switching my system to it.

      It is just a large investment and every Citrix person I speak to reminds of Apple people where they blindly accept it is best, but cannot give me details of why I should change.

      Thanks again!
      Hobie

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      • #4
        Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

        saves bandwidth as well
        Blog: smoothblog.co.uk

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        • #5
          Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

          Citrix is a costly solution. Windows 2008 and Cockpit both do similar jobs (possibly not as robust) at a cheaper price point.

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          • #6
            Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

            Hi,

            Please advice that Windows 2008 and Cockpit are ages from Citrix... You cant compare beetwen this products at all
            Best Regards,

            Yuval Sinay

            LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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            • #7
              Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

              Originally posted by yuval14 View Post
              Hi,

              Please advice that Windows 2008 and Cockpit are ages from Citrix... You cant compare beetwen this products at all
              Neither product is as mature as Citrix but you have to admit Windows 2008 with its front end and additional gateway features does a darn fine job Plus if your driven by cost/budget alone you know it makes sense!

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              • #8
                Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

                No...
                You waste too much time to manage Win 2008/Cockpit... Please check the TCO
                Best Regards,

                Yuval Sinay

                LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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                • #9
                  Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

                  Originally posted by yuval14 View Post
                  No...
                  You waste too much time to manage Win 2008/Cockpit... Please check the TCO

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                  • #10
                    Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

                    Originally posted by yuval14 View Post
                    No...
                    You waste too much time to manage Win 2008/Cockpit... Please check the TCO
                    I am still confused...

                    Do you not have to setup the terminal server(s) anyway?

                    Does Citrix not log you into a Terminal Session when it turns on an application? (I know it doesn't show you the desktop).

                    Hobie

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                    • #11
                      Re: Citrix vs Terminal Server

                      Originally posted by Hobie View Post
                      I am still confused...

                      Do you not have to setup the terminal server(s) anyway?

                      Does Citrix not log you into a Terminal Session when it turns on an application? (I know it doesn't show you the desktop).

                      Hobie
                      ICA sits ontop of RDP. Citrix can only be installed if Terminal Services is already present. Depending on how its set up the client can either used published apps via the web front end or login to there own streaming desktop. And yes even if the client launches an application its launched in a terminal session whereby only the application is shown and not the desktop.

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