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    Hey All, Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

    We are a small comapany with 150 users that need access to Terminal Services to see and use our custom CRM app. Right now we have one Terminal Services Server running and we have a few problems with it. Among them, that it's slow, and right now there is no redundancy. We are also currently running Terminal Services, File and Print Services, DNS, DHCP, and our apps all on this one box. We know we need to change, and I was wondering if one of you guys, with your infinite expertise, can help me come up with a solution that would work for me.

    I would imagine I need 2 TS's for redundancy and Load Balancing, and I think I may need another server or 2 dedicated to the AD. Also, as with any TS environment, our printers are causing a big headache. I've done research on the net a lot, but haven't found a rock solid solution. We are currently using Simplify Screwdrivers from Tricerat.

    If you could let me know:

    1. What type of hardware should we be using for the server (we use Dell, so I would like to stick with a PowerEdge server)?

    2. What services can we be running on the TS machine?

    3. How many TS machines do we need?

    4. Where should the AD be stored?

    5. How should we incorporate Load Balancing?

    6. What is the right answer to our printer problem?

    Anything else that you could tell me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    -Eli

  • #2
    Re: Help with Deploying Terminal Services

    The forum can't replace official consult on site and you may need also
    assistant to install the new system.

    You can use two Dell 1850, 2x 3.x GHZ CPU's, 2x 146 GB 15000 RPM, Array with at least 128 MB RAM, 4 GB RAM
    I recommended checking an option to purchase also Citrix as add for the terminal (Advanced NLB, Publish
    Applications, Universal Printer Driver etc.)
    DC/File Servers, Exchange, SQL etc. – This services shouldnt reside on the TS server itself.
    The terminal license server should be install on one of the DC's in the farm.

    Recommended hardware for DC/File Server:

    You can use two Dell 2850, 2x 3.x CPU's, 6x 146 GB 10000/15000 RPM, Array with at least 128 (Dual Channel) MB RAM, 2 GB RAM
    (You can reduce the amount of drive, but you you can use Raid 1 2x146 GB for OS and Raid 5 4x146 GB for Files etc. or
    another Raid 1 instead.


    If you need to use SQL - add 4 GB RAM on this server.


    A few usefuls links:

    Terminal Server FAQ:

    Group Policy:

    How to apply Group Policy objects to Terminal Services servers

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;260370

    Loopback Processing of Group Policy

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=231287

    Security Settings - Software Restrictions

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...strictions.htm

    Introduction to Group Policy in Windows Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...w/gpintro.mspx

    Windows Server 2003 Security Guide

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    Windows 2003 - Group Policy WMI Filters

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...MI_filters.htm

    Using Windows Terminal Services to Run a Single Application

    http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...plication.html

    How to lock down a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Terminal Server session

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;278295

    Best Practices for Citrix Policy design for Presentation Server 3 or 4

    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=503


    Terminal Server Licensing:

    The Ultimate Guide to Windows 2003 Terminal Server Licensing

    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?id=154

    FAQ: Terminal Server Licensing

    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=129

    Free TS Licenses For MSDN Users/Microsoft Partners

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscripti...minalservices/



    The Ultimate Guide to Terminal Server Printing - Design and Configuration

    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=62

    How Microsoft's Windows 2003 SP1 Fallback Printer Driver Works (which now supports color!)


    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=438




    How to Configure Windows Network Load Balancing for pure Terminal Server environments

    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?id=278


    Session Directory and Load Balancing Using Terminal Server

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...directory.mspx


    Deploying Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server to Host User Desktops

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../adstrmsr.mspx


    Terminal Services Client Cannot Connect to NLB Cluster TCP/IP Address

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=280805

    Network Load Balancing: Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...ng/nlbfaq.mspx


    Add on tools:


    User Profile Hive Cleanup Service

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    RDP 5.2

    http://www.petri.com/download_rdp_5_2.htm


    Tips:


    Printers That Use Ports That Do Not Begin With COM, LPT, or USB Are Not Redirected in a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services Session
    View products that this article applies to.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302361/en-us

    Windows 2000 Terminal Services server logs events 1111, 1105, and 1106

    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=239088

    Troubleshooting Remote Desktop Licensing Error Messages

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window...97e2c1033.mspx

    How to Configure ActiveSync for PDA Synchronization

    http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX821115

    HOW TO: Use Group Policy to Permit Users to Redirect and Play Audio in a Remote Desktop Session to Terminal Services in Windows Server 2003

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=818465
    Last edited by yuval14; 23rd June 2006, 00:58.
    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: Help with Deploying Terminal Services

      1. What type of hardware should we be using for the server (we use Dell, so I would like to stick with a PowerEdge server)?

      1U or Blade Servers w/ 2 Xeon CPUs & 4GB RAM

      2. What services can we be running on the TS machine?

      Nothing but TS and Antivirus, as TS is a MUlti-user workstation, NOT a server.

      3. How many TS machines do we need?

      Impossible to say without doing scalablility tests with your proposed hardware and software. In general you should have enough terminal servers so that you can lose one to failure or maintenance and still be able to support your maximum concurrent user base, i.e. of you need to support 150 concurrent users and you can get 50 sessions comfortably on your selected hardware, you should have 4 terminal servers.

      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/scaling.htm


      4. Where should the AD be stored?

      On Domain COntrollers, which can also be used for services like DNS, DHCP, File/Print.

      5. How should we incorporate Load Balancing?

      2X LoadBalancer or other 3rd party RDP Load Balancer:
      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/add-...load-balancers

      6. What is the right answer to our printer problem?
      triCerat Simplify Printing, AKA Screwdrivers is one of the preferred printing products, so if you own that and are having problems I'd contact their tech support rather than looking for another product.

      Anything else that you could tell me would be greatly appreciated.

      Security is important:
      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/security.htm


      Originally posted by kingbear2
      Hey All, Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

      We are a small comapany with 150 users that need access to Terminal Services to see and use our custom CRM app. Right now we have one Terminal Services Server running and we have a few problems with it. Among them, that it's slow, and right now there is no redundancy. We are also currently running Terminal Services, File and Print Services, DNS, DHCP, and our apps all on this one box. We know we need to change, and I was wondering if one of you guys, with your infinite expertise, can help me come up with a solution that would work for me.

      I would imagine I need 2 TS's for redundancy and Load Balancing, and I think I may need another server or 2 dedicated to the AD. Also, as with any TS environment, our printers are causing a big headache. I've done research on the net a lot, but haven't found a rock solid solution. We are currently using Simplify Screwdrivers from Tricerat.

      If you could let me know:

      1. What type of hardware should we be using for the server (we use Dell, so I would like to stick with a PowerEdge server)?

      1U or Blade Servers w/ 2 Xeon CPUs & 4GB RAM

      2. What services can we be running on the TS machine?

      Nothing but TS and Antivirus, as TS is a MUlti-user workstation, NOT a server.

      3. How many TS machines do we need?

      Impossible to say without doing scalablility tests with your proposed hardware and software. In general you should have enough terminal servers so that you can lose one to failure or maintenance and still be able to support your maximum concurrent user base, i.e. of you need to support 150 concurrent users and you can get 50 sessions comfortably on your selected hardware, you should have 4 terminal servers.

      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/scaling.htm


      4. Where should the AD be stored?

      On Domain COntrollers, which can also be used for services like DNS, DHCP, File/Print.

      5. How should we incorporate Load Balancing?

      2X LoadBalancer or other 3rd party RDP Load Balancer:
      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/add-...load-balancers

      6. What is the right answer to our printer problem?
      triCerat Simplify Printing, AKA Screwdrivers is one of the preferred printing products, so if you own that and are having problems I'd contact their tech support rather than looking for another product.

      Anything else that you could tell me would be greatly appreciated.

      Security is important:
      http://www.sessioncomputing.com/security.htm


      Thanks

      -Eli
      Patrick Rouse
      Microsoft MVP - Terminal Server, Provision Networks VIP
      President - Session Computing Solutions, LLC
      http://www.sessioncomputing.com

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