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Windows 2003 Terminal Services vs. Citrix

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We currently have Citrix Metaframe 1.8 running on Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server.  We are going to be upgrading to Windows Server 2003 shortly and need to decide whether or not to use Citrix or native Windows Terminal Services.  We will be using thin clients for users to access their applications.

Does anyone have information on the quality of Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services?  Is it better than Citrix?  Are we able to publish applications only to users or do they need to have an entire work environment?

Any help will be appreciated.
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Question by:Jeremy1029
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zhihong78 earned 250 total points
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If you only use Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services, you are not able to publish application (not entire desktop). Publish Application will only possible when you are using Citrix. Citrix is enhancing existing Windows Terminal Services, without WTS, Citrix would not run.

But, Citrix ICA technologies have better performance on screen latency, and you could load-balance 1 published application across multiple servers (depends which version you are chooing). And widely support of clients range, from DOS, Linux, Java Browser, UNIX...etc which WTS only runs on Windows clients.

If you are looking for small environment, WTS will do. If you are looking for large environment (our company has 200 users based with 5 Citrix Servers), Citrix is much more powerful and easier to administer.
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by:euroluce
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zhihong78 states that "WTS only runs on Windows clients"

This is incorrect. I regularly connect to WTS Server using a Mac client, and have done testing using Linux clients. The Mac clients are supplied by Microsoft (the Remote Desktop client) and the Linux clients are standard on the Redhat 9 workstation clients I was testing.

Using rdesktop to access terminal services running on Win 2K server was working very well for me - fairly cheap way to deploy clients IMHO.
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Thanks for your information euroluce, when I read the Terminal Services book, the book did not mentioned about Mac client and Linux is totally out of my way especially Redhat 9, which I haven't test out. Thanks!
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by:jcjohnson
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Jeremy,
Vector ESP is the #1 Citrix reseller as well as largest independent Microsoft Gold Partner in the country.  This question is posed to us daily, and we have a number of resources to help you understand exactly the benefits of Citrix vs. TS with and w/o AD.

Give me a call and we can discuss: (972) 774-0775 x18
Chris Johnson
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