Terminal Services Versus Citrix

Posted on 2005-03-24
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Hi there,

We're going to be expanding our office soon from 5-30 pc's to accomodate an army of volunteers.
We're considering a terminal services solution and I'm looking into this and I'd like to know when
would I choose Terminal Services deployment over Citrix or vice versa?


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scrmcna earned 2000 total points
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I would say that depends on what you're going to be doing.  Citrix is installed on your terminal services, it's basically an advanced version of Terminal Services.  Citrix gives you more abilities, is better for printer management and other devices that could be connected to the local PC.  It also gives you better administration for you.  It also allows you to connect non-windows PCs to your network.  If you need to publish applications to the end users, you'd want to go with Citrix.  Again, it most likely boils down to what you're going to be doing.

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Yes we would want to publish applications to the end-user and we'd like to use Unix clients (debian) to connect to a terminal service.  Sounds like I should go for Citrix if I want the advanced capabilities. In addition to what you've commented, are there any other notable capabilities for using Citrix.

I've got other citrix related questions, but I'll post these seperately to be fair.

thanks for your comments.


Expert Comment

ID: 13630264
The company I used to work for tried to use just terminal services and it pretty much blew up on us.  We went to Citrix and it worked great.  You can use NFUSE with Citrix.  Your employees or volunteers would be able to connect to their apps via Internet Explorer.  Opening up the possiblity of people working from home.  We also had seperate offices connecting via VPN from different towns and cities and we could publish an app right to their desktop making network management easier.  You only have to upgrade the app on a Citrix server, you don't have to go to each individual PC and touch it.  

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thanks for your comments scrmcna

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