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Attached is current scenario to accommodate MS Dynamics GP user for different usage.
But the moment Warehouse user start receiving big amount for shipment in GP it get too slow.
There are few options poping up to resolve this issue like

Citirx Server?
should i place offline servers at each location and replicate data when required or sechedule?

Please suggest what can be the best cost effective solution that I can work more on it.
OS win 2003 ent
database sql server 2005 standard
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Dynamics GP is a Thick Client, meaning that it is very bandwidth intensive.  Your remote locations do not mee the bandwidth requirements to run a local client install over your WAN connections.  Microsoft requirements state 100bt or 1000bt connection even for client machines.

Citrix or just regular old Windows Terminal Server would to the trick.  

How many GP clients are needed at each location?  If it is only one or two, you might just setup some cheap workstations at the data center, configure them with the GP client, and open the RDP ports.  The remote location can then RDP into the workstation and use GP.   It is a cheap version of Terminal Server but restricted to one connection at a time.   Another consideration is, if you have extra copies of Windows Server available, each server allows two RDP connections per box.  You could install Windows Server onto a regular workstation box and each would support two remote users, and would not need extra Terminal Server CAL's.   You will need to decide which is the most cost effective solution for your situation.   But if you have spare workstations around, i would just set them up as I said.

Another option would be a web interface (custom code) that would pull the data needed by the remote locations and present it in a web site.   This would use GP Web Services to pull the data.  But this may be more expensive that the workstation/server RDP route because of the custom development costs.

Let me know if I can be of any further help.
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thanks Opster; citirx can be right choice.
but
what if i put offiline servers in each location and replicated data?
is it easy to do and manage?
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Setting up replication between servers at remote locations is not that difficult with SQL 2005.   Will it need to be two way replication?  

Another consideration is the Licensing for Dynamics GP.  I believe (but you should check with Microsoft of your VAR) that each physical location where GP is installed requires a seperate license.   This may or may not be a deal breaker for your offline replication plans.  

I still think that Terminal Services or Citrix are your best options for the remote users.  
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What does it mean by "100bt or 1000bt connection" ? Thanks
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