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Terminal services server specification

Hi All,

I wonder if anyone can give me some guidance I am looking to put in place a windows 2008 terminal server for 15 users all using HP thin client hardware but I'm concerned about getting the specification of the server hardware and also the local and remote site  bandwidth to be adequate and not risk performance issues from occurring.

The terminal environment core applications required and that users will use will be Microsoft Office 2007, Sage Accounts (1 user)  and Microsoft CRM front end client for all users but not at same time (SQL of CRM system is on separate server)

The server specification I am currently thinking is Dual 2.26Ghz quad core Xeons, 12GB RAM, 15K drives will this be enough spec?

Local and remote site bandwidth requirements: -  We have a remote site of 4-5 users will an 8MB downstream 512K upstream ADSL line be enough? At the local site where the TS will be hosted from a 2MB SDSL is being used.  Will this bandwidth be adequate enough, I have read a few scary articles about TS printing at remote sites being slow could this be a real issue based on this bandwidth spec?

Thanks

Steve
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Cláudio RodriguesCommented:
This server will easily handle 15 users. Make sure you run 64-bit so you do not run into the 2GB Kernel Memory limitation and get access to the full 12GB without PAE.
Bandwidth seems good but again under heavy printing things may not be so good. Thanks to Microsoft, they implemented bandwidth prioritization on 2008 so you should be good. :-)
http://www.petri.co.il/setting-windows-server-2008-terminal-services-display-data-prioritization.htm

Cláudio Rodrigues
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Steve1981Author Commented:
Hi Cláudio,

Thanks this really helps I should have mentioned it will be a Windows 2008 SBS environment where the terminal server will reside on the secondary server, does the 64-bit version still get around the 2GB kernel issues?  Someone had mentioned to me the same / similar issue with memory but about having to use the enterprise version of windows in the past, I'm not sure if this was 2003 or 2008.

Thanks

Steve
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Cláudio RodriguesCommented:
Enterprise 32-bit seems more than 4GB RAM but still suffers from the same 2GB kernel memory limitation. 64-bit does not have that problem. Just make sure your TSs are 2008 R2 (as it is 64-bit only).

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Cláudio RodriguesCommented:
'Seems' should be 'sees'. :-)

Cláudio Rodrigues
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