Windows 2003 RemoteApps


I have been looking everywhere to see if I can deploy RemoteApp fow Windows Server 2003, as the host. Is this possible? Or is RemoteApp just for 2008? Everything I've seen here so far leads me to believe this. What exactly are the requirements for have remoteapp up and running so that users can connect directly to those applications, and not the entire desktop. What difference is there exactly between TS and RemoteApps exactly then?

thanks in advance.
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Alex AppletonBusiness Technology AnalystCommented:
RemoteApp presents just the remote application instead of the entire remote desktop.  It's as close to a virtual application as you are going to get without going to a product such as APP-V.

RemoteApp was introduced with Windows Server 2008, so you need a 2008 server to do this.  However, you can achieve a similar solution using Citrix on 2003.

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CEGEAuthor Commented:
I see, I see. What citrix product is there for Windows 2003? I'd like to look into it perhaps to find out more. In your opinion is it better to just go with W2008 or to look into this Citrix option?
Alex AppletonBusiness Technology AnalystCommented:
The product you would be looking at is Citrix XenApp.

There are a lot of things to consider when planning an implementation, these things will factor in deciding whats best.

For example:
-application compatibility
-licensing cals (08 TS CAL will be required, where you may already own 03 CALS)
-licensing product (Citrix costs, where RemoteApp is built into 2008)
-knowledge of product

So it's difficult for me to say choose one over the other.  I have used and setup both, while I find RemoteApp much easier to setup and configure I do like what both products bring to the table.  Ultimately, both basically present an application to the end user.  In my opinion, both are on par accomplishing this task.
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CEGEAuthor Commented:
Can you reuse 03 TS cals for 08? or do you have to buy them all again? IS there any way at all to get RemoteApp working with 2003? I don't think so, from what you've mentioned or what I've found.
Alex AppletonBusiness Technology AnalystCommented:
No, you cannot use 03 TS CALs for 08 unless you have purchased software assurance with Microsoft.  

No, there is no known way to get RemoteApp working with 2003.  Sorry.
Cláudio RodriguesFounder and CEOCommented:
Also note you do NOT need Citrix for 'RemoteApps' on 2003. Several other products, some MUCH cheaper have the exact same functionality. Some worth mentioning:
- 2X ApplicationServer.
- Quest vWorkspace.
- Ericom WebConnect.

Cláudio Rodrigues
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CEGEAuthor Commented:
thank you both for the information. Now I can get to work on gettting it up and running.
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