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What is a typical CoLo Citrix config?

Experts, this is kind of a broad, open ended question, but our company is sending out part of our data center to colocation and the Citrix part of it is in my lap.   I'm wondering what is a typical Citrix configuration with disparate networks like this?  We are ps 4, standard edition right now, but I'm also wondering if I should consider upgrading to take advantage of the Program Neighborhood Agent over the internet?   And also, are there any other features in an upgrade that might benefit us in a colocation scenario?

Thanks in advance.
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Well, my first question is, will your Data and Citrix servers all be in the same colocated facility or different ones?
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alexsupertrampAuthor Commented:
For now, data and Citrix in one Colo.
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puterg33kCommented:
Can you also include what type of data connection you are planing on having between sites and a rough estimate of how many users will be connecting?
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Well the best practice is that your XenApp or presentation servers should always be on the same local network as your data.

That being said since you mention that data ans Citrix will be in the same colo, that is a good thing.
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alexsupertrampAuthor Commented:
We probably won't have a dedicated T1 or business connection to this colo...so it will probably be a vpn over the internet.   About 30 users will be connecting to the citrix farm, but that number could go up in the future.

One thing I'm wondering is what I need to do so that users don't have to go to a web browser to fire up citrix applications.  LIke, with ps 4.0 advanced there was Program Neighborhood Agent, that allowed users to start applications over the internet via start menu buttons (or that was my interpretation of it, i have never implemented it).  


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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Now if you don't o any printing, video or drive mapping to the remote computers, your 1Mb link could work for 30 users.  As that number grows, your connection should be increased.
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puterg33kCommented:
You should be able to set it up the same as you do today if you have a VPN connection between the two offices.  The only difference is you may have to hard set the IP address on the client side since Program neighborhood won't be able to auto detect the farm across the WAN.  

Let me know if you need instructions on how to setup the client side.
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alexsupertrampAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.  Good to know that program neighborhood will work over a vpn, and that we should be ok with drive mapping and printing for now.
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