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Hi All,

We are looking at either migrating to TS on windows 2008 or getting into Citrix. Looking at Citrix's website, I see a number of solutions.

We do not want Xenapps or any other virtual hosting service, but a terminal-service like app.

I've read about Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite, is this still available or has it been replaced by XenServer?

Which is the the citrix-equivalent to Terminal Services?
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XenApp is the "replacement" for MetaFrame Access Suite and runs on top of TS/RDS.

XenServer is like Hyper-V or ESX/Vsphere and does OS virtualization.

XenApp and TS/RDS do application virtualization which is what you are looking for.

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Right, so with Xenapp, is that the OS itself you install off a cd and has the features you implement? Along with the ICA client that users will need?
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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You install the Windows OS, install the roles/features needed, update Windows, install XenApp, install applications and then publish the applications.

For step-by-step guides see http://dabcc.com/Webster 
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From what Im reading, with Xenapp, users dont connect via ica like I use to use a long time ago. Instead, if you click on a program icon and its not locally installed, it will be delivered to your laptop/pc via the internet...is this correct?

Sorry Im trying to get upto speed on this solution.
Carl WebsterCitrix Technology Professional - Fellow
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Everything is still ICA.
The solution you are looking for is XenApp.  XenApp is an application that runs on a Windows 200x server with Terminal Services installed.   What you are getting confused on, is that the way how XenApp is publishing the applications/desktops.  The old way used "Program Neighborhood" which has been removed from "Citrix" clients 11.2 version.  A better way and more efficient way is to publish the apps/desktop through a web page (Portal).  So, I user can go to portal.citrixservername.com and pull up a login page.  Based on the login credentials and  rights, the will be presented with a list of apps/desktop to launch.  Using a Portal eliminates any client configurations.
Traffic is still using the ICA protocol.

If you have any more questions, just let us know!  Good luck!

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Great thanks guys

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