Terminal Server Harware & Architecture Requirements for 150 Users

No Citrix desired.
OS: Windows 2008 R2 Std
What do i need for HW specs and load balancing?
How many servers? Server config - Processor (1 or 2), RAM, network ports (GB)
What Architecture is best, with load balancing and failover in mind? What server config is optimal (without overkill).
No data storage required...RAID 1 fine
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Carl WebsterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
While Cached Outlook 2010 is supported under RDS, I would not recommend it.  You will put a heavy load on network traffic and hard drive space.

hanccocka - 4GB of RAM????  Are you serious?  On the actual RDS servers, 16GB at a minumum.

Everyone needs to look at this first.  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9bc943b7-07c5-4335-9df9-20e77ed5032e

At a minimum, I would recommend 1 Gateway, 1 Session Broker and 2 RDS servers.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
To run Notepad in all the terminal sessions?  Probably 1 CPU and 32 GB of RAM.

To run Office, a custom database program, and other things?  Probably AT LEAST 2xQuad Core or better CPUs and 128 GB of RAM.

Point being, with no idea what you're doing, it's impossible to say.
BigBadWolf_000Author Commented:
Alright leew: some more detail, Office suite 2010, one IM client say yahoo, 6 firefox4 windows, occasional printing and scanning to networked resources, heavy email (cached) Outlook, Some streaming video. Assume network bandwidth is not a bottleneck. And I don't wat to run it all on one server, thinking 4 servers one gateway box and need to know how users can be automaticall redirected to a RDS server that is not over capacity (load balancing)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would put in Four Servers (4), of Win2k8 R2 64 bit, HP DL360G7, Dual Processor Quad Core, 4GB RAM.

Splt the OS and Applications, across two RAID 1 mirror arrays (Array 1 OS), (Array 2 Applications).

No Citrix, just RDS, then load balance across all four. (round robin DNS)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Heavy email (cached) and Streaming Video, you'll need to do some testing and investigations, lots of performance issues  with cached email on TS servers.
Carl WebsterCommented:
I said Session Broker and I meant Connection Broker.
Rob KnightConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:

Have a look at this document:


We have deployed something similar to your requirements for supporting up to 200 users with 50% concurrency and did the following:

1. Dual Quad Core Servers - configured as a farm
2. 32 GB RAM in each
3. Raid 1 HDD
4. NLB and Session Broker enabled


BigBadWolf_000Author Commented:
Thanks that was some very good info.
Users also need their profiles to follow them (no matter which RD server they end up on (favorites, shortcut on desktops, etc) that would be roaming profiles, say the profiles were stored on a stotrge SAN, how would this impact performance (assume all servers are at a colo connected to site with mpls 10Mbps (also with heavy VoIP)
Carl WebsterCommented:
You need to implement Roaming Profiles AND Folder Redirection and, preferable also, Home FOlders.

If you do not implement Folder Redirection, roaming profiles can become HUGE and logons and logoffs will be extremely long.
BigBadWolf_000Author Commented:
Thank You
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