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CAD CAM publishing via Xenapp

Hi ,

We would like to publish application like CAD CAM via Xenapp ( on Windows 2008 R2). As known these are resource intensive apps .Not sure how this applications would respond in comparison to installing them and running them on physical desktops having the GPU available. We are not looking into introducing Xendesktop in the environment. Can anyone please help to understand the

- What are the areas that we need to be aware of ?
- What are the ideal Xenapp server hardware requirement w.r.t RAMs, GPUs, etc
- What could be user concurreny an ideal sized server could handle?
- Different ways these applications can be delivered and the best option to follow?
- What would be bandwidth requirement for users ?
- What are pros and Cons  ?

Some details and pointers on the above would be of immense help.

Thanks
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abbis_in
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
These applications may be resource intensive say 6 years back but OK now (at least for medium sized files).

You may want to try this on a test lab. Terminal server have free trial licences. Of course the requirements will go up depending on the users etc.

Why not give the name and version of the software and ask other experts if they have used it?
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
The answer for all your questions is it depends!

It all depends on the load that will be exerted by your users when using the CAD software over Citrix. It also depends on what other applications that will be shared with the CAD on the Citrix XenApp Servers.

You can carry out a pilot test (a good representation of your users would be 10% of your total number of users in your environment). Moreover, you can use Citrix Edgesight for load testing to determine the load on your servers and thus get a rough idea the requirements in terms of CPU, RAM, and number of servers.
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abbis_inAuthor Commented:
Hi ,

Thanks

The softwares are :-

Autocad version 2000 till 2007
Integra Graphic Design
PDMS design aoftware

Please help to provides some guidance and pointers of accessing these applications via Xenapp

 What are the areas that we need to be aware of ?
- What are the ideal Xenapp server hardware requirement w.r.t RAMs, GPUs, etc
- What could be user concurreny an ideal sized server could handle?
- Different ways these applications can be delivered and the best option to follow?
- What would be bandwidth requirement for users ?
- What are pros and Cons  ?

Thanks for the help
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barrykflCommented:
I tried Autodesk viewer (2D) or other MCB cad cam, it 's not a problem
BUT if you lauch 3D cad / cam , it 90% is not certified to use as per seesion of terminal serivces viewer may support . PLS eqnuiry the software support respectively.

It also include license issue , as i asked if your have 10 concurrent then you have to buy 10 cad cam license . After terminal session , the GPU will be downgraded much not all 3D software can be support. You have to cencern concurrent usage per session , memory occupied, resolution etc.
e,g 3D rendering it should impossible for sessions as it consume much processing power.

In conclusion , 2D not resolution dependment mostly OK but license count also the same ,10 session then 10 license. you have to ask the provider any issue on terminal/citrix session base .
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abbis_inAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all for the guidance . These will surely help to make a start.

Will wait for a short while  for a few more responses , if they come by , and then close
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