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I currently have a client using 2008 Terminal Services, I am looking at putting Citrix on top of this setup, what's the licencing implications? Do I still need TS licences as well as Citrix ones and which Citrix version is the one I need?
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by:Nik
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Yes you need both Citrix and TS licenses. On each Citrix farm server you have to configure TS and Citrix license server.

About the Citrix version. It really depends on what do you need or plan in the future. It would be best bet to get free information from the local Citrix reseller.
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Ayman Bakr earned 500 total points
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You will need both TS (now called RD) licenses and Citrix licenses. You will require one TS and one Citrix license server.

With 2008 R2 it is best to go for XenApp 6.5 server and if required later you can go for xenDesktop as the former is easier to setup and less 'complex'.
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by:dannyfccs
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What are the benefits of Citrix?
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by:Ayman Bakr
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In a nutshell, Citrix provides you access to your applications and/or desktops from anywhere at any time securely. Speaking about it vs. normal remote desktop connection, Citrix excels with its ICA protocol over RD in performance over WAN connections and with its HDX engine for providing graphics acceleration, browser acceleration and flash content; this is all apart from its great load balancing among the servers in the farm. However, the cost will be way too greater with Citrix, because it is a solution over Windows (you will be requiring both licenses). So if your requirement is simple, within your high speed LAN and no need for graphics intensivity nor there is a great business stress on load balancing then you'd better head for normal RD connection.

Check this generalistic view of the benefits of Citrix:
http://www.ciosolutions.com/citrix-solutions-for-remote-desktop-access-top-3-benefits/
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by:dannyfccs
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Thank you very much, you've been very helpful!!
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by:dannyfccs
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To be honest I didn't even see it, genuine mistake, however reading back I find Mutawadi's comments more informative and detailed.
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by:Ayman Bakr
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I don't usually would want to repeat things, however nimatejic's statement:

On each Citrix farm server you have to configure TS and Citrix license server

seem to be vague and inaccurate, unless he meant to point each Citrix farm server to both the Citrix license server and RD license server. Moreover, I provided recommendation input in what is considered the most stable environment for Citrix XenApp, XenApp 6.5; and my experience to start with XenApp then go for xenDesktop.

Again I accept that nimatejic was first to respond, and I will have no problem if the author decides to re-grant the points to him; but he needs to consider what the community need to refer to when consulting this question in the future.
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by:dannyfccs
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I agree.
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by:Nik
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unless he meant to point each Citrix farm server to both the Citrix license server and RD license server.
I ment exactly that.

dannyfccs asked this:
Do I still need TS licences as well as Citrix


I have replied to that question correctly "Yes you need both Citrix and TS licenses" continuing with statement that both Terminal Services license server AND Citrix license server has to be configured for the farm with each Citrix farm member pointing to both servers.

I guess that I was too fast with my answer by not giving the proper clarification as I should since dannyfccs is very much new to the Citrix.
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by:Nik
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Please close the question and award Mutawadi. Sorry for trying to help on this question.
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