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Google Earth Pro on a terminal server

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I've got a client that wants to use Google Earth Pro on a terminal server.  My initial thoughts and everything I have read lead me to believe this is either not possible or not a good idea.  Anyone have experience with this?  

Much thanks.
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It is possible. Whether it is a good idea or not, depends on your scenario:
a. How many concurrent users per TS server do you have?
b. Will all these users run Earth?
c. And so on.

Earth Pro is licensed. Please read the EULA because you might break the license if you install it on TS and give it access to more than one user concurrently.
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Thanks for the information.  I'll be sure to read the EULA thoroughly.  Here are the answers to your questions.

a.  25 concurrent users
b. 10 running Google Earth
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I don't think the 10 users will run Earth concurrently very frequently. As a result you shouldn't have any performance problems. Keep your resources monitored from some days before the Earth implementation to some days after in order to see if there is any valuable change.
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This is a real estate company and they use Google Earth all the time.  All 10 may not be using at the same time, but it would be very common to have 5 or so using at the same time.  Terminal services can be very difficult with applications that require video or somehow utilize the video card.

How are you able to make such a claim?
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I apologize for the delay. The info you gave about your scenario is limited. Based on that info I've made a claim with particular attention on monitoring the situation before and after. Furthermore, I've worked with TS and ICA (Citrix) for about 7 years with any kind of hosted applications (please exclude CAD/CAM applications).
No one is able to tell you how well it will work (BTW: what is "well"?) because it depends on too many factors:
a. Actual servers.
b. Their mean use during the day.
c. The response time the Earth users expect (is it less, equal or more than the response time they get when running on Home PCs?).
d. And so on.

As a result, only a deep testing will completely answer your question.
A quality level accepted in one company might not be accepted in another company.
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by:SupermanTB
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Thank you for your response.  If the information about my scenario is limited, you are welcome to ask for additional information.  

a.  I'm not sure what you're asking here.
b.  I certainly cannot give this exact estimate now, but I would like to have a ballpark indication of what is reasonable and how much usage will cause problems
c.  They will expect it to be equal to the response time they get when running Google Earth on their PCs
d.  If there is any more information you need, feel free to ask.

If after receiving the answers to those questions, a deep testing is the only way to know for sure, then I have my answer.  Thanks very much.
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Questions like the one you posted can only be (fully) answered after a deep testing on your systems with your users. We can give you some suggestions. But, that's all.
I understand this isn't exactly what you wanted. What you are asking for (a clear answer such as: yes it works and it works fine) doesn't exist because what works fine for me might not work fine for you (or for one critical User of you system).
If you think this isn't of any help, feel free to delete the question.
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I appreciate the effort, so will award points.
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