New Remote Application Server.

We manage apartment complexes all over the state. 55 of our locations have software that needs to run from a server.
The software has a "Network Version" but is really only designed for LANs. The type that if the connection is dropped, strange stuff happens.
So, I need to use RDP (in application mode of course) or something like it.  

What is my best option on hardware, software, OS etc?

We run MS SBS 2011 Standard in our office, but that box probably wouldn't handle the additional work load and I don't think it has Terminal Server anyways.

I'm lost as to what hardware to get, what version of server, CALs????  I don't think I would want to run this over our current ISP. We would probably get a new ISP line just for this box.
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TemodyPickalbatros, IT ManagerCommented:
Best solution for you Citrix Xenapp
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Temody: first he needs the base..

from a ROI perspective I'd go with Azure Remote App..  You lose a bit of control but it's pretty much a setup and forget item.. no hardware to maintain, scalable, no operating system to maintain.
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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
If you want to host it yourself, you're going to need Server 2012 R2 Standard (see http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/confirmation.aspx?id=41703), plus the RDS CALs (see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/learn-more/brief-windows-server-2012-rds.aspx)

As for the hardware spec, you are the only person who can calculate this - how much CPU and RAM does the application use when run on a PC? Multiply that by the number of simultaneous connections, then add extra for all the other stuff that runs when a users logs on to Windows. If you're not sure, maybe get a server that can be expanded in future (e.g. spare CPU socket, space for extra RAM).

You can minimise the resources by using RemoteApp rather than giving users a full blown remote desktop - RemoteApp only (pretty much) runs the application so you don't have to have the full Explorer shell, notification area stuff etc. running too.

Network utilisation is pretty good with RDP 8.0 and it dynamically adjusts to the amount of bandwidth you have available - degrading/increasing the session quality as necessary.

RDS and RemoteApp is great but do read up on it!
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paulfarmerIT DirectoryAuthor Commented:
I ended up going with AZURE.  I LIKE IT.  Thanks for the help.  Robincm did address a lot of questions I had about MS servers and Licensing.
Thanks,
Paul
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