Advice on citrix

Hi Experts,. We have a smb customer running sbs2011 and they have 25 users, they would like to provide citrix access for approximately 7-10 users remotely..
we are aware we need to change them to server 2012 as well.
Our question is as we are new to citrix what kind of effort they might take and roughly what hardware / configuration we might need
, as this is new to us roughly how much time shoudl we expect to allocate to this ?
thanks in advance.
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Access to what? The server's desktop? Specific apps? Doesn't SBS offer web access functionality already?
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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
There are no hardware requirements for any of the Citrix products / programs that I know of.
You simply install the client software and are ready to go.
Generally, this would be for Unattended Access so the users can remote in without anyone at the target computer.  
As far as I know, it will support ONE session at a time.  In that context, while it's like a VPN, it's not like a VPN.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
No system requiremets?

Sorry, but beg to differ: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-6/xad-system-requirements-76.html

And sorry...but I have to take real exception to this:

"..There are no hardware requirements for any of the Citrix products / programs that I know of.
You simply install the client software and are ready to go..."

You appear to be referring to only the Citrix Receiver but this is simply the client. There is a whole backend infrastructure you need to run Citrix.

However, OP, you are a bit vague but on the face of it, anything Citrix related would be overly costly and complex for such a small implementation. Why not simply put in native Remote Desktop Services? Instantly, your license costs come down. Also, as Carl already pointed out, SBS2011 has remote web access built in:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/03/10/introduction-to-sbs-2011-remote-web-access-rwa.aspx
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Fred may have been thinking of GoToAssist or GoToMyPC types of Citrix software that basically has no requirements other than the obvious.
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Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
Yes.  I was.  "Citrix" is a company and I responded about the products I know from that company.
It appears that the reference to "Citrix" really means the XenApp product(s).
Sorry I couldn't help.
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Carl WebsterCommented:
From the vague info supplied by OP, the answer from Tony1044 is most correct. I would also argue that since Tony and I both referenced the built-in functionality of SBS2011, that I should get at least a few points as a supporting answer.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Morning. I agree with Carl.

I think we both deserve the points - Carl did point out that this should be built into their existing solution already. 50/50 split seems fair to me.
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unrealone1Author Commented:
thankyou
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unrealone1Author Commented:
I was looking for more information on the setup of citrix, does it need its own dedicated server hardware, what kind of specification?
thanks
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
How long is a piece of string?

Even with as few users as 7 - 10 it also depends what they will be using it for and how.

Take a step back.

What are you trying to achieve that you believe you need to use Citrix and not the Remote Web Access built into SBS?

What has prompted you to believe that you need to use Citrix to do what you require over say Remote Desktop Services?

What's changed that you've felt the need to come back and ask again a year down the line? It may be better to create a new question as you'll get more people seeing it than just the original contributors.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
It would help you to get to know the Citrix software at least in basic:

https://www.citrix.co.uk/products/xenapp-xendesktop/
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Carl WebsterCommented:
You still haven't defined what you mean by "citrix". Citrix, the company, sells over 100 different products and licenses. If by "citrix" you mean remote access to applications installed on the SBS server, then you would need a GoToMyPC type of product. If you have applications installed on the SBS server and you want to install Citrix XenApp to provide a more robust remote access and delivery solution, that used to not be supported. I can't find any information on installing the current products on a domain controller, which an SBS server is, but I would not recommend it.

Hardware and other requirements are here: https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-11/system-requirements.html
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Found it:

https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-11/install-configure/install-prepare.html

Where to install components

Decide where you will install the components, and then prepare the machines and operating systems.

Do not install any components on a domain controller.
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