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Citrix XenApp Vs. Windows Terminal server

Started by Abdelrahman Abu Taha , 29 November 2011 - 03:02 PM
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Best Answer Peter David , 29 November 2011 - 03:14 PM

Windows Terminal Services (or Remote Desktop Services) is a feature of Windows 2003/2008 which allows multiple 'sessions' to be brokered to each enabled server, each running a server desktop or embedded application.

Citrix XenApp is layered on top of Terminal Services (2003) or the RDS role (2008) and extend the functionality of this 'session based' access. Additional features such as ICA and it's HDX feature set which provide better application performance for interactive, graphical and WAN based applications, resource metric based load balancing, centralised administration, geographically dispersed 'terminal server farm' design options, application publishing (individual apps as opposed to an app embedded in a desktop session), and a rich set of clients for Windows, MAC, Linux, iOS and many other OS platforms to mention just a few of Xenapp's capabilities.

There is plenty of additional information about the full capabilities of XenApp on the Citrix web site.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:02 PM

Hi every body,

I am a Little bit confused about the Windows Terminal Server and it is functions and features, so
what is the windows terminal server and how it is work??

and what is the differences between the XenApp and windows terminal server, and can we use the windows terminal server instead of the XenApp and vice verse ??

where i can get all of these information ??

MANY REGARDS ....



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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:14 PM

Windows Terminal Services (or Remote Desktop Services) is a feature of Windows 2003/2008 which allows multiple 'sessions' to be brokered to each enabled server, each running a server desktop or embedded application.

Citrix XenApp is layered on top of Terminal Services (2003) or the RDS role (2008) and extend the functionality of this 'session based' access. Additional features such as ICA and it's HDX feature set which provide better application performance for interactive, graphical and WAN based applications, resource metric based load balancing, centralised administration, geographically dispersed 'terminal server farm' design options, application publishing (individual apps as opposed to an app embedded in a desktop session), and a rich set of clients for Windows, MAC, Linux, iOS and many other OS platforms to mention just a few of Xenapp's capabilities.

There is plenty of additional information about the full capabilities of XenApp on the Citrix web site.


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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:26 PM

Its kinda like comparing Wordpad to Microsoft Word. Wordpad comes with Microsoft and does the basic functionality of word processing. Pay a little more and add Microsoft Word and you extend your word processing functinoality just like Citrix extends your remote desktop functionality. Microsoft uses the RDP protocol. Citrix has created their own called the ICA protocol that is tailored to providing the best destkop experience.

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Matt Cline Members

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:08 PM

A REAL big difference is the ability to lock down per application in XenApp - where in RDS you do not have the level of granularity.

Also, depending on which version you purchase, XenApp comes with a plethora of additional components that are equally as good/useful - such as Single-SignOn and such.

There is really no comparison honestly - we have used both. And the simple fact that you can use pretty much any device on the planet and gain access to your applications and desktops is a huge win in my book!



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Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:24 PM

thanks that was very helpful...

appreciated,,