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Do you need Citrix or is Terminal Server enough?

Brian Madden



Is Citrix Presentation Server “worth” the extra $300-400 on top of Terminal Server? What about one of the server-based computing products from one of the other companies that costs less? (Jetro Platforms, 2X, Sun/New Moon/Tarantella/ProPalms, etc.) This question is as old as Terminal Server itself.

The Brian Madden Company has done point-by-point technical comparisons of the products in the past, but those reviews were more tactical than strategic. They don’t really help you understand when you should use a third-party product.

Click here to read an excellent article by The Brian Madden Company that clears up myths / misconceptions about “Citrix versus Terminal Server”.

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A lot of his point have been addressed by Terminal Server 2008. This article needs to be updated, otherwise it is brilliant! Approved: 4/20/2010 2:32 PM
very well written. explains everything that i wanted to know. Approved: 10/17/2007 8:17 AM
Very clear and explains his points well Approved: 10/1/2007 2:48 PM
There are ways of having terminal service run checks for AV/AS/FW and up to date patches on clients. most notably a logon batch script that checks for the existence of these files and md5s them to the servers version of these dlls and dats. Approved: 9/27/2007 10:13 AM
well written and straight to the point. Approved: 9/17/2007 7:38 AM
hey check out http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=494 before giving any comments. Approved: 9/8/2007 6:39 AM
This study is outstanding. The person in charge needs to understand his requirement and take decisions appropriately. Approved: 8/7/2007 7:36 AM
Provided very good insight into terminal services and citrix technologies Approved: 6/27/2007 5:11 AM
It gives a clear look into a foggy claim. But I´d like to add a minimum of two other goodies pro Citrix: "enhanced management features" and "universal printer driver". I think those two saved about halve the admin time since we upgraded from RDP only Servers two Presentation Servers. Approved: 6/25/2007 7:40 AM
This article is outdated. With todays RDP/TSE, you can have seamless windows, SSL gateway, application publishing, load balancing, etc. Just look at products like provision networks VAS, or Jetro, or tarentella. Approved: 6/19/2007 10:44 PM
Great article for people who do not know much about how these two technologies stack up against each other. Approved: 5/8/2007 6:22 PM
very good Approved: 5/2/2007 10:37 AM
Its very helpfull, giving clear picture of RDP and ICA Approved: 4/25/2007 10:40 PM
Hi, Good Afternoon I am also a IT consultant for a firm in Frankfurt, Germany and this article will greatly give me a better overview of what I can present to them on their decision on buying Citrix software for the 6 office locations around the world. Thanks, Brian www.thepcguy.de Approved: 4/24/2007 5:50 AM
Our experience shows totally the opposite. TSE is non scalable - died frequently after 70 users. Citrix was so incredibly faster (especially when we switched to IBM Servers v/s Clones/Dell) but nevertheless - Citrix consumed about 20Kb per ICA client whereas TSE/RDP consumed close to 112Kb (according to our cymphonix box). All in all - a gazillion more time more DEPENDABLE, more CONTROL, SO much faster (especially on low bandwidth like our Sprint PCMCIA cards) and an incredibly SCALABLE product built from the ground up for ENTERPRISE use. Citrix is MILES ahead of Terminal Services. NOt even close. Approved: 4/10/2007 6:25 PM
Hmz, some minor mistakes but good one. Approved: 3/23/2007 3:52 AM
Very Good! Thanks Approved: 3/22/2007 7:47 AM
Great effort! Approved: 3/21/2007 11:15 AM
Very Good Article. To the point explanation Approved: 2/23/2007 3:00 AM
Awesome, thanks for great article! Approved: 2/14/2007 5:30 PM
Insightful --- real --- to the point and at the same time educational. Approved: 1/18/2007 11:06 AM
No impressive sentence or marketing speach. Straight to the key points and relevant questions. Should be higher in Google search results, it would have saved me half an hour. Approved: 11/24/2006 7:28 AM
First web site that actually explained the functionality difference without verbose jargon. Approved: 10/20/2006 10:26 AM
just what i want to know Approved: 8/4/2006 3:53 AM
crystal clear Approved: 6/22/2006 2:27 AM
Good article Jan. We are a Citrix shop. With Flu Pandemic planning happening for our organization, I will admit though, secure, remote access from home is much easier to use and configure with Citrix and Secure Gateway via Web Interface vs terminal services. I am sure Microsft will get there eventually though I am sure... Approved: 5/31/2006 6:47 PM
Straight answer of an important case. Approved: 5/27/2006 4:51 PM
Straight answer of an important case. Approved: 5/27/2006 4:51 PM
met my need. Summary of the key differences with brief, to the point explanataions. Thanks! Approved: 3/22/2006 3:09 PM
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