[windows2000] Re: Citrix

  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 11:33:07 -0400

How about that.  I flew out to Texas a couple of weeks ago to visit City
Bank in Lubbock, TX.  I went out to look at a product that they're using
that we may get where I work.  The reason we picked that bank for the
visit is that they are running all thin clients and everything as well.
They are not using Citrix, however.  Just Terminal Services (WS2003
since RC1 in live production!!).

I personally just don't see the benefit of Citrix.  Yeah, it's got all
kinds of neat things like seamless application launching and all that,
but it really seems like the cost of it does not justify not just using
Terminal Services, especially in a thin client environment.

Where I work, we do not use thin clients.  We use the Citrix NFuse
thing, and people launch their apps via our intranet.  That's fine and
neat and everything, but we could have acheived the same end result
without the added cost of Citrix.  As it stands now, people wind up just
launching a full desktop session, so the seamless application feature
isn't even being used.

I still believe in the full fat-client environment with software
installed on each system and managed by SMS.

Ray at work

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Edwards [mailto:medwards@xxxxxxx] 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 10:33 AM
> To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [windows2000] Re: Citrix
> We just converted our bank to use Citrix, and plan to 
> roll-out our first
> branches utilizing it. The benefit being that each station costs us
> around $300, the thin clients themselves have no floppy, cd 
> or hardrives
> (just RAM) (so it helps keep us secure from outside viruses and such),
> the citrix management console helps me to shadow users when they are
> having difficulties and show them how to fix common problems. 
> I can work
> from home and have the exact same desktop as I do from work.
> 16-bit applications run very poorly on citrix and must be avoided to
> obtain the best performance. With our core banking apps we ran into
> difficulties just because it's a new technology and a few of 
> our vendors
> have no idea what citrix is or how to get there apps running on it. We
> did however find ways to eventually get them running, and are just
> beginning to see the fruit of our efforts.
> When its time to do updates we do the update to one Citrix server and
> disable logins to that particular server. We have 3 citrix servers in
> our "farm", so we can essentially test on one, and still load-balance
> and have the redundancy of the other two.
> The thins we purchased from Compaq..they have a couple usb 
> ports, 128MB
> Ram, serial port, printer port (you can still have local printers, and
> if necessary external dvd players, etc..)
> It's been a learning experience for sure, but I think we will be happy
> with the results in the end.
> -Mark

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