Configuring Citrix MetaFrame for Windows 2000 Terminal Services

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Thin-client technology combines the best of both remote node and remote control. To maximize connectivity and functionality, a combination of remote access and remote control are necessary. Application performance can be optimized for older hardware, and even delivered to noncompliant client workstations.

Designing and Placing RAS Servers on the Network


The implementation of remote access on a Windows 2000 network can be very complex depending on your specific needs and requirements. Often, a simple Remote Access Services (RAS) solution will fulfill the requirements of a small organization. As the organization’s size and remote user base grows, much more consideration needs to be paid to the overall architecture of the RAS environment, and the services it is designed to provide. In this section, we will focus on the design and implementation of RAS servers in your environment and the methods for projecting both your current and future needs.

Sizing the Servers


The first item to consider when discussing a RAS solution is the role it is being designed to fulfill. Careful analysis of your remote computing needs is required to make sure that you have taken all of the factors into account. Are your users going to work online or offline? Will they require applications to be served to them? Are they going to be moving large amounts of data? Will your RAS server need to provide services to both local and remote clients? Will there be any VPN technology involved? And what size will your user base be? These are all crucial in determining what hardware specifications will be required to meet the role the RAS servers will be expected to fill.

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