What is the difference between the terminal server and Citrix server?

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What is the difference between the terminal server and Citrix server?
ASKED: March 24, 2008  1:18 PM
UPDATED: February 24, 2014  10:42 PM

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There are quite a few differences. We use both inside our network and some features that we like for Citrix vs Terminal Server (remote desktop) are:

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<li>Web access: Citrix provides the ability to access published desktops or applications through a web interface. Microsoft Terminal Services requires some add-on to provide this access.</li><li>Published applications: Citrix provides the ability to publish a single application to a user’s desktop where it looks like a local installation yet the processes run on the remote Citrix server. Microsoft Terminal Services has only remote desktop capabilities.</li><li>Performance tuning: Citrix provides the ability to tune the user sessions with features like load balancing between presentation servers in a farm. There is also the ability to tune other network and user session parameters in a Citrix implementation that TS does not provide.</li>
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A Microsoft-centric comparison can be found on the MCP magazine website.

Another comparison can be found here too.

The client consideration can be a major issue when considering whether to use MS TS or Citrix. A good Citrix reseller will help you determine the best fit for your environment and not push you into the expense of Citrix unless the situation warrants the features Citrix provides over TS.

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  • interfaceplanet
    I think one among the large blessings is less complicated management and it's additionally easier on information measure. however i have never used it in a very whereas, and after I did, it had been distributed.
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  • AndreaF
    I have worked providing IT support to both - and would take Terminal Services over Citrix any day! It may be just that my current employment has a 'buggy' network.......it may be all the Virtual machines involved...all I know is that I have never seen a network with so many ongoing issues, and have never worked with Citrix before. Coincidence, or Citrix?
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