Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services 5 User CALs
Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 includes several enhancements over previous versions. Organizations can now provide centralized access to applications without the need to provide the whole remote desktop. Applications running remotely can be integrated with the local user's desktop -- looking, feeling, and behaving like local applications.
With Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008, organizations can provide more secure access to centralized applications or desktops (and other resources from the Internet) by using HTTPS -- without needing to provide access via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or opening up unwanted ports on firewalls. This reduces the complexity needed to provide secure remote access to applications and data for users, partners, or customers. And for deployments with several servers, new load-balancing features provide a simple way to ensure optimal performance by spreading sessions among the least-loaded available resources.
Enhancements to Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 delivers several key enhancements to Terminal Services:
Terminal Services RemoteApp. Terminal Services (TS) RemoteApp programs are accessed through Terminal Services, and look and act as if they are running on the end user's local computer. Users can run TS RemoteApp programs side by side with their local programs. If a user is running more than one RemoteApp on the same terminal server, RemoteApp will share the same Terminal Services session. Users can access TS RemoteApp in a number of ways:
- Double-clicking a program icon on their desktop or Start menu that has been created and distributed by their administrator
- Double-clicking a file which has an extension associated with a TS RemoteApp
- Accessing a link to the TS RemoteApp on a Web site by using TS Web Access
WHAT'S NEW IN WINDOWS SEVER 2008:
The Terminal Services component of the Windows Server 2008 operating system provides technologies that enable users to access Windows-based programs that are installed on a terminal server, or to access the Windows desktop itself, from almost any computing device. Users can connect to a terminal server to run programs and to use network resources on that server.
- Remote Access to Applications - Providing access to applications remotely can be a challenge; many applications do not work well over remote connections -- even over cable and DSL. By placing an application close to the data it needs and making it available through TS RemoteApp, TS Gateway, and/or TS Web Access, application response is improved for both remote users and users in branch offices. TS Easy Print makes it easier for these users to have a full "in-office" experience.
- Securing Applications and Data (Regulatory Compliance) - By securing an application and its data in a central location, it is possible to reduce the risk of accidental data loss caused by, for example, the loss of a laptop. Centralizing applications and data ensures that as little data as possible leaves the corporate network. With TS Gateway and TS RemoteApp, users, partners, or customers do not need full access to a company network or computers, and you can limit them to a single application, if needed.
- Merger Integration or Outsourcing - In the case of a merger, the merging companies will typically need to use consistent Line of Business (LOB) applications on a variety of Windows versions and configurations. The same can be true when outsourcing to partner organizations that need access to specific LOB applications but not to the full corporate network. Rather than going through the cost of deploying all of the LOB applications to all of the computers in the merged company or outsourcer, the LOB applications can be installed on a terminal server and made available through TS RemoteApp. This is especially useful when an application is difficult to patch or manage, can't be distributed with Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), or has other management issues.
- Flexible Office Users - In a company with a non-assigned desk policy, users can work from different computers each day of the week in the office. In some cases, the computer on which a user is working may not have the necessary programs installed locally. By using Terminal Services, the programs can be installed on a terminal server and made available to users as if those programs were locally installed.
Top 11 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008
Microsoft Windows Server 2008, with built-in Web and virtualization technologies, enables businesses to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, Web resources, and security enhancements help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimized datacenter. Powerful new tools, like Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 and Server Manager, provide more control over servers, and streamline Web, configuration, and management tasks. Advanced security and reliability enhancements, such as Network Access Protection and the Read-Only Domain Controller, harden the operating system and help protect the server environment to ensure a solid foundation on which to build businesses.
- Server Consolidation and Resource Optimization -- Hyper-V - Most servers operate at far below their capacities, with as much as 80 to 90 percent of their processing power unused, on average. With Hyper-V, the Windows Server 2008 virtualization solution, a single physical server can host the workloads of multiple Line of Business servers. Hyper-V helps organizations to achieve optimal use of their hardware resources and provides the agility needed to adapt to changing IT needs
- Flexible Application Access for Remote Users -- TS RemoteApp - Windows Server 2008 provides improvements and innovations to Terminal Services with solutions, like Terminal Services RemoteApp (TS RemoteApp), that allow users to access individual applications, instead of a computer desktop in a Terminal Server session.
- Modular, Minimal Installation -- Server Core - Many network servers perform specific dedicated and mission-critical roles within the network. The new Server Core installation option provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles. This helps improve reliability and efficiency, giving the IT department the ability to better utilize existing hardware. It also simplifies ongoing administration and patch management requirements by reducing the need to update unneeded files and functionality.
- Delivering Rich Web Content and Applications -- IIS 7.0 - As Web content gets richer and the Web becomes a viable platform for delivering business applications, the Web server is moving to the center of many networks. IIS 7.0 delivers solutions for today's demanding content, including streaming media and Web applications in Active Server Pages and PHP.
- Improved Network Performance and Control -- New TCP/IP Stack - The efficient use of bandwidth has a direct impact on the productivity of users working in remote locations that rely on WAN connections to the organization's central servers. The redesigned,"next generation" TCP/IP included in Windows Server 2008 provides vastly improved performance in a remote location scenario, offering faster throughput and more efficient routing of network traffic.
- Preventing Unhealthy Devices from Connecting to the Network -- NAP - With the increasing number of mobile users and corporate partners that must connect to an organization's network, protecting the security of that network from outside threats is an ongoing challenge. Network Access Protection (NAP) in Windows Server 2008 helps prevent non-compliant computers from accessing an organization's network.
- Supporting Business Continuity for Demanding Workloads -- High Availability Features - Windows Server 2008 provides increased scalability for the most demanding business solutions and helps keep businesses operating through unplanned downtime with high availability features. With support for failover clusters, Network Load Balancing, dynamic hardware partitioning, robust storage options, and advanced machine-check architecture, Windows Server 2008 helps safeguard against single-point-of-failure problems.
- Enabling Secure Collaboration -- Active Directory Federated Rights Management - Companies need to share information with partners and clients without losing control over that information. Rights Management Services enables organizations to control how documents are used -- including who can view them, whether they can be printed, even whether they can be forwarded or deleted -- both internally and externally.
- Connecting Heterogeneous Environments - Windows Server 2008 includes Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA), a multi-user UNIX environment that supports more than 300 UNIX commands, utilities, and shell scripts. Users can maintain one user name and password for Windows domains and UNIX systems, synchronizing the credentials automatically when one changes.
- Enabling Top-Shelf Service and Support for Remote Sites - Remote sites, such as branch offices, can be an IT challenge. Often, there is no local IT staff, making the deployment of software and security updates expensive and time-consuming. It can be difficult to enforce security and IP standards in a remote site.
- Easing Administration, Management, and Automation -- Server Manager and PowerShell - The Server Manager Console provides a single, unified console for managing a server's configuration and system information, displaying server status, identifying problems with server role configuration, and managing all roles installed on the server. Built on the Service Modeling Language (SML) platform, Server Manager allows administrators to complete tasks with fewer clicks without having to navigate between multiple tools and interfaces.
Specifications / System Requirements
|Package Type||Retail Boxed Package|
|License Type||Licence Package|
|License Quantity||5 User CALs|
|Min CPU||1 GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)|
|Min HDD||10 GB|
|Min RAM||512 MB (2 GB recommended)|
|Min Screen Requirements||Super VGA (800 X 600) or higher resolution monitor|
|Peripheral Devices||DVD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard|
|Other Software Requirements||Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device|
- 1 GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)
- 2 GHz or faster Recommended
- 512 MB (2 GB recommended)
- 2 GB RAM (Full installation) or 1 GB RAM (Server Core installation) or more
- Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (Standard) or 64 GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
- Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)
- 10 GB
- 40 GB or greater Recommended
- DVD-ROM drive
- Super VGA (800 X 600) or higher resolution monitor
- Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration, and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance is dependent upon not only the clock frequency of the processor, but the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Disk space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Itanium-based and x64-based operating systems will vary from these disk size estimates. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.
Installation and Activation
Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation or entering a product key. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation and evaluated for an initial 60 days.
If you need more time to evaluate Windows Server 2008, the 60 day evaluation period may be reset (or re-armed) three times, extending the original 60 day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008.
Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
Product information, specifications, and compatibility are for advisory purposes only, and is the buyers full responsibility to verify with the manufacturer prior to ordering.