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Windows Server Division Blog (and Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Update and TS vs Citrix)

Another blog to add to your list of blogs worth reading - the Windows Server division blog - http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver.  As an example, here is a snippet about how WSS and Windows Server 2008 will be allowed to follow different timelines and paths by NOT being shipped on the same DVD, or how to choose between Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 and Citrix

Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Update

As we’re getting closer to release, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is returning to how it was previously available to Windows Server 2008 customers. Specifically, we are going back to making it available as a separate download that is available to customers at no additional charge. This is how Windows SharePoint Services was available to Windows Server 2003 customers (pre-R2). With the beta and RC0 versions of Windows Server 2008, we offered it in the Windows Server 2008 software. Starting with RC1 and going forward, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will have to be downloaded separately. Basically, we made this decision to allow customers to most conveniently obtain the technology while allowing Microsoft to have flexibility in the Windows SharePoint Services development process. If you have not looked at WSS 3.0, be sure to download it and peek around. It offers great collaboration, social computing and document management features and provides a rich composite application development platform based on our .NET technologies. The SharePoint team is working hard on great new features and releases that customers will continue to see delivered via download. For more guidance re: installation/evaluation updates, see: http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/9/e/b9e27997-7a8e-493c-b23b-58eeaa3214c8/WSSGuide.doc.

Windows Server Division WebLog : Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Update


Citrix iForum wrap: TS, Xen and Linux losing

I thought that I'd follow-up my post the other day - questions about when to use Terminal Services vs. Citrix -- by pointing out ERICOM Guy post titled, "are Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Good Enough for me?" Here's an excerpt:

Windows Server 2008 may be good enough for you if:

  • Your needs are simple, e.g. you do not need central management of the Terminal Servers
  • You plan to upgrade all your clients to Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). No, Windows CE 6.0 won't do.

And a colleague saw my post and asked me to add a few additional points:

customers with significant deployments of Terminal Services will, just as today, require other technologies on top of Windows Server 2008 to meet their needs - solutions such as those from Citrix

customers—and partners that remotely manage SMB environments-- can choose Citrix Access Essentials as a value-add to Terminal Services based on their needs.  CAE features like enhanced application compatibility is just one example of value-add that CAE provides on-top of Terminal Services

our TS RemoteApp feature we distribute the application connection information using MSI files.  This gives customers the flexibility to choose how they distribute connection information. Citrix Application Publishing, on the other hand, provides a single integrated solution for getting the application icons to the user desktops, as the number of applications increases this sort of functionality can be extremely valuable.

For deployment answers and tips, be sure to visit the TS team blog.

Nothing remarkable per say from the Day 2 keynote. Our own Mike Neil got some stage time to talk about areas Microsoft is investing in virtualization; nothing new if you read his February post. He touched on areas of continued and expanded partnership with Citrix ... especially since the XenSource acquisition. The four areas highlighted were: presentation virtualization (security, stability, extensibility), application virtualization (management technologies, app publishing), server virtualization (hypervisor interop, manageability), and interop (image format standards, industry standards). Here's a shot of Mike on stage.

As I already noted, Peter Levine's demos were great. Most impressive was the live migration demo using media server.  The "Top Gun" video during the demo didn't blink when the workload was migrated from one host to another. On the note, I learned that Xen doesn't have a high availability/clustering offering until next year. For more on the Day 2 keynote, see Tim's post at Brian Madden.

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Citrix iForum wrap: TS, Xen and Linux losing




Posted Tue, Oct 30 2007 4:03 AM by David Overton

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