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    Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Has anyone tried running these on a thin client network? I ask because I have asked to look at this as an option for our new admin system.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    I can only speak from experience a year or so ago... and that was at my old school...

    They looked at running FMS over a Citrix-based network but decided in the end to go fat for the FMS machines only. I can't remember the specifics, but they found that it didn't run happily on thin client / or they weren't happy with how it was running..

    That's not to say it can't be done... just that fat proved the way forward!

    (if only... she says, patting her lager belly) Ahem..

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    SIMS will not run over a TS connection this is due to it's heavy use of DBASE flat files (FMS) and 16bit applications which TS does not take well to.

    We are just in the process of sorting out remote access and this was one of the tests performed and failed badly.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    maybe look into running the apps in Application Isolation Environment mode (in Citrix) it fixes a lot of the software that traditionally doesn't run in TS, including some dodgy 16bit apps.
    Application Isolation Environment is only available on hte (more expensive) citrix license (enterprise).
    http://www.brianmadden.com/content/content.asp?ID=454

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Quote Originally Posted by ICTNUT
    SIMS will not run over a TS connection this is due to it's heavy use of DBASE flat files (FMS) and 16bit applications which TS does not take well to.

    We are just in the process of sorting out remote access and this was one of the tests performed and failed badly.
    SIMS .net works perfectly in TS, we have it running on our terminal server with only one problem (which is you have to re-run simsapplicationsetup.exe whenever SIMS gets upgraded otherwise it throws a wobbly). That said, I flat out refused to install FMS on it when I got asked to. However the neolithic version of NovaT that we run works fine with it.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Isn't Capita's official stance that it won't?

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Possibly but when I was researching whether it worked or not, I found posts on the Capita forums saying it worked fine if you followed the correct installation routine.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Hi,

    We got both sims.net and FMS working on TS. Mind you this is for remote access at the moment for the SLT members and there is only one person using this.

    We did have initial FMS problems but they are now resolved by sorting out permissions and the ugly 16bit application issues.

    I don't know how sims.net will run when 4-5 people try to use it at the same time via TS. Will be upgrading the server soon so it has plenty of RAM.

    Ash.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    We have a cluster of 9 terminal servers and run fms+sims.net on them absolutly fine, FMS can run like a dog but thats now down to AV.

    The only drawback is....

    1. The stupid animated splash screen that fades in and out on a TS session.
    2. The even more stupid idea to run reports on a common folder per machine, so on a terminal server if you run more than two users running reports it gets a bit messy....our support providors solution....."install an instance of sims.net into each users home folder"...yer great one with over 100 sims.net users.

    feel free ask any questions in using sims.net in a TS environment.

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    Re: Sims.Net FMS and Thin clients

    Thanks for that gary. I have left that school now but I may well want to speak to you about it in the future.



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