Sims.net and Terminal services remote app
I work in a secondary school with around 1400 students where we use Sims.net and lesson monitor for every session of the day.
The setup we have is using 5 terminal services running 2008R2 with session broker load balancing, staff have a sims.rdp shortcut which logs them on to the fdarm and runs sims in a remote app. This is a good solution for us management wise as we have about 150 staff all using sims on a daily basis and individually managing updates on each laptop/desktop is not a viable option, especially with the added pains of windows 7 sp1, a very locked down network and UAC.
It is, however, my personal opinion that sims is not up to being run in this manner, Microsoft reccomend only scorm programs be used (and I think sims is a long way off that model!) as others can cause issues, sims through the remote app can hang, crash, freeze and generally be all around slow however a local client install suffers the poor speed it is more stable.
Does anybody have experience with a similar setup? How stable is sims overall in a remote app for other schools? What other sollutions would you reccomend?
Also, I was hoping to do some benchmarking by timing a single consistant action in sims but I cant really find anything that fits the criteria, anything on that would be great too.
If you need any more info please let me know.
UPDATE: Just thought to add this, terminal servers are all xeon 2.8 or higher with 8gb ram.