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    Citrix & RDS

    Ok we have two citrix servers that uses the web interface that students can logon from home

    Not extually sure what the second one does, has everytime I have logged in the citrix server I have always been on the first one, Its like user arent logged into the second one, or what that only happen if only a certain amound of users is using it? Would have throught it would banlancethe user between both server for better performance.

    These servers run 2003R2, can't remember what citrix version it is, will look tomorrow, can logon to it at the moment, seems it has gone down

    Now how does citrix work with licening?
    Do we get free updates, or do we have to buy a new version?
    is there citrix cals?
    Does the citrix use rds cals? If so do we need to upgrade that (We have volume licening with SA)

    Now has Server 2008R2 has better RDS feature and support, do we actually need citrix, could we just use RDS?


    Had went other people set things up, make me not know the system and how to set it up, at least our support company could have show us how to set it up when they was setting it up.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-dave View Post
    Now how does citrix work with licening?
    Do we get free updates, or do we have to buy a new version?
    is there citrix cals?
    Does the citrix use rds cals? If so do we need to upgrade that (We have volume licening with SA)
    Can't answer the other stuff, but regarding licensing for Citrix, you pay for 'client licenses' - ie. if you have 40 of them, you can have 40 users on the system at a time. You also, if you want to keep up to date, pay an annual fee to pay for it. If you didn't pay for that, you can usually reactivate your license by paying for the time passed since the last time you paid maintenance plus a fee. This may or may not work out cheaper than buying for completely new licenses depending on the time elapsed.

    You also need Terminal Server CALs to match the number of devices or users connecting to your system, along with ordinary server CALs.

    Now has Server 2008R2 has better RDS feature and support, do we actually need citrix, could we just use RDS?

    Had went other people set things up, make me not know the system and how to set it up, at least our support company could have show us how to set it up when they was setting it up.

    Thanks in advance
    AFAIK Citrix adds extra functionality on top of citrix, such as better multimedia support, so it depends if you require the extra functions or not.

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    thanks

    Managed to look kat the microsoft termial licensing console and it seems we have an open licence, just that mean they are good to go on server 2008R2?


    Just found the Citrix Licening MSC

    Product Model Type Subscription Advantage Date Expiration Date Installed

    Citrix Presentation Server Advanced Concurrent User Retail 10/07/08 Permanent 65

    Citrix Start-up License Server System * Permanent 5,000




    Not quite sure why we have that many licences

    We only have two citrix servers and about 1100-1200 Students (Not that they will ever log on all at the same time, citrix server is only used so staff and students can get on the school system from home, not in any classrooms or anything)

    No one barly logs on it, no one is on at the time of writing now and checking everynight, luckly to get one or two people on it
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    The 5000 is a standard number, you can ignore that one. The 65 is the important one. Your maintenance ran out in July 2008, so you'd have to pay nearly 2 years maintenance + fee to get them up to date. The licenses are usually for any version of Windows Server which is supported by the Citrix version you're running.

    With regards to Terminal server CALs, you will still need to get new ones I'm afraid - unless you have a schools agreement or 'software assurance' on another volume license (ie. a yearly fee), the licenses don't pass up to 2k8 or 2k8r2.

    Your best bet is to speak to a specialist licensing company - such as Academia or the like. They'll be able to explain the costs involved.

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    Damn, I'll havwe to speak to how support company then (a2z)

    I know we have a Volume Licence with software assurance for windows, office etc, not sure whats included in that, about all I know

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