INS Terminal Services

Terminal Services lets administrators install, configure, manage and maintain applications centrally on a few servers. This is usually much faster  TERMINAL-SERVICESand easier to do than deploying applications on hundreds or thousands of desktop machines at different sites across an enterprise. Furthermore, centrally-deployed applications are usually easier to maintain (for example, patching and upgrading) and simpler to troubleshoot when things go wrong. As a result, downtime is reduced, users are more productive, and business booms along.   Perhaps the biggest mistake a company can make when setting up branch offices is allowing its data to be scattered among the offices, rather than centralized in one location where it can be shared, secured and reliably backed up.

What are Terminal Services?

Remote Desktop Services (RDS), known as Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 and earlier,is one of the components of Microsoft Windows that allows a user to take control of a remote computer or virtual machine over a network connection. Remote Desktop Services is Microsoft’s implementation of thin client, where Windows software and the entire desktop of the computer running Remote Desktop Services, are made accessible to a remote client machine that supports Remote Desktop Protocol. With Remote Desktop Services, only software user interfaces are transferred to the client system. All input from the client system is transmitted to the server, where software execution takes place.  This is in contrast to application streaming systems, like Microsoft App-V, in which computer programs are streamed to the client on-demand and executed on the client machine.

Benefits of Terminal Services

  • Implementation process & cost
  • Application software management
  • Cost of adding PCs versus thin clients
  • Hardware failures: PC versus thin client
  • Enhanced security & easier management
  • Increased mobility
  • Performance, scalability & redundancy
  • Hardware upgrades