This chapter focuses on connecting your users to their applications running on your MetaFrame XP servers. Clearly, you've already made the decision that you will use MetaFrame to make this access easy.
Now you just have to figure out how you will do this with MetaFrame. There are two basic questions that you'll need to answer:
- What process and methods will your users use to access their applications?
- What types of hardware devices will be used to access the applications?
To answer these two questions, we'll present the myriad of available options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Additionally, we'll outline the issues that you should think about when planning your own environment. When looking at client device options, we'll explore everything from full-blown Windows PCs to Linux workstations to Windows-based thin client devices. We'll also consider the time and effort it takes to configure, manage, and troubleshoot these devices, as well as the situations in which different types of devices are appropriate.
Let's begin with the different methods by which your users can access MetaFrame XP ICA applications.