This chapter guides you in connecting your users to their applications running on your Terminal Servers. Clearly, you've already made the decision to use Terminal Server to make this access easy. Now you just have to work out the details. There are two basic questions 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 you should think about when planning your own environment. As far as 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 methods by which users can access Terminal Server applications.