Microsoft Removes 'RDP over HTTPS' Proxy from R2

Maybe it's the gift that keeps on giving? Microsoft Watch reported today that two more features are being removed from the R2 update to Windows Server 2003: "Network Access Protection" (Quarantine) and "Anywhere Access" (RDP and SMB over HTTPS proxy).

Maybe it's the gift that keeps on giving? Microsoft Watch reported today that two more features are being removed from the R2 update to Windows Server 2003: "Network Access Protection" (Quarantine) and "Anywhere Access" (RDP and SMB over HTTPS proxy).

This means that R2 now "officially" will not contain any Terminal Server-related updates whatsoever.

This is good news for Citrix. Microsoft's "Anywhere Access" SSL Proxy will compete with Citrix's Secure Gateway, and Microsoft's Network Access Protection will allow customers to build environments that mimic Citrix's "Smart Access" technology without actually buying any products from Citrix.

Microsoft is also saying that they're still shooting for a 2005 release of R2, which I guess will be pretty easy to hit if they strip R2 so bare that it only contains technologies from feature packs that have already been available for a long time anyway. (Active Directory Application Mode, Windows SharePoint Services, etc.)

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This message was originally posted by Everett Lewis on October 18, 2004
What's going on between Citrix and Microsoft....
Did Citrix give them a bunch of shares of stock, what a present to Citrix...
What a disservice to Microsoft customers.....
Something big is happening behind the scense we are not seeing yet....
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This message was originally posted by CMan on October 18, 2004
I thought this stuff was common knowledge, no TS enhancements are gonna be shipped until at least 2007 now!! This is probably no great surprise to Citrix either I wouldn't wonder. In any case, it would have taken Microsoft years to match the application publishing, enterprise administration and load balancing features that Citrix have built into their prouct set. So whats the beef here. Microsoft delays shipment of another feature.....where's the news Brian, they've been missing deadlines for years. Even the UK's train service is more reliable at getting there n tim!!
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 18, 2004
If they get VoIP working through one of the virtual channels and can get a provisioning interface built, they could become a platform for carriers to deliver application bundles to subscribers (e.g. the Verizon announcement).
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This message was originally posted by Think About It on October 18, 2004
It's funny how every time Microsoft makes a change in their terminal services plans, it must be because of Citrix. To me it seems these changes have less to do with TS and Citrix, and more to do with making sure that they can release a platform that is more usable, scalable, and secure.

I think people out there give Citrix too much power when it comes to MS. What possible leverage could Citrix have? Linux seems to be the popular answer, but a Linux direction doesn’t seem to make sense for Citrix. Why concentrate on an OS that is such a small part of the market when you are already the recognized leader on the Windows platform. Not to mention the development effort, marketing, and training that it would require for Citrix to make this move.
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This message was originally posted by jsekel on October 19, 2004
Did anyone notice one glaring question in the little survey you have to fill out before downloading the Tech Preview? The one about Linux Deployment. It was pretty poorly masked in the clients section of the survey, but it clearly had more meaning than weather or not you use the ICS for Linux client.
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This message was originally posted by CMan on October 19, 2004
Any by the way, you can proxy RDP traffic over 3389 via CSG with version SAM 2.2 with a minor configuration change.
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This message was originally posted by The Real Question on October 19, 2004
The real question is if Brian will be obsolete in 2 years with citrix?
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This message was originally posted by jsekel on October 19, 2004
The was supposed to be "ICA for Linux client".
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This message was originally posted by Rman on November 22, 2004
Just spoken to some Citrix consultants over the past week, and in a slip they let me know that the UNIX port is also a Linux port! and that everytime Microsoft introduce a few "Citrix type" feature, Citrix lets Microsoft know that the linux port might just be released.
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