Terminal Services v. VNC

Bill Cassady caersidi "at" freeshell.org
Sat Jan 3 17:06:01 2004


On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, Robert de Bath wrote:

> Other serious limitations of Terminal services include:

>   *) Licenses. The client must be using the same version of Windows as
>      the machine you are connecting to, if not it'll work for 90 days
>      then crash until you cough up the price of a new copy of windows.

> If you're interested in the encoding that terminal services uses there's
> an open source client called 'rdesktop'. But I think the only 'encoding'
> advantage that terminal services has is that it saves offscreen pixmaps
> at the client end; including font glyphs.

I use rdesktop (from Linux) to log into Win Terminal Services. Works
like a champ. CERN uses it and is a big booster of rdesktop. If M$
hits you for a Windows upgrade, as you say, then you could use
rdesktop to connect to WTS...and save yourself a bundle.

>...... Though it still costs a bomb for multi-user
> or mixed machines.

You sure got that right... ;(

But if you absolutely have to run a bunch of remote Windows desktops,
it's probably gonna be cheaper to use WTS than have idle Windows boxes
in th server room waiting around for someone to log into.

-Bill

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