using vnc like citrix
clsmyth "at" fuzzy-elves.org
Thu Mar 9 21:58:01 2006
I did a search of the mailing list, and I see subjects like this halfway
often, but I have so far not found the info I am looking for. So here
We have a web app that runs OK if the browser and server are separated by
a LAN (say, both in Dallas). If separated by a WAN (say, server in
Dallas, browser in San Francisco), though, the browser client (actually a
Java applet) runs slowly due to it being chatty. The client machines are
WinXP and the web server is Linux.
Let's assume we're stuck with this applicaton. To improve the remote user
experience, we think we want to use something like VNC for the remote
users. E.g. have a Linux VNC server in Dallas alongside the Linux web
server, and have the San Francisco users connect to the VNC server, fire
up mozilla, and use it to connect to the web server. That way we trade
app chattiness for display-update chattiness, which I guess is the whole
point of VNC/Citrix/etc.
So my questions are these:
1. Does this sound feasible?
2. How do I manage multiple simultaneous VNC connections? The main thing
I am concerned about is the display number (e.g. the "X" in
vncserver_name:X) that the VNC users have to put into their client
configs. I can't have all the users connecting to :1, I guess...right?
So they have to each have thier own number...how do I manage that?
3. How does vnc/tightvnc stack up to Citrix or Windows TermServEd as far
as controlling the chattiness of screen updates?
Please let me know. Thanks in advance for the help!