I have been using Terminal Server to host Access apps since the NT 4.0 days. I also use Citrix at clients on a daily basis. As far as I’m concerned the use of Terminal Services (TS) in a corporation with multiple offices and especially with a mobile or home-based work-force (even World-Wide) is a no-brainer.
Add to the mix the ubiqitous availability of High-Speed Internet combined with the still overly slow data transfer rates of RAS.
Also add the safety and automatic backups available by hosting all corporate info back in Corporate servers rather than on notebooks in car trunks and left in coffee shops and the argument for Terminal Services/Citrix is overwhelming. With 3G Aircards cheaply available the only place you need to be off-line is on a plane – and they’re working on that. Frankly I like to SLEEP on planes so the lack of connectivity there is actually a blessing :-).
Then from Microsoft’s perspective making Windows available to users via TS sells more Servers AND more Windows Licenses. It provides the best of both worlds – A full-featured Client story through the Internet. A perfect counter to Google and the entire Web-Based obsession.
For Microsoft Access the use of TS is a marriage made in heaven. It has allowed me to stage and support application using Access across the world and have provided my clients with fantastic results with no penalty for distance or even for somewhat slow connectivity.
From my experience all Major Corporations offer some form of TS option – in most cases you just have to ask for it. You then set up an AD Group, create an RDP file to launch TS, then launch your Access App – and distribute it to new users for placement on their desktop. Deployment then consists simply of emailing one RDP file (or even creating a Hyper-link on a SharePoint Site).
Deployment solved – performance solved -maintenance easy – version control as simple as possible – one version of the truth. There are no arguments against using TS with Access IMHO.
Has anyone ever found anything promoting TS as a solution for Access applications? Does anyone else have any success (or failure) stories about using Terminal Services?
What am I missing here?