What Is A Terminal Server

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A Terminal Server allows its clients to remotely access its available services such as Windows-based applications without individually installing them on each and every client. For instance, Windows Server 2008 is one of the Windows Operating Systems that offers this feature.

What is the difference between a Terminal Server and a normal server?

The key difference is the performance. You can use your laptop as a server but can it handle multiple client requests in the production environment? Do you think cheap $10/20 meters Ethernet cables should be used for heavy duty servers? Similarly, the fact that you can establish remote desktop connections to your own laptop doesn't mean your laptop can be used for handling multiple concurrent connections in a real network production.

What is the difference between a Terminal Server and an application server?

Application Servers leverage the Client-Server model. The client can be either a thin client or a fat client. For example, you can browse a website hosted on a server. Your browser will render the output nicely on the monitor. Some Javascript can also be used to make the look and feel better. This is an example of the thin client model. An example of fat client is you have special software installed on your computer which will connect to a remote server and might carry out some calculations based on the returned output of the server.

A Terminal Server only uses the thin client model. The client doesn't need to have any software to be installed except the utility to connect to the Terminal Server to access the installed applications on the server.

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