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Message from slowe@1610group.com

Good day, everyone –

 

While I realize that there is a PowerFAIDS list I could join, College Board has been a challenge lately, so I thought I’d turn to some of my former CIO colleagues to ask this question.

 

How many of you are running PowerFAIDS for financial aid and have installed the client on a terminal server or remote desktop server in order to ease the constant client upgrade challenges?  I’m considering this possibility at a client institution to, as mentioned, make client upgrades a bit easier, but also to work around what appear to be some slow WAN link issues – remote clients are operating at a painfully slow pace while local clients are just fine.

 

Any feedback is much appreciated!

 

Best,

Scott Lowe

Founder, Managing Consultant, The 1610 Group

Former Higher Ed CIO

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Comments

Scott,

 

We have run PowerFAIDS on Windows Server 2003 w/ Citrix for management for many years.  It has worked pretty well.  The only thing you may run into is application conflicts if you are running PowerFaids along with Crystal Reports or another application that incorporates the Crystal Reports engine.  If your terminal server is dedicated to PowerFaids however you should not have any issues.  Test first as nearly all vendors will tell you that any type of remote desktop use is not supported.  We adoped Windows Terminal Servers w/ Citrix in 2000 to deploy all of our client server applications to avoid the pain of a dozen different applications across a large group of desktops.  The approach saves a lot of time and allows quicker deployments. 

 

We are now moving away from this setup and instead deploying user desktops with VDI making use of VMware View and UniDesk.  We get the same benefits of centralization with the benefit of providing better performance and because each user gets assigned a desktop, less need to lock down the desktop.

 

David

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David Blaisdell

Assistant Director of Information Resources (IT)

Colby-Sawyer College

603-526-3689

dblaisdell@colby-sawyer.edu

 

 

Message from slowe@1610group.com

Good day, everyone –

 

While I realize that there is a PowerFAIDS list I could join, College Board has been a challenge lately, so I thought I’d turn to some of my former CIO colleagues to ask this question.

 

How many of you are running PowerFAIDS for financial aid and have installed the client on a terminal server or remote desktop server in order to ease the constant client upgrade challenges?  I’m considering this possibility at a client institution to, as mentioned, make client upgrades a bit easier, but also to work around what appear to be some slow WAN link issues – remote clients are operating at a painfully slow pace while local clients are just fine.

 

Any feedback is much appreciated!

 

Best,

Scott Lowe

Founder, Managing Consultant, The 1610 Group

Former Higher Ed CIO

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.