Citrix Access Essentials tested

I briefly tested out Citrix Access Essentials last week. CAE is a cut down version of Metaframe, licensable for up to 75 users. You install it on one server only and although you can have a cold standby server, load balancing HA solutions aren't included. It comes with all the necessary Windows CALs and TS licenses and costs around $280 list. I'd like to see 75 users run on one dual CPU Windows box, but the number does make sense for a small business, particularly if the licensing is for named and not concurrent users - that's one point I still need to check. I installed CAE on Windows 2003 in a VMWare session and was very impressed. The installation procedue for Metaframe isn't difficult, but there are a lot of screens to go through and you have to have a rough idea of what you are trying to achieve. CAE installed incredibly quickly and I was up and running within 15 minutes max. Impressive. Anyone who has the job of office sys admin dumped on them should be able to get to grips with it quickly. My only complaint would be the large number of windows that end up open when you're doing admin tasks. I'd like to see one unified Citrix gui, as opposed to lots of Windows management windows all over the place. We're looking at promoting CAE with a small Sun Ray set up in some of my countries. It's ideal for SMEs, branch offices, etc. Ask me in 6 months how successful we've been...
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