Benefits and Limitations of Terminal Server
- Security and Flexibility: Provides secure access to resources on the DEB network and utilizes
centralized file storage so that files can be available from machines
in multiple locations.
- Authenticated, access to UCSF resources
that DEB users cannot access with a regular dial-up account or DSL/cable.
- Allows remote access to Outlook, which is much more robust than the web client, OWA (Outlook
- Files that are saved to the server (M
Drive) are available from anywhere users can log onto Terminal Server.
- Non platform-specific.
Windows, Macintosh and Unix users can all use Terminal Server.
- Users get the latest version of the
Microsoft applications without having to upgrade individual workstations.
- Phased hardware upgrades: by letting
users access current applications on hardware that might otherwise
be of little use, Terminal Services can help projects that are gradually
replacing older machines.
- Users can purchase an inexpensive
terminal for use in the office rather than a full computer system.
- Available applications are MS Office Suite, Stata, SAS (restricted access), SPSS, Teleform (restricted access), Visio, Atlas ti, EndNote, FileMaker 4 and 5, and Acrobat.
- In order to access Terminal Server, every
user needs a connection to the network, either via the local area network or the internet. Terminal Server cannot be accessed
from an airplane, for example, unless internet connectivity is provided.
- Any time a user works offline and saves
documents to a local drive, the user is responsible for copying any
updated files back up to the server in order to preserve centralized
access from multiple locations.
- Users need to spend time learning about
how Terminal Server works in order to maximize its potential.