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Well it was released today:   (my comments in blue below)
If you want the original Planning Whitepaper from Citrix - check my original post at

Key Enhancements in Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions

  • Significantly increases user density per server to drive down both initial deployment costs as well as recurring operating costs. The 64-bit version of Presentation Server supports up to 65 percent more users on each server than its 32-bit alternative on Windows Server 2003 (This sounds plausible), and can deliver up to three times as many users when also upgrading from Windows 2000 Server (This could be stretching it a bit, but certainly two times or better is a distinct possibility). Scalability improvements are delivered with the 64-bit server platform as well as new features including CPU utilization and virtual memory management – all designed to improve user experience and reduce IT costs.
  • Provides a Windows 32-bit to 64-bit application adoption bridge, by allowing 64-bit applications to be accessed by 32-bit clients, allowing customers to adopt new 64-bit technologies at their own pace (looks straight forward?).
  • Supports a broader array of client/server applications with application compatibility technologies that removes application conflicts with the OS and with one another. Presentation Server supports applications that are not designed for a terminal services environment and allows multiple application versions to run on the same server. Presentation Server eliminates the need for application silos, further reducing the number of servers and associated IT costs (Caveats with AIE applies).
  • Accelerates printing speeds by up to 400 percent through a new universal printer driver. This new solution also enables users to access advanced printer functions like stapling and trays, improving user experience and satisfaction (I do wish the marketing guys would stop trying to push this 4 times faster with version 4 bull$%*t, it might be better, but not that much).
  • Provides higher system performance, especially for remote workers. Logons are quicker and file transfers across the WAN are 3 times faster, improving user productivity and overall satisfaction (How much of this is marketing hype is now having to be defended by the Technical Chaps?).

There is no doubt that it is a good step forward, and it's coming at the right time, and it now does actually cause any Citrix Architects to sit back and think because you now have a number of ways of really getting some serious sized Farms built. You can go down this new x64 route, try VMWare ESX? or stick the tried and tested DL360 route?

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 4:06 PM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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