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Posted By Bink on February 7, 2006 at 1:38 PM                    

Now you may not think this is very interesting? Then just jump to the bottom of the story and check out the price? Now that's got your interest? ;-))

2X makes Terminal Services & Citrix fault tolerant with 2X LoadBalancer v4
Easily implement SSL, resource based load balancing and session reconnection for Microsoft Terminal Services or Citrix Metaframe servers

2X releases 2X LoadBalancer for Windows Terminal Services & Citrix Metaframe: a tool to load balance RDP/ICA sessions between Terminal Servers and provide fault tolerance.  Only one gateway machine needs to be exposed to the internet, and in addition this connection can be established via SSL - thereby drastically increasing the security of Terminal Servers.

“2X LoadBalancer for Windows Terminal Services allows a company to implement enterprise level fault tolerance & security, without the enterprise price tag or administration effort.” said Nikoloas Makris, President 2X.

Resource based load balancing
2X LoadBalancer intelligently distributes the load to the
Terminal Server machine with least usage. By retrieving information about the Terminal Servers' resource usage before establishing the connection, it is able to determine which Terminal Server can best handle the incoming session. By contrast, network load balancing in Windows Server simply distributes connections on a round robin basis, independent of server load.

Reconnects users to disconnected sessions
2X LoadBalancer also checks if a user is running a disconnected session on any of the servers and if so, reconnects them to the right server. This is not only convenient for the user but most importantly saves significant server resources. No need for Windows 2000 Advanced Server or Windows 2003 Enterprise Server with session directory.

Ensures redundancy of Terminal Servers
2X LoadBalancer first checks whether the terminal service of a particular server is responding before forwarding a connection to it. This allows you to ensure complete redundancy of each Terminal Server. By contrast, network load balancing in Windows Terminal Server simply checks if the machine is alive: If the terminal service is not responding the user’s connection will be forwarded regardless, thus resulting in the user not being able to connect.

Enhanced Security using SSL
When used in SSL Gateway mode, the 2X LoadBalancer provides end-to-end SSL encryption to the Terminal Servers. This not only greatly enhances security but also provides a firewall/proxy friendly solution with true SSL/HTTPS capabilities.

Supports Microsoft Terminal Services and Citrix Servers
2X LoadBalancer is designed to work with Microsoft Terminal Services Servers (Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition, Windows 2000 Terminal Services and Windows 2003 Terminal Services) and with Citrix MetaFrame.

Pricing & Availability
Pricing starts from as little as $395 for managing up to 2 Servers; $775 for 4 Servers and $1750 for unlimited Servers. More information and a free trial version of the product are available at
http://www.2x.com/loadbalancer/

Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 9:38 PM Citrix , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , Security | Back to top


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