> What about upgrading the OS on the exec machines to winxp? Then they can
> into their desktop and look at the same thing they see in the office. They
> not only get full Outlook performance, but full performance from all apps.
> You save a ton on Citrix, put them on a stable OS and get that big raise!
> Sent to you via the miracle of Windows XP RDP from my 400 mhz AMD home
> machine with 56k dialup connecting to my office machine :) Wish I were
> DSL, but it hasn't yet made it to my town.
> Good Luck,
> Scott Fellman
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
> > Agreed. I looked into Citrix and the cost is what is stopping me there.
> > up for a raise now and once I get it, then I'll ask for money for citrix
> > Using Terminal server now for some outside folks to connect to our
> > app, but that wouldn't exactly cut it.
> > Thanks!
> > > I suggest you look into a Citrix / Terminal Server system. With Citrix
> > very
> > > little data moves across the wire - it's like remote control but for
> > > multiple users. Applications can also be made to run transparently
> > a
> > > window launched with a single icon. The users will still have to dial
> > of
> > > course.
> > > Be forewarned that Citrix is expensive and it requires experience to
> > up
> > > properly (i.e., plan on buying a consultant's time). But on the other
> > > it can make a dialup seem nearly like "being there" in the office. And
> > a
> > > side note, if they demand extreme simplicity, full functionality and
> > > then they have to take the responsibility of paying for it. There's an
> > > adage: "Racing costs money. How fast do you want to go?"
> > > Gary McDonnell
> > > http://turbogeeks.com
> > > I forgot to mention Web Access, they don't like it; "Too slow"...They
> > > extremely demanding...
> > > > Here's the situation, I work for a small company where the
> > are
> > > > VERY demanding about how their systems work. They travel nationwide
> > > > constantly and need to access ALL of their email on and off-line
> > of
> > > > them have over 800MB's of email and they are not willing to change
> > in
> > > > anyway) but they also want to use the features of exchange (calendar
> > > > sharing, their mail backed up yadda yadda)...
> > > > The resolution I have deployed which is NOT to their satisfaction
> > > > PURELY on access speed is this:
> > > > Exchange 2000 Server
> > > > Windows 2000 Clients running Office 2K Pro
> > > > Outlook is configured for every folder to synchronize to an OST File
> > > > offline use (again, they require access to all their mail on or
> > off-line)
> > > > Windows 2000 Server providing RRAS PPTP VPN Connections
> > > > Earthlink Dialup
> > > > The only thing they don't have a problem with is Earthlink, they
> > it.
> > > > These users are very demanding in that they require extreme
> > > full
> > > > functionality and speed. The problems I have encountered with the
> > > > setup is that first off, the need to connect to VPN after connecting
> > > > earthlink, they constantly forget and therefore they don't like
> > to
> > > > use it but I believe that if I can resolve the following problem
> > will
> > > > be willing to "live with it".
> > > > The main problem is speed of access. Now I KNOW that the reason
> > > > takes forever to do anything when they open it while connected via
> > > > dial-up/VPN is because it's working/communicating directly with the
> > server
> > > > through a slow ass dial-up VPN tunnel, but this is the entire
> > that
> > > > needs to be resolved and I have no idea what else I can possibly do
> > > > resolve it.
> > > > I've looked into going with wireless connections for them (Like
> > > > "Vision") and while the cost is a minor issue the main problem is
> > > coverage,
> > > > they are not always in large cities, in fact they are more often
> > not
> > > in
> > > > remote areas.
> > > > Does anyone have any idea what I can do here?
> > > > My thought of how to "fix" this is to force their outlook client to
> > > > attempt to directly connect/attach to the server if their LAN
> > > is
> > > > active and to otherwise always work offline and pop/smtp their mail
> > > > straight into their OST's through the vpn connection (if they are
> > > connected)
> > > > but I can't seem to find a way to do this.