Windows NT Server Terminal Server Edition an extension of the Microsoft Windows NT Server operating system for delivering Microsoft Windows to diverse desktop systems through terminal emulation.
Windows NT Server, Terminal Server Edition, supports a broad range of clients, including the following:
Terminal Server can reduce costs because it supports a new class of low-cost hardware called Windows-based terminals. These hardware platforms are marketed by hardware vendors and contain an embedded terminal emulation client. Terminal Server also works with existing Windows desktop operating systems running on PCs; it runs the terminal emulation client as a window on the local desktop. Terminal Server is compatible with Windows applications from Microsoft such as Office, Internet Explorer, Exchange, Outlook, and Project, as well as Microsoft Visual Basic–based applications and many other popular 32-bit Windows applications.
You can use Terminal Server to deploy a thin-client solution that eliminates the need to download applications from the server. The Terminal Server client has only minimal software for booting the client, connecting to the server, and displaying the Windows interface to the user. All operating system functions and applications run entirely from the server. Terminal Server provides a host-based computing environment in which administrators can manage all server resources on a per-user basis. It supports a multiuser environment in which a terminal emulator displays a Windows desktop and Windows-based applications that actually run completely off the server.
Terminal Server has four main components: