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terminal server (TS)

The term terminal server is predominantly used to describe an application program that provides certain user interfaces. Such a terminal server can be implemented in client-server architectures by a thin client. In the 1980s, a terminal server was understood to be a hardware component through which several terminals or dumb terminals were connected to a network.

  1. A terminal server is an application program residing on the host that provides graphical user interfaces to the connected terminals and that can be accessed by all clients connected to the network. The terminal server itself runs on the host and can be accessed simultaneously from multiple clients using a terminal server protocol, such as Remote Desktop Protocol( RDP). Since the host centrally manages the data and handles the data processing, the clients can be thin clients. Thin clients have much less equipment than personal computers, making the thin client solution approach much more cost-effective. In addition, the data is stored on the terminal server, which means that data protection against viruses or data theft is not as costly. In addition, application programs are only installed centrally and can be updated and maintained more easily. Users can access the terminal server from any location via the Internet.
  2. In the past, a terminal server was a network component through which terminals were connected to a local network. They functioned as a cluster and were equipped with several interfaces to which the end devices, i.e. the terminals, could be connected. The terminal server adapted the respective data streams of the terminals to the data rate of the network and the network protocols. Synchronous and asynchronous terminals could be connected to a terminal server, and cabling was greatly simplified.
Englisch: terminal server - TS
Updated at: 03.02.2014
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Links: terminal, server, application program, user, client
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