Step 6: Map Applications and Users to Farms
Published: February 25, 2008
The goal of this step is to assign the applications and users to the appropriate terminal server farms and record that in a job aid. Now that the number of terminal server farms has been determined, each farm will be placed in the job aid, along with the users and the applications that are to be assigned to each terminal server farm. In addition to the spreadsheet job aid like the sample provided in Appendix C, it may be useful to represent the farms on a geographic background if they are spread across different locations. An existing network infrastructure diagram can also provide a useful background for this.
Task 1: Assign Users and Applications to Their Terminal Server Farms
The number of users, farms, and applications can all become confusing to maintain. In this step, use the job aid to record which applications will be hosted for which users on which farms:
This step, while somewhat easy to describe, is a time consuming and critical task that is necessary for ensuring that the appropriate capacity and performance requirements are analyzed correctly in subsequent steps. The users and applications have been mapped to the most appropriate farms, and this mapping has been recorded in the farm design job aid. This information is used in the next step to determine what resources each terminal server farm needs in order to handle the users connecting to it.