If you plan to use a server-based deployment scenario for your Microsoft Application Virtualization environment, it is important to understand the differences between the Application Virtualization Management Server and the Application Virtualization Streaming Server. This topic describes those differences

Application Virtualization Management Server

The Application Virtualization Management Server handles user requests for application data and streams that data on demand to authorized users using RTSP or RTSPS protocols. In most configurations using this server, one or more Management Servers share a common data store for configuration and package information.

The Application Virtualization Management Servers use Active Directory Groups to manage user authorization. In addition to Active Directory Domain Services, these servers have SQL Server installed to manage the database and data store. The Management Server is controlled through the Application Virtualization Management Console, a snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console.

Because the Application Virtualization Management Servers stream applications to end-users on demand, these servers are ideally suited for system configurations that have reliable, high-bandwidth LANs.

Application Virtualization Streaming Server

The Application Virtualization Streaming Server addresses the needs of businesses that want to use Application Virtualization with the streaming capabilities of the classic server configuration but might not have the infrastructure to support Management Servers.

The Application Virtualization Streaming Server can be used in environments with an existing electronic software distribution system (ESD). You use the ESD to manage streaming applications. Unlike the Application Virtualization Management Server, the Streaming Server does not use SQL or a management console. These servers use access control lists (ACLs) to grant user authorization.

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