I have a client for whom my company has been providing their mail service hosting for many years. They have multiple offices and around 90 email users. Recently we've been discussing the benefits of switching to a TS/RDS environment where all their employees would be logging into one server for both Office and other proprietary business software. Can anyone chime in with any experience with running Outlook 2013/2016 via terminal services? We'd use a new, honkin' server to do this but I'm a little concerned about resource hogging as we all know just how Microsoft desktop software has a historical propensity to use gobs of ram and CPU per user. Does anyone know if EAS is substantially more or less bandwidth intensive than IMAP? I know IMAP won't do the contacts/calendar, but the Sharepoint style "add to Outlook" might be good enough for their needs.
Other than that, we currently have some other domains subscribing to the EAS add on for mobile or iPad usage but not a huge number - maybe 10 or so. My bigger client, above, would like to possibly go the whole "Exchange alternative" route with contact/calendar sharing for their email users. To date they're only using POP/IMAP and web mail, and haven't really pursued resource sharing although certain members of their staff ask me about it on occasion.
So, if anyone would chime in with their experiences with attempting the whole true "Exchange alternative" that ST promotes using the most recent versions of Outlook I'd appreciate it. We're still on 15.x and are planning the 16 upgrade for later this summer but the interface change is really going to throw some of our clients for a loop for sure!
Thanks for any thoughts,