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MetaFrame

MetaFrame is the name for a thin client/server software application from Citrix that is used to provide Microsoft's Windows Terminal Server product (WTS) with additional server and client functionality by allowing any client, no matter what operating system (OS) they are using, to connect to a Windows Terminal Server and run a Windows application through their browser. MetaFrame is useful for its ability to "load balance" by automatically directing a client to the server with the lightest load in a server farm, and its ability to allow publishing and application management from a single server in that farm. MetaFrame also features a secure encryption option through a distributed Windows presentation protocol developed by Citrix, called ICA (Independent Computing Architecture).

There is also a MetaFrame product for UNIX operating systems.

This was last updated in September 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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