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Is there a better way to use Excel in terminal server?

We are using MS Windows Terminal Services (WTS), and have +/- 80 clients who connect to the box using Praim thin clients. We use MS Excel viewer for a lot of our users to view spreadsheets. Unfortunately, this seems to hog one of the processors on the terminal server. We lose 50% of CPU to the transaction according to the task manager stats. Is there a way around this, or do you know of another product for viewing Excel spreadsheets in a terminal server environment?

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This sounds like an application question, sorry. You can sometimes tweak applications to make them stop hitting the processor so hard -- I'll refer you to the book Mastering Windows Terminal Services to see how, as it's not a short explanation. If anyone has a suggestion of an alternative application, I'll be glad to hear it and pass it along.

This was first published in July 2003

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