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Solution: cloud-client.info introduces first Apple device support for Linux based Thin Clients

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Hi folks,

so often i’ve been asked to use Apple devices like the Iphone, Ipad or Ipod with an (IGEL) Linux based thin client without using (expensive) USB redirection solutions…

Here is our first custom partition sample introducing Apple device support for all Universal Desktop LX/OS (x86) based devices!

atunes

Apple devices can be used local, in Microsoft Remote Desktop sevices or Citrix sessions and more. The pack includes also a local running Application (Atunes) which works quite similar to Itunes. Itunes will not recognize the device in a terminal server session but you can use file based Itunes alternatives and access the Apple device file system to copy pictures or what ever!

This solution is tested with various Apple devices (Iphone 4, Iphone 5, Ipod 7gen and Ipad 3)but please note: No one will support it. ūüėČ A jailbreak is not required… ūüėÄ

To read more or download the solution klick here: Apple device support

The package is modular designed, so you can seperate not required functions like aTunes….

Have fun and a nice Weekend!

Michael

 

P.S.: Regarding the fact that i don’t own any Apple device i want to thank all guys that borrow me a device without being afraid that i damage any device during my test’s… ūüėÄ

New available IGEL support Websites.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Hi Folks,

today IGEL has launched three new Websites which can be very useful:

Official IGEL FAQ Site: http://faq.igel.com/otrs-igel/public.pl?Action=PublicFAQExplorer;CategoryID=3
Official IGEL Knowledge Base: http://faq.igel.com/otrs-igel/public.pl?Action=PublicFAQExplorer;CategoryID=3
Official IGEL Linux supported 3rd Party Hardware Database: https://www.igel.com/service-support/linux-3rd-party-hardware-database.html

Currently these sites are quite empty but this might change in the future. ūüėČ

The sites are added to the cloud-client.info link site and also to our FAQ’s.

Cheers
Michael

New UD3/UD5 Mini PCI Express slot pictures

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Hi,

like promised some Pictures showing the “hidden Feature” Mini PCI Express Slots.

UD3 Mini PCI Express Slot Full Size

UD3 Mini PCI Express Slot Full Size

UD5 Mini PCI Express Slot Half Size

UD5 Mini PCI Express Slot Half Size

 

UD5 Mini PCI Express Slot Half Size with Atheros AR9285 based WiFi Modul.

UD5 Mini PCI Express Slot Half Size with Atheros AR9285 based WiFi Modul.

Please Note: Bluetooth Modules will not work with the IGEL Linux, for Windows 7 you might be required to install Drivers and check any Module you want to use in advance!!! I do not provide any warranty that this will work with all types of modules, you need to check out this¬†by your own! Also do always use external Antennas for WiFi/Bluetooth Modules like the DELOCK Antenne WLAN internal 701 or similar, this antenna can be mounted outside the metal case quite simple. To get a small overview check out the Delock Site: http://www.delock.de/produkte/F_558_ehftechnik_701_Antennen.html¬†(Available in several languages), the cable should have a length of min. 10cm but this depends on the placement you want to use. Please also make sure that the antenna has no direct¬†contact to the internal thin Client metal case to prevent any signal conduction directly¬†to the case, this will have very bad effects for your¬†WiFi connection.¬†ūüėČ

Cheers

Michael

 

 

UD3 and UD5 Dual Core and a nice hidden hardware extension feature…

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Hello Folks,

very often Hardware Vendors announce features… If they have it or not.

IGEL is different, they build in a new feature and do not mention it anywhere incl. the hardware documentation!

If you open a UD5 and/or a UD3 and you look under/at the place where the smart card reader is mounted you will see a small slot where something can be mounted. You will not find it in “any” documentation, manual or product description but what is it? Quite simple:

It’s a not restricted (UD5=Half Size/UD3=Full Size)¬†Mini PCI Express Slot (very common in Laptops/Ultrabooks)

Why is this intresting? This provides a new way to extend the device and there are a couple of extensions possible:

WiFi Card (you need seperate Antennas which can be mounted outside the metal case)
WiFi / Bluetooth combinations for Windows based Thin Clients (external Antennas required)
Storage Controllers
LTE/UMTS Moduls
Internal SSD HDD (yes, without an extra controller) and more…

When i first saw this slot i was not sure if this one is locked thru the (UEFI) BIOS and no one could provide me any details: so i ordered some Mini PCI Express Cards for my tests.

Until now i’ve tested a WIFI Modul from Atheros (B/G/N) and a WIFI/Bluetooth Modul coming from Ralink: Both worked without any issue and can be fully used. Remember, the IGEL Linux can not handle Bluetooth but Windows will do.

Advantage:

Very good way to extend the device without any external hardware.

Disadvantage:

I’ve no idea if this will have some impact on the warranty for the UD3.
Not mentioned in any documentation.. So it might be not supported in general.
Not in the manuals also mean: maybe gone with future board revisions.

Important: It’s a half size Mini PCI Express Slot, full size do not fit without an extra adapter! Do not use Wireless Cards without an antenna (pigtail) or an antenna mounted in the metal case, this mostly destroys the Radio component at the modul after some time. Needed Antennas can be ordered very cheap at EBay or good IT Shops. Test always in advance!

I did not test internal Mini PCI Express SSD’s, they are high expensive and this was to much for a “just for fun” test.

There will be some pictures available in the next days.

Cheers

Michael

Upcoming Partial Update (ES/W7) and Custom Partition (LX/OS) collection

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Hi Folks,

in the upcoming weeks i will start to release some “none official” extensions for the IGEL Operating Systems.

If you want to be part of it and you have a partial Update for Windows based devices or a custom partition for Linux based IGEL Thin Clients i would be happy if you want to share it with us. So if you have a extension you want to share, just send me a small email.

Important:

– Please provide a small documentaion.

– Make sure you’re extension do not violate any copyrights or license agreements, all packets released via cloud-client.info will be proofed as much as possible in advance. So we will not release a partial Update Package for Microsoft Word… ūüôā

– If the package is created with our Deployment Assistant Tool it would be create if you can add the .dti file so users can extend this package quite simple.

– If you have a UMS Profile for the deployment, please provide it also.

 

The downloads will be available via cloud-client.info -> OS Extensions Menu, the menu is not visible at the moment… Stay tuned for more news in the upcoming weeks.

Cheers

Michael

P.S.: All released extensions are without any warranty or support in general! Test in advance! We will also not create or release a extension on request! If you have a demand for a special extension contact you reseller or responsible sales contact.

Video: Swissport success story with IGEL (German)

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Hi Folks,

here is a good Video why Swissport is using IGEL Thin Clients, it’s only available in german at the moment but still it¬īs a really good Video.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95YNIBYABWE]

So if you get a flight, you maybe using IGEL Technology… ūüėČ

Cheers
Michael

Solution: Using XenApp 6.5 and Lync 2013 together with the IGEL Linux

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Hi Folks,

it looks that Lync 2013 is arriving in the Enterprises. So what do you need to use it together with your IGEL Linux based Thin Clients?

First of all a Windows 2008 R2 Server running XenApp 6.5, i recommend to run it on the latest patch Level. Setup the XenApp 6.5 policies like mentioned here http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp65-admin/hd-realtime-video-conf-wrapper-xa.html otherwise you will not be able to use Lync 2013.

Setup also a Lync 2013 Server in your Environment and install the Lync 2013 Client coming with Office 2013 on your XenApp Server(s). Attention: Do not use the Lync Basic Client, it will not work on a Terminal Server (Microsoft and Citrix!). After the Lync 2013 Client Installation is finished make sure to install KB2760512 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2812461 thru Windows Update or as a direct download. If Lync 2013 Hotfix 2760512 is missing misc issues in the Terminal Server environment can happen if Lync 2013 is used  incl. a full Lync 2013 client crash!

In the IGEL Setup browse to Sessions->ICA->ICA Global->Multimedia and enable Multimedia Redirection and HDX Realtime WebCam Redirection. I did enable also HDX Realtime Media Engine at the client but i did not install the Citrix Optimization pack for Lync 2010  on the Server because Lync 2013 is currently not supported  by this pack (and Lync 2010 is not supported on Terminal Server by Microsoft) but it was also not really required during my tests to improve the result. Also create a XenApp session or connect thru XenApp/PN (Webinterface).

Lync 2013,XenApp 6.5 and IGEL UD LX together

After i done my setup it works without any issues for me, of course you need a good network without high latency’s. I’ve tested this also in customer WAN networks and mostly it performs quite good, but still this depends on the network quality and you should test it also by your own. So you have no written guarentee from my side!

Be also serious if you change the possible resolutions for HDX Realtime in the IGEL Setup, i’ve discovered some issues if playing to much with different resolutions (hostmmtransport.dll crash on XenApp Server). This is not IGEL related, i was able to reproduce it also with a regular Windows based Laptop as i played with several resolutions; so for your first try check this out in a Lab and not in an production Environment!

Cheers
Michael

Tip: Building a roaming WiFi solution with Thin Clients

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Hi Folks,

sometimes user try to setup a roaming solution together with Thin Clients and discover different connection issues and the roaming in general works bad.

Reasons for roaming issues:

– The¬†WiFi Adapter¬†is not designed for¬†a¬†roaming enterprise solution – This happens very often and mostly WiFi devices are designed for a stationary or home/office use where roaming is not required by default. This includes also the WiFi Adapter used in the IGEL extension food and nearly every WiFi Adapter sold at retail market’s.

– To small Antenna’s, a USB WiFi dongle comes with a 2 up to 5 cm (1 or 2 inch)¬†antenna and this is in general no deal for a roaming WiFi connection. If you compare this to a Laptop antenna, which is very often 15cm or more included into the display part of an¬†“enterprise” Laptop, it¬†has no Chance to¬†provide a good result. Retail¬†home use¬†Laptop’s do also mostly¬†not provide a large antenna, this can be compared quite easy… Use a 600$ home¬†and a 1300$ enterprise Laptop and compare the WiFi signal quality, in 80% of all test scenario’s you will¬†see a big difference here and the enterprise Laptop provide a much better signal quality.

РAntenna is covered by parts of the device case and/or the signal is blocked in the direction to the Access Point.

How to solve this?

Simple: Forget WiFi network card’s or USB Adapter’s and take a new approach to setup a roaming solution: Use an Ethernet to WiFi bridge. This way is more expensive then a funny USB WiFi gimmick solution, but it will work and you have a lot of different solutions available depending on the scenario.

Benefit: The thin client/end device¬†don’t has to deal with the WiFi connection at all, these device also¬†do have more seperate antenna’s and very often more then one connection interface/circuit to provide permanent connection stability. It’s driver independent and¬†it will work with Windows CE, Linux and Windows based end user devices out of the box thru the ethernet port.

Usage: Industrial WiFi requirements, Thin Client and WiFi device are mounted on a cart, truck, construction vehicle or similar. This solutions is not or only limited useable for regular Office walk thru designs.

Devices:

Netgear WiFi Bridge N900

From the lower price segment¬†these devices will work good¬†for small/medium environment’s:¬†Netgear WiFi Bridge N900, Price ~100 US$, two antennas (picture)¬†or Cisco Small Business – WET200 Bridge, Price ~130 US$ with¬†two antennas. For outdoor solutions and high end requirements (large range/two or more connection circuits)¬†the price¬†range can go up¬†to 1000 US$ or more. In any way: All devices that can¬†be used¬†as a WiFi Bridge (mostly all Access Points/Routers)¬†can be used for this trick and they provide much better results then any WiFi USB dongle will do.

Update: I’ve been asked for an high end outdoor solution device, look @ Funkwerk/Bintec (www.teldat.de) for Bridge devices, the biggest devices¬†can handle up to a 5km (4 Miles) distance and they always come with multiple circuits and antennas like the W1002n (up to 1000m range). But please: These devices are mostly not designed for indoor use and are very expensive (between 400 and 3000 US$)! So for industrial use¬†in construction areas, mines or similar it might be ok but for the use in a habitation or indoor: Forget it please!!!

Cheers
Michael

P.S.: Like everytime no guarantee from my side and you need to test this! This article is also only for mobile clients moving around in a building or area a lot!

P.S.2: This will¬†only provide a little¬†help against radio interference, check this out too if the issue is not solved by an Ethernet to WiFi bridge! I’ve got an old¬† USB Bluetooth dongle that kills¬†any WiFi (B/G/N=2.4 GHz)¬†connection in a 5m (15 feet) area as example…. ūüôā

Tip: Building a multi Monitor solution (three or more displays) with Microsoft Windows Embedded based Thin Clients

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Hi Folks,

IGEL offers a multimonitor¬†solution 2 (supported by default)+x displays¬†for the IGEL LX (Linux)¬† but sometimes user ask for a Windows ES based solution to get three or four monitors running with Windows ES. IGEL do not provide a solution for this but it can be done… The disadvantage: It can not be configured thru the local setup or the UMS and you need to install some drivers; also you should use at min. a IGEL UD5 to get enough performance for this.

The solution is quite simple and can be really cheap…

 USB 2 DVI Full HD

Just get some devices like the Mad Catz SEE2 XD300 (VGA; 1600×1200 max.+add on ethernet+3 usb 2.0 ports+Audio in/out) or Mad Catz SEE2 Xtreme UV250¬†(DVI, Full HD), these devices provide a add on VGA or DVI Port thru USB and can be already been bought for less then 20¬Ä (i’ve paid 14.90¬Ä¬†for a XD300 @ www.pearl.de¬†and the UV250 was offered for 19,90¬Ä). Install the driver and enable that the display settings are not managed thru the IGEL Setup in the IGEL configuration (local Setup or UMS profile). Here you go… There are a lot of similar devices out there so get a look also for other offers.

Of course you need to test this in advance and i don’t provide any guarantee! ūüėČ This will also work only with Microsoft Windows based devices, there is no support in the IGEL LX or OS Linux.

Cheers

Michael

P.S.: One other benefit: these devices will not heat up the thin client like an add-on¬†inbuild GFX card….

P.S.2: I’ve tested this only with three Displays (and ICA/RDP sessions), by theory also more should work… But there will be a limit by resources and also it could be possible that the drivers will not work right if too much devices are connected. So if you got a 10 screen solution running send me a report please (…i don’t believe that more then four displays=2 add¬†on SEE2 devices¬†will work). ūüôā

Difference between System on Chip (SoC/ARM) and regular Thin Clients (x86/x64)

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hi,

since IGEL start selling the UD2 Multimedia, which is a SoC/ARM device, a lot of people start testing the device and sometimes a few questions came up. I will try to answer it in a fast way…

Q: Why is a ARM/Sytem on Chip (SoC) device cheaper then a “normal” Client?

A: The ARM Technology in general is cheaper then regular PC Technology but it’s not so powerfull. As sample, the NVidia Tegra 3 (Quad Core) ARM CPU (ARM High End) can be mostly compared with an¬†INTEL¬†Core 2 Duo or Atom CPU(x86 Low End). This is not bad but it’s not an Intel¬†I7 Quad Core CPU at all, pointing to¬†core’s and MHz is a fault¬†for comparing¬†ARM and¬†x86/x64 in general.

Q: Why do a SoC/ARM based client provide fast/high Multimedia performance?

A: A lot of SoC/ARM devices are using a multimedia accelerator (DSP)¬†and only applications which are able to use this accelerator provide a real good multimedia performance. This performance will be not provided in general! If an application has no idea how to deal with it, it will be much slower then on a regular Thin Client and the device needs to have an accelerator… Your¬†ARM based Android Tablet¬†do not have a chip like this, iam talking only about SoC Thin Clients here. ūüôā

Q: Which Software clients/sessions are using this multimedia accelerator?

A: Only for IGEL UD2 MM (Firmware 1.03.100) it¬īs the Citrix Receiver, the RDP Client¬†and the Media Player; other devices can provide different results. Update: For Flash content in Citrix sessions, Flash redirection do not work currently… No flash player for ARM, so flash based content in ICA will look very good for the user but the content is always rendered on the server side; this is important for bigger installations because this can increase the server requirements to an high level. This is a general issue for all ARM/SuC devices and i can not guarentee that this will change in the future. So server administrators should be aware and installations with an high demand for Flash content should check this out first.

Q: Is the 3rd party hardware support for an ARM/SoC device the same then with an regular x86 based client?

A: No, a lot of drivers are not available for ARM/SoC so you have to test it. For IGEL the USB2Serial Adapter works¬†as example but WebCams or other devices¬†that works on x86 based systems might not work together with the UD2 Multimedia. Same for other vendors… Test! Test! Test!

Q: Why are some sessions not available on an ARM/SoC device?

A: You can compare it to the Microsoft Surface (ARM-Windows 8 RT) and Surface Pro (x86-Windows 8¬†Pro) tablet or the hardware support question, it’s an other architecture and applications, drivers and operating systems must be designed for it. If not it will not work… Quite simple.

I hope this will solve some questions coming up…

Cheers

Michael

IGEL UDC deployment thru Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS)

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Hi,

IGEL has updated the  Microsoft RIS (not WDS!) deployment pack, the download is available here: http://www.myigel.biz/index.php?dir=IGEL_UNIVERSAL_DESKTOP_CONVERTER/ris_deployment/

If you are still using Microsoft RIS this could be helpfull if you want to deploy the Universal Desktop OS to your environment.

Cheers

Michael

Reminder: Windows XP end of life is coming closer…

Friday, October 12th, 2012

On April 8, 2014 Windows XP extended support will be end, did you already think about an replacement?

Why not using Thin Client/Zero Clients? ..or migrating the old hardware to a full supported Linux Operating System incl. Management? If your Company still uses XP, you should start to plan this in the upcoming six month to have a replacement option in place until the support ends. Please note, a migration takes mostly more then three months incl. setup, tests and to get all the required work done. So it’s maybe a good idea to start thinking about this…

Please don’t forget… Check also if all your apps are working on the new system? If you’ve custom apps running with XP, then remember: they don’t have to work with the new System by default.

Cheers
Michael

P.S.: Windows ES (which is XP based) has an extended support until 8. Aug. 2019, so it’s not similar to Windows XP and you don’t have to hurry here!

Running Windows 8 to go on a IGEL UD5 Hardware (incl. WiFi Add-On Food)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Hello Folks,

today i’ve tested Windows 8 to go together with an IGEL UD5 incl. the optional WiFi Add-On Food and here are the results.

Requirements:
– IGEL UD5 with min 2GB of RAM (Windows 8 to go requirement)
– A USB Storage that can run Windows 8 to go and of course it should be installed
РIn the UD5 BIOS (DEL after power on the Client) you need to enable to boot from a USB device

My Setup:
– A UD5 (VIA Nano based), 2GB RAM coming with the optional WiFi Food (BIOS Setup to provide 128MB Video RAM)
Рone 750 GB USB 3.0 HDD running Windows 8 to go (x86 Version) incl. enabled Bitlocker drive encryption for the HDD.
РInstalled Software: Office 2010, System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, KL Codec pack, Evince PDF Viewer and Citrix Receiver
– Enabled Windows 8 Features: Nearly everything available with Windows 8 x86 Version

windows8togoud5.jpg

Results:
РSystem is booting fine, incl. hardware setup i was able to get/work with the desktop in round about 1:30min (please note: this results can vary depending on your USB Memory Speed)
– Available max. Resolution: 2560×1440
РSupported Hardware: Nearly every needed driver incl. the optional WiFi Food is coming with Windows 8 to go without the audio driver. Regarding VIA the audio driver is currently under development and will be available soon.
– No issues if using Bitlocker Drive encryption coming with Windows 8 to go.

Disadvantage:
РOf course the System can not be managed by the IGEL UMS in any kind when running Windows 8 to go
– You¬†might be¬†required to¬†increase the RAM if you are not already using a Windows 7 based UD5, i tested it also with 1 GByte RAM and it works for me too but it’s a little bit slower and 2GByte of RAM¬†is the Microsoft defined requirement to use Windows 8.
– Currently no audio driver from VIA is available (also not thru Windows update)
– I don’t recommend to use a UD2 for this, a UD3 might provide enough perfomance but i would prefer a UD5 in any way…. I will check out a UD9 later incl. touch Screen but i suggest this combination will work too.
– Not official supported by IGEL Technology

Advantage:
– Very simple way to switch from a full managed to a none managed Windows based desktop without touching the original IGEL OS.

Use case:
– Mobile workers using Windows 8 to go can use a thin client as “fast to setup” workplace.
РGuest workers can get a seperate full Windows workplace that is not attached to your environment in only a few minutes.
РLab environments to check/create Windows 8 to go based desktops/medias or need to switch the OS very fast to access or test other systems in the environment.

Cheers

Michael

New available solution: 2X Application Server XG support for IGEL Universal Desktop / OS LX

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Hello,

2X Application Server XG

like mentioned in this press release (http://www.igel.com/company/press-media/press-releases/single-view/article/an-economical-private-cloud-with-igel-and-2x.html), IGEL is now supporting the 2X Application Server XG solution. If you want to use this solution, you have to get the Advanced Feature Set license¬†for your Client. If you want to get some more information’s about 2x, get a look here: http://www.2x.com/

So we have another available solution here… If i got some time, i will report a test here.

Cheers

Michael

Windows 8 final and IGEL LX/OS Version 4.10.100 thru RemoteFX

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Hello Folks,

today i’ve tested the fresh Windows 8 Enterprise final version together with the IGEL LX/OS Version 4.10.100 thru an RemoteFX connection.

It works perfect for me and i was not able to find any issue at the moment, so i can recommend this solution.

Windows 8 Start Menu thru IGEL Linux RemoteFX sessionWindows 8 desktop using Aero thru IGEL Linux RemoteFX session

Click on the screenshots to expand, as you can see i’ve used a window based session but it works fine with a fullscreen session too.

Iam looking forward to the Windows Server 2012 final release¬†and to check out how this works… ūüėČ

Cheers
Michael

Using XenApp 6.5 or XenDesktop 5.6 together with Microsoft Lync and IGEL Linux based Thin Clients

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Very often i’ve heard from user’s that¬†“someone” mentioned that it’s not possible to use current Citrix products together with Microsoft Lync and Linux based Thin Clients. Only this week i got this three times and it was alwaye possible to show that¬†this is not true¬†(with the right Linux Operating System and in a production environment, no faked demo!) in a very simple way.

What do you need?

– Citrix XenApp 6.5 or XenDesktop 5.6 with enabled HDX Realtime and Audio Mapping (no USB redirection required!)
РA IGEL Thin Client or migrated device with the IGEL LX/OS Firmware 4.09.100 or above and the Advanced Feature Set
– A Microsoft Lync infrastructure (client installed in the VM’s¬†or the XenApp Server)
– A webcam, see this blog for supported devices and a regular Headset (USB/regular Audio connectors)

Enable HDX Realtime thru Citrix policies (Webcam support) on the server side and make sure that Audio is configured to min. medium or high qualitiy. On the Client side enable multimedia redirection incl. Webcam Support in the IGEL Setup->Global->ICA->Multimedia configuration.

Start the connection to the Server and start the Lync client? Doesn’t work with Linux looks different… I also tried Skype some Flash/Silverlight based¬†applications¬†and never good a issue. The required bandwith is quite low and should be fair for the most requirements.. If you don’t believe me, try it out by your own. It’s really awsome and the next time someone try to tell you that Linux can’t do it, you now that this is not true.

Enjoy
Michael

P.S.: I didn’t test vdi in a box, but it should not make a difference with the current version 5.02. Microsoft WebCam’s require a small extra configuration at the moment; in the default.ica on the webinterface server you need to configure in the wfclient section HdxWebCamFramesPerSec =15. Igel will add this soon to the configuration, see also http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX132924/

Industrial PC’s with IGEL’s Linux OS incl. the IGEL Universal Management Suite

Friday, June 8th, 2012

A lot of industrial company’s have a requirement for a tough PC that fit to an IP protection class against water, dust or other.

Most Thin Client Vendor’s can not provide this but there are 3rd party vendors that offer solutions like that. If you’re looking for a solution like that i can recommend two vendor’s at the moment:

DLog MTC 6

1) Forsis http://www.forsis.de
2) DLog http://www.dlog.com with the MTC 6

Both vendors are using the IGEL Linux which perfectly fit’s into a existing thin client environment incl. the management solution from IGEL.

Cheers
Michael

ITAAS: IT as a Service with Citrix and IGEL Thin Clients (German)

Friday, June 8th, 2012

This is how cloud computing can look like http://www.searchnetworking.de/themenbereiche/design/virtualisierung/articles/367184/ (German Article), sounds like a cool solution and iam sure we will see more offerings like this in the future.

Cheers
Michael

USB redirection with Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Did you ever ask the question what extended USB redirection in the IGEL product description means? No… It’s not USB redirection coming¬†with VMWare View, XenDesktop or RemoteFX; this is included in the clients by default. It’s a solution called “USB for Remote Desktop” from Fabulatech. This solution was primary designed to offer USB redirection for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services.

Since the latest version¬†it also support XenApp and¬†it’s maybe a good add-on if you require “real” USB redirection for your¬†users or devices¬†with the benefit that you can configure all the devices from remote with the IGEL Universal Management Suite. To get more information’s have a look here: http://www.usb-over-network.com/partners/igel/

Important: In the IGEL firmware release notes you can see what version of Fabulatech USB for Remote Desktop is installed, on the Terminal Server’s the same or compatible Version is required; don’t try to mix it! You also need the Advanced Feature Set for the IGEL Thin Client to be able to use it.

Cheers
Michael

IGEL UMD-Multimonitoring extreme or could I get one screen more please?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Do you need a workplace with more then two screens… Maybe 3, 4 or up to 8. Then you should try the IGEL Universal MultiDisplay solution which is available now. The solution is quite new and IGEL provides a small data sheet here: http://www.igel.com/fileadmin/user/upload/documents/PDF_files/Datasheets_EN/DS_UMD_85-EN-9-1.pdf

During my test with¬†a¬†trial version it works quite smart but i recommend to use a UD3 as satellite. Really a¬†nice solution and much more flexible and cheaper¬†then other available¬†solutions. You can find the results from my first test’s here: http://blog.cloud-client.info/2012/03/07/cebit-2012-news-up-to-8-screen-on-a-workplace-with-igels-distributed-display-solution/

Minimum requirement is the Universal Desktop LX Firmware 4.09.200, a UD5 as master incl. the recommended network card (available in the starter kit), one or more satellit system’s (UD2,3 or 5) and a license from IGEL to enable the solution.

Cheers
Michael