Archive for December, 2012

New cloud-client.info IGEL Universal Management Suite Appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V Version 2.0

Friday, December 21st, 2012

cloud-client.info IGEL Universal Management Suite Appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V
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Version: 2.0

Release Date: 21.12.2012

Copyright 2012 cloud-client.info

EMail: blog@cloud-client.info

This is a non commercial release without any official support by IGEL Technology or cloud-client.info.

Use on your own risk, the publisher is not responsible for any damage or issue related to the use
of this free release.

Requirements for the VM:
2 GB RAM
20 GB HDD

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Getting started:
Copy the folder cloud-client.info IGEL UMS Appliance 2.0 to your Hyper-V VM folder.
Import the VM via the Hyper-V console and set the Network Card to the Network you want to connect to.
Start the VM, by default the VM will pick up a DHCP address. If you want to use a static IP you can
configure this in the DHCP Server by assigning a IP to the VM’s MAC-ID (see below).
After the vm is startet open the VM console and login to the System with the username igel (credentials
see below. Now you can assign also a static IP (Network setup is on the right in the top menu).
On the desktop you can see two links to open the UMS console or administrator tool.

Note: I’ve setup default directory rules, new clients will directly moved to the device folder. You can
motify this of course depending on your needs.

Tested with:
Windows 8 Hyper-V
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
Hyper-V Server 2012

Users:
Default User: igel Password: igel
Root User: root Password: igel
IGEL UMS Main User: Administrator Password: igel
IGEL UMS Sub Admin User: igel Password: igel
FTP User: igel Password: igel

Operating System:
Ubuntu 12.04

Network:
Hostname: umsappliance
IP: DHCP
MAC-ID: 00-15-5D-67-3E-08 (Do not change the MAC-ID!)

Installed Services:
IGEL Unversal Management Suite 4.03.100 with enabled automatic registration for thin clients (DHCP or DNS entry required!) incl. cloud-client.info UMS Template 1.0.40
Telnet Service
VNC Service
Firewall (Disabled by default)
XDMCP connections enabled (Free Windows XDMCP Client=http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/files/)
RDP connections enabled, the appliance do now accept RDP connections done by any RDP client incl. Microsoft’s MSTSC.exe

Changelog:

2.0

– Changed from CentOS to Ubuntu 12.04
– Updated IGEL Universal Desktop Suite to Version 4.03.100
– Updated cloud-client.info UMS Template Version 1.0.40
– Removed IGEL Manuals, visit www.myigel.com to get the latest
– Increased HDD to 20 GB
– Switched from VHD to VHDX format for the appliance
– Optimized for Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows 8 Hyper-V use
– Using xfce4 as window manager default
– Changed hostname to umsappliance to prevent DNS issues with a existing IGEL Management Server
– Added /umspub folder which is used as UMS Snapshots – File source
– Default user igel now got full linux file system access (default /) if logged in via FTP
– Improved desktop integration for the UMS Administrator and Console compared to the old appliance
– The appliance do now accept incomming RDP connections, use MSTSC.exe to connect and setup the appliance.
– New static Mac-ID assigned: 00-15-5D-67-3E-08

Download: Offline, download latest Version

Have fun!

Michael

P.S.: The old CentOS based appliance is discontinued and not available as download anymore. The youtube video will be also refreshed in the upcoming day’s to the new version.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Hello Folks,

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013!

 Christmas Igel

Cheers
Michael

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New Firmware: IGEL Universal Desktop LX (ARM/SuC) 1.04.100

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Hello Folks,

i new firmware for the UD2 Multimedia is available at myigel.com.

Version 1.04.100

Dec 20 2012

Versions

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– Citrix ICA Client 12.2.3.213446

– IGEL RDP Client 1.0

– VMware View client 1.7.0-941674

– Leostream Java Connect 2.3.47.0

– Firefox 14.0

– Xorg X11 Server 1.10.4

– Xorg Xephyr 1.10.4

– PC/SC Lite 1.8.1

– MUSCLE CCID Driver 1.4.5

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New features:

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– [Smartcards] Added support for Gemalto .net smartcards for use with:

+ Firefox browser: enable on setup page

“Sessions->Browser->Browser Global->Encryption”, Use “Gemalto” Security

Device

+ VMWare View logon: enable on setup page

“Sessions->View Client->View Client Global->Smartcard”

+ ICA local logon window: enable on setup page

“Sessions->ICA->ICA Global->Local Logon->Smart Card logon”.

– [Language Support] Added Asian language support and input methods.

+ SCIM version 1.4.9-2

– [Input] Added support for Wacom Bamboo tablets.

– [VMware View] Update View client to Version 1.7.0-941674

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Fixed bugs:

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– [Audio] Updated pulseaudio to version 2.99.3 fixing audio compatibility

issues.

– [Network] Fixed DHCP client to autoregister with Universal Management

Suite through DHCP server tag.

– [Base System] Fixed cerificate handling and Citrix PNAgent login delays

caused through low entropy key-generator issues

Cheers
Michael

New IGEL Universal Management Suite Version 4.03.100

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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IGEL Universal Management Suite
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Version 4.03.100
Release date: 20.12.2012
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Notes:
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The linux installers are tested with
– Ubuntu 12.04 (32bit)
– Ubuntu 10.04 (32bit)
– RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 (32bit)

For further compatibility information check the Universal Management Suite
Data Sheet at www.igel.com.

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New features
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– [AD / LDAP integration] Added support for ActiveDirectory login with user
principal names (UPN);  includes support for different UPN suffixes.
– [Universal Firmware Update] Added HTTP proxy support including user
authentication for Universal Firmware Update downloads
– [console: permissions]
* Improved user access permission in thinclient management tree. If a
permission is granted for an object in the tree solely the path to that
object gets automatically added to the permissions. All other objects on
that path are not touched.
* Extended set of user permissions by adding for the following commands:
+ Send settings UMS->TC
+ Send settings TC->UMS
– [console: license handling] Added shared workplace license deployment
support for UD2-LX MultiMedia
– [console: jobs] Added support for recurring ‘update on shutdown’ job
– [Windows installer] Updated UMS installer for Windows to new valid digital
signature.

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Fixed bugs
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– [console common]
* Fixed opening of public holiday management dialog.
* Improved startup performance of UMS console for a large amount of thin
client objects.
– [server common]
* Fixed automatic registration of thinclients, which already have been
configured locally.
* Fixed WakeOnLan (WOL) ‘permissions denied’ error for subnet directed
broadcasts.
– [Universal Customization Builder]
* Fixed usage of Windows Registry keys with space characters.
* Fixed usage of temporary folder script if multiple projects are used
without restarting UMS.

Cheers

Michael

Migrated with UDC: HP Compaq NC8430

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Hi,

today i migrated an old HP Compaq NC8430 Laptop based on a INTEL Centrino CPU. The results are not bad, i used Universal Desktop OS Version 4.11.100 for the test.

HP Compaq 8430

GFX Card (ATI M56P): VESA Mode only but possible resolutions are supported/working, no dual screen as extended display available.
Ethernet Network (1000/100/10): Working
WiFi Adapter (Broadcom): Working
Audio (In- / Output): Working
SD-Card Slot: Working
Smart Card Reader: Not working
RS232 Port: Working
USB Port’s (2.0): Working
Touchpad: Working (first i got working with Version 4.11.100)
DVD Drive: Working

Result’s are without any warranty, verify by your own please!

Cheers
Michael

Tip: Building a mobile/flexible UDC (Universal Desktop OS) test device

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Hi Folks,

currently IGEL provides free test licenses to test the IGEL Unversal Desktop Converter solution but if you test a lot of devices or need to do a lot of demo’s and test’s this way is mostly a little bit complicated and you’re required to pick up licenses from IGEL every time and maybe for devices that are not working/not supported.

So it would be cool to have a flexible solution and this can be done with a few trick’s.

Note: This way is legal and the IGEL license system by assigning a license to an MAC-ID will not be bypassed; it’s not a crack or something similar!

The IGEL License system assign’s a license to an onboard ethernet network card (MAC-ID) and by default this can not be bypassed for the general license assignment but the trick is to use a mobile device like an USB WiFi Adapter.  Disadvantage: You can not assign a license during the installation or thru the IGEL Universal Management Suite to an WiFi MAC-ID. So you can do two things: Install the software in a VM and use the MAC-ID of your WiFi card for the virtual ethernet card, then you can assign a license thru the UMS to the device or directly request a license from IGEL by providing the MAC-ID of your WiFi device; last one should be the easiest way. The license system inside the Universal Desktop OS will also work with a WiFi adapter, so only installation and assigning a license is tricky.

If you got a license from IGEL you mostly get also a small manual to deploy the license thru the local command line, this will work here to deploy the license after the Universal Desktop OS is installed to an USB Memory (i recommend to use a 1 or 2GB USB memory). The UDC can also directly install the Universal Desktop OS to an USB Memory (…without license), so no issue here and the license deployment is done with a few console commands. Be careful, don’t forget to select the USB Memory during the installation; otherwise you blow up your HDD!

My Universal Desktop OS test environment.

Important: You need to enable the WiFi Setup in general in the IGEL Setup! If no wireless LAN is assigned, the boot process will take a few times longer. Make also sure that the USB WiFi device in general is supported by the Universal Desktop OS in advance, this can be tested quite simple because you don’t need a license for this.

Disadvantage: Deploying/Assigning a license require’s a little bit time (only required one time), regarding the WiFi Setup the boot process will take longer (permanent).

Advantage: A not limited, fully licensed and always available Universal Desktop OS test environment without wasting licenses or time for requesting a trial license.

If you want to test a WiFi device, for an Laptop or similar, it should also work; the USB WiFi device is mostly the second WiFi device for Linux and will be only used to validate the license, not for a WiFi connection. If not, no problem: Unplug your USB WiFi device (license dongle 🙂 ), you can test WiFi in general without a assigned license (but without sessions in this case).

Make also sure that you disable native graphic card driver support (if used) each time before you test a new device, otherwise it might happen that the device will not boot and you will get a wrong result because you believe the device is not supported in general!

This solution is not designed or useful for a single test but if you’re working in larger installation’s or have the job do test a bunch of devices and you want to be flexible for these test’s and demo’s: than this is your choice to go.

Update: This is not official supported by IGEL in any way!

Cheers

Michael

P.S.: I can’t guarantee that this will work for the future but as said: it’s not a legal fault and currently i see no reason why IGEL should discontinue the way how it works. I’ve used it now for months and never got a issue, so i can now recommend it.

P.S.2: Of course no written guarantee or something similar, you’re mostly old enough. 😉

P.S.3: It would be cool if you support this blog by reporting your device test results, so everyone incl. IGEL has an advantage!

Tip: Solving audio issues with IGEL Universal Desktop OS (UDC) migrated devices

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Hello Folks,

sometimes if you migrate a Laptop or PC with the IGEL Universal Desktop OS it can happen that audio playback doesn’t work. Very often users assume that the audio device is not supported: this is mostly wrong!

During my last test nearly always the audio device was not set right or better: the wrong device was selected. This can happen if you’re migrating a device with more then one audio output device, as sample the most Laptop’s are coming with a HDMI port and a onboard sound card providing two Audio devices at all. In my test’s nearly always the HDMI Output was selected by the Universal Desktop OS as default and i only need to change this one time in the Sound Mixer/Sound Preference configuration (audio tool in the local taskbar if the taskbar is not hidden thru the configuration) to solve the issue. Just change the Output device/channel to the device you want to use and check the audio output again. That’s it…. 😉

Cheers
Michael

Tip: Configure USB HID device redirection with IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS and VMWare View (PCOIP)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Hello,

sometimes a user want to redirect a Human Interface (keyboard, dictation device or similar) via PCOIP USB redirection, if you configure this only in the VMWare View USB redirection configuration it will not work!

On top of the USB redirection you need also to enable two settings in registry, open the IGEL Setup or the UMS Profile and browse to vmware.view.usb and enable here allowhid and allowlasthid.

After this is done apply the configuration and fully restart the VMWare View session, now it should work but note: The USB HID devices can’t be used locally at the Client or in other sessions as long the VMware View session using/redirecting the HID device is running. Try to use only the needed Product and Vendor ID to enable/configure the USB redirection and not the class rule, so only “required” HID devices are redirected.

No written guarantee, you need to test it before rolling out the configuration! It might happen that the device is not supported for redirection by the software running in the session incl. the VMWare View software in general.

Cheers
Michael

Migrated with UDC: HP Elitebook 8460P

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Hello,

today i migrated also a HP Elitebook 8460P with the following result:

 HP Elitebook 8460P

GFX Card (Radeon HD 6470m): No native graphic driver support, VESA mode only but with high resolutions; no dual screen support
Ethernet (1000/100/10): Working
Wifi (Intel Centrino): Working
USB Ports: Working
Audio In-/Out: Working
Internal Webcam: Working
Touchpad: Like mostly… Not working with 4.11.100, use 4.10.100 if you require the inbuild touchpad

Tested IGEL Universal Desktop OS Version: 4.11.100 and 4.10.100

Cheers
Michael

Image Source: notebookcheck.de

P.S.: Like always, no guarantee and test it by your own too!

Succesfull migrated Hardware with the IGEL UDC: Dell Latitude E6510

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Hello Folks,

today i migrated a Dell Latitude E6510 Laptop with the IGEL Universal Desktop OS 4.11.100 (IGEL UDC) and the test run’s nearly perfect.

Dell Latitude E6510

WiFi (Broadcom): Working
Ethernet (1000/100/10): Working
GFX (Intel Arrandale): Native graphic driver support->Working incl. Dual Screen (Extended and Cloned), requires Advanced License from IGEL
Audio: Working In- and Output
USB: All 4 USB Port’s are working
Inbuild Webcam: Working
Docking Station: Working incl. add-on RS232, USB and Ethernet Port
Internal Smart Card Reader: Working
Internal SD-Card Reader: Working
Touchpad: Like mostly with the Firmware Version 4.11.100=Not working

I’ve tested a Microsoft RemoteFX and also a Citrix Session (XenApp 6.5) and regarding the old Intel I7 M640 CPU and the native graphic driver support the performance is outstanding.

Cheers
Michael

Image Source: Bitdynasty

P.S.: Without any guarantee, you need to test it too.

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.

– Antenna 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…. 🙂

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€ (i’ve paid 14.90€ for a XD300 @ www.pearl.de and the UV250 was offered for 19,90€). 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! 😉 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). 🙂

Migrated: HP Elitebook 8760w with IGEL Universal Desktop OS Version 4.10.100

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hello,

today we migrated a HP Elitebook 8760w with the IGEL Universal Desktop OS 4.10.100/4.11.100 (issue see below) and the result is ok.

WiFi: Working
Ethernet: Working
Audio: Working incl. HDMI Output
GFX Card (AMD FirePro M5950): VESA mode only, no native driver support (Single Screen / VESA max. Resolution 1920×1080 tested and working)
USB Ports: USB 3.0 (the two ports in front of the left side) not working, 3x USB 2.0 Ports working fine
Touchpad: IM PS/2 Synaptics Touchpad is working with 4.10.100 but not with 4.11.100
Webcam: Not available for this device, external WebCam is working fine if connected thru one of the working USB 2.0 ports for ICA Sessions with XenApp 6.5
Multimedia results: Very good with HDX Flashredirection (HD Quality) and also multimedia redirection.

In general the result is good, iam not happy with the VESA mode but the Laptop comes with an Intel i5 CPU and can easily compensate this for multimedia output. The max. resolution of 1920×1080 is working so we have no problem with the missing native GFX driver support. USB 3.0 support would be fine but i think this is only a question of time.. 🙂 The touchpad issue with the 4.11.100 is a pain but i hope IGEL will include missing drivers here in the future, so we have to use the working 4.10.100 until this is fixed; it’s ok for the user so it’s also ok for me at the moment. 🙂

So if you are looking for a Laptop based Thin Client (…or call it Mobile Thin Client/Mobile Cloud Client)… it might be a deal.

Cheers
Michael

P.S.: This is without any guarantee, you have to test this by your own too!

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. 🙂

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

A: Only for IGEL UD2 MM (Firmware 1.03.100) it´s 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

New IGEL UMS Template Version 1.0.40 available for download

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Hi,

the new Version is available here: http://www.cloud-client.info/umstemplate/umstemplate1040.zip

1.0.40
——
– Support for IGEL Universal Desktop LX (x86) Firmware 4.11.100
– Support for IGEL Universal Desktop LX (ARM) Firmware 1.03.100
– Support for IGEL Universal Desktop OS Firmware 4.11.100
– Support for IGEL Universal Desktop ES (W7) Firmware 3.04.100
– Support for IGEL Universal Desktop ES Firmware 2.12.10x
– Added Profiles to set the GStreamer Audio Driver for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS (can solve Audio issues like broken sounds for all Session types.
– Added Profiles to mute or boost the Audio volume in general for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to hide the Audio control for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to enable Centertool Drive Lock Support for Citrix sessions in IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to enable DigitalPersona fingerprint reader support for Citrix sessions in IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to enable automatic buddy detection for Buddy Update System in IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to enable TCOS 3 NetKey for VMWare View sessions in IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to enable Floppy Drive Mappings for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to configure the VFat settings for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to configure thin print to use cups and not lpd to send out a print job for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to configure XenApp/PN disconnect session for IGEL Universal Desktop LX/OS
– Added Profile to configure the shared workplace feature for IGEL Universal Desktop ES (W7)
– Added Profile to configure the forcelvbmode for Citrix sessions in IGEL Universal Desktop ES (W7)
– Removed Profiles for IGEL Universal Desktop LX (ARM), no major difference to IGEL Universal Desktop LX (x86) configurations anymore, attention: some sessions/settings are not available in the ARM Firmware! If you want to create a configuration for an ARM device create a new Profile based on the x86 version of the IGEL Universal Desktop LX firmware!
– Updated profile import packages to current version
– Updated firmware import package to current version
– Removed all offline Thin Clients from database to prevent confusing users
– Profiles Total 429

Cheers

Michael

Successfull migrated: Samsung NC191

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Hello Folks,

today i migrated a Samsung NC191 with the IGEL Universal Desktop OS Version 4.11.100. I got everything running including Network Card (Gigabit), Dual Monitoring/GFX Card (Advanced License required from IGEL) and all USB Ports; so the device works very well for me. Regarding the fact that this device is coming with a 19″ display it’s maybe a solution for users looking out for a 19″ all in one solution.

samsung-nc191-001-300×450.jpg

The Hardware is based on a AMD G-T40N CPU and comes with 2GB of RAM and 4GB HDD (SSD), the GFX chipset is a AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series device. This Information is of course without any warranty and you have to test it also by your own too.

Cheers

Michael

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New Deployment Assistant Tool for IGEL Thin Clients Version 1.02 available

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Deployment Assistant Tool for IGEL Thin Clients
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This tool provide you the ability to create Partial Updates for Windows based IGEL Thin Clients in a simple way.

It’s not possible to create custom partitions for IGEL Linux based Thin Client at the moment!
Tested with: IGEL Universal Deskop ES 2.11.10x and IGEL Universal Desktop ES W7 3.04.100

History:
– Version 1.02
Support for Microsoft .msu update packages
– Version 1.01
Added LX support to create a .inf file based on a tar.bz2 packet for deployment
– Version 1.0
First release incl. a whitepaper as manual
Added Update check
(C) 2012 Michael Hoting
Blog: http://blog.cloud-client.info
EMail: mhoting@cloud-client.info

The download is available here: http://www.cloud-client.info/dati/dati.zip

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

Note: IGEL Universal Desktop OS 4.11.100

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Hi,

i just got an issue with the new IGEL Universal Desktop OS Firmware 4.11.100 on a none official supported 3rd party device, so i want to strongly recommend to test this in advance.

In my case the system did not boot anymore after the update to 4.11.100 (Hangs in the boot screen), so it’s very easy to reproduce; if this happens also to you: reinstall the Version 4.10.100 with the IGEL UDC installation stick and don’t roll out the firmware Universal Desktop OS 4.11.100 to your environment in this case!

Cheers

Michael

P.S.: Please make sure that the UDC License is available on your UDC Memory or in your UMS Server, otherwise a new license will be fetched during the re-installation!

Update: It looks that some support for INTEL BX/DX/ZX chipsets is gone, also the Installation with the new UDC fails and the software is not able to detect any harddisk. So if you have migrated an Intel Pentium II/III or Celeron device you should serious test the new Version 4.11.100 and report any issues here to IGEL if you got the same behavior.

Update2: One other issue, Laptop Touchpad’s like the IM PS/2 Synaptics Touchpad which is used in some HP Elitebooks seams also to not work with the 4.11.100. Use the 4.10.100 Firmware if these or similar pad’s did not work anymore on your migrated Laptop’s!

Hot new features in Universal Desktop LX/OS 4.11.100

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Hello Folks,

there are some really cool new features in the new release… Get an eye on:

– Updated VMware View client to version 1.6

– Enhanced support for Wireless LAN with WPA(2) Enterprise and wired
Ethernet with IEEE 802.1x Authentication: when using authentication method
PEAP/MSCHAPV2 it is now possible to leave password and identity settings
empty in setup. The user us is prompted for the missing credentials
at boot time of the thin client.version 1.6

– Updated Linux Kernel and Drivers

– “System->Update->Firmware Update (FTP protocol)->Automatic Buddy Detection” registry key: “update.ftp.auto_buddy_detection” (Very cool… 🙂 )

– Added USB Access Control configuration to be supported with Shared Workplace User profiles

– NVidia Drivers for Universal Desktop OS, please test in advance!!!

Only a few new cool points, but i also miss a few: Updated Citrix Receiver and full Windows Server 2012/8 RemoteFX support… But the next release will come… 😉

Cheers
Michael