The popular thinking of what a Thin Client is would be a device that has no local or a minimal operating system which connects to a virtual desktop. This would be centrally managed, easily deployed, secure and simple to support. The possibility to adopt fully managed and cost-effective devices such as Thin Clients is usually among the main business drivers in adopting a virtual desktop strategy for new installations.
The reality is, instead, that most devices that connect to a virtual desktop are PCs that are running Windows. And it is about this devices that we’ll talk about in this #Praim4Beginners lesson. Windows is pervasive, easy to use, was probably already present and provides almost 100% guaranteed support for peripheral hardware, so this reality is no surprise.
It is an option to run Windows based Thin Clients using Microsoft Windows 10 IoT. This is nearly identical to regular versions of Windows but is licensed differently and is not commercially available as a standalone product. This option makes available more cost-effective Windows-based devices.
Devices that run all versions of Windows, however, have this issue: how to profit from the same security and management benefits of Thin Client while accessing a virtual environment without adding new complexity from the management of the local copy of Windows installed on the endpoints? Because of its widespread usage and user friendlyness, indeed, Windows is more exposed to attacks, misusage risks and, thus, it requires more maintenance.
Praim’s solution is Agile! It is a client-side software that extends the control of the Praim ThinMan Advanced management product on any Windows device. Agile is included with the Praim Windows 10 IoT based devices as standard but is also available as a standalone product, called Agile4PC, which will run on all versions of x86 based Windows, regardless of their hardware type.
Agile provides the means to receive from ThinMan Advanced (the Praim management console) a configured policy which will connect to the virtual resources, define the desktop appearance, configure any wireless connectivity, install certificates, restrict USB port access as well as manage the disk write filter. This is to devices that are either connected or not connected to a domain.
Agile and ThinMan Advanced also provide advanced functionalities, to include remote console support of the desktop, remote application deployment, remote script execution, kiosk mode and two-factor authentication.
Another benefit that Agile provides comes with its universal configuration. All Agile versions share a common configuration. It is possible to apply the settings defined on a Praim Windows IoT device onto other Agile devices. This currently includes Windows devices which are using Agile4PC and Raspberry Pi 3 based devices using Agile4Pi. Soon this will apply to any Linux device.
Using Agile with ThinMan Advanced can provide the necessary components to complete a migration to a virtual desktop. As ThinMan Advanced also manages the Praim ThinOX based solutions, being able to manage a mixed endpoint environment is both possible and simple to achieve, giving extra life to your “already-in-house” devices.
For more information on the Agile, ThinMan and ThinOX product families, please visit the product pages where it is possible to get free 30 day-trials as well as request further information on the Praim range of products.