Praim recently published, in #Praim4Beginners, some introductory articles which outline some of the fundamental principles of Thin Client computing. To continue this thread, we are now going to expand on the introduction documents with more detail and explore more of the Praim product line. This article will explore the importance of management in a Thin Client infrastructure and the role of ThinMan management console.

Thin Client technology has predominantly existed since the inception virtual desktop computing, be it shared desktop or VDI. This computing model has focused on the benefits for the use of centralised desktop delivery with the potential objective of a “no touch” desktop being one of the biggest efficiency gains and objectives.

Using a thin client as the endpoint will go a long way to achieving this, but to extract the maximum savings and efficiency the end point solution must be centrally managed. For this reason, when choosing a Thin Client technology the capabilities of the management tool can achieve the goals of efficiency, effectiveness and scalability for the whole infrastructure.

Centralised management must provide several essential functions as well as ideally providing additional benefits. These essential functions include:

  • Configuration – Defining how the endpoint device connects to the service.
  • Update – Applying firmware and client version changes.
  • Audit – What units are part of the infrastructure.
  • Security – The facility to apply appropriate network governance to the endpoint and the management console.
  • Support – Provide tools to assist with regular user issues.

The more advanced features that management can provide should expand on these basic functions. Functions like:

  • Manage both Windows and Linux based devices.
  • No-touch configuration – Device automatically configures on network connection.
  • Network detection – Configuration based on sub-net location.
  • Group allocation – Assigning settings based on either automatically or manually defined groups.
  • User based policies – Specific configurations based on user logon
  • Authentication security – The ability to enhance logon security to incorporate 2 level authentication.
  • LDAP integration – Complete connection to Active Directory to complement user security and authentication.
  • Power management – Power on remote devices on separate VLAN, Network and even external sites via remote Wake-on-LAN procedures.
  • Scheduled and event-based activities – Configuring (sequence of) routines, such as Wake on LAN, updates, to happen based on time or action.
  • Write filter management – Stop, start and configure the file system as well as the registry for all Windows Embedded devices.
  • Windows application deployment – Adding software and configuring Windows endpoints.

Praim’s management solution is ThinMan. ThinMan Advanced offers all the features above and even more advanced capabilities aimed at scalability and management of large network infrastructures (especially with remote offices), advanced admin tools and support for business continuity and enhanced end user management. A ThinMan Basic version with limited functionality is also available, useful for testing and managing small infrastructures.

For more information on ThinMan please look at the information at the product page.