The hottest new feature in 2X Remote Application Server v10.5 is definitely the New 2X ClientManager Module. This is an optional module you can purchase to upgrade your installation to 2X Remote Application Server v10.5 PLUS. This feature will replace the functionality of the discontinued 2X ThinClientServer product integrating Device Management with 2X Remote Application Server for the very first time.
In this article I will explain how easy it is to manage your devices, what the new features are, the features from 2X ThinClientServer that have been dropped and how the new licensing works.
How it works
With the new 2X ClientManager feature you can now deploy and manage 2XOS devices from within you network infrastructure. It’s easy to install the free 2XOS on your devices and connect and deploy 2X published desktop or applications within minutes. The administrator can add devices manually or devices are automatically detected if they are set to network boot with the administrator having full control over which devices are to be managed. 2X ClientManager also lists all the devices that connect to the system, these can be on the LAN or WAN. Devices which are not running 2XOS are marked as Standalone.
To boot a device and deploy 2XOS you need to perform the following steps.
- Ensure that you have enabled the option to manage devices on your gateway from the 2X Remote Application Server (ASXG) Management Console. Preferably enable SSL as well.
- Add a 2XOS zip file to the list of operating systems from the ASXG Management Console. This can be tricky as you need to choose the correct revision. The difference relies on the Display Chip-set found on the device. If you don’t know which one try them in the same order as they are listed on the web site.
- You can choose between installing 2XOS on the device or booting the OS from the network. These settings can be changed from the “Default” Thin Client Group settings.
- Go to the device BIOS and set the device to network boot (PXE).
- Boot the device. You will see the device progress in the console irrespective of the boot method chosen.
- If you decided to go for a Hard Disk install once you are done, switch off the device and set the BIOS settings to boot from your Hard Disk.
Devices can be enrolled into Groups and auto enrolment is available if you know the Hardware ID of the devices that are going to be added.
Device settings are centrally managed and each device can inherit some or all of the settings from the group it is enrolled in.
2X ClientManager shows in real time the current state of each of the managed devices and information about the Standalone devices. For the Standalone devices it is essential to monitor your users and their client version. In a scenario where a new feature requires all the clients to be updated to a new version using 2X ClientManager the administrator can now monitor to see if everyone did the upgrade.
For simplified management the devices are listed with different colors which are configurable and filters can be added to view particular devices.
The Administrator can remotely Power On, Log Off, Power Off or Reboot devices from the console. You can carry out these actions on multiple devices by selecting multiple devices from the list or perform the action on the group.
These actions can also be scheduled to execute at specific times of the day and repeated at specific intervals, this means you can switch off your devices when all the users have gone home, or pre boot them ready for them to use the next day.
Administrators can shadow devices running 2XOS with the click of a button and generate reports on every device about the hardware configuration and run time information.
Each device managed with 2X ClientManager requires a license, however Standalone devices do not need any license. During the trial period you can manage five devices for free. Once your trial time expires you need to buy the 2X ClientManager module which comes with ten licenses and is completely scalable for large installations. Alternatively, you can activate with a free key which entitles you to manage two devices.
Features dropped from 2X ThinClientServer
When 2XOS is managed from ASXG you are automatically connected to the same server and can deploy applications or desktops that are published there. All other connections are only available if the OS is either installed as Standalone or logged on but not authenticating to the ASXG server.