Finally! ThinOS 8.1 is released

It has been a long time that we are talking about the 8.1 release. There has been a back and forth in  the development and release of this new version. But the wait is over.

Today Dell released the latest and greatest version of its successful and for me the best Thin Client OS in the market.

Some of you already had the chance to beta test this version or ever get the final code directly from one of the Dell SEs. But now it is posted on the Selfservice Portal for general access – at least if you have a valid maintenance contract.

There is no new firmware version for the D10DP/5010 with PCoIP or 5213/5040 AIO with PCoIP. They have to wait for the next release to get all these new features.

I have uploaded the new Admin and INI guide to this site. Check the Download section – ThinOS.

Here is a list of new features in 8.1_027 release:

  • Flash Redirection: Offload flash content to ThinOS client and locally render/decode the flash playback. This is currently for ICA connections only
  • Imprivata WebAPI v4 support
  • Caradigm SSO & CM Server
  • ICA Supercodec/RDP H.264
  • ICA
    1)Multicast support in VDMM (Virtual Driver Multi-Media)
    2)SuperCodec support in VDTW (Virtual Driver ThinWire)
    3)Keyboard Timer support
    4)Mouse’s snap to position
    5)Seek support in VDMM
  • VPN – OpenConnect
  • Citrix UPD
  • Log unexpected error messages from web servers
  • USB 3.0 on Z10D
  • RDP dynamic resizing
  • Create ini options to change BIOS features
  • Present the H/W configuration in ThinOS UI from BIOS
  • NetScaler User-Agent change: Before this change you’d have to create a new NS policy to check for “WTOS/1.0” in the User-Agents HTTP Header. Now ThinOS reports WTOS/1.0 and CitrixReceiver in the header. Therefore, you still can devide between standard clients and ThinOS, but you do not have to.

New All-in-One client presented and version 9 of CCM announced

Dell presented its latest addition to their Thin Client portfolio. It is the second All-in-One with a bigger display and a different audience.

The new Dell Wyse 5050 is a combination of the Dell-Display P2414H with 23.6″ in size and the Wyse 5030 (aka P25). It is the first time that you get a nearly 24″ monitor with an in-build Teradici chipset to easily connect to a VMware Horizon View environment with a great performance. Everyone who has worked with the 5030 in the past, knows about its capabilties as a fast and reliable Zero Client.
The client is equipped with six USB ports, whereof 4 are build at the site of the client to be easily reachable. The display supports Full-HD. The stand is detachable and can be rotated.
The 5050 will become available in the US in December, following in other regions in 2016.

You can manage the client with Wyse Device Manager or Teradici’s own solution. In the last weeks Teradici changed its licensing model of this management software, which is now not longer free of charge.

Along with the new 5050, Dell announced an upcoming update of its cloud-based management soltion Cloud Client Manager. Version 9 brings support for iOS 9, Windows 10 and delegated control.


Cloud Connect Stick goes EOL

Dell has announced that the Android based Cloud Connect stick will go End-of-Life by the end of January 2016.

Wyse Cloud Connect
Cloud Connect can be attached to any HDMI/MHL capable TV or monitor and offer you options to connect to your favorite environment, like Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft RDSH/RDVH, VMware View, Dell vWorkspace or by simply using in onboard Browser to surf the web.
This is really a cool device for kiosk systems or by just attaching it to a beamer in a conference room. Connect a keyboard and mouce via bluetooth and use the wireless connection to be ready to work.
Cloud Client Manager can be even used to manage the device centrally.

If you haven’t tested or bought this puppy, do it now, before end of next January.

New WE8S Devices Now With 32GB Flash

Dell will equip all new WE8S device with 32GB flash instead of 16GB.

Due to the bigger image size this step is more than necessary in my opinion. In my projects I’ve always issues with the small flash size and even used a SSD instead of flash.

The new flash module is not only bigger but also a lot faster as Dell is using SATA3 MLC modules now.

Wyse Device Manager 5.5 launched

Today Dell has released the new version of their management solution called Wyse Device Manager (WDM). This version is the first step to a complete new look of WDM. Dell has included a new webinterface as a preview.


But there are a lot more feature that came into this build version. Most interesting is the new option to push configurations to Linux via WCM (Wyse Configuration Manager).

I am really curious about the next release when hopefully all the preview and limited features are finalized.

Key features of this release include:

  • Wyse Configuration Manager (WCM) for SUSE Linux
    • Dell Wyse Configuration Manager (WCM) for SUSE Linux can now be launched from WDM and you can create and apply configuration files to thin client devices running SUSE Linux operating systems. This feature requires a separate add-on.
  • Profile Manager for SUSE Linux
    • Profile Manager enables you to deploy a predefined configuration on a specified group of devices. These configurations are those that you create using WCM and save them in a specified repository.
  • WDM Web UI Support (Preview Only)
    • Now you can access your devices via supported browsers with the new, sleek WDM Web UI. Note: Current version of Web UI is view only. Next MR will have major workflows working in Web UI.
    • WDM 5.5 Introduces new API option for providing expandability and customizations via 3rd party integration
  • Windows 10 Support
    • WDM 5.5 supports all of your Wyse Windows 10 IoT Enterprise thin client devices.
  • Wyse Configuration Manager (WCM) for Windows 10 (Preview Only)
    • WCM supports Windows 10 IoT thin clients with limited functionality.
  • Merlin Imaging Support for devices having 60 GB Hard Disk
    • WDM 5.5 supports imaging of devices with hard drive capacities over 60GB. In the WDM GUI you can find the Legacy platform name mapping in the Hardware info asset information tab.
  • Licensing Behavior Change
    • If the devices discovered or added manually are more than the available licenses available in the WDM server then the devices will be listed in the Unmanaged Devices section.
  • Rebranding/Renaming of TCs
    • WDM 5.5 supports the Wyse thin client rebranded model names. In the WDM GUI you can find the legacy platform name mapping in the Hardware info asset information tab.

End of Engineering Support Announcement for Selected ThinOS Models

Dell is announcing the end of engineering support for the following thin client models:
Xenith Pro

The Wyse ThinOS 8.2 MR release, scheduled for Q2 CY2016 will be the final firmware release, at which point no further engineering activities are planned for these devices.
Basic hardware and software support will still be provided for these products to any customers with outstanding service contracts. However, no additional service contracts or maintenance support contracts will be sold to these EOL products.

Anouncement of new Wyse vWorkspace 8.6

On July 13th Dell announced the next version of vWorkspace 8.6 at the Microsoft WPC. This version will be available end of this month.

It really has a lot of new features that even can save a lot of money when it comes to SCVMM management. Here is the full list:


  • Added Unicode support for vWorkspace core products such as the Connection Broker and Web Access as well as the connectors.
  • Localization
    • Localized connectors for Chinese, Japanese, Korean.
  • WSM
    • Layering support via PowerShell
      • Integrate virtual layers into a vWorkspace virtual desktop to separate departmental applications from the virtual desktop’s operating system.
    • User Profile Layering
      • Captures user profile data in a layer that can be accessed from any device.
    • Hot High Availability
      • Allows client streamed by WSM to seamlessly switch to a different WSM server in the event of failure.
    • Centralized Site Management
      • Provides single management UI for all WSM Sites.
  • Advanced Hyper-v integration
    • Full clone provisioning with Hyper-v
      • This direct integration with Windows Server Hyper-V adds support for provisioning of full, persistent virtual machines where previous versions of vWorkspace HyperDeploy only supported differencing disk clones.
    • High availability of Hyper-V hosts
      • When using a Hyper-V cluster as the compute engine for your vWorkspace virtual desktops you have the option to set the virtual machines to be available across the cluster (High Availability).
  • vWorkspace Connectors
    • Connector for Google ChromeOS
      • This connector for ChromeOS provides a more native user experience than HTML5 and shall be available via the Google Chrome Web Store.
    • Simplification
      • Complete streamline of the vWorkspace Connectors’ user interface to improve end user ease of use.
    • Email-based configuration
      • Only thing user needs to know to obtain a configuration is their email and password.
    • 64-bit
      • Support for 64-bit Remote Desktop extensions (virtual channels)
  • vWorkspace Connector for Windows – drag and drop
    • Allows authorized users to drag files and content from their Windows PC and drop them into vWorkspace desktops and applications.  This simplifies common workflows. For example; insurance agents can now drag files directly into the correct claim record of their hosted CRM application. This functionality is not available in the Windows native Remote Desktop Connection.
  • Monitoring and diagnostics
    • Monitoring of Microsoft Remote Desktop Licensing Service infrastructure
    • Monitoring of vWorkspace WSM infrastructure

Dell anounced Windows 10 IoT Enterprise clients

Dell just announced the launch of two new units.
Starting July 29th Dell has Windows 10 IoT Enterprise units in their portfolio. The units are based on the well-known D90Q and Z90Q hardware. This means they will come with a quad core processor (1.5 GHz and 2.0 GHz), 32GB of MLC flash and optional wireless support.
The first release will only include RDP10 and Citrix Receiver. VMware View, Ericom emulation and even Dell’s own Wyse vWorkspace clients will be missing in this release as they are not Windows 10 ready at the moment. There is an update planed for later this year.
They will be called Wyse 7490-Z90Q10 and 5490-D90Q10.