ThinLinux 2.0 now available

Last week Dell officially anounced the availability of the new ThinLinux 2.0.
In contrast to ThinLinux 1.0 this new version is no longer based on SUSE Linux, but on Ubuntu. However, the look and feel is exactly the same.

ThinLinux 2.0 will support the following thin clients:

  • Wyse 3040 thin client
  • Wyse 5070 thin client (coming soon)

Key Features:

  • Based on mainstream distribution of Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Firefox and Google Chrome browser
  • RTME 2.3
  • Remote shadowing using VNC
  • Multiple language support with unibyte and multi-byte input package
  • Data Recovery Imaging
  • Auto-Lock screen
  • Ericom PowerTerm version 12.3.0.0—64-bit binary
  • GStreamer 0.1 and 1.0
  • Secure boot
  • Tight integration with Wyse Management Suite & hands off management with ini files

Dell Technology unveils the beast

Yesterday at Dell Technology World 2018 in Las Vegas, with more than 10.000 customers and partners, Dell unveiled a beast.
This beast is named Wyse 5070 and is the newest addition to the vendor’s Thin Client portfolio.
Why is this puppy a beast? Look at the specs.

                                                    

Standard housing                                                               Extended housing

 

It comes with either an Intel Celeron J4105 quad-core 1.5 GHz (burst 2.5 GHz) processor or an Intel Pentium Silver J5005 quad-core 1.5GHz (burst 2.8GHz) processor equipped. This makes a Passmark of 2500 (Celeron) or 3160 (Pentium).
However, this is not all, of course.
Here are some more specs:
The Pentium version will be available in two different housings. The standard and the extended variants.

STANDARD:
3 Display Ports 1.2a
Max Resolution 2x4k & 1x2k

EXTENDED:
3 Display Ports 1.2a
Max Resolution 2x4k & 1x2k
2nd Serial, Parallel port and PCIe
AMD GPU Option
Total of 6 Display Ports
Max Resolution 4x4k & 2x2k

CELERON:
2 Display Ports 1.2a

ALL:
3 x USB 2.0
6 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C)
1 x VGA (optional)
1 x Serial
1 x 1Gb/S RJ45 (second RJ45 optional)
1 x SFP (optional)
1 x Dual-antenna WLAN inclusive Bluetooth
1 x Smartcard reader (optional)
4-8GB RAM
16GB-32GB eMMC flash
32GB-256GB SSD (optional)

 

General availability will be beginning of June.

ThinOS 8.5_009 is finally there

Yesterday Dell has released the latest version of ThinOS, called 8.5_009.
As always with a major release, this one is packed full with new and updated features.
Here is a list:
– New Out-of-the-box experience: Do a factory reset and see yourself. Just make sure the client will not automatically get a wnos.ini, WDM or WMS config
– Zero Theme: Dell has integrated several themes. These represent the different backend environments like Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
– System Information extension: Now you can easily find all the inbuild client versions. Ever asked yourself which ICA, RDP, Blast, PCoIP, etc. client is included? Check out the updated System Information
– Troubleshooting rework: Now you can directly capture screenshots. In addition, if a Trap error occurs, not only the core dump is saved, but also the screenshot of the Trap
– Horizon Blast now supports H.264 hardware decoding on 3030, 3040 and 5060 clients
– Horizon Blast BEAT: all non-ARM platforms do support Blast over UDP now, called BEAT
– Horizon client updated to verion 4.6: you have to install the horizon.i386.pkg file to get this version
– VMware Broker Logon Changes: Unauthenticated user login is now possible and you can hide the Broker server URL and the Domain list in the logon dialog
– Citrix Multiple Audio. Multiple audio device can now be used inside your Citrix session. Very nice for VOIP usage – one for headset and one for ringer
– Citrix Netscaler + SMS Passcode support: NetScaler 12.0 and later; SMS PASSCODE 9.0 SP1 + RADIUS are required
– Microsoft RDP WebSocket support
– Microsoft RDP H.264 AVC444 support
– Display Port Audio support
– Change network settings without the need of a reboot

And last but not least, a whole bunch of new WMS 1.1 supported policies.

Wyse Converter For PCs Now Available

This week Dell has released the Wyse Converter For PCs.
WC4PCs is a chargeable tool that can be installed on a Windows 7 or Windows 10 PC to literally convert it into a Thin Client.
This enables organizations to repurpose Windows 7 or Windows 10 PCs into fully optimized thin client-like devices with ease and simplicity. This vendor agnostic software runs on any Dell or non-Dell hardware.
A current limitation is that it only runs on english Windows OS. Non-english support will follow later this year.

WOW. So many new things to talk about – WMS, ThinOS, Easy Setup, Converter for PCs

Hi there, du to some technical issues I was not able to post about all the new stuff that just got release or is on the way. So sorry for that.
I will not talk a lot upfront but directly start with the content itself – as always.

First of all, as many of you already may have seen, Dell has released Wyse Management Suite 1.1.
Although this is just a .1 release, it is fully packed with new feature. Dell announced more that 20 new features in this release. I will only focus on a few of them.
– The GUI was reworked and some tabs got renamed or moved. This makes the whole process of managing your clients much more intuitive – a field where the old WDM wasn’t great in.
The GUI is now also multi-language capable. You have the option of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.
– The simple amount of possible policy settings has been more than doubled
– Enhanced and extended Configuration support for ThinOS with easy to use Wizard
– Wyse Easy setup configuration for WES including Kiosk Mode, Control Panel Settings (More about Wyse Easy Setup below)
– Remote Shadow(For Private Cloud Only)
– Management and configuration of Software Thin Clients(More about Converted PCs below)

So you see that an upgrade is really worth it. Just keep in mind that a lot of the new ThinOS policies will need the upcoming ThinOS version 8.5.

When speaking about ThinOS 8.5. This new release was planned for end of January. Due to some last minutes issues found, this will be postponed. Rumors are talking about end of February now. However, this has not been commited. You will get more details about this release here as soon as it was released.

The next release is a brand new one. Dell has created a free utility to easily lock down your Windows embedded devices.
The software is called Wyse Easy Setup and is a free utility that enables IT Admins to quickly and easily configure, lockdown and deploy their Windows-based Dell Thin Clients (WES7 and WIE10 only).
If you want to check it out, you can take a look at this video Wyse Easy Setup Introduction or download the software from http://downloads.dell.com/wyse/WyseEasySetup/1.0/

And there is more to talk about.
Wyse Converter for PCs is coming soon. This software will help you to convert your existing PCs into a fully manageable Thin Client. Wyse Converter for PCs will be chargeable solution and converted clients can be fully managed by Wyse Management Suite. It will be released soon.

How to upgrade ThinOS correctly

As I got more and more request on how to upgrade ThinOS device the correct way, I thought it would be a good idea to write a small summary.
I will not explain how to upgrade the clients technically using a fileserver with /wnos folder, etc. This is something I assume you all know.

ThinOS is designed to upgrade or downgrade from any version to any version. However there are a few exceptions:
1) Units with new Dell Mac Address ranges require 8.1_027 or higher code. In newer 8.4_108 code there is actually blocking to prevent downgrades.
2) Due to file system changes it is recommended, you upgrade older units to from 6.x / 7.x to 8.0_512 prior to upgrading to 8.1/8.2/8.3 or 8.4.
3) It is recommended you upgrade directly from 8.0_512 to 8.3 or 8.4. There are some known issues where upgrades to 8.1 or 8.2 will not unpack code correctly and result in errors (example
ICA EXEC errors).
4) When upgrading to 8.3 or higher you are now required to set a global Security Policy (SecurityPolicy=) in the INI file or a security level of Warning will be applied to WDM and File
Server SSL connections.
5) When downgrading from 8.4 you are now required to disable the Digital Signature check (Autoload=value VerifySignature=No). Digital Signatures are a new security feature to protect code
integrity in 8.4 and newer code, that and these are not found in older image files.

Please note this also applies to ThinOS Lite (for Citrix, also known as Xenith) where 1.x Xenith = 7.x ThinOS versions, and 2.x Xenith = 8.x ThinOS versions.

ThinOS 8.4_110 hotfix release available on Dell Digital Locker

On October 24th Dell has released the latest version of ThinOS on Dell Digital Locker. This is a free upgrade for all customers under ThinOS maintenance.
What’s new in version 8.4_110?
As this is mainly a hotfix release there is only one enhancement. This is the updated RTME package, which is now version 2.3.
Be aware:
With RTOP/RTME 2.3 the video resolution performance is downgraded due to Citrix design change of RTOP CPU utilization; please refer to Citrix RTOP documentation or technical support for full details. The RTME 2.3 on ThinOS could result in 30%-60% video resolution downgrade comparing to RTME 2.2 on ThinOS. The last RTME package version 2.2.42091 for ThinOS could still be used on the latest ThinOS image for better video resolution performance, but with known issues from RTOP 2.2 which are fixed in 2.3.

The rest are mainly bugfixes and new INI parameters.

BTW, all new parameters are already included in the latest ConfGen version 8.1.01.

Supported hardware platforms
Platform                                                                                        Image
Wyse 3010 Thin Client with ThinOS (T10)              DOVE_boot
Wyse 3010 Zero Client for Citrix                                 T00_xen.bin
Wyse 3020 Thin Client with ThinOS (T10D)         T10D_wnos
Wyse 3020 Zero Client for Citrix                                 T00D_xen
Wyse 3030 LT Thin Client with ThinOS                   U10_wnos
Wyse 3030 LT Thin Client with PCoIP                      PU10_wnos
Wyse 3040 Thin Client with ThinOS                          A10Q_wnos
Wyse 3040 Thin Client with PCoIP                             A10QP_wnos
Wyse 5010 Thin Client with ThinOS (D10D)         ZD10_wnos
Wyse 5010 Thin Client with PCoIP (D10DP)        PD10_wnos
Wyse 5010 Zero Client for Citrix                                 ZD00_xen
Wyse 5040 AIO Thin Client (5212)                             ZD10_wnos
Wyse 5040 AIO Thin Client with PCoIP (5213)   PD10_wnos
Wyse 5060 Thin Client with ThinOS                           D10Q_wnos
Wyse 5060 Thin Client with PCoIP                             D10QP_wnos
Wyse 7010 Thin Client with ThinOS (Z10D)          ZD10_wnos

Annoyed of the VNC implemetation in WDM WebUI?

Recently our user sono87 has published a great post in the WDM forum.
He was kind of annoyed of the VNC implementation we currently have in the WDM 5.7.2 WebUI.
Those of you using the WebUI may know this dialog when trying to shadow a client.

Followed by

and more steps like downloading the VNC player, executing it and even typing in the IP address of the client you had just selected.
All in all, not a very smart implementation.

So, sono87 sat down and did some smart modifications to make it much more intuitiv.

This is how it looks afterwards:

These are steps to do:
1. Disable Internet Information services on the WDM server.

2. Navigate to inetpub\wwwroot\WebUI\externals\cui\js\ccc-vendor.js and edit the following line 42269.
We are adding vnc to the whitelist so the url’s get recognized. (ccc-vendor.js is loaded by indexf.html) if not done correctly you will get unsafe:vnc://ipaddress urls.

Before

var aHrefSanitizationWhitelist = /^\s*(https?|ftp|mailto|tel|file):/,

After

var aHrefSanitizationWhitelist = /^\s*(https?|ftp|mailto|tel|vnc|file):/,

3. Add VNC  option in the devices tab of WDM
Edit the following file
inetpub\wwwroot\WebUI\app\device\devices.html
Navigate to Line 89 or 90

Before

<span data-ng-if=””key!=’iconStatus’”>{{device[key]}}</span><span data-ng-if=””key==’lastCheckIn’””>{{device[key]|wdmDateFormat}}</span>

After

<span data-ng-if=””key!=’iconStatus’”>{{device[key]}}</span><span data-ng-if=””key==’lastCheckIn’””>{{device[key]|wdmDateFormat}}</span><span data-ng-if=”key==’ip'”><a href=”vnc://{{device[key]}}”><img style=”width: 15px; height: 15px;” src=”../app/device/UI/images/vncicon.png” alt=”vnc” /></a></span>

Pysical path on WDM server for the VNC icon is ”inetpub\wwwroot\WebUI\app\device\UI\images\vncicon.png”
That is the location on the webserver where you need to put a vnc icon.

4. Optionally you can disable the Remote Shadow right click by editing the same devices.html line 98

Before

<li href=”#” id=”remoteShadow_CP” data-ng-click=”handleContextMenuClick(wdmCommands.REMOTESHADOW,$event)” data-ng-hide=”isContextMenuCommandHidden(wdmCommands.REMOTESHADOW)”>{{ “WDM_CMD_REMOTE_SHADOW” | translate }}

After

<!–li href=”#” id=”remoteShadow_CP” data-ng-click=”handleContextMenuClick(wdmCommands.REMOTESHADOW,$event)” data-ng-hide=”isContextMenuCommandHidden(wdmCommands.REMOTESHADOW)”>{{ “WDM_CMD_REMOTE_SHADOW” | translate }}</li–>

5. Now we need to add some files to the Windows OS in order for the browser to recognize the vnc:// extension.
Download the WDM_WebUI_VNC.zip file from the Downloads section and extract it to the root of your C drive.

6. Navigate to C:\Wyse\WDM\vncviewer\ and run regadd.bat as administrator.

The browser this is tested in is Google Chrome and IE 11,  but it should work in any other browser.
Sono87 or I are not in any way responsible if you crash your server.
Do this at your own risk.
As always, make a backup of the files you are altering!

7. Restart the IIS Server again or reboot the server

Big kudos to sono87 for this fantastic WDM mod.
Thanks a lot.

Here is the full thread

Wyse 3040 now with wireless option available

Dell announced yesterday that the Wyse 3040 thin client with wireless option for ThinOS is now available. Both wired and wireless options of Wyse 3040 thin client with ThinOS come with 8GB Flash, 2GB RAM.
The wireless model in contrary to all other thin clients models will come with an integrated antenna.