Are you still using Windows Thin Client devices but haven’t updated their local web browser, Citrix Workspace App or VMware Horizon View client, in a long time? Maybe you would like to use newer software solutions but they require an update and you no longer receive software updates from your Thin Client vendor? This is especially a problem when you don’t have an advanced central management solution in place for your Windows Thin Clients. Unfortunately, many companies and organizations are in the same boat. And they are looking for a way out.
Most businesses and organizations make the investment into Thin Clients because they know that Thin Clients will last longer than their PC counterparts. Because they don’t have fans, hard disks or any moving parts, Thin Clients are almost always a durable and powerful alternative to traditional PCs. In fact, they are often powerful and durable enough to run for five years or longer. But that doesn’t mean that your software will stay up to date at the same rate. How do you update the image?
Stratodesk Has the Solution
What exactly is NoTouch Desktop? NoTouch Desktop is a hardware and vendor agnostic Linux OS and management solution. Its operating system component is ideal for any x86 device – PCs, Laptops, and Thin Clients. Additionally, it even powers and manages ARM based endpoints, including the ultra low cost Raspberry Pi. NoTouch OS includes the latest clients (e.g. Citrix Workspace App, VMware Horizon View Client, RDP Client) for your preferred VDI or DaaS environment directly out of the box.
Why Linux on Your Endpoints?
Stratodesk NoTouch OS is Linux based. This means that it is entirely independent from Windows. You are essentially replacing your costly, cumbersome Desktop Windows deployment with a zero-attack surface, minimal footprint OS. Linux operating systems are inherently secure. They don’t require antivirus/malware contracts, and they inherently protect against unauthorized, third party applications.
A few more reasons why Linux is ideal for your VDI/DaaS endpoints include the fact that Linux is:
- Compatible with your peripheral devices
- Let devices boot directly into virtual workspaces –familiar user experience
- No Linux administrator knowledge needed – easy local and remote management GUI
If you need further proof that Linux is the most advanced and efficient OS out there, look no further than the fact that out of the top 500 super computers, over 90% of them run on Linux!
Benefit from Advanced Thin Client Management
NoTouch Desktop also includes the intelligent, easy to deploy and easy to use endpoint management solution, NoTouch Center. Ideal for the enterprise, NoTouch Center manages all of your devices, no matter how many, no matter where they are.
Manually updating each and every Thin Client can be a disaster. It creates much unnecessary IT overhead and wastes valuable resources. NoTouch Center eliminates this management nightmare. With NoTouch Center, management processes are automated. Deploy, configure, customize, update, and monitor your network from the convenience of one central location.
Stratodesk has successfully upgraded thousands of Thin Client devices including popular models of HP, Dell Wyse, IGEL, VXL, Lenovo, 10zig and many more.
For healthcare providers, Stratodesk also integrates with Imprivata
Our integration with Imprivata allows healthcare providers to unlock the full effect of their VDI. By combining the ease and power of NoTouch OS with Healthcare’s leading single sign-on and virtual desktop access platform from Imprivata, NoTouch customers will have unparalleled secure access to clinical information and applications across all endpoints, PCs, Thin Clients, laptops, and the new Citrix Ready workspace hub.
Adding New Hardware to Your Stratodesk Ecosystem
Stratodesk software also makes it easy to scale your deployment. By natively powering new Raspberry Pi Thin Clients, Stratodesk is empowering the future of work. Examples of the Raspberry Pi Thin Clients that we already run on directly out of the box are the Citrix Ready workspace hub, available from NComputing and ViewSonic, and the C3 Pi available from ClearCube.
Additionally, Stratodesk is also available on LG All-in-one thin client monitors, and works with FabulaTech for RDP deployments.
Update Your Windows Thin Clients with NoTouch Desktop
With Stratodesk software, you can quickly and easily update your Windows Thin Client into a fully functional and high performing Stratodesk NoTouch Client. This is so easy that it can be done in essentially only three steps.
» Download NoTouch Desktop and Evaluate for Free
Go to www.stratodesk.com/download and register to get a complete version of NoTouch OS and NoTouch Center Management for up to five desktops for free!
» Install or live boot NoTouch Desktop
You may want to try NoTouch OS in a virtual machine first. Download your free VMware Player and have a glance at the look and feel of NoTouch immediately. Next, choose from one of three boot options to begin updating your Windows Thin Clients immediately.
1) Boot from USB
Create a bootable USB pen drive out of the image you downloaded from our website.
Next, choose between
– booting live from USB
– installing NoTouch Desktop on your existing hardware.
2) PXE boot
The ideal option for organizations with more than one or two thin clients is PXE boot. Use PXE boot to deploy Stratodesk software onto all of your Stratodesk endpoints instantly via PXE over the LAN. Again both options are available to you including:
– live boot
3) Use first time wizard to do basic settings and establish your first connection to a VDI or cloud environment.
NoTouch Desktop includes all major protocols and Clients including Citrix, VMware View, Nutanix Frame and more directly out of the box.
Once you’ve followed these simple steps, your Windows Thin Clients are now fully up-to-date NoTouch Clients. They can readily be used with the newest technologies and you can updated them anytime from your NoTouch Center.
Worried your old thin clients will not meet the hardware requirements of NoTouch Desktop? NoTouch OS is a small footprint operating system that has minimal hardware requirements. It will fit on all Windows Thin Clients.
NoTouch works equally well on brand new, cutting edge Linux and Windows x86 Thin Clients, Laptops and PCs. Deploy NoTouch across all of your devices, old and new, and benefit from a standardized and cohesive VDI/DaaS deployment
If you experience difficulty updating your hardware, consult our knowledge base or reach out to us at [email protected] We are happy to help and discuss your requirements and needs.