oh wow, what a last week. I was skiing for one week in Austria and while I was relaxing in the snow (before you ask, YES, I've deserved that), Wyse has released a whole bunch of new products. Some of them were already covered in my last newsletter but I while write a bit more about that this time. Other are brand new.
TCX Suite 4 is launched
Wyse has finally launched the new version of its successful TCX Suite. The new version 4 consists of the well known USB and Media Redirection, Rich Sound and Multidisplay. In addition Wyse has added Flash redirection to allow user to watch flash video in their favorite websites. All 5 parts are now summarized in one installer. The suite supports Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Terminalserver or XenApp. USB, Multimedia and Flash Redirection along with Multidisplay is supported in a 32-bit environment on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (with XenDesktop and VMware View), Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server R1 and XenApp 4.5 or later. Only TCX RichSound is not supported on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
In a 64-bit environment it looks only a bit different. Again TCX RichSound is not supported on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. Also TCX Mulitmedia Redirection is not supported on Windows Vista.
The new Configuration GUI looks nice and clean. And Wyse has given us a new troubleshooting option in there.
Along with this new GUI and the features, Wyse has also changed the licensing around that product. Wyse TCX Suite 4 is now only sold as one product with all 5 components. No chance to just buy only one part. The licensing is still per client but now managed on the server site. So no more need to enter any licenses on the client. You just enter the license at server site and that's it.
Here is a list of all new features:
- Integrated product installation
- New unified admin GUI that simplifies debugging and configuration
- New and improved multicast media redirection support (requires the virtual desktops XenApp or Terminal Server in multicast enabled subnet)
- Adobe Flash Acceleration (Internet Explorer 7 and 8)
- USB device virtualization in shared mode for Terminal Services/XenApp
- More audio applications supported -- Avaya Softphone, Elluminate, Dragon
- True system task bar behavior (on the primary monitor) in multi-display environments (Win XP Pro and Win Server 2003 only)
- TCX functionality on Win 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Win Svr 2008/R2 (except bi-directional audio – RichSound)
- Full TCX functionality support on Win XP Pro (64-bit) and Win Server 2003 (64-bit)
- Works with VMware View 4 and XenDesktop 4
- Works with the new C-Class client hardware for WTOS
WTOS 6.5 firmware is launched
Looks like my information were correct last year. Wyse has launched the new version of its great WTOS firmware. The correct firmware version build is 6.5.0_23 but be careful there is already one known bug in there. If you use this version you will see a time offset up to 2 days. This has already been fixed in the version 6.5.0_27 or above. So, if you are facing this issue, just contact Wyse to get the updated version.
Great news is, that along with the below listed features of 6.5.0_23 you will get one more feature in the build 27. WTOS is now able to directly map USB CD or DVD drives.
- VMware View Secure Tunneling
- VMware View RSA Authentication
- Industry only non-windows RDP 6.x client. Improved with native multi-monitor support
- Generic USB Audio Driver for improved USB Audio headset support
- Citrix Desktop Restart Support
- Look and feel improvements
New Mobile Client available
As a replacement of the X90 Wyse has released the even smaller X90CW. This mobile thin client is equiped with an Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz, up to 4 GB of flash and 2 GB of RAM (standard is 2/1GB), a 11.6" WXGA 1366 x 768 display and integrated 802.11 b/g/n wireless. As an operating systems Wyse has preinstalled Windows Embedded Standard. The battery can last up to 8 hours and the client just needs around 15 Watt.
WSM 3.0 released
WSM, Wyse OS and Application streaming solution, was updated to version 3.0. There are a overwhelming set of new feature in that version, which I have listed below. But I will discuss some of them in a more detail.
With switching to a Site-based architecture Wyse reaches the goal of making WSM high available. Each remote location is called a site and connects back to the HQ Server. Each site has an independent server and database but is still controlled by the HQ. But even if the HQ Server isn't available anymore, the sites can operate normaly without any influence on the work of the users. And even in one site you can have a server failover now.
While with older versions of WSM the User settings and the data was lost if the OS image was patched or updated, this has now been fixed in version 3. This is achieved by supporting multiple partitions in a single virtual disk image and applying different cache modes to different partitions.
For those scripting gurus among you, you will be pleased the hear that the whole installation process of WSM can now be scripted.
New features are:
-Windows 7 support
- Distributed (Site based) Network Architecture
- Server-to-Server Failover within a Site
- Preserving User Settings and Data during OS Image Updates
- Additional vDisk Improvements
- Improved Content Distribution
- Device Customization Support
- Application Streaming Improvements
- Active Directory Improvements
- Device Management and Status
- Installation Improvements
That's all for now. See you on Freewysemonkeys.