Convert and secure existing physical PCs to Thin Clients in minutes. ThinKiosk is the first, Windows based, software only, enterprise ready PC to Thin Client converter. Convert any Windows based endpoint into a Thin Client and provide a centrally managed, secure, endpoint with a lightweight intuitive user interface with provides users with access to their VDI environments.
ThinKiosk is a lightweight, scalable application designed to lock down and secure the PC it runs on. It provides users with just the access and capabilities they need to connect to their VDI environments (Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon and Microsoft RDS are all supported). ThinKiosk’s application interface combines remote VDI resources with any local applications you may want to provide, as well as access to certain Windows configuration options such as display resolutions and keyboard and mouse controls.
GIVE YOUR AGING PC A SECOND LIFE
Repurpose your aging PCs with ThinKiosk to further leverage your hardware investment, removing the need for a large upfront purchase of Thin Clients devices.
ThinKiosk allows you to:
Extend the life of your existing desktop estate
Add power saving features
Decrease start-up times
Secure the device for virtual desktop access or internet kiosk workloads
Provide a ‘simple to manage’ Thin Client platform for your users to access their business needs
END POINT MANAGEMENT
With ThinKiosk’s management console you can simply and securely scale your deployment to 1,000’s of end point devices. Centralized management allows you to troubleshoot, remotely manage, update configurations and even upgrade ThinKiosk’s client software remotely. ThinKiosk is hardware agnostic and can be deployed on any device capable of running Windows. ThinKiosk can be deployed using your existing software deployment infrastructure and has full support for SCCM and others.
With ThinKiosk you can create an enterprise wide, unified end user experience, regardless of the version of Windows you are running. With our highly customizable UI you can tailor ThinKiosk’s look and feel to your exact needs. Whether it is company branding, providing Wi-Fi awareness, published application support or simply changing local settings like mouse speed. ThinKiosk allows you to customize almost anything you want.
The most consistent complaint you will receive running Windows Thin Client is “Why doesn’t Ctrl+Alt+Del work?”. With ThinKiosk’s MagicFilter technology you can immediately negate this.
ThinKiosk’s MagicFilter is the only ThinClient capable of blocking Windows Secure Action Sequence (SAS) keys such as [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] and [Windows]+[L] and seamlessly redirecting them to the virtual desktop. This allows for a seamless user experience with no limitations.
MagicFilter is driverless and runs in the user’s session for the greatest security, compatibility and stability. MagicFilter works with Microsoft, Citrix and VMware* virtual desktops.
After installation any access to the windows OS is disabled. Users will only be able to launch their virtual or hosted desktops and of course any applications that the administrator deems appropriate. This gives full control to the administrator.
New with ThinKiosk is the release of the ThinKiosk Broker service. This will drastically reduce desk-to-desk visits by allowing you to centrally manage and report on your deployed devices making administrators lives easier and more productive.
With a keystroke and a password, your administrators can take control of the PC and get straight to work on fixing problems. Simply restarting or relocking the device will revert it back to its secure state.
Citrix ICA File, VMware View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services integration: You can now deploy ICA files to your users directly without the need for a web interface or storefront infrastructure. ThinKiosk has oodles of additional functionality for both VMware view and Microsoft RDS. You can quickly and easily deploy connection files to your users and ThinKiosk will do all the hard work for you. It handles the login information for you; it’s just a case of click and login. Simple!
When your PC’s reach the end of their natural life the ThinKiosk Client is perfectly capable and happy to be migrated and to run on Windows based Thin Clients. This gives you a roadmap to Thin Client devices while still maintaining the fresh and easy to use interface ThinKiosk offers that your users have become accustomed to. This means less explaining and training (and cost) for your administrators and users.
ThinKiosk client installation takes about 30 seconds on a PC and can be deployed from central extremely quickly. When coupled with the ThinKiosk broker service you have security, ease of use and central management in a matter of minutes.
The end result has turned a typical deployment of 8-24 hours of creating a working profile into 4-8 hours and the roll out to the PC’s from a few days to a matter of minutes.
No more complicated group policy objects
No need for a degree in VDI technologies
No need for prior experience with Windows Thin Client devices
You can deploy ThinKiosk to your PC via Group Policy or start-up script on next restart.
ThinKiosk can be instantly rolled back to the user’s desktop by simply instructing the user to hold [Shift] on log off, allowing the users to log back in as themselves. You can also roll back to the previous sate via the profile editor allowing you to revert the machine to PC status on next restart.
ThinKiosk leverages your local hardware, which is generally always better than the out of box hardware you will receive from a Thin Client vendor (At No Cost!). This allows for all the benefits of technologies like Citrix HDX, Microsoft RemoteFX and VMware’s PCOIP with zero limitation that you will experience with Linux devices.
The ThinKiosk client creates a local user account tuned for security and Thin Client access. This account is off domain and coupled with ThinKiosk’s policies and start-up script integration you can safely and easily take the machines off the domain reducing your attack platform.
The ThinScale connector aggregates resources from StoreFront and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services brokers. The new connector replaces the “receiver tab” aggregating all remote and local resources to a single pane.
For additional security ThinKiosk is the ONLY Thin Client technology for Windows capable of disabling Windows protected keystrokes [ctrl]+[alt]+[del] and passing these to the remote desktop with our MagicFilter technology.
Reduction in Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) – Not having to buy Thin Client hardware
If you choose to deploy ThinKiosk to your current PC’s instead of purchasing new hardware Thin Clients you can accrue an immediate saving of up to 90% of the cost of that hardware. Then as your current PC’s reach the end of their natural lives you may look at replacing them with hardware Thin Clients. This facilitates, a phased approach to the replacement, spreading the cost over a number of budget cycles and will ensure you can take advantage of ongoing falling hardware costs. It just makes strategic and financial sense when compared to the upfront big bang approach.
Full Return On Investment (ROI) – On CAPEX invested in current PC’s
All too often in business it is difficult to quantify ROI on CAPEX. In this case it is slightly easier. By deploying ThinKiosk and thus not having to dump your PC’s you are ensuring that each PC will deliver as much value as it possibly can. In fact the hardware may last longer operating as a Thin Client than it normally would with correct configuration of power management settings within Thin Kiosk. ThinKiosk ensures that the value promised when you originally purchased the PC’s will be delivered in full.
Are your current PC’s covered by Microsoft SA? If they are and you deploy ThinKiosk you will not need a CDL or VDA license for these devices. By converting your PC to a Thin Client it will not be covered by SA. This could save you up to $100 per year, per device!
OPEX will be reduced in two ways. Firstly by deploying ThinKiosk the need for a large-scale desk to desk programme replacing existing PC’s with Thin Client hardware is no longer necessary. This can represent a massive saving depending on the size of your VDI project. It is safe to say that in any medium size project extra staff would have to be hired. By using ThinKiosk a longer term structured plan can be put in place to be executed by current staff as the PC’s reach their end of their normal life.
At ThinScale we are not trying to sell you hardware and we are not trying to sell you a management stack. Thin Client software is what we do best and we intend to stay the best at it! We are proud of the agnostic nature of our product as we believe the customer should be able to choose the best solution to suit their needs. With ThinKiosk there is not
Whilst still restricting access to the PC, ThinKiosk empowers the user to configure the screen resolution, the keyboard and mouse and multimedia options including audio. As we said, sometimes it’s the little things in life!
Out with the old and in with the new! ThinKiosk has a sleek and stylish interface provided by DevExpress. This breathes new life into your older hardware in a style that your users will be familiar with. This new look and feel is completely configurable, from eight themes, to six backgrounds and any colour interface you or your user wishes. ThinKiosk has lots of choice.
ThinKiosk can be completely de-branded, allowing you to display a portal to your users that you are proud of, without your users feeling like they are in the middle of a vendor’s pitch! There is also the opportunity to include your companies branding. If you are interested in this aspect don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss your needs.
“We tested several products based on various criteria including, cost, ease of implementation, central management capability and user friendliness to name but a few. Based on our criteria, ThinKiosk scored the highest in all categories”
Dermot Hanley IT Manager The Irish Times
“We had a clear choice, get rid of half of our PC estate that was still viable or convert them into thin clients. By choosing to go with ThinKiosk we made a saving equivalent to over 10% of our annual IT budget.”
Christian Middag Systems & Networks Administrator Nijhof-Wassink
“Due to shrinking budgets, our school district had to find a way to extend the functional lifespan of our 16,000 Windows computers. Users love that MagicFilter makes their thin client behave like a regular computer…”
Brent Goerner Director of Technology Operations Allen Independent School District