Barry Coombs on Converting a PC to a Thin Client with the IGEL UDC 3 – Video
There are many reasons you may decide to convert an existing PC or Laptop into an IGEL thin client and indeed probably an equal number of ways on how to achieve this. For me, we frequently look to repurpose existing PCs that customers are utilizing during a VDI POC or an initial rollout where there has been an investment in PCs recently or simply where there isn’t sufficient budget to replace legacy PCs with dedicated thin clients.
Simply installing the Horizon or Citrix client on the users existing PCs is not the best solution to existing performance problems or application / OS issues will remain and could potentially affect the VDI experience. We have rebuilt PCs from the ground up and then used group policies to apply a lock down OS with only the VDI client available however this can be time-consuming. By installing a thin client operating system to the legacy PC you are able to gain the management and security benefits of a thin client with a lot simpler conversion process. Obviously, you will still be missing the power saving benefits of a true thin client model.
In this video, I demonstrate how to repurpose an 8+-year-old laptop into a secure, centrally managed IGEL Thin Client utilizing their Universal Desktop Converter 3 software. From beginning to end the process takes approximately 5 minutes and when complete you get the vast majority of benefits and centralized administration that you would expect from an IGEL thin client.
This video is from the fine folks at ComputerWorld Group.