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First look at the HDX Ready Pi: Enterprise Ready?

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At Citrix Synergy 2016 Citrix announced that ViewSonic and Micro Center have manufactured a HDX Ready Pi. This is a Raspberry Pi in a nice case including ThinLinx configured, so the Pi is ready to be used as a Thin Client without any software installation. With ThinLinx you can also the Thinlinx Managent Server to configure the Pi remotely. Citrix thinks the Pi is a nice alternative for a regular Thin Client for low costs (around $ 99). As a Citrix CTP we all got one HDX Ready Pi (thanks Chris Fleck). So after Synergy I was pretty enthusiastic about the Pi as a Thin Client and I would definitely to test the Pi and see if the device can already be used as a Thin Client within (Enterprise) companies.

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is nice small device, the powersupply is almost bigger than the device itself. The device has 4 USB ports, a 10/100 NIC, a mini-jack sound plug and a HDMI output. So currently the device is limited to one display. That is a pity while multiple monitors are getting more common. However Citrix already mentioned that they have ideas to solve this issue, how many monitors would be possible it at the moment unknown. Also noticeable is het ontbreken of a power button. If you want to turn the device off, you need to pull the power supply off the device. Probably this will be a missing feature for some people, but when the device is mounted behind the monitor (there is special mount available) it can be hard to find the button (but probably the power supply cord as well).

The ViewSonic device is already preconfigured and automatically starts Chronium (a Chromebased browser) which opens three browsertabs. One is opening the Citrix Cloud gateway, the others are sites about the Pi and Thinlinx. You can quickstart by entering the URL of your NetScaler Gateway or StoreFront and setting up a session. The device has a Citrix Receiver already installed on it. Besides for Citrix sessions the device is capable for setting up connection to all other kind of systems. Think of VCN, Telnet, Unix connections, but also a Microsoft RDP Session and VMware Horizon View.

Read the entire article here, First look at the HDX Ready Pi: Enterprise Ready?
via the amazing Wilco van Bragt.

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Wilco van Bragt founder and author of the VanBragt.Net Virtualization website. On this website Wilco publishes virtualization related product reviews, articles, reviews of freeware products and blogs about several virtualization topics and events. Wilco also writes for other well-known virtualization websites and is member of the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG) Steering board. Wilco also presents/presented on several events like BriForum, E2EVC, NGN, DuCUG and Citrix Synergy. After working for a couple of consulting firms as a senior technical consultant and technical project leader Wilco started his own freelance company VanBragt.Net Consultancy in April 2008. Wilco is also a RSVP (RES Software Valued Professional), Citrix CTP (Citrix Technology Professional) and a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) on RDS.

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