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AnywhereTS

AnywhereTS Pro

Create and configure thin clients unlimited
unlimited
Configure network boot servers (TFTP)
unlimited unlimited
Configure IP Lease servers (DHCP)
unlimited unlimited
Connect to Microsoft Windows Terminal Server servers 
unlimited unlimited
Connect to Citrix XenApp server
unlimited unlimited

User Control Panel

up to 5*
50/250/unlimited**
Client support: Serial port redirection up to 5* YES

Client support: Individual client names

up to 5* 50/250/unlimited**
Client support: auto login (for kiosks etc) up to 5* 50/250/unlimited**
Client support: local USB flash drive redirection
up to 5* 50/250/unlimited**
Advanced client settings
YES
Client boot from network (PXE) YES YES
Client boot from CD-R YES YES
Client boot from hard disk YES
Client boot from USB flash drive YES
Vendor-backed support
YES
Community-based support forum YES YES

*) AnywhereTS users get a FREE 5-client license of AnywhereTS Pro for managing the thin clients.

**) Depending on purchased edition of AnywhereTS Pro

 

Create and configure thin clients

AnywhereTS is a tool to configure and manage office PCs converted to thin clients. The free version of AnywhereTS can create an unlimited amount of tailored thin client configurations, but requires re-configuration if any settings change. AnywhereTS Pro is a management console for the generation, reconfiguration and monitoring of all generated soft thin clients ('managed clients').

 

Configure network boot servers (TFTP)

A TFTP server is required when booting clients from the network. The TFTP server contains the bootable images for the network booted clients. If your network does not contain a TFTP server, AnywhereTS provides one. The TFTP server is also used for configuration of managed clients.

If you do not use network booted clients or managed clients, a TFTP server is not required.


Configure IP lease servers (DHCP)

A DHCP server is required when booting clients from the network. The DHCP server contains network boot parameters for the clients. This configuration can be automatically managed by AnywhereTS if using a Microsoft DHCP server. If your network uses a third-party DHCP server, a manual configuration is needed to use network boot.

A DHCP server is also used for IP leases, which is normally used even if no network boot is used. AnywhereTS and network booted clients do not interfere with this function.

 

Connect to Microsoft Windows Terminal Server servers

The client PC boots using AnywhereTS and connects to a Microsoft Terminal Server using the RDP protocol. For Windows 2003/2008 Server, the client supports network drives (local CD-ROM, local floppy, USB flash drive) and local audio. Windows Server 2000 does not support network drives and local audio.

 

Connect to Citrix XenApp servers

The client PC boots using AnywhereTS and connects to a Citrix XenApp server (previously known as Citrix Metaframe and Citrix Presentation Server) using the Citrix ICA protocol.


User Control Panel

The user control panel is similar to other Windows XP control panels, and lets the users configure some common settings on their own client PC.

Settings include

  • Default username for login screen
  • Screen resolution
  • Mouse sensitivity
  • Audio volume

This reduces PC tech support for trivial tasks which the users can do by themselves.

 

Client support: Serial port redirection

AnywhereTS supports redirection of serial ports ("COM ports"). This is useful for specialized hardware such as bar code readers, card readers, signature readers etc that connects to the client PC serial port.

 

Client support: Individual client names

AnywhereTS supports setting distinct individual names for clients, sometimes required by e.g. hard copy accounting software.

Individual names also help PC tech support staff remember which computer goes with which user for end-user support.

 

Client support: auto login (for kiosks etc)

AnywhereTS can be configured to generate a client that logs in automatically to a specified Windows account. This is useful for kiosk applications or public uses where log-in security is not necessary.

 

Client support: local USB flash drive redirection

AnywhereTS supports common USB flash drives (a.k.a Thumbdrives or USB memory stick). The inserted USB flash drive will be accessible as a network drive in the user session.

Network drives are not available in Windows Server 2000 when using RDP/RDC, but Windows Server 2000 with Citrix XenApp supports drive redirection.

 

Advanced client settings

AnywhereTS Pro contains some settings which advanced users may require. This includes options like connecting using RDP on a non-standard TCP/IP port, special client device configuration options or setting the default NumLock status.

 

Client boot from network (PXE)

Client network boot requires a network card with PXE support. With PXE configured as boot device, the client PC will retrieve its running system from the network. This requires properly configured DHCP and TFTP servers, which AnywhereTS will automatically configure.

With a 100Mbit local area network, a client PC will boot from power-on to login screen in approximately 40 seconds.

 

Client boot from CD-R

If network boot is not available or desirable, the client can boot from a CD-R disc in the local client PC CD-ROM drive. The CD-R disc is made on the AnywhereTS workstation and requires third-party CD burning software, which usually comes with the CD-R drive.

 

Client boot from hard disk

AnywhereTS Pro has the option of putting the AnywhereTS thin client operating system directly on the local client PC's hard disk. The hard disk is erased in the process and it cannot be used for other storage if this option is selected.

 

Client boot from USB flash drive

AnywhereTS Pro can use a USB flash drive to boot the thin client PC. This requires a client PC BIOS with USB flash drive boot support. The USB flash drive is configured and loaded on the AnywhereTS workstation and moved to the client PC for production use. The USB flash drive needs to be inserted in the client PC at all times when the thin client is in use.

 

Vendor-backed support

AnywhereTS Pro comes with direct email support to an assigned support staff member. Email support is intended to solve issues with deployment of AnywhereTS Pro, and to answer questions and offer recommendations for how to set up and manage a thin client system based on AnywhereTS Pro.


Community-based forum support

There is a web-forum available at http://anywherets.com/board

The forum offers information, success stories and solutions for issues, and is frequented by users and our staff.