Every desktop admin wrestles with the same “Catch-22″ – you want to lock down the desktop so users can’t break it. But when you do, you have users in your face because they can’t install their favorite unauthorized application. So you back down and give them local admin rights, and what happens? They break it. Now you have to fix it, and the cycle starts over again. But what if you could…
- Give a user a system that had two desktops installed – a corporate desktop that’s locked down the way you want it, and a personal desktop that the user can do whatever s/he wants with…and if the user breaks it, you just wipe it out and push a fresh one down.
- Insure that, whenever your roaming users connect to the Internet, any work they’ve produced is automatically backed up in the data center, and any critical patches or updates are automatically pushed out to their corporate desktop.
- Replace a lost or stolen laptop with a new one, and restore the entire corporate desktop to the state it was in when it last synchronized with the data center…and issue a “kill pill” so that when the lost or stolen laptop connects to the Internet, sensitive corporate data is wiped out.
With XenClient, you can do all of these things.
XenClient is a “Type 1″ (bare-metal) hypervisor that installs directly on the PC or laptop hardware. Once the XenClient hypervisor is installed, and the system is on the corporate network, you can push a desktop OS image – or more than one – to the system. The user can hot-key between the different desktops. And, unlike other client-side virtualization technologies that require a user to “check out” their virtual desktop, and don’t synchronize any changes until the virtual desktop is “checked in,” XenClient will initiate an HTTPS connection back to the data center whenever it’s connected to the Internet. This insures that business-related work files are constantly backed up to the data center, and that critical patches and updates are pushed out to the client. If the laptop is lost or stolen, simply get a new laptop, install XenClient on it, and restore the user’s own desktop image, complete with the latest copies of their files.