Convert your current PC’s into VDI ready thin clients.
Please note: ThinKiosk has a new home, http://www.thinscaletechnology.com. This post will be left in place for referencing ThinKiosk pre version 4, this page should not be considered current or accurate.
With alot of uncertainty in the Citrix Thin Client market (Citrix SoC), the increasing demands for client offloading (HDX redirection), the hype created by VDI and the abundance of suitable hardware in your current infrastructure, there has never been a greater time to consider reusing this hardware as thin clients.
Using your current aging or end of life hardware to provide a platform to connect to your VDI environment can greatly reduce the cost of your VDI project. Recycling your current pc’s can also provide you a stop gap solution to allow you to sweat your current assets.
With all this in mind I recently set about evaluating free products in this market.
I tested both Linux based distro’s and the Citrix Desktop appliance lock with disappointing results.
- The linux devices had driver related issues and didnt support the full feature list of Citrix’s HDX technologies.
- The Citrix Desktop Appliance lock (although a great solution) lacked control and flexibility.
The product I have developed, ThinKiosk, is a lightweight .Net framework application designed to replace the shell of the pc it runs on. ThinKiosk is free to use and the source code will also be available for further development.
How does it work?
ThinKiosk integrates a secure browser window that is designed to leverage the configuration and flexibility provided by the Citrix Web interface.
ThinKiosk allows the users to use multiple desktops, applications etc and adds additional configuration options to empower the user. Allowing users to configure screen resolution, keyboard, audio etc without allowing too much access to the pc.
ThinKiosk replaces the windows shell allowing you to use the pc’s as kiosks or launch pads to your VDI environment.
Why use ThinKiosk?
"ThinKiosk has over 20,000 registered instances running in enterprises today"
ThinKiosk allows companies to leverage all of the Citrix HDX components on top of hardware capable of client side rendering, at no additional cost.
As ThinKiosk will run on Windows devices, you can use your current antivirus and Windows Update products to manage these devices. No extra configuration, no messing.
With ThinKiosk you can present multiple desktops or individual applications to whoever logs into the kiosk.
With ThinKiosk, the Citrix Web interface or cloud gateway is your jump off platform. Using one platform for all internal and external entry points to your VDI environment is native and easy for your users.
Can I use ThinKiosk on my current Thin Clients?
Many customers need to and do deploy Windows based thin clients to address Windows dependencies or client applications.
ThinKiosk works really well with vendor provided Thin Clients solutions, to provide a clean and simple user interface on Windows Thin Clients without compromising on user experience.
ThinKiosk has been deployed by many customers in HP Thin Clients with very happy results.
What about licensing?
ThinKiosk is free to use for any individual or business. So feel free to use it! If you do decide to implement it I do ask that you let me know how you get on, I really value feedback.
That being said, I don’t consent to ThinKiosk being used as follows:
- Included as part of a bundle package.
- Integrated into a “paid for” service
- Sold as a service.
What VDI technologies does it work with?:
ThinKiosk is tested on the following VDI platforms and confirmed working:
- Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.
- Citrix VDI in a Box.
- Citrix XenApp.
- Citrix XenDesktop.
- Quest vWorkspace (limited testing).
- RES Software Virtual Desktop Extender.
- VMWare View (Via Process Launcher).
Is ThinKiosk available in native Languages?:
Yes! at present ThinKiosk is available in the following languages:
if you have a need for an additional language, let me know.
Where Can I learn more?
To read up on some of the features included with ThinKiosk, head over to the features page.
To grab a copy of ThinKiosk and start playing, head over to the downloads page.
To find out more about ThinKiosk, how to install it or how to configure machines to use thinkiosk please use the links below: