It's been a few weeks and my project is moving along very well. About a week ago Teradici sent me the latest firmware 3.2 for the zero clients. This firmware lets me have my exam rooms automatically log in with zero user intervention. We have 90 exam rooms and our EMR is secured separate to the workstations. How we normally handle exam room workstations is they auto login and launch the EMR software which then requires a separate authentication mechanism. Teradici was nice enough to give me the beta to the next major firmware release for their zero clients and I've gotta say it does the trick. I now have an entire clinic deployed and logging in without issue:
Something I've been missing in this blog is the sheer excitement I've had working on this project. When I came here they were ghosting images one at a time using a bootable USB key. I remember telling them they need to look into Provisioning or some VDI solution. Less than a year later and I'm already in the process of replacing a third of this network with View. That's pretty exciting.
For this latest deployment, I took my team and in about 15 minutes we replaced the current computers with the new zero client. All we had to do was plug everything in, keyboard, mouse, printer, printer and power. Took longer to haul everything out than to hook up the client. After the client was hooked up we came back to our offices clicked a few buttons. Specifically we followed this work flow:
PCoIP Management Console
Change Client Name
Assign to correct Group
Update Firmware to Beta Code 3.2
Create the CUSTOM-USER
Add user to View-DEPARTMENT group
Assign user to desktop
Setup Kiosk Mode in terminal
Sounds like a lot of work but it took me maybe 15 minutes to do 5. I think I could do 100 units in an hour if I was doing them all at once. The most beautiful thing was walking back downstairs after this, roughly 15 minutes after we physically installed the zero client, and seeing that all of the clients where connected to a Windows XP VM and our EMR was launched asking for the password.
Obvoiusly we did a lot of work getting our XP image perfect and setting up Group Policies and such. But you do this with Ghost or with Provisioning software, or if you are doing it manually, so that's not really a concern. The beautiful thing is with Linked Clones once I had this single image built I deployed it in minutes and I created 15 desktops. The really nifty thing is as I need to increase my desktops I just change that number 15 to whatever I want, say 20, and I'll have those additional 5 desktops built in minutes. This is a HUGE improvement in how we do things here, saving money for our Students, and making everything better.
I could be a spokes person.