“Its [XenClient’s] local client hypervisor handled disconnected and poorly-connected scenarios flawlessly”

~ Michael Otey, Windows IT Pro

That was used to describe XenClient Enterprise in a recent review by Michael Otey of Windows IT Pro, who found that XenClient “makes centralized management of mobile devices [laptops] easy” and that it allowed users to “easily migrate to new devices within minutes.” XenClient is a client virtualization solution that extends the benefits of XenDesktop to corporate laptops and makes PCs more manageable, reliable, and secure. It allows end users to run virtual desktops locally on the hottest new laptops, PCs, and Ultrabooks while giving IT central control and security.

The Citrix Synchronizer management server centrally creates, deploys, and manages Windows VMs that are downloaded and run locally by XenClient-enabled devices. These VMs are then synchronized in the background with the golden image that resides on the Synchronizer server to receive the latest patches and updates from IT when users are connected to the network. After testing how the Synchronizer enables IT “to easily deploy new desktops and to manage desktop images”onXenClient-enabled devices, Michael commented that “creating and deploying new virtual machines with XenClient is a piece of cake.”

Moreover, the Synchronizer enforces granular, role-based policies on XenClient devices to protect these endpoints with security policies such as remote wipe/kill, VM expiration, and VM lockout. Michael used these policy controls and role-based management to make it “easy to manage large number of users and devices.” In addition, XenClient offers complete isolation of VMs and AES-256 full disk encryption, which according to Michael, “offers a number of layers of security.”

Using XenClient with XenDesktop enables users to switch between local and hosted desktops with ongoing synchronization of user profiles and data, allowing users to work on their laptop and then seamlessly switch to any device to access their hosted virtual desktop. Moreover, users can easily access both their local and hosted virtual desktops on their XenClient device since Citrix Receiver is built-in to XenClient.

As the local mode of XenDesktop, XenClient is included free with XenDesktop Enterprise or Platinum as well as Citrix Workspace Suite. For more information about XenClient, download and evaluate it in your environment for free or visit the XenClient product page. Finally, read the entire review of XenClient by Michael Otey of Windows IT Pro to learn how it can benefit both your IT administrators and users.

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