Many of you know me from virtualization, mobile and embedded device events throughout the years. You’ve experienced the growing pains of endpoints and the evolution of user experience—some good and some not so good. But our partnership with the Raspberry Pi foundation and ecosystem partners has brought about something revolutionary: high performance in a low-cost device!
Wait, what?! You haven’t heard of Raspberry Pi?!
HDX Ready Pi, of course, is an exciting cost-effective, high-performance, HDX-capable device. It delivers blazing performance—thanks to Muhammad Dawood’s extracurricular activities—at a sub-$99 price: up to 1080p30 with JPEG and up to 1080p60 with H.264. That’s right: H.264 for HDX 3D performance! Now, who wouldn’t get excited about that?
At Citrix Synergy, we announced partnerships with two companies—ViewSonic and Micro Center—to deliver a zero client solution to market. Here, we share our first-hand experience with configuring an HDX Ready Pi from ViewSonic.
In case you don’t already have an HDX Ready Pi, you can ride shotgun and experience our virtual HDX Ready Pi from the comfort of your own seat. Let’s start with the first boot experience. Simple … just plug it in and let it run.
Let’s dig into some local settings that’ll fine tune the HDX Ready Pi, but first, here are some valuable shortcuts to test, configure and troubleshoot with.
- ctrl + alt + c — launches TLXCONFIG
- ctrl + alt + t — launches a terminal console
- ctrl + alt + d — switches desktop workspace
- ctrl + alt + s — enables shadowing mode using VNC
- ctrl + alt + v — launches the ALSA mixer for sound country
- ctrl + alt + r — invoked twice in 3 seconds to reset image to factory default
Ok, let’s start with how to manually configure the resolution. The HDX Ready Pi will attempt to auto-detect a monitor’s resolution, but sometimes the aspect ratio may differ, causing black borders to the left and right (e.g. whenever using 6:10 vs. 6:9).
I’ve mentioned a lot of things about the HDX Ready Pi from low-cost to high performance to HDX 3D capable. But one thing I haven’t mentioned is that it’s built with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We’ve seen many acquisitions and mergers in recent days; no need to look any further than the tech industry or healthcare or retail. Citrix and wireless go together like peanut butter and jelly, helping customers quickly and efficiently continue operations in consolidations. So, let’s take a look at managing the 802.11 settings.
Now that we’ve enabled the wireless adapter, let’s get the HDX Ready Pi to work for you. The device boots up to a secure Chromium browser, but we need to point this to Storefront to get to business. Follow these simple steps.
Don’t care for a browser experience? Maybe your company’s SOP (standard operating procedure) prohibits browsers? No sweat! The HDX Ready Pi is a secure, zero client for many reasons. Let’s look at how we switch connection protocols (i.e. HTML vs. HDX).
We all know the secret handshake to invoke TLXCONFIG. No, it’s not ctrl + alt + del, but it won’t be difficult for persistent users to find. So, how do we lock the HDX Ready Pi out? View on …
Alright, I can hear the burning the question already: “Isn’t there a way to centrally manage the HDX Ready Pi?” Drumroll please … use ViewSonic Device Manager. Did I already mention that HDX Ready Pi is a high performance, cost effective device? Well, not only do you get the cost of a secure, locked down OS, but you also get a highly optimized Citrix Receiver. Tell me more? You also get a centralized management tool for no additional cost!
First, there are multiple methods for device discovery. Here, I’ll show you how to find an HDX Ready Pi located on the same subnet using a broadcast mechanism from VDM.
The one downside to broadcast mechanisms is that it’s typically restricted to the same subnet. Here’s how to manually configure an HDX Ready Pi to traverse networks, be discovered and be managed.
Well, that’s it for now. Next, I’ll look to share some videos around VDM. Please send me an email if you didn’t get the answers that you’re looking for.