‘Ni hai hao ba?’ (Greetings)

I previously mentioned that our partnership with the Raspberry Pi foundation and ecosystem partners forged something revolutionary: the high performance, low-cost device, HDX Ready Pi. Sun Tzu once said, “let your plans be dark … and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” And indeed, the HDX Ready Pi has smashed through disbelief in the world of thin clients with performance only Citrix and the UK Engineering team can deliver. But let us test whether or not Pi is a worthy opponent in the Art of War.

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” This small and lightweight package delivers knockout performance at up to 1080p30 with JPEG and up to 1080p60 with H.264. Normally priced at $79, but currently available to Citrix customers for $59 (for a limited time … RUN HERE).

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” The HDX Ready Pi from Micro Center doubles as a hardened, zero client, or as a Raspberry Pi computer. To those looking for a high performance, locked-down device with HDX optimized Receiver built-in, look no further and select ThinLinX. Those looking for flexibility, choose Raspbian — however some additional steps needed to install the Citrix Receiver for Linux. Those skeptical, check this out.

Before we proceed, let us gather some wisdom: “There are not more than five musical notes [at least at this time], yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.” Here are some valuable shortcuts you can use to test, configure and troubleshoot:

  • 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

“When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” Who knew that Sun Tsu foresaw the need for computer resets? Pressing ctrl + alt + r  twice in 3 seconds resets the image to factory default.

“There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.” So how do you configure the resolution? The HDX Ready Pi auto-detects 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).

“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” History is littered with acquisitions and mergers that marked only the beginning for victors. But to succeed and thrive requires quick operationalisation of new employees and resources. Nothing gets companies there faster than Citrix Workspace Cloud and Wi-Fi on the HDX Ready Pi. Let’s see how we manage the 802.11 settings.

“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” The device boots to a secure Chromium browser now that we’ve enabled the wireless adapter. We can enable access to user applications and desktops by preconfiguring the Storefront URL. Follow these simple steps.

“So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.” Some companies prohibit browsers due to security concerns or user distractions. The HDX Ready Pi is a secure, zero client for many reasons. Here we practice the art of switching from Storefront via Web to Storefront using the native, Linux UI.

We all know the secrets to invoking TLXCONFIG. “Move swift as the Wind and close [it]…” for it won’t be long before your enemies find it. So, how do we lockdown the HDX Ready Pi?

“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.” Similarly, configuring each device, one-by-one, is “to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles.” But there is a smarter and more effective way to fleet management, and at no additional cost. “[that] is the acme of skill!”

There are multiple methods for device discovery with TMS. Here, we’ll outline how to find an HDX Ready Pi located on the same subnet using broadcast packets.

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” 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.

“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.” Has the HDX Ready Pi mastered the art of war? Next, I’ll look to share some videos around TMS. Please send me an email if you didn’t receive the answers needed.