VDI-in-a-Box 5.4

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 delivers a simple, affordable, personal VDI, running on the latest Windows and hypervisors, with power tools for IT to support several advanced use cases.

Full Windows 8.1 support

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 now supports HDX and RDP connections to Windows 8.1 virtual desktops. This will provide the best user experience with enhancements in 3D application support, new H.264 SuperCodec, and reduced bandwidth consumption. With the VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 release, personal desktops (PVD) will be available on Windows 8.1, providing a personalized user experience on the latest Windows desktop OS.

Advanced Use Cases

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 now works with customers’ existing investments in SAN and other storage solutions by adding shared storage support on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Shared storage is supported on Microsoft Server Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 enables simple and affordable VDI for education with direct access from Chromebooks. Version 5.4 includes built-in HTML5 device support, enabling devices without native Citrix Receiver to work “out of the box” with VDI-in-a-Box virtual desktops via a built-in HTML5 Receiver and no separate StoreFront deployment.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 helps businesses stay compliant with support for multiple computer domains. Each golden image can be assigned to any of the configured computer domains. Desktops can be segregated into different domains if your business requires such segregation for security, regulatory or compliance reasons.

In a shared lab setting, VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 supports follow-me desktops for teachers while providing shared user accounts to students. Follow-me desktops is a template property with a per-template configuration of on/off. It allows a shared user account for students and more personal, follow-me desktops for teachers.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 provides a peace of mind for customers to be able to preserve and grow their investment in Citrix technologies. Version 5.4 now includes wizard-driven migrations to Citrix XenDesktop. Images can be exported for use in creating machine catalogs, and PowerShell scripts can be generated to duplicate VDI-in-a-Box template configuration and user assignments in a XenDesktop environment.

Enhanced IT experience

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 provides support for streamlined IT workflows to pilot image updates before rolling out to production users. Images can be saved under a new name using ‘Image Save As’, allowing admins to easily create image backups, or experiment with Windows updates and application patches. Pooled desktop templates can be reassigned to new base images to pilot image updates with select users before rolling out to all users.

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 provides an improved SSL certificate wizard to install and manage new or existing SSL certificates. The command line and Java keytool is no longer needed. You can upload and install existing SSL certificates and specify multiple host names when creating new CA-signed or self-signed certificates.

The helpdesk can offer users remote assistance in real time with VDI-in-a-Box 5.4. Now integrated in the VDI-in-a-Box Admin console, a helpdesk admin can remotely mirror user sessions using the Microsoft Remote Assistance feature.

Stay current with latest technologies

VDI-in-a-Box 5.4 supports the latest Windows and hypervisor technologies including XenServer 6.2, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2, and VMware vSphere / ESX 5.5. No matter what platform you run, VDI-in-a-Box takes advantage of the best that these platforms have to offer. Version 5.4 also provides Windows Server 2012 R2 as a virtual desktop in a Windows 8.1 skin and allows IT to leverage Microsoft SPLA licensing.