Finally! ThinOS 8.1 is released

It has been a long time that we are talking about the 8.1 release. There has been a back and forth in  the development and release of this new version. But the wait is over.

Today Dell released the latest and greatest version of its successful and for me the best Thin Client OS in the market.

Some of you already had the chance to beta test this version or ever get the final code directly from one of the Dell SEs. But now it is posted on the Selfservice Portal for general access – at least if you have a valid maintenance contract.

There is no new firmware version for the D10DP/5010 with PCoIP or 5213/5040 AIO with PCoIP. They have to wait for the next release to get all these new features.

I have uploaded the new Admin and INI guide to this site. Check the Download section – ThinOS.

Here is a list of new features in 8.1_027 release:

  • Flash Redirection: Offload flash content to ThinOS client and locally render/decode the flash playback. This is currently for ICA connections only
  • Imprivata WebAPI v4 support
  • Caradigm SSO & CM Server
  • ICA Supercodec/RDP H.264
  • ICA
    1)Multicast support in VDMM (Virtual Driver Multi-Media)
    2)SuperCodec support in VDTW (Virtual Driver ThinWire)
    3)Keyboard Timer support
    4)Mouse’s snap to position
    5)Seek support in VDMM
  • VPN – OpenConnect
  • Citrix UPD
  • Log unexpected error messages from web servers
  • USB 3.0 on Z10D
  • RDP dynamic resizing
  • Create ini options to change BIOS features
  • Present the H/W configuration in ThinOS UI from BIOS
  • NetScaler User-Agent change: Before this change you’d have to create a new NS policy to check for “WTOS/1.0” in the User-Agents HTTP Header. Now ThinOS reports WTOS/1.0 and CitrixReceiver in the header. Therefore, you still can devide between standard clients and ThinOS, but you do not have to.

AD Group INI

Starting with ThinOS version 8.0_411 Dell has integrated a new option for INI file handling.

Now you can assign INI files based on AD group membership.
To do this you have to create a new folder beneath the /wnos/ini folder. It is called “adgroup”.
In this folder you can put INI files which are named like AD groups. Each AD group has to start with a predefined prefix.
In your global wnos.ini file you have to define this prefix first. Beside that you have to use SignOn=NTLM.
The full string could look like this:
SignOn=NTLM AdGroupPrefix=”ThinOS-“
Now create new groups in your AD which all start with “ThinOS-“ or whatever you have defined in your wnos.ini. Put the appropriate users in these groups and create the already mentioned INI files like this:
Group nesting is not supported nor the membership in more than one group. The first matching group will be used.