Hewlett Packard enhances thin clients with freebies

Integration with Active Directory, improvements to terminal emulation and better RDP round out the goods.

IT shops using Hewlett-Packard thin clients can expect some enhancements to improve their devices' multimedia capabilities and manageability.

HP said this week that Device Manager 4.0 will integrate with Microsoft's Active Directory, thereby giving IT managers access to richer detail about thin clients on their network. IT managers no longer need to manually add in users, passwords or assign grouping structures, said Dave Miller, product manager of manageability at HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif.

The company also improved connectivity and communication functions of its TeemTalk terminal emulation software, making PC and thin client versions look the same. TeemTalk gives thin client devices access to a host in the data center. This common view could help reduce training for staff who work with both devices, Miller said.

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  • The company also said it will offer an enhanced version of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), with better streaming media and USB device support, at no additional charge.

    Nelson Ruest, a Victoria, BC-based IT consultant said that the RDP enhancements will be a savings for IT managers using VMware's View since VMware's enhancements cost additional money. "HP including them for free in the client is a good idea," Ruest said.

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