Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Differences of CCBoot Solution

Differences of CCBoot Solution and VDI Mode

What is the difference between CCBoot as a solution and the Citrix N-series thin clients?

Citrix solution adopts the VDI mode, which is a Remote Desktop mode that all applications are running on the server, the client is equivalent to be the remote control desktop, and the server acts as a virtual machine of the client remote control the server. But for CCBoot, all applications are actually running on the client. The differences are:

1) Citrix (VDI mode) has higher requirements on the server.
2) For Citrix, the client system is not actually running on the local machine, instead, it is running on the server's virtual machine.

Citrix, VMWare and Microsoft solutions all adopt the VDI mode. VDI mode can be useful, but it is not always the solution, it is running on the server's virtual machine, which is hard to get the real expriences on the clients. Besides, there may be a number of configurations, and probably application loadings aren't work or poorly performing on VMWare. VMWare produces 20% of a raw system's performance, but unique device connected to the system cannot be accessed through VMWare (VDI mode).

CCBoot Client on Windows 7 Embedded

CCBoot Client can be run on Windows Embedded Standard 7. To avoid some problems during the process, you can check the following notes.
1. Compared with the full version of Windows, Windows Embedded needs Microsoft updates.
2. Activate the iSCSI initiator of Microsoft, and then go to the Device Manager and install the iSCSI initiator
3. If you have problem when configure more than one image (different languages) to boot on the same physical machine, please check whether there’s a problem with active directory. 
Go to the local security policy -> Local policies -> security options, and look for the parameters "Domain members: Disable machine account password change", this parameter must be activated.
Take English version image and French versioin image for example, in the English version, that parameter is activated by default, but in the French one, that parameter is always disabled, so please activate it.
4. If you failed to diskless boot multiple specifications with one image by using the provided drivers in CCBoot PNP tool, please try the NIC drivers of their manufacturers.
5. For the updates and drivers of Windows Embedded Standard 7, you also have to consider the OS (Windows 7 32bit or 64bit).