Connecting Dell OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 to a Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Environment

Citrix VDI-in-a-box is a desktop virtualization product that provides easily established and maintained VDI environments.Thin clients are set up to take advantage of what VDI-in-a-box has to offer.This section provides information on how to configure Dell OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 thin client running Devon Terminal Operating System (DeTOS), Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 2009, and WES 7 to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box.

DeTOS

Your Dell OptiPlex system running DeTOS comes pre-installed with Java Web Start and Citrix receiver. These applications enable you to create connections to Citrix's VDI-in-a-Box via the java web interface.

Creating a New Connection to VDI-in-a-Box

You must first determine the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the VDI-in-a-Box vdiManager.
To enable DeTOS-based thin clients to connect to the Cirtix VDI-in-a-box server:

1. Open the DeTOS Control Panel.
2. Click Kaviza in the Connections section.
3. Click Add to create a new Kaviza connection.

The New Connection window opens.

4. In New Connection, enter a new name for this connection.
5. Click OK.

The Kaviza Connection window opens.

6. In JNLP Location, enter the location of the vdiclient.jnlp file. This is typically in the form of http://<IP address of vdiManager>/dt/vdiclient.jnlp.

NOTE: Select Autostart if you want to automatically launch this session each time the thin client completes its boot procedure

7. Click Apply.
A window confirming the saved settings is displayed.
8. Click OK.
An icon for the Kaviza connection is displayed on your desktop.
9. Double-click the Kaviza desktop icon.
A message prompts you about a security warning.
10. Click Yes.
A message asking you to run the application is displayed.
11. Click Run.
12. Enter your User name and Password to connect to Kaviza.

Windows Embedded Standard

In Windows Embedded Standard (WES) 2009, you must download the J2SE Runtime Environment or the JRE version 1.4 or greater. To download, you must log in as an Administrator and disable File-Based Write Filter (FBWF).

NOTE: To install language packs, prior installation of Java is recommended, as the language packs require 800 MB free space to complete the installation process.

Java is pre-installed in WES 7 units. However, it is recommended that you update to the latest version of Java. To update, you must log in as an Administrator and disable the FBWF.

Installing Third-Party Licensed Software

You can install third party licensed software if there is adequate space on the flash media. To install the software:

1. Log in as Administrator.
2. Click Start -> All Programs -> FBWFGUI.
3. Click Disable FBWF to temporarily disable the write filter.
4. Click Apply.
5. Restart the terminal.
6. Log in as Administrator and install the new software.

NOTE: After installation, verify if the application is working as expected.

7. Launch the FBWF Manager.
8. Click Enable FBWF.

9. In the Basic Exclusions tab, select Enabled Documents and Settings for Everyone and Enabled Persistent Registry.
10. Click Apply.
11. Restart the terminal.

Creating a Connection to VDI-in-a-Box

NOTE: Before installing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, you must download Java on your system. For free Java download, go to http://www.java.com/en/download.

To create a connection to VDI-in-a-Box:

1. Right-click on the desktop and select New -> Make a new Shortcut .
The Create Shortcut window is displayed.
2. Browse to find the location of the javaws file, or type c:\program files\Java\jre6\bin\javaws.exe

3. Click Next.
4. Enter a name for the new shortcut.
A Java webstart icon is created.
5. Right-click on the Java icon and select Properties  -> Shortcut .

6. In Target, add a space after the existing content and type the address of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box vdiManager. This is typically in the form of http://<vdiManager IP address>/dt/vdiclient.jnlp.
7. Click Apply.
The OK button becomes active.
8. Click OK.
9. On the desktop, click the Kaviza (java) icon to start the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box client.
A message prompts you about a security warning.
10. Click Run.
11. Enter your User name and Password to log in to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box.

Connecting to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Using the Internet Browser

To connect to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box using the Internet browser:

1. Open your Internet browser and in the address bar, type the IP address of the Citrix VDI-in-a-Box vdiManager.
A message about a website security problem is displayed.
2. Click Continue to this website.
The VDI-in-a-Box console window opens.
3. Enter your User name and Password to access a virtual desktop.


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