Service Pack 1 for Citrix' XenClient released
With Service Pack 1, the developers have made more than one hundred changes to XenClient 1.0, a solution designed to provide bare-metal notebook virtualisation. It's based directly on the hardware and is said to offer more security than the level 2 variant. If the hardware supports Intel's Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d), XenClient can provide direct graphics hardware access to a virtual machine (VM). Citrix has extended the compatibility list, which previously only included certain laptops from Dell, HP and Lenovo. Improvements also include various corrections to the hypervisor and to the Synchronizer responsible for connecting to the central server.
Source: Citrix Among the added candidates reportedly suitable for running XenClient are Lenovo's T510 and Panasonic's Toughbook 52. The developers have integrated Citrix FlexCast for transmitting high resolution videos via the Provisioning Services. They have also improved the audio playback and recording features, simplified the boot process and log-in procedure, extended the network configuration features and improved national language support.
The XenClient Synchronizer is now said to handle even unusual host names, and the user interface is reportedly compatible with various browsers. The Citrix developers also say they have improved the system's reliability when transmitting virtual machine images. The new version provides off-line support for caching Active Directory entries and offers improved reporting facilities in terms of storage usage and security features. With XenClient, users can run separate VMs for private and business use to avoid mixing their data. XenClient with SP1 is available to download after registration.
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