Release: Leostream Connection Broker 6.5

Leostream Corporation, a developer of virtual hosted desktop software, today announced the release of Leostream Connection Broker 6.5, which further eases management of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and continues to improve the quality of the end-user experience.

Leostream Connection Broker 6.5 improves the end-user experience with an enhanced Web client that now recognizes registry plans, printer plans, and user role settings.

The enhanced Web client provides a more user-friendly and customizable interface for end-users accessing their desktops and applications.The most widely deployed, vendor-independent technology of its kind, the Leostream Connection Broker enables IT managers to maximize the value of existing IT investments by easily integrating an array of clients, back-end systems and viewers to create a hosted VDI.

Additionally, the Connection Broker integrates easily with existing network infrastructure with no changes to essential data center systems, such as authentication services and SSL VPNs. Once integrated, the Connection Broker provides a flexible set of policies for exact implementation of business rules for system administrators, users and machines.

The Connection Broker 6.5 also offers dynamic client display matching. With this feature, Connection Broker administrators can create display plans that automatically match the layout and resolution of the client displays for viewer protocols that support it, such as RDP and HP RGS. With this capability, end users’ virtual desktops will automatically span and orient themselves correctly in multi-monitor setups.

In another improvement to the end-user experience, Leostream Connection Broker 6.5 now provides streamlined access to XenApp applications and desktops. This Web client uses the Citrix Client for Java to launch an ICA session, which removes the need for an installed XenApp plug-in to be launched from the Web client.

Finally, the Connection Broker can now log a user into a machine as a local user while still being authenticated by OpenLDAP. In this way, the Connection Broker supports scenarios in which users log into desktops that are not part of the Active Directory domain, but still need authentication by OpenLDAP.

On the management side, Leostream Connection Broker 6.5 includes a number of enhancements that simplify administration of the VDI:

  • Search: Administrators can now search at a global or a table level to locate desktops, users and clients more quickly, simplifying the management of large deployments;
  • Connection Broker Updates: The Connection Broker automatically indicates when an update is available and provides a one-click update process;
  • Logging: Log-ins and assignments are now captured in the Connection Broker log files. Administrators can search for these events and create filters to make the logs more usable and extensible in large VDI envirionments;
  • Client Locations: Client locations can now be defined using subnet maps that specify a network mask length and a target range for the source and destination; and
  • Cisco VPN Client Support: Leostream can now automatically establish a VPN tunnel for Cisco VPN clients.

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