New Features

VERDE support for RX-300

VERDE 8.2 now supports our own NComputing RX-300 thin client. The RX-300 is an enhanced ARM based Raspberry Pi-3 device that provides support for the following features.

  • Pre-installed VERDE client software including USB redirection
  • Support for the NComputing award winning UXP protocol as well as the standard Microsoft RDP protocol
  • A physical power on / off button – no need to pull the power cord to turn off the device
  • Support for dual monitor with the attached NComputing dual monitor adapter (sold separately)
  • Remote management of the RX-300 using the NComputing Pi Management Console (PMC)
  • Ability to switch between VERDE Client and native Raspbian OS modes
  • USB redirection is supported for RDP and UXP Protocols on Windows-64 guests

VERDE support for UX 2.0

The NComputing UXP protocol has been added to those available to VERDE host/guest communications. The features provided by the use of the UXP protocol include:

  • Improved media streaming performance using the proprietary vCAST streaming
  • Compatibility with both NComputing’s vSpace session-based virtualization solution and VERDE 8.2
  • Improved compression algorithm with UXP 2 lowering bandwidth consumption up to 43%

New VERDE license management process and key

VERDE now supports the NComputing License management protocol and process.

Product registration and licensing are now managed by the NComputing Cloud-based Management Portal. All newly registered VERDE 8.2 installations automatically receive trial seat licenses upon successful registration.

Paid seat licenses can be obtained by contacting your NComputing reseller or logging in to the NComputing Management Portal to use a credit card to directly purchase the desired number of licenses. The Management Portal is now the master repository of your seat licenses. Licenses can be deallocated and reallocated across all of your VERDE deployments. This provides flexibility in managing your VERDE 8.2 deployment including fresh installs on new servers. The Management Portal always retains your licenses.

Gold image now supports both QCOW2 and QCOW3 image file formats

VERDE gold images will now be created using the industry-standard QCOW3 format. QCOW2 images are also supported so there is no needs to migrate earlier version QCOW2 images to QCOW3. QCOW3 offers improved performance and uses less disk space than QCOW2 formatted images.

VERDE core package upgrades

  • VERDE 8.2 has been upgraded to use QEMU-KVM version 2.10 offering superior performance and emulation support for the latest physical devices.
  • Virt-IO has been upgraded to the latest stable release.

QXL is automatically selected for Linux images

In prior releases, certain Linux image types required the admin to add the QXL drivers manually. This is now automatically handled by VERDE.

New client and guest support

Verde now supports these additional end-points and guest images: End-point devices:

  • RX-300 thin client
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10 creator edition
  • Mint Cinnamon 18.x
  • Red Hat and CentOS 6.9 and 7.0
  • Fedora 26

Gold Images

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10 creator edition
  • Red Hat and CentOS 6.9 and 7.0
  • Mint –Cinnamon 18.x
  • Linux Lite

Web Services restart

Web services used by VERDE are now monitored and restarted if the web service process stops unexpectedly.

Cache IO refresh button added to the maintenance tab

Administrators can now manually reset the server gold image cache.

MC log file auto delete function added

The MC log files are saved on a per day basis and it is now possible to limit the number of days that these logs are saved. The setting for the number of days of log file storage can be set in the maintenance tab of the VERDE management console.

A warning message has been added prior to deleting a user’s image file

When a local user is removed from the list of valid VERDE end users the user’s image file is deleted. In VERDE 8.2 a warning message is provided to the operator so he can choose to back-up the image file before it is deleted.

Additional Support for RX300 and UXP protocol

Additional support is available for NComputing’s RX300 and UXP protocol, including support for NComputing’s Chrome browser-based VCAST add-on, which will offer smoother streaming of YouTube and Windows Media videos to the end-user device. Please note: If you are using UXP/vCast, you should download the 2.2.6 version of the VLC software and install it in the gold image.

Other Improvements

Various minor UI and UX improvements have been made throughout the management and UC5.

Performance improvements have been made throughout the product as a part of upgrades to internal core OS packages.