HP adds Microsoft software to thin clients
PCs now come with Microsoft Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 preinstalled
HP is now offering select thin clients with Microsoft Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 preinstalled.
According to HP, the company is helping enterprises extend Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 from PCs and servers to the Windows Embedded Standard-based HP t5740e and t5570e thin clients through a single management console.
"HP thin clients built on the Windows Embedded platforms are ideal for IT management and growing in popularity," said Kobi Elbaz, director, Client Solutions, HP Personal Systems Group EMEA. "Our thin clients will enable customers to broaden the reach of their existing investments in Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 to encompass PCs, servers and thin clients."
HP thin clients running Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 are designed to offer enhanced inventory management and a deeper visibility of the components on each thin client. The preinstalled agent also is designed to facilitate easier software upgrades and provide full life cycle management.
Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 also enables updates to be sent to a thin client via a management tool to automatically adjust the state of the write filter.
"By adding Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 to HP's thin clients, we provide our joint customers new management flexibility and security," said Mukund Ghangurde, director, Product Management, Windows Embedded, Microsoft. "This integration allows HP enterprise customers to more easily administer a specific upgrade package or security update to a collection of thin client devices."