Secure, flexible, centrally-managed endpoints.

What is a ThinKiosk Thin Client?

ThinKiosk is a Windows-based, software-defined, scalable PC to thin client conversion solution that delivers a unified end-user experience on all converted endpoints. It turns your existing Windows PCs into secure, centrally managed Windows-based thin clients, dramatically reducing hardware and management costs, while also improving the end-user experience.

Reduce your VDI costs

By converting and re-purposing existing devices into fully managed, secure thin clients you extend the life of existing hardware, increase your ROI and reduce costs. You'll also save on operating costs with centralized support and fast, simple deployment.

Simplified Support & Management

For IT teams, ThinKiosk delivers a single pane of glass from where they can manage the entire estate of thin client devices, allowing them to ensure they are up to date, secure and compliant.

Lightweight, intuitive, flexible

Simple to deploy and requiring little infrastructure, with ThinKiosk you can roll out secure, centrally managed thin clients in minutes. No need to change your existing processes, and no need for booting from USB sticks or dual-booting devices.

Why ThinKiosk?

Developed by VDI Experts

Developed originally to solve a problem identified by the VDI community - now developed as an Enterprise-level product and used globally by thousands of customers.

Software-Defined

With ThinKiosk you get a lightweight, flexible software solution that lets you extend the lifespan of your existing hardware and is quick and easy to deploy.

Windows Based

Designed for the Windows OS, ThinKiosk looks and feels familiar to end users. We've also built in Windows specific features and functionality to reduce admin.

Secure by Design

Enterprise-class advanced security hardening, PCI, HIPPA and GDPR compliance and clever features like our Windows Security Center Detection protect end users and corporate systems and data.

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Centralized Management

Centrally configure and manage all your ThinKiosk devices from the ThinScale Management Platform ensuring they are up to date, secure and compliant.

Vendor Agnostic

Works with and supports all leading remote solutions such as Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft​. As it's not tied to any specific hardware either, you can avoid vendor lock in.

Addressing Common Desktop Virtualization Challenges

Cost

Cost

Deciding to virtualize is a big investment of time and resources for any business. Too often VDI projects fail due to the excessive costs required at the final stages. With ThinKiosk you can convert existing or ageing hardware into thin clients quickly and easily reducing your hardware costs and giving you a better ROI on your existing hardware.

Security

Security

From locking down the end point to the easy management of policies we help ensure both end users and corporate corporate systems and data are protected. Clever security features like magic filter, App Execution prevention and our USB blocker ensure complete end to end security and we help enable PCI, HIPPA and GDPR compliance.

Complexity

Complexity

ThinKiosk works in complex situations because it is software-defined and by default offers more flexibility than hardware-based thin clients. It is suitable for virtually any use case with the ability to run both local and virtual applications including legacy apps and hardware as well as support for single sign-on and smart card solutions.

"We could continue to waste our time with our current solution or we could deploy the ThinScale ThinKiosk solution. It used to take an hour and a half or so to configure a thin client with HP, but with ThinKiosk it takes about 2 minutes, even if you have the write filter enabled!"

Frank Slomp Systems Administrator at City Council of Steenwijkerland, NL

“End users don’t even realize they are working on VDI. It looks like they are working the same way as they would on a PC at home.”

Patrique Schuijffel Senior IT Specialist at the Elisabeth TweeSteden Hospital (ETZ), NL

“Due to shrinking budgets, our school district had to find a way to extend the functional lifespan of our 16,000 Windows computers. Users love that MagicFilter makes their thin client behave like a regular computer…”

Brent Goerner Director of Technology Operations at Allen Independent School District, US

“ThinKiosk's support of multiple VDI environments really helped, and is a big plus for running in production. Working with the ThinScale team is excellent and support is very responsive. It’s great to be able to speak to them directly and discuss potential new or additional product features."

Patrique Schuijffel Senior IT Specialist at the Elisabeth TweeSteden Hospital (ETZ), NL

“We tested several products based on various criteria including, cost, ease of implementation, central management capability and user friendliness to name but a few. Based on our criteria, ThinKiosk scored the highest in all categories.”

Dermot Hanley IT Manager at The Irish Times, IRL

ThinKiosk Key Features

ThinKiosk is feature-rich and we are constantly innovating and adding new functionality based on customer feedback.
Our focus, however, is always on creating clever solutions to the common problems associated with VDI projects.

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Full Device Lock-Down

Secure thin client devices by applying a centralized policy preventing end users from accessing the underlying operating system.

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Role-Based Administration

This allows the IT department to delegate different administrative tasks to different people, teams, or departments within the organization.

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Magic Filter

Magic Filter is a dynamic key press pass-through feature that traps the local Ctrl + Alt + Del and Windows + L keystrokes.

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Customizable User Interface

Tailor the ThinKiosk workspace UI with your organizations branding and settings, enhancing the end user experience.

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Windows Patch Management

IT can easily control the Windows Update feature to ensure that end users are not disrupted by the update process.

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Windows Security Center Detection

ThinKiosk gives IT the ability to proactively check other security components of the thin client device operating system.

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Convert your existing or aging devices into thin clients. Find out more in our handy PC repurposing guide.

The ThinKiosk Architecture:

ThinKiosk is simple to deploy, and requires little in the way of infrastructure.
There are three core components to the solution:

- ThinScale Management Server
- ThinScale Management Console
- ThinKiosk Client

Deploying the ThinScale Management Server allows you, from the ThinScale Management Console, to centrally manage your ThinKiosk Client devices, providing profile management, device grouping, device management (including remote control and remote power functions) and centralized software updates.

The ThinKiosk Architecture:

A Hub Server can be deployed in remote and branch office locations to manage its own local ThinKiosk Client devices acting as software deployment points, reducing the amount of data sent between office locations when deploying software packages to clients.

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ThinKiosk Use Cases

ThinKiosk provides the ideal solution in a number of practical use cases, including:

Accelerate your Daas Deployment with ThinKiosk

ThinKiosk has been facilitating DaaS solutions for many customers through Amazon, VMware and Citrix, and in our latest and upcoming version of ThinKiosk 5.7, we've added a new connector to support Microsoft's WVD. This WVD connection will be integrated right into the ThinKiosk VDI connectors tab, alongside existing connection options for Citrix Storefront, VMware Horizon, and Microsoft RDS.

Work Anywhere Solutions

Choose Your ThinKiosk Edition

Which edition delivers the features and functionality you need?

Feature Description
Configuration of Local Settings

Configuration of Local Settings

Allows an end user to configure some of the local settings within their ThinKiosk workspace interface. Settings such as screen resolution, keyboard & mouse settings, and wireless network connections.

Unlimited Web Browser URLS

Unlimited Web Browser URLS

Having unlimited web browser URLS allows an end user to connect to multiple environments and web sites simultaneously, allowing them to be more productive. Note: Maximum of 5 URL's with Community Edition

Unlimited Local & Remote Resources

Unlimited Local & Remote Resources

The unlimited local and remote resources features allows end users to have access to as many locally installed applications and remote desktop and application environments as they need. Especially useful if you are running multiple environments or upgrading to different versions, meaning end users can connect to all their available resources. Note: Maximum of 5 with Community Edition.

UI Customization

UI Customization

Customizing the user interface allows an organization to add their own branding and settings to the ThinKiosk secure workspace environment. Limited with Community Edition.

Support Available

Support Available

ThinKiosk Enterprise and ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus editions both come with the peace of mind that the product is fully support by ThinScale. Not only does this entitle you to speak directly with the tech team, but also entitles you to product updates, ensuring you are taking advantage of all the latest features and benefits ThinKiosk offers.

ThinScale Management Platform Support

ThinScale Management Platform Support

Enterprise solutions require enterprise levels of management. ThinKiosk Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions have the management platform integrated. This means that IT can convert and manage thousands of thin client devices from a single console. The management platform also manages the entire ThinScale suite of products and so truly delivers a single pane of glass to manage your entire environment.

Full Device Lock Down

Full Device Lock Down

ThinKiosk locks down the underlying operating system of the local device, disabling it fully, and therefore ensuring security. In it’s place, ThinKiosk delivers a secure workspace user interface, with a familiar Windows look and feel, that is controlled and manage via a central policy deployed by IT.

ThinScale Connector

ThinScale Connector

The ThinScale connector provides resource enumeration from Citrix StoreFront, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, and VMware Horizon brokers. The new connector replaces the “receiver tab” delivering a unified workspace for all remote and local application resources. End users will see this as a single pane on the ThinKiosk ‘Applications Tab’

Magic Filter

Magic Filter

ThinKiosk Magic Filter is a dynamic key press pass-through feature that traps the local Ctrl + Alt + Del and Windows + L keystrokes and as the end user does not have access to the underlying device OS, passes them directly to the remote desktop or application environment, just as if the end user was working on their local desktop environment. This unique feature delivers an enhanced user experience as the end user now has a native Windows feel when it comes to using their ThinKiosk thin client.

Location Awareness

Location Awareness

ThinKiosk is fully location aware, meaning that it’s contextually aware when it comes to the different and varied locations from which an end user could be connecting from. This feature enables truly mobile working. The complexity of switching between different internal and external networks, and which URL an end user needs to enter to connect to the their remote environment now becomes transparent, simplifying and enhancing the overall end user experience.

Wi-Fi Connection Management

Wi-Fi Connection Management

ThinKiosk allows end users to configure Wi-Fi connectivity using its own built in interface for managing Wi-Fi connections. This simplified interface provides access to available Wi-Fi networks and the ability to manage them.

Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed Browsing

Included as part of the ThinKiosk Client software, is an integrated web browser, complete with a fully customisable user interface, that allows users to securely browse Internet sites based on policy set by the IT department. It also features the ability to open multiple tabs for a familiar browsing experience.

Windows Security Center Detection

Windows Security Center Detection

ThinKiosk can proactively check the security components of the thin client device operating system. Components such as Firewall Protection, Anti Virus, and Anti Spyware protection, as well as Windows Updates can all be monitored, with ThinKiosk reporting the health of these components. Should one of these components not be compliant or configured correctly, then ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus Editions can take the appropriate action for remediation.

Windows Patch Management

Windows Patch Management

IT departments can easily control the Windows Update feature to ensure that end users are not disrupted by the update process, and that only the updates that have been tried and tested are applied to the thin client devices. For IT they can configure how often the thin client devices check for any updates, and then decide when and if to apply them. End users can also be prompted to install any of the available updates, or the updates can simply be pre-configured by the IT department to install silently, without user intervention or disruption. This ensures that the thin client devices are always up to date, secure, and compliant.

Windows Firewall Control

Windows Firewall Control

With ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus Edition, IT now have the ability to fully configure the Windows Firewall feature automatically. They can remove any existing firewall rules, or configure new firewall rules, and manage this centrally all from the ThinKiosk Management Platform and the Profile Editor.

USB Device Blocking

USB Device Blocking

An enhanced security feature built-in to ThinKiosk, is its ability to block USB devices that end users plug in to their ThinKiosk thin client. USB devices are often seen as one of the main causes security breaches and data leakage within an organization. ThinKiosk is able to prevent these devices from being used, with its USB blocking feature. Enabling this feature means that end users are prevented from being able to access USB-based storage devices when accessing corporate systems and data from their ThinKiosk thin client. This prevents them from being able to download sensitive company data and also from uploading potentially harmful files as well.

Application Execution Prevention (AEP)

Application Execution Prevention (AEP)

The ThinKiosk AEP feature adds an additional layer of security to ThinKiosk by preventing the execution of unauthorized applications. Employing a rules-based system, IT administrators can now configure exactly which applications end users are allowed launch on their endpoint device. These rules allow IT admins to create white/black lists which contain a comprehensive list of rule types delivering a granular level of control over exactly which applications can and can’t run.

Service Execution Prevention

Service Execution Prevention

Service Execution Prevention feature added to ThinKiosk can be configured to block designated Windows services to prevent misuse.

Virtual Desktop Agent

Virtual Desktop Agent

The Virtual Desktop Agent is a supplementary product for ThinKiosk which installs on Remote Desktop Session Hosts and Virtual Desktops and talks with the ThinKiosk client installed on the endpoint of the connected device.

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Unlimited Web Browser URLS
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Location Awareness
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Tabbed Browsing
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Unlimited Web Browser URLS
Unlimited Local & Remote Resources
UI Customization
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Location Awareness
Wi-Fi Connection Management
Tabbed Browsing
Windows Security Center Detection
Windows Patch Management
Windows Firewall Control
USB Device Blocking
Application Execution Prevention (AEP)
Service Execution Prevention
Virtual Desktop Agent
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Configuration of Local Settings

Allows an end user to configure some of the local settings within their ThinKiosk workspace interface. Settings such as screen resolution, keyboard & mouse settings, and wireless network connections.

Unlimited Web Browser URLS

Having unlimited web browser URLS allows an end user to connect to multiple environments and web sites simultaneously, allowing them to be more productive. Note: Maximum of 5 URL's with Community Edition

Unlimited Local & Remote Resources

The unlimited local and remote resources features allows end users to have access to as many locally installed applications and remote desktop and application environments as they need. Especially useful if you are running multiple environments or upgrading to different versions, meaning end users can connect to all their available resources. Note: Maximum of 5 with Community Edition.

UI Customization

Customizing the user interface allows an organization to add their own branding and settings to the ThinKiosk secure workspace environment. Limited with Community Edition.

Support Available

ThinKiosk Enterprise and ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus editions both come with the peace of mind that the product is fully support by ThinScale. Not only does this entitle you to speak directly with the tech team, but also entitles you to product updates, ensuring you are taking advantage of all the latest features and benefits ThinKiosk offers.

ThinScale Management Platform Support

Enterprise solutions require enterprise levels of management. ThinKiosk Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions have the management platform integrated. This means that IT can convert and manage thousands of thin client devices from a single console. The management platform also manages the entire ThinScale suite of products and so truly delivers a single pane of glass to manage your entire environment.

Full Device Lock Down

ThinKiosk locks down the underlying operating system of the local device, disabling it fully, and therefore ensuring security. In it’s place, ThinKiosk delivers a secure workspace user interface, with a familiar Windows look and feel, that is controlled and manage via a central policy deployed by IT.

ThinScale Connector

The ThinScale connector provides resource enumeration from Citrix StoreFront, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, and VMware Horizon brokers. The new connector replaces the “receiver tab” delivering a unified workspace for all remote and local application resources. End users will see this as a single pane on the ThinKiosk ‘Applications Tab’

Magic Filter

ThinKiosk Magic Filter is a dynamic key press pass-through feature that traps the local Ctrl + Alt + Del and Windows + L keystrokes and as the end user does not have access to the underlying device OS, passes them directly to the remote desktop or application environment, just as if the end user was working on their local desktop environment. This unique feature delivers an enhanced user experience as the end user now has a native Windows feel when it comes to using their ThinKiosk thin client.

Location Awareness

ThinKiosk is fully location aware, meaning that it’s contextually aware when it comes to the different and varied locations from which an end user could be connecting from. This feature enables truly mobile working. The complexity of switching between different internal and external networks, and which URL an end user needs to enter to connect to the their remote environment now becomes transparent, simplifying and enhancing the overall end user experience.

Wi-Fi Connection Management

ThinKiosk allows end users to configure Wi-Fi connectivity using its own built in interface for managing Wi-Fi connections. This simplified interface provides access to available Wi-Fi networks and the ability to manage them.

Tabbed Browsing

Included as part of the ThinKiosk Client software, is an integrated web browser, complete with a fully customisable user interface, that allows users to securely browse Internet sites based on policy set by the IT department. It also features the ability to open multiple tabs for a familiar browsing experience.

Windows Security Center Detection

ThinKiosk can proactively check the security components of the thin client device operating system. Components such as Firewall Protection, Anti Virus, and Anti Spyware protection, as well as Windows Updates can all be monitored, with ThinKiosk reporting the health of these components. Should one of these components not be compliant or configured correctly, then ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus Editions can take the appropriate action for remediation.

Windows Patch Management

IT departments can easily control the Windows Update feature to ensure that end users are not disrupted by the update process, and that only the updates that have been tried and tested are applied to the thin client devices. For IT they can configure how often the thin client devices check for any updates, and then decide when and if to apply them. End users can also be prompted to install any of the available updates, or the updates can simply be pre-configured by the IT department to install silently, without user intervention or disruption. This ensures that the thin client devices are always up to date, secure, and compliant.

Windows Firewall Control

With ThinKiosk Enterprise Plus Edition, IT now have the ability to fully configure the Windows Firewall feature automatically. They can remove any existing firewall rules, or configure new firewall rules, and manage this centrally all from the ThinKiosk Management Platform and the Profile Editor.

USB Device Blocking

An enhanced security feature built-in to ThinKiosk, is its ability to block USB devices that end users plug in to their ThinKiosk thin client. USB devices are often seen as one of the main causes security breaches and data leakage within an organization. ThinKiosk is able to prevent these devices from being used, with its USB blocking feature. Enabling this feature means that end users are prevented from being able to access USB-based storage devices when accessing corporate systems and data from their ThinKiosk thin client. This prevents them from being able to download sensitive company data and also from uploading potentially harmful files as well.

Application Execution Prevention (AEP)

The ThinKiosk AEP feature adds an additional layer of security to ThinKiosk by preventing the execution of unauthorized applications. Employing a rules-based system, IT administrators can now configure exactly which applications end users are allowed launch on their endpoint device. These rules allow IT admins to create white/black lists which contain a comprehensive list of rule types delivering a granular level of control over exactly which applications can and can’t run.

Service Execution Prevention

Service Execution Prevention feature added to ThinKiosk can be configured to block designated Windows services to prevent misuse.

Virtual Desktop Agent

The Virtual Desktop Agent is a supplementary product for ThinKiosk which installs on Remote Desktop Session Hosts and Virtual Desktops and talks with the ThinKiosk client installed on the endpoint of the connected device.

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