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August 30, 2009

Leostream releases new version of Connection Broker

To create virtual desktop infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

By CBR Staff Writer

Leostream has released the Connection Broker 6.2 which enables Microsoft customers to create a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. With the new release, organisations operating in a Microsoft environment can deploy the Connection Broker to build out a VDI that integrates with their physical existing infrastructure.

Leostream said that the new release, delivered as a virtual appliance, is a software management layer that ties desktop images in the data centre to users’ thin client, laptop, workstation, or web interface. It allows end-users to access their virtual desktop from any machine, regardless of location, due to the technology’s ability to direct users to their own virtual desktop image.

The company claims that the Connection Broker allows IT managers to maximise the virtualisation of existing resources by integrating an array of clients, back-end systems and viewers. In addition it integrates with existing network infrastructure with minimal changes, including authentication services and SSL VPN systems, and provides a set of policies for implementation of business rules for users and machines.

According to Leostream, the new release provides native installation on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 hypervisor; and native support for Hyper-V based virtual machines.

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In addition, the new release also provides support for: Windows 7 OS, remote desktop protocol (RDP) 7, multiple monitors with RDP, location-based printing and single sign on for RDP.

Reportedly, the Connection Broker has long supported Microsoft technologies, including: integration with Active Directory services; management of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) sessions; support for Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and 32- and 64-bit Vista operating systems; and management of virtual machines found in Active Directory.

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