Direct Access (IP) Client

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1. Direct Access client is configured and provisioned through the Provisioning Manager on ThinPoint Host. To access Direct Access Client go to Start menu -> All Programs -> ThinPoint -> ThinPoint Provisioning Manager.

In the Provisioning manager go to section 'ThinPoint IP Client' and click Start.


2. First you will be presented with the network setup that will check if your host is accessible.



If you already have users connected to the host through the direct IP client, they might be disconnected when you click Next and test the settings.
Make a note of the IP address and port numbers as this information is required to create a direct IP client.


3. After the network settings check, click Create Client to specify connection settings. You will be asked to create a new profile with a security PIN to protect the connection information.


4. In the new screen click New Connection to specify new ThinPoint client connection.


5. In the new connection window provide the simple name for the connection, the user name and password if desired and the IP address of the host from the network settings screen. If you connect on the local network you do not need to specify the port, for security reasons the port for external connection is 4333 by default and should be specified in the non-standard port section.




ThinPoint Windows host is part of a domain network and you are required to provide the domain when authenticating to Windows, please first provide the domain name, add a backslash (\) and then the username (for example, domain\user).
If you are not required to provide a domain name or you are not sure, select the 'Ask User' option.
Windows user accounts with blank passwords are not allowed when using ThinPoint. Please make sure the user password is not blank before trying to connect to the ThinPoint Host remotely using any connection method, including ThinPoint client and WebPoint.


6. Once the connection settings are specified, you can provision the master client to the local hard drive by selecting the record and clicking Provision. During the provisioning you can specify additional options such as security PIN and single sign on. Please see Advanced Settings of the Universal Client publishing for detailed description of the options. In addition, Direct Access Client provides an interface, similar to the Direct Access Client Provisioning Dialog, that can be accessed to set up multiple connections. In the General Settings section, one can enable Edit, New and Delete buttons as well as a passwords viewing option. This will allow a user to customize client once run on the client's machine.


7. When you have placed the client on the local drive, close the provisioning manager and copy the client to the removable media or user’s machine. You can then run the copy of the client as it will lock itself after successful connection to that piece of hardware (e.g. flash drive, user’s hard disk) and can be only activated from that location. When connected the client briefly displays a connection status dialog and then connects to the remote ThinPoint host. You will then be presented with the ThinPoint Remote Application panel as shown below.



To add or modify applications presented in the Remote Application panel please refer to ThinPoint Desktop and Application Virtualization section
The three icons at the top-center of the screen are from left-to-right: 'Toggle between the Remote and Local Desktop (when the Remote Desktop is run)', 'Disconnect from the Remote ThinPoint Session without Logging Off', 'Logoff from the Remote Session'.


8. Screenshot below shows a remote Internet Explorer published from a Windows XP ThinPoint host running in seamless mode inside client Desktop. Please note the remote application integration with the local desktop taskbar.


If the remote application window is minimized, it will be neatly stacked to the taskbar of the local desktop as if it was a locally running application. It feels and looks exactly the same as a local application.

9. While connected, the remote applications published from the ThinPoint Host will be added to the client Start Menu. You can also access these applications using a ThinPoint Application Menu added to the Taskbar Notification Area of the Windows client desktop, as seen in this screenshot.


10. For security reasons, all the remote ThinPoint application menu shortcuts are removed when the ThinPoint session is closed or disconnected.