Ericom AccessNow™ for Microsoft Remote

Desktop Connection Broker (RDCB)

Add simplicity, speed and cross–platform HTML5 flexibility to RDCB–brokered environments

With Ericom, you can extend the reach of your investment in Microsoft's connection broker while taking advantage of the latest cutting edge HTML5 technology. Deliver 100% browser-based access to Windows desktops and applications published using the Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RDCB), from any device, anywhere — NO software installation or plug-ins are required on the end-user device!


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    Flexibility & mobility – Compatible with all HTML5-enabled user devices: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad / iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Chromebooks / Chromeboxes - even locked down workstations

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    Web based RDP works natively with any HTML5-enabled browser

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    Supports BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives

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    Integrates with your Microsoft RDS environment without having to replace or reconfigure anything

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    Ads single sign-on between the user portal and the remote applications and / or desktop

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    Works smoothly with existing SSL VPNs

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    Browsers

    • HTML5-capable browsers including, but not limited to:
    • Chrome 12 or higher
    • Safari 5 or higher
    • Firefox 6 or higher
    • IE10, IE 9 connecting through Ericom Secure Gateway
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Amazon Silk
    • Note: Some SSL VPNs may prevent some browsers from connecting, even if they are listed in the section above.

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    Clients

    • Supports any device running one of the browsers listed above, including:
    • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit)
    • Windows RT (ARM)
    • Google Chrome OS (Chromebook and Chromebox)
    • Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell SUSE, etc)
    • Mac OS (Intel)
    • Apple iOS (iPad / iPad mini / iPhone / iPod)
    • Google Android
    • RIM Playbook and Blackberry 7 or newer
    • Amazon Kindle Fire HD
    • And any other device with an HTML5-capable browser
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    Server Platforms

    • Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008(R2) / 2012 / 2012(R2) Terminal Services (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.
    • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as remote desktops (physical or virtual). Both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) are supported.
    • Server must have CPU with SSE2 instruction set support

    • AccessNow URL redirection supports Windows 2008R2, 2012R2, 2016
    • Compatible with Samsung universal print driver for faster printing
    • SSO path is configurable (23812)
    • Improved AccessServer stability

    • New client keep-alive heartbeat
    • AccessServer includes stabilization fixes (CA0000034750)

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    • Cool touch friendly toolbar
    • Direct print mode for faster printing
    • Automatic reconnect upon recovery
    • NLA/TLS support
    • Graphical gestures help screen
    • Easy access keys: ESC, TAB, Windows key
    • NOTE: This is a maintenance release for the AccessToGo offering; no new features have been added to AccessNow
    • NOTE: This version is NOT backwards compatible with Blaze version 2.x and AccessToGo version 2.x.
    • Resolves a known issue where the AccessNow keyboard button is not functional on iOS8 devices
    • New Features:
    • Smoother PDF scrolling. Improved scrolling of complex PDF documents in remote sessions
    • Higher Frames Per Second on videos. 50% improvement in frames per second on HD videos and animations
    • Numerous AccessNow keyboard improvements. Support for English (Australia) keyboard, Swedish/German keyboard fixes, Japanese keyboard fixes
    • Improvements for printing and file transfer. Support removing of fileUploadIcon / fileDownloadIcon

    • Fixed Issues:
    • Suppress double error message (34596)
    • Fix F1 key on IE
    • Zoom issue on MS Surface(34584)
    • Fix Korean/English toggle issue (34128)
    • Fix for Swedish keys (34069)
    • Android orientation change issue (34553)
    • Fix incorrect information on audiomode in config.js (34530)
    • NOTE: This version is NOT backwards compatible with Blaze version 2.x and AccessToGo version 2.x.
    • SSL Improvements. Removed all references to OpenSSL and made general SSL fixes
    • New Licensing Mode. New Licensing Mode for supporting 1000+ AccessServers
    • Performance Enhancements. Reduced Audio bandwidth by over 75%
    • POST support. Support for http POST to AccessNow
    • SSL VPN settings. Better support for SSL VPN
    • Mac Support. Better support for Mac clients using key combinations
    • Parameter Encryption. Ability to pass multiple settings using a single, encoded parameter.
    • NOTE: This version is NOT backwards compatible with AccessNow version 2.x.
    • Session resize. AccessNow session will automatically resize to fit the browser window after a windows resize or orientation change.
    • Major performance enhancements. Major performance enhancements over previous versions including improved video and audio support.
    • Access Server. The AccessNow Server is now called Access Server. It is a unified server serving AccessNow and Blaze clients.
    • 64 Bit & 32 Bit versions. Access Server is available in 64 Bit & 32 Bit versions to make best use of system resources.
    • Time zone Redirection. Default support for using client time zone within sessions. (Can be turned off based on configuration).
    • Windows SSL. Access Server now uses standard Windows SSL for improved stability and performance.
    • RDP redirection. AccessNow supports RDP redirection for environments making use of RDP farms.
    • UI Customizations. Hide Windows login/logoff screens when accessing published applications. Change background color during AccessNow login.
    • Customize Printer Name. Customize the printer name that appears within AccessNow.
    • Ignore URL parameters. Configure AccessNow to ignore URL parameters for tighter security.
    • Localization Support The AccessNow UI can now be displayed in languages other than English, including Japanese and Chinese. The default display language is set based on the default browser language. Japanese and Korean keyboard layouts are now also supported.
    • Audio Support for iOS6 and Android.
    • Touch Support for IE10 (Surface, Windows Phone 8 and Ultrabooks). Note that pinch to zoom and panning isn't supported.
    • AccessNow for VMware application mode You can now specify an application to launch on AccessNow for VMware View
    • Improved SLL support SSL is now implemented with WinSSL (instead of OpenSSL). You can now View/Change/Restore
    • SSL certificates via the AccessNow Configuration Tool.
    • Official support for Microsoft Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)
    • Support for Safari and Chrome on iOS6, including new iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5
    • Support for Firefox 14 and higher on Android
    • Support for Silk browser on Amazon Kindle Fire HD
    • Support for connecting through Cisco SSL VPN
    • Support for folder uploads (currently only for Chrome)
    • API for File Transfer
    • New option to display only the connection name in tab title (nameOnly)
    • Support Command key for right-click on Mac
    • Access Server is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Supports Ericom Secure Gateway failover sequence
    • File Transfer for local and mapped drives
    • Enhanced support for tablets and smartphones
    • Support for right-click on Mac (Command+left+click)
    • Automatic language selection – the session's keyboard locale will be selected based on the browser's interface language
    • Japanese and Korean language input support for all devices (those physical keyboards or virtual keyboards)
    • Shorter default page URL (https://server-name:8080/)
    • Performance improvements
    • Printing: print files from the remote AccessNow session to the local printer
    • Print as PDF: save print output from the RDP session to the local device as PDF files
    • File Transfer: transfer files between local and remote sessions
    • URL Redirection (open URL's using local browser)
    • HTTPS mode (support for SSL VPN and proxies that do not support WebSockets)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 support without requiring Google Chrome Frame
    • Support for mobile devices – both smartphone and tablets, such as iPad, iPhone, RIM Playbook, etc.
    • Clipboard support – copy and paste between remote session and local applications.
    • Audio redirection support: play sound in the AccessNow session
    • Full support for Chromebook keyboard, including hot keys for extended features such as function keys.
    • Full support for Windows XP as remote (RDP) host.
    • Support for latest versions of Chrome, Safari, FireFox, Opera and Microsoft IE10 Beta.
    • Supports RSA SecurID for two-factor authentication (for VMware View).
    • New Access Server and licensing configuration utility.
    • Improved performance and reduced resource utilization.
    • Secure Gateway can function as an HTTP proxy for VMware View server and IIS.
    • Secure Gateway can be used as standalone web server for AccessNow.
    • Enhanced configurability of AN: hidden fields, remember password, etc.
    • AccessNow API – pass settings from other web applications or services into AccessNow (e.g., credentials for Single Sign-On)
    • Licensing improvements.
    • Support for Console sessions
    • AccessNow client logging for improved customer support.
    • Ericom Access Server:
    • Windows operating system; Windows 2003 and 2003 R2 – 32 bit and x64 | Windows 2008 – 32 bit and x64 | Windows 2008 R2, Windows XP (sp2 and up), Vista and Windows 7 – 32 bit and x64. | Windows 2012, Windows 8
    • Incoming RDP connections enabled on the OS.
    • 20 MB of free Hard-Disk space.
    • MMX and SSE2 capable CPU.
    • Firewalls are configured to allow traffic over the AccessNow port.

    • Ericom AccessNow Client (WebComponent):
    • HTML5 supported browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera. | Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Windows 2003 and 2003 R24 | Windows 2008 | Windows 2008 R2 |Windows 2012
    • Linux
    • Mac OSX
    • MMX and SSE2 capable CPU.
    • iOS and Android
    • When connecting using secure WebSockets or HTTPS, always install a proper certificate on the server-side (Ericom SecureGateway or Access Server).
    • When the AccessNow client is delivered using HTTPS, always connect using secure WebSockets or through the ESG.
    • Ericom AccessNow™ for RDCB enables Windows Servers running RDCB to deliver on-demand access to Windows applications and desktops, from any HTML5-enabled device supporting the WebSocket protocol. This includes Windows PCs, Linux and Mac devices, iPad / iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Chromebooks / Chromeboxes and locked down devices. The combination of Ericom AccessNow and Windows Server Remote Desktop Services increases deployment flexibility while improving remote worker efficiency.
    • Supports desktops and applications published from Microsoft Windows Server
    • Integrates with your Microsoft RDS environment without having to replace or reconfigure anything
    • Enables mission-critical business continuity by allowing employees to access their applications and desktops from any available endpoint device, without having to install any software or plugins
    • Does not require any software, plugins or admin rights on the user device - works even from locked down devices
    • Comes with Ericom SSL Secure Gateway (no SSL VPN deployment needed)
    • Works smoothly with existing SSL VPNs (for organizations that already deployed an SSL VPN), without requiring an SSL VPN client on the user device
    • It's so simple!
      1. Open any standard Web browser, such as IE/Edge, Chrome, Safari or Firefox
      2. Navigate to the organization's Ericom AccessNow URL and log in with your user name and password
      3. Click the desired application or desktop icon to open it within a new tab
    • That's it!

    • Behind the scenes:
    • The client connects to the Ericom AccessNow Server using WebSockets – usually installed on the RDP host itself.
    • The AccessNow Server translates WebSocket communication to/from RDP
    • The remote Windows desktop / application UI is displayed inside the browser window
    • Click to view a diagram

    • Supports Intel x86, ARM or any other CPU architecture
    • Can act as a Gateway, providing Internet desktop access to computers on an organization's LAN by publishing only one IP address
    • Ericom provides native SSL secure data transfer, regardless of the computer operating system
    • Leverages the HTML5 canvas to display a remote PC desktop, taking full advantage of WebSocket, AJAX, JSON and HTML5 technologies
    • Deployable to locked-down endpoints, for which the user does not have administrative privileges
    • URL redirection - clicking a web link in the remote session optionally opens it in a tab in the local browser
    • Remote / local printing - print from the remote host to the endpoint device
    • Supports file transfers between the remote host and the local end-user device
    • Support for multi-touch gestures on touch-screen devices makes it easy to page through presentations, quickly scroll through documents, and more
    • Localized UI – User Interface locale is automatically selected based on browser locale
    • Supports multiple keyboard layouts
    • Ericom AccessNow uses the browser’s built-in TLS / SSL encryption capabilities to ensure privacy and security
    • Ericom AccessNow is compatible with leading SSL VPNs such as Juniper and Cisco
    • Ericom also provides a free Secure Gateway that provides authenticated and secure, single-port entry into internal corporate resources

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“Ericom AccessNow for RDCB makes it really easy to set up and provide HTML5 browser based access to your end users... I’m impressed by the ease of install and the smooth way of incorporating it with an existing RDS deployment.”

Freek Berson, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on RDS

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