Windows on a Chromebook / Chromebox

Instantly deliver Windows applications and desktops to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, with Ericom AccessNow HTML5 RDP Client

Google Chromebooks and Ericom’s web-based RDP Client solution enable users to access Windows applications and desktops (virtual & physical) from Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and any other device running HTML5-compatible browsers.

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    Flexibility & mobility – Enables users to access Windows applications and desktops in addition to accessing their Web apps - simultaneously, wherever they are!

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    Simple, easy and inexpensive to maintain – NO plug-ins required, simplifies life for system administrators and end-users alike

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    Simplifies device management – Eliminates Windows PC software management

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    Enables faster deployments – of popular Chromebook initiatives

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    • Supports Google Chrome OS (Chromebook and Chromebox) devices running Chrome 12 or higher, 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 is an HTML5 RDP client written purely in HTML5.
    • Runs wholly inside the browser
    • Does not install anything on the client device
    • Looks, works and performs like, and even better than, the regular (native) RDP client
    • This means that the AccessNow HTML5 client, which is implemented using only standard Web technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript), does not require Flash, Java, ActiveX, Silverlight or any other special software installed on the end-user device.
    • Uses the same client for ALL platforms
    • Looks and works the same way on all platforms
    • Eliminates management of end-point devices – no installation, configuration, management, update, patching, etc.
    • Integrates Ericom RDP compression and acceleration technology delivering great remote access performance.
    • Supports any HTML5 compatible browser on any platform, including Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad / iPad mini, iPhone , Android, BlackBerry / Playbook and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, etc.
    • Comes with Ericom SSL Secure Gateway; provides secure, encrypted access when connecting from outside the firewall. Ericom AccessNow also works smoothly with existing SSL VPNs
    • It's so simple! All users need is a Chromebook and an internet connection:
      1. Users open a web page and navigate to the relevant URL to launch the connection.
      2. The users enter their credentials and press 'Connect' — Their Windows desktop (or application) appears directly inside the browser window. 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

    • RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol. A remote display protocol developed by Microsoft. RDP is a standard component of Microsoft Windows.
    • RDP Host – a Windows system that can be remotely accessed using Microsoft RDP.
    • HTML5 – a new update to the HTML specification. Extends HTML with new features and functionality for communication, display, etc.
    • WebSockets – a bi-directional, full-duplex communication mechanism introduced in the HTML5 specification.
    • SSL – Secure Sockets Layer is a cryptographic protocol that provides communications security over the Internet.
    • Chromebook - mobile device running Google Chrome OS. The devices comprise a distinct class of personal computer, falling between a pure cloud client and traditional laptop.
    • Leverages the HTML5 canvas to display a remote PC desktop, taking full advantage of WebSockets and HTML5 technologies, using only standard web technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
    • Compatible with SSL VPNs and web proxies that do not support WebSockets
    • URL redirection - clicking a web link in the remote session optionally opens it in a tab in the local browser
    • Integrates with home-grown portals
    • Printing – Supports printing from remote host to the Chromebook. Printouts open as Adobe Acrobat reader (.pdf) files in new browser tabs. Users can easily send them to local printers, save them, email, etc.
    • Supports file transfers between local and remote sessions
    • Supports Intel x86, ARM or any other CPU architecture
    • Localized UI – User Interface locale is automatically selected based on browser locale (available languages include English, Japanese, Chinese and others)
    • Supports multiple keyboard locales including Japanese and Korean
    • 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 definitely met all our requirements because of its ability to do cross-platform. While we're primarily using Chromebooks today, our BYOD initiative will certainly expand to leverage other devices...”

Jeff Tham, Technology Coordinator, Bradford School District

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