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Devon IT Echo Management
Console Dell Edition
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Contents | 3
Virtual Appliance Installation and Setup .....................................5
Download and Install vSphere, VMware Server, or Player........................ 5
Download the Echo Software ................................................................... 5
Install Virtual Machine Setup with the vSphere Client ............................... 6
Install Virtual Machine Setup on VMware ................................................. 9
Echo Password and Time Zone Configurations ...................................... 11
Echo Network Configuration ................................................................... 13
The Main Menu ...................................................................................... 15
Final Configuration Steps ....................................................................... 17
Additional Installation Steps for Advanced Configurations ...................... 20
Troubleshooting a Bad Connection......................................................... 22
Learning Echo Basics ................................................................. 23
Terminology ............................................................................................ 23
Accessing the Echo Web-Based Interface .............................................. 24
The Echo Administration Screen ............................................................ 24
Searches ................................................................................................ 27
Terminal Management ................................................................. 28
Echo Agent Updates ............................................................................... 28
Custom Icons ......................................................................................... 29
Echo Cloning Overview .......................................................................... 32
Cloning Connections .............................................................................. 33
Cloning Terminal Settings....................................................................... 36
Profiles ................................................................................................... 39
Disk Image Cloning ................................................................................ 42
Supplied Disk Images ............................................................................. 46
Maintenance ................................................................................. 48
Backing Up Your Server ......................................................................... 48
Server Restore ....................................................................................... 49
Appliance Upgrades ............................................................................... 51
Getting Help.................................................................................. 52
Contacting Dell ....................................................................................... 52
Virtual Appliance Installation & Setup | 5
1 Virtual Appliance Installation and Setup
NOTE: Custom icons at this time only work with the Devon IT Terminal Operating System (DeTOS) terminals, not Windows-based terminals.
This administration manual outlines how to install, setup, and run Devon IT
Echo Management Console Dell Edition. Required components include:
1 One or more thin clients
2 Echo enabled thin client
3 System running VMware Server, VMware player, or VMware vSphere.
4 System running DNS and DHCP servers
Download and Install vSphere, VMware Server, or Player Download and install the vSphere Client, VMware Server, or VMware Player on
a dedicated system. If you need assistance installing VMware, please visit
Download the Echo Software In order to download the latest Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell
Edition software to manage your Dell OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 systems,
follow these steps:
1. From a web browser, navigate to
2. Select Choose from a list of all Dell products.
3. Click DesktopsOptiplexFX170Confirm
4. Under Operating System, select DeTOS or Windows Embedded.
5. Under Applications, download the Echo Management Console Dell
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If you have downloaded the .ova file version, continue on to the Install Virtual
Machine Setup with the vSphere Client section.
Install Virtual Machine Setup with the vSphere Client To start an Echo virtual machine with vSphere:
1 Launch the VMWare vSphere Client.
2 Enter the IP address of your ESX server and login credentials, then click
3 Select Inventory to display the inventory of your ESX server.
4 Select FileDeploy OVF Template
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5 Select Browse to navigate to the OVA that you have downloaded from
the Dell website and click Next.
6 Select Next on the OVF Template Details screen
7 In the Name and Location screen, rename the template if needed. After
doing so, click Next.
8 Select the preferred format for your appliance in the Disk Format screen
and click Next.
9 Review the options on the Ready to Complete screen to ensure the
settings are correct. Select the Power on after deployment box if you
would like the machine to start after the installation. Click on Finish.
10 After the template has been installed, select it from the inventory list on
the left hand side. If you did not select Power on after deployment, you
must click the Play button above the inventory list.
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11 Select Console tab in the vSphere Client main screen to continue the
initial setup of the Echo Appliance Dell Edition.
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Install Virtual Machine Setup on VMware In order to set up your virtual machine on either VMware Server version, you
must first convert the .ova file into a .vmx file format that VMware Server can
recognize. You can find a VMware file converter at
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter . Once you have converted
your .ova file to the .vmx format you can continue with the VMware Server
instructions that pertain to you.
VMware Server 2.0
To set up the virtual machine on VMware Server version 2.0:
1 Open your VMware Infrastructure Access Page.
2 From the toolbar, select Virtual MachineAdd Virtual Machine to
3 Expand the Inventory node to navigate to your Echo folder and double-
click the file called echo-x.xx.vmx.
4 Click OK.
5 On the VMware Infrastructure Web Access page, under the Inventory
panel, select echo-x.xx.
6 Depending on the amount of memory available on your host system, you
may need to adjust the allocatedMemory from the default 512 MB to a
7 Power on your virtual machine.
VMware Server 1.0.x
To set up the virtual machine on VMware Server versions 1.0.0 through 1.0.8:
1 Select Open Existing Virtual Machine.
2 Select FileOpen and navigate to the echo-x.xx.vmx . The virtual
machine default name is echo-x.xx. This is added to your Inventory
3 Depending on the version of VMware Server, to adjust the amount of
memory given to your virtual appliance, you may need to select the
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Adjust the Allocated Memory or Edit virtual machine settings
4 After selecting your Echo settings, click Power On next to the green
To start an Echo virtual machine on VMware Player:
1 Launch VMware Player on your system and click Open a Virtual
2 Select All Image Files from the dropdown menu.
3 Open the .ova file located in the Echo folder. Select Import.
4 Your virtual appliance will immediately begin booting.
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Echo Password and Time Zone Configurations 1 Turn on the Virtual Machine.
2 After the bootup process is complete, the Setting Password window is
3 Enter a new password for the bwadmin account. This password is
required to log on to Echo.
NOTE: There is no minimum character limit required when entering a new password, and the password is case sensitive.. However, it is recommended that the administrator creates a password of at least six characters using a combination of upper and lowercase alpha-numeric characters.
4 Once a password has been entered, use the arrow keys to navigate to the
OK button and press
enter the password a second time. Press the OK button again.
5 Set the time zone for the Echo Virtual Appliance in the Geographic area
menu. Select your area from the list and press
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6 A list of cities is displayed in the Time zone menu. Select a city located
in your time zone and press
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Echo Network Configuration
DHCP Configuration (Default)
The next screen is the Networking configuration menu. By default, Echo will attempt
to automatically acquire an IP Address from the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
(DHCP) on your network. This means that your IP address will be automatically
assigned every time you reboot the machine and restart your Echo virtual application. If
DHCP assigned your Echo an IP address properly, the fourth option will read Change
eth0 inet dhcp
Change eth0 inet dhcp and you will need to assign a static IP address to the appliance.
Clicking the Change eth0 option will allow you to make changes to your Echos IP
configuration. If no changes are necessary, and no further configuration is required,
select No Changes and press
Static IP Configuration
If DHCP is not available on your LAN, then you must manually set a static IP
address for the Echo server.
1 Select the option Change eth0... from the Networking menu.
2 On the next screen named Configuring eth0... select the Static option
and press the OK button.
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3 Enter the IP address to use as Echo's static IP and press OK.
4 Enter the subnet mask and then press OK.
5 Enter the gateway IP address and press OK.
6 Confirm the new static settings. Select Yes to apply the new settings or,
select No to discard these changes.
7 After selecting Yes, the network interface will restart and you will be
presented Echo's Main Menu.
Editing DNS for Static IP Configuration
When using a static address, you must edit the Echo server's resolv.conf file.
This file contains the IP address to your DNS server(s) as well as domain search
1 From the main menu, select Reconfigure Networks.
2 Select DNS view/edit resolv.conf.
3 Using the editor, make sure your file contains at least the following two
Where is your domain name and is the
IP address of your DNS server.
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4 Add more nameserver
additional DNS server you want to include.
5 Press <Control>
save the file.
6 Select No changes to return to the Main Menu.
The Main Menu Once you have completed the initial setup process, the Main Menu screen is
your starting point for all future Echo modifications.
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Main Menu Options: Reference Chart
Table 1-1. Echo Main Menu Reference Chart
Main Menu Items Description
Set bwadmin password Select this to enter a new password for
the bwadmin account
Configure active directory Allows users to log into the web front
end using Active Directory credentials
via an LDAP query
Change time zone Select this to change the servers
current time zone
Change Hostname Select this to change the hostname of
the Echo server. The default hostname
Enable/disable ssh server Select this to enable or disable the SSH
server. SSH is disabled by default.
You may wish to enable SSH if you
plan on accessing the command line of
the Echo server from another machine
Reconfigure networking Select this to:
Modify Static Network settings
Manually edit the local DNS file
Manually edit the /etc/network/interface
Configure Database The default database is SQLite. You may
choose to configure the external database
to use MS-SQL instead
Restart Echo Select this to reboot the Echo server
Halt machine Select this to shutdown the entire Echo
View Server Status This option displays current status of the
server and web interface
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Final Configuration Steps
On your DNS server, create an entry for
Echo virtual machine. This allows the terminals to find the Echo server
Where is your domain name and is the top level
domain. For example:
Alternative Configuration for Environments Without DNS
If you do not have access to a DNS server, you can add the IP address of the
server to your thin client by following these steps.
Follow these steps on each thin client you want to manage with Echo.
1 In the System Tray, double-click Echo Agent.
2 In the System Information window, click Change Management Server.
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3 Enter the IP address instead of the domain name ws-broker and click
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Table 1-2. What Ports Need to be Open for Echo Functionality
Port Protocol Components Purpose
80 TCP Echo Server HTTP Standard web port for the
Echo Web UI
443 TCP Echo Server HTTPS Secure (SSL)
communication over http protocol
50000 TCP Echo Server,
Used by SOAP. This port needs to
be open on ALL devices within the
Using a web browser, enter http://
Server> into your web browser address bar. You may have to bypass some security
warnings to access the login page. If the installation and setup was performed
successfully, the Echo Login screen is displayed.
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Additional Installation Steps for Advanced Configurations
NOTE: Please read the next two sections only if you are deploying more than one Echo Thin Manage Virtual Appliance in the same environment. If this does not apply to your environment, skip to Chapter 2, Learning Echo Basics.
Configure Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition to Use MS-SQL Database
By default, Echo is configured to use a single SQLite database that is internal to
the Echo virtual machine. Echo can also use an MS-SQL database, and must do
so when more than one Echo virtual machine is used. For example, if you plan
on deploying the Enterprise Architecture to take advantage of High Availability
features, then you must follow these steps:
1 Visit easysoft.com/member/login.phtml to register for an Easysoft
ODBC driver authorization code.
NOTE: Be advised that Easysoft is not controlled by Devon IT or Dell. Any usage of Easysoft products are the responsibility of the administrator to implement and troubleshoot.
2 Select Configure Database from the Echo virtual machine's Main Menu
3 Click Select and configure a different database from the Database
4 Select mssql from the Select a Database menu.
5 Select Install Easysoft ODBC Driver from the Easysoft ODBC
Installation menu. This will launch the driver installation script.
first prompt to accept the license.
7 Keep pressing
Choose option  from the menu.
8 Enter your Name, Company Name, and email address at the
appropriate prompts. The other questions can be left blank.
9 You will see How would you like to obtain the license? Select option
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10 Select  Exit at the next menu.
12 When you return to the mssql/ODBC configuration menu, configure the
database name, IP address, port, and username for your mssql
13 When finished, choose Keep Current Settings to accept your settings
and return to the Main Menu.
14 Select Restart Echo from the Main Menu to activate the database
Configure Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition to Use MySQL Database
You can choose to connect to a MySQL database. To configure your
management server with your MySQL database:
1 Select Configure Database from the Main Menu.
2 Select Select and Configure a Different DatabaseMySQL.
3 Enter the appropriate values for the IP address, port, username,
password, and database fields that correlate to your MySQL server.
4 Select Keep Current Settings and select OK. Press
5 Select Restart Echo from the Main Menu to activate the database
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Troubleshooting a Bad Connection Make sure that your Echo appliance has network connectivity and that data packets can
flow to and from the appliance. You can switch to a different virtual terminal, or try in
the appliance itself by hitting
prompt you will see ws-broker login: _.
You can log in using the username bwadmin and the password which was set during the
initial configuration of the Echo management server. Test network connectivity by
pinging remote machines to ensure the appliance can see machines out on the network.
Also ping your Echo server from a thin client to make sure the device can see the server.
If you are unable to ping to or from the server, double-check your network settings and
make sure that port 50000 is open on the network.
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2 Learning Echo Basics
Terminology You should familiarize yourself with the following list of terms, as they are used
throughout this document.
Terminal-This is the device to which the screen, keyboard and mouse are
Session-This is a network connection between a thin client and a host,
with the display and USB components connected.
CMS-This is the Connection Management Server (CMS), which manages
connections between thin clients and hosts. The Echo Thin Manage
Virtual Application is a CMS.
Cloning- This is a process of copying the profiles, settings, or images
from one terminal in order to make them available for application on other
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Accessing the Echo Web-Based Interface 1 Using a web browser, type the following URL into the address
NOTE: There is a security certificate warning that may appear when connecting to the server. Click Yes to continue.
2 Enter bwadmin as the Username and Echo password set up during
settings are correct, you will see the Echo Administration Screen.
The Echo Administration Screen The Echo Administration Screen is divided into three main sections. The left-
hand side displays the navigation bar with tabs. The central area of the screen is
where the various inventory tables are displayed, depending on which tab you
select. To the right of the screen is where specific information is displayed in
detail panes relevant to your selections in the table display.
The Terminals Table
The Terminals table is where you can view the individual terminals being
managed by the Echo software. Information such as the Name, Location,
Description, and many other details of each terminal can be viewed here.
Dell terminals and desktop access devices have a service called the Echo Agent
that communicates with the Echo managed server. The Echo Agent announces
its presence to the Echo server by continuously sending XML-based messages
known as heartbeats, which occur every 60 seconds by default. As the agent
heartbeats into the server, information about that device is displayed in the
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The Connections Table
Terminals have the ability to connect to remote servers utilizing various types of
protocols. The Connections table is where you can go to create, manage, and edit the
RDP, ICA, VDI, and other connections you have available.
The Profiles Table
A key function of the Echo software is the creation and application of Profiles
in order to effectively manage the settings applied to individual terminals
remotely. A profile can contain a wide variety of settings that can then be
applied to individual terminals as the user sees fit. The Profiles table is where
you can create, manage, and edit the profiles that are at your disposal.
The Disk Images Table
A Disk Image is a file that can be created in order to combine many different settings
and profiles into one complete package. While creating Profiles and editing Terminal
Settings provide ways to customize terminals, creating a Disk Image allows the user to
combine multiple profiles and settings packages, as well as an operating system, into a
single resource. Utilizing disk images can greatly simplify the management process.
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The Terminal Settings Table
Terminal Settings are the display, sound, keyboard, mouse, and password
configurations for that particular terminal. Administrators can use Echo to clone these
settings from one terminal, store them within the Echo Thin Client Settings database,
and then apply them to other terminals.
NOTE: For more information on how to configure display, sound, keyboard, mouse, and password configurations, please refer to your DeTOS, WES 2009, or WES7 guide. Details on how to alter these settings, install MUI packs, and select languages can be found there.
The Certificates Table
Certificates can be added into the Echo Management software and seen in the
Certificates table. These certificates can then be pushed down to terminals through the
NOTE: Certificates can only be used in this manner on thin clients that are running the DeTOS operating system.
The Details Pane
Additionally, certificates can be incorporated into Profiles or Disk Images.When a
selection is made in any of the inventory tables, panes will open up on the right
hand side of the screen. Depending on what has been selected, these panes
allow you to make changes to different aspects of the selection. The available
options will be explained in more depth in their individual sections. The Name
and Details pane is the most common and is highlighted below.
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NOTE: You can select more than one object in the various tables. Press the
The Context Menu
Right-clicking a highlighted selection the Terminals table displays a Context
Menu with various actions that can be performed on that selection. A context
menu item that has an arrow beside it indicates that sub-menu options are
available for this action. The context menu is the main menu where Echo
Administrators will be applying changes to terminals.
Searches The Search bar, located on the upper right-hand side of each inventory table,
allows you to search that table for specific information. A search scans all
possible fields in each inventory table, so it is possible to narrow the visible
items based on the specified criteria. Finding terminals that share a common IP
address, have the same model type, or use the same profile are a few of the
many uses of this function. For example, if an administrator has to perform an
update on all terminals running DeTOS, typing DeTOS into the search field
displays only those terminals in the inventory table. The administrator can then
perform updates with a more focused view of the terminals being managed.
As information is entered into the Search field, the inventory table will
automatically update and display the items that match your search criteria.
NOTE: It is possible to narrow the results down to only focus on particular fields. For example: to match the word "lab," but only in the location field, use location:lab.
3 Terminal Management
Echo Agent Updates The Echo Agent is a service that runs on terminal devices and communicates
with the Echo server. Periodically, Dell releases new Agent setup programs that
provide additional functionality. This section outlines the steps for updating a
new Agent to your inventoried terminal using the Echo software.
Where to Download the Latest Echo Agent
Visit support.dell.com to locate and download the latest Devon IT Echo Agent
software used for communicating your OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 thin clients
with the Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition software.
How to Update the Echo Agent on Your Terminals
1 From the Terminals table, select the terminal or terminals that need to be
updated and right-click on a selected terminal to view the Context Menu.
2 Select Update Echo Agent in the context menu.
3 The Name and Details pane on the right-hand side displays the terminal
name(s) you are about to update. Click the Choose File button and
navigate to the new Echo Agent Setup executable downloaded on your
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4 Click Submit to enter your changes.
The message Echo agent request sent is displayed. The new
agent begins installing itself on the actual device. This may take 30-60
seconds. Once this installation has finished and the new agent heartbeats back
to the Echo server, the Agent Version column for that terminal displays the
new version number. The image below shows the Agent Version column.
Custom Icons Administrators can use customized icons for individual connections. Using
DeTOS-based operating systems and the Echo software, administrators can
upload their own pictures through their web browsers. The uploaded image can
then be used as the desktop icon for all of the various connections on the DeTOS
Desktop. This section describes how to use your own images locally as Desktop
NOTE: Custom icons at this time only work with DeTOS terminals, not Windows-based terminals.
How to Upload an Image
1 Under the Maintenance tab, select Icons.
2 Above the Icons inventory table, select Add Icon.
3 Type a name in the Name field in the Name and Details pane. This is
the alias that Echo will give the image you are uploading. This can later
be attached to different connections.
4 Use the Choose File button to launch a window that will allow you to
explore your local machine to find an image to upload. Highlight the
image and select Open.
5 Click the Add button at the top of the Name and Details pane. An
Icon Added message is displayed, and the new icon is immediately
displayed in the Icons inventory table.
How to Customize a Desktop Icon
Uploading the image into Echo is the first step to customizing your desktop
icons. Now we have to add the icon to connections. This can be done by
selecting the Connections tab in the navigation bar. To edit current connections,
follow this procedure:
1 From the table of inventoried connections, select the desired connection
to select it.
2 In the Name and Details pane, there is a dropdown menu labeled Icon.
Click on this to view the list of available options.
3 Choose the icon from the dropdown menu. It has the same alias as the
one given by the administrator during upload.
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4 After selecting the custom image, click Update above the pane to save
5 In the Connections table a new icon is displayed on the left side of the
connection in the Icon column. All of the custom icons applied to
connections are listed in that column.
Echo Cloning Overview The following types of clones can be created using Echo:
Connections-Terminals have the ability to connect to remote servers
utilizing various types of protocols. The RDP protocol is used to connect
to Microsoft Windows Terminal Servers. The ICA protocol is used to
establish connections to Citrix servers. The VDI protocol, used by the
VMware View Client, allows a user to connect to a VMware View Server.
Administrators can use the Echo software to clone these types of
connections from one terminal, store them within their Echo Connections
database, and then apply them to other terminals.
Terminal Settings-Terminal settings are the display, sound, keyboard,
mouse, and password configurations for that particular terminal.
Administrators can use Echo to clone these settings from one terminal,
store them within the Echo Thin Client Settings database, and then apply
them to other terminals.
Profiles- Profiles are a way to combine multiple choices from both the
Terminal Settings and Connections configurations to create an
arrangement of options tailored to the needs of the user. Administrators
can use Echo to clone specific profiles to be applied to whichever
terminals require these combined settings.
Disk Images-The fourth cloning option that Echo offers is the ability to
clone the entire disk image of a terminal. A disk image includes
everything that is stored on the DOM on that terminal, including the
operating system itself. This does not include BIOS settings that have
been saved elsewhere. Disk image clones are inventoried and managed
by name within the Echo Disk Images database, but are physically stored
on an NFS share, CFIS, or FTP server on your local area network.
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Cloning Connections Echo allows administrators to clone individual connections from a thin client
and save them in the Echo database. Administrators can easily create a
connection like VMware View or Citrix on a terminal and then propagate it to
all of their other terminals via a profile. All connections can be cloned, and the
most common are listed below:
RDP- One or more .rdp configuration files used for connecting to
Microsoft Terminal Servers.
ICA- One or more .ica configuration files used for connecting to Citrix
VMware- The connection settings and configurations for the VMware
Firefox- The local web browser and its starting URL.
How to Clone Connections
1 From the table of inventoried terminals, select the terminal you want to
clone connections from and then right-click the selection to open the
2 In the Context Menu, go to ConnectionClone from Terminal.
3 The details pane on the right-hand side displays the available connections
you can clone from this terminal.
4 Under Connections, select one of the connections listed. To select
multiple connections, choose another from the dropdown menu and it will
be added to the list.
5 Click the Submit button. You receive a success message when the clone
6 In the Connections tab, you can see your recently cloned connection
entry now in the inventory table.
Applying Connections to a Terminal
1 From the table of inventoried Terminals, left-click on a terminal and
then right-click on it to view the Context Menu.
2 In the Context Menu, go to Connection Apply to Terminal.
3 In the Select Connections pane, select which connections you want to
apply from the dropdown menu. To select multiple connections, simply
choose another from the dropdown menu and it will be added to the list.
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4 Click the Submit button. You will receive a success message when the
connection is applied.
When you apply connections to terminals, the actual ICA and RDP files are
saved under C:\Devon IT\Citrix and C:\Devon IT\rDesktop,
respectively. Shortcuts to these files are automatically created on the User and
Administrator desktops. The end-user can simply double-click these shortcuts
to initiate the connection.
NOTE: There are a few differences in the way VMware View client connections are handled by Windows, as compared to RDP and ICA connections. Only one VMware View client connection can exist per user. The configuration settings for a VMware View client connection are stored in the User account's registry hive, not in flat files like RDP and ICA. This is simply the nature of VMware's View client program and not in any way a limitation with Echo Thin Manage Virtual Appliance.
Cloning Terminal Settings Echo allows you to clone the following terminal settings:
Display-The screen resolution, color depth, and refresh rate of the
primary display device.
Input-The keyboard and mouse settings.
Password-Configuration settings for the DeTOS Control Panel password
Sound-Settings for the master volume and mute control.
Time-Settings for the time zone.
Agent Password-The password that has been set to access the DeTOS
control panel on that terminal.
Persistence-The settings for persistence that have been chosen for that
NOTE: The Agent Password and Persistence settings are only available to be cloned from terminals running DeTOS and do not apply to WES units.
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How to Clone Terminal Settings
1 From the Terminals inventory table, left-click to select the terminal and
then right-click to bring up the Context Menu. Select Terminal
SettingsClone from Terminal.
2 The details pane on the right-hand side will display a form with two
sections: Name and Details and Select Modules to Clone.
Name-Enter a name for this clone. This name will be the name that
Echo refers to for these settings in the future.
Description-Enter a short description for this clone.
Terminal Settings Modules-Select the type of settings you would like
to clone. You can select as many options as there are in the dropdown
menu and the selected modules will appear in a list below.
3 Click the Submit button. After a few seconds you will receive a success
4 Open the Terminal Settings tab on the left-hand side. The settings you
just cloned should be listed in the inventory table now.
Applying Settings to a Terminal
1 From the Terminals inventory table, left-click to select the terminal and
then right-click to bring up the Context Menu. Select Terminal
SettingsApply to Terminal.
2 From the Terminal Settings dropdown list in the Select Terminal
Settings pane, select the saved settings clone you want to apply.
3 Optionally, if you would like to reboot the terminal after the settings have
been applied, then select the checkbox called Reboot after Applying. If
your new settings include network changes, then you may want to
consider enabling this checkbox. Otherwise, you may leave this box
4 In the list of modules, select which settings module you want to apply.
You can select as many options as there are in the dropdown menu and
the selected modules will appear in a list below. You must select at least
one module even if it is the only one available.
5 Click the Submit button to apply these settings to your terminal. You
will receive a success message once they have been applied.
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Profiles The profile feature in Echo allows you to assign terminal connections and
settings with one or more terminal. Profiles are useful for administrators that
wish to effect updates on many terminals at once. For instance, sometimes it
becomes necessary to change the details of a connection that is used for multiple
terminals. If a profile has already been applied to those terminals that contains
the connection details, simply updating the connection details in Echo will
automatically adjust the terminals to use these new settings. The next two
sections describe the necessary steps for creating and applying Echo profiles.
How to Create a Profile
1 Open the Profiles tab to be taken to the profile inventory table.
2 Left-click on Add Profile above the inventory table. Five detail panes
will open on the right-hand side.
Name-Enter a name for this profile.
Description- A description assigned to the profile.
Mode-Select between the following profile application options:
Default Profile Apply to ALL terminals on the Echo server.
Terminal Details Apply to terminals by a specific detail such
as model, name, IP Address, or Operating System. This mode
overrides a Default profile. Opens the Terminal Details pane.
Select Terminals Manually select terminals by name. This
mode will override both Default and Terminal Detail profiles.
Opens the Terminals pane.
Terminal Details-Specify which details to narrow down the profile
application by in the available fields.
Terminals-Choosing Select Terminals as the Mode allows the Echo
Admin to manually choose terminals in this box.
Connections-Assign cloned connections to this profile by selecting one
or more entries in the list. You may also choose to select none at all.
Terminal Settings-Assign cloned settings to this profile by selecting
one or more entries in the list. You may also choose to select none at all.
Certificates-A Firefox certificate (to bypass Certificate download
warnings) can be exported from your Mozilla Firefox settings and
imported into a profile to bypass the warning. In Firefox, select
Disk Image: In the drop-down menu, if the Echo Administrator adds an
image to the profile, Echo will re-image the terminal every time it boots
if it doesnt already have the specific image listed here.
3 Click the Submit button to create this profile. You will receive a success
message once it finished.
4 You will see your new profile entry now listed in the Profiles inventory
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Applying a Profile
Once you finish creating a profile as described in the section above, it will
automatically apply the associated connections and settings the next time the
terminals included in the Mode are rebooted. However, if you would like the
changes to take effect immediately, then you may manually apply the profile by
following the steps below.
1 From the table of inventoried Terminals, left-click to select a terminal
and then right-click to open the Context Menu, and then select
ProfileApply to Terminal.
2 From the dropdown list of Profiles, select which profile you want to
3 Click the Submit button. You will receive a success message when it is
4 Connection shortcuts are automatically created on the terminal's desktop.
The end-user can simply double-click these icons to initiate the
Disk Image Cloning Echo allows you to perform full disk image cloning of your terminals, utilizing
FTP, CIFS, or NFS protocols.
NOTE: To create a disk image clone from a WES 2009 or WES7 terminal, FBWF must be disabled. See the WES 2009 or WES7 Administration Guide for instructions on how to do so.
How to Clone the Entire Disk Image
1 From the Terminals inventory table, left-click a terminal and then right-
click to open the Context Menu. Select Disk ImageClone from
2 The details pane on the right-hand side will display a Clone Disk Image
pane that contains a list of seven fields:
Name-Enter a name for this disk image.
Description-Enter a short description for this disk image.
Protocol: From the dropdown list, select either FTP, CIFS,
FTP-Select this option if you will be using an internal FTP
server to store and retrieve Echo Thin Manage disk images.
CIFS-Select this option if you have a Local Area Network
(LAN) file-sharing CIFS server to store and retrieve Echo disk
NFS-Select this option if you have an available NFS share on
a Linux/Unix server to store and Echo retrieve disk images.
Image Location-Enter the protocol and location you will be using to
store your disk images.
NOTE: You may use a hostname or IP address. Examples include:
ftp://myServerName/path/to/my/image/myImageName.img and nfs://192.168.1.123/path/to/my/image/myXpeClone.img.
These above examples use .img extensions, but you may give it any extension you want or none at all. Also, be sure to include the protocol prefix in the location URL (ftp:// or nfs://).
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Verify Image-Select this checkbox if you want to perform an md5
checksum upon completion of the clone. Please be aware that the
cloning process will take much longer to complete when this checkbox
Username-If required, enter the username of an account that has
permissions to read and write to the image repository you specified in
the Image Location field above.
Password-If required, enter the password needed for the Username
3 Click the Submit button to begin the cloning process. This process may
take 20-40 minutes, depending on the size of the terminal's flash disk and
4 After completion, the newly cloned disk image can be seen in the
inventory table of the Disk Images tab.
Applying a Disk Image to a Terminal
NOTE: When applying disk images to your terminals, be sure you are using the correct image for that particular model, otherwise you may render that terminal unbootable. Should a terminal become unbootable, a re-imaging guide can be found at support.dell.com/support.
1 From the Terminals inventory table, left-click to select a terminal and
then right-click to open the Context Menu. Select Disk ImageApply
to Terminal. To re-image more than one terminal at a time, hold down
select a range of terminals.
2 From the Disk Image Name dropdown list on the Select Disk Images
pane, select the image file you want to apply.
NOTE: Using the search function while performing disk image applications is advised. For example, by searching for FX170 DeTOS will cause only FX170 terminals running DeTOS to be displayed. By utilizing the search function, administrators can avoid accidentally applying a disk image to a terminal of the wrong type or that is running a different OS.
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3 Click the Submit button to begin the re-imaging process.
The terminal will reboot and begin re-imaging its flash media with the selected image.
This re-imaging process may take 20-40 minutes, depending on the size of the image
and network traffic. During this time, there is no agent to heartbeat into the Echo server,
and therefore the timestamp in the Last Contact field will remain unchanged. Once the
re-image is complete and the terminal does its final reboot, the agent will heartbeat into
the server, which in turn will update the Last Contact field. This update to the current
time in the Last Contact field is your cue that the re-imaging process is complete.
Supplied Disk Images New OS images can be added to your Devon IT Echo Management Console
Dell Edition inventory.
Visit support.dell.com to locate and download the latest DeTOS operating
system image for re-imaging your OptiPlex FX130 and FX170 thin clients.
NOTE: Only the OptiPlex FX170 has the option to download and re-image the Windows Embedded Standard (WES) operating system image, which is also located at support.dell.com.
NOTE: Make sure you download the proper image from support.dell.com. When
updating a disk image you will need to use partial disk images that contain only the
operating system portion instead of the full disk image that contains both the
operating system partition as well as the Update partition. These partial disk
images will be recognizable by the part1 found in the file name.
How to Add a Disk Image
1 Once you have downloaded the disk image from support.dell.com, copy
that image over to your FTP server or NFS shared directory.
2 From the Disk Images tab, left click on the Add Disk Image button
above the inventory table.
3 The detail panes on the right-hand side will display various fields used to
add the disk image.
Name-Enter a name for this disk image.
Description-Enter a short description for this disk image.
Protocol: From the dropdown list, choose your server:
FTP: Select this option if you will be using an internal FTP
server to store and retrieve Echo disk images.
CIFS: Select this option if you have a Local Area Network
(LAN) file-sharing CIFS server to store and retrieve Echo disk
NFS: Select this option if you have an available NFS share on
a Linux/Unix server.
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Image Location-Enter the location to where your disk image resides.
NOTE: You may use a hostname or IP address. Examples: ftp://myServerName/path/to/my/image/
image> and nfs://192.168.1.123/path/to/my/image/
Username- If required, enter the username of an account that has
permissions to read & write to the image repository you specified in the
Image Location field above.
Password- If required, enter the password needed for the Username
Configuration File- If Toggle Import is on, click Browse to select a
Config file on your local machine. If Toggle Import is not on, fill the
Model-Enter the model name associated with this image*.
Operating System-Select the desired OS from the dropdown
4 Click the Submit button to add this disk image.
5 You will receive a success message. In the Disk Images tab, the
inventory table will now contain your recently added disk image. See
section titled, Applying a Disk Image to a Terminal, for instructions on
how to apply the disk image to your terminals.
Backing Up Your Server You can backup your server from the main Maintenance tab. The method used
is referred to as a 'Hotcopy' since the backup is created while the system is
running. There is no need to stop or suspend the Echo server for the backup. To
execute a Hotcopy, perform the following procedure:
1 In the Maintenance tab, open the Save/Restore Server Config
2 Click on Save Server Configuration.
3 After selecting this option, the panel on the right-hand side of the web
interface displays the Save Hotcopy pane (pictured below) and lists
several checkbox options, along with OK and Cancel buttons. Select the
checkbox next to all of the Items, Logs, and Appliances you wish
to save in the configuration file and then click Save to start the backup
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4 The result of the Hotcopy will create a binary (.BIN) backup file that will
be downloaded to your local machine. Click Save File and make a note
of where you save this file, as you will need it in the future to perform a
Server Restore A restore deletes all existing configuration and data on your Echo Server and
overwrite it with the information contained in a previously created Hotcopy
backup file. To perform a restore, follow these steps:
1 In the Maintenance tab, open the Save/Restore Server Config
2 Click on Restore Server Configuration.
3 After selecting this option, the Restore Hotcopy pane on the right-hand
side of the web interface displays will open. Under the Choose File
button, take notice of the Items to Restore, Logs to Restore, and
Appliance Settings to Restore categories and their respective options.
4 Click the Choose File button to search for the Hotcopy backup file on
your local machine. Double click the Hotcopy .BIN file to bring the file
path to the text box.
5 At this time, the administrator restoring the configuration file can choose
which settings (by category) to restore and which settings can be ignored.
Any settings that are not selected to be restored will remain as they are on
the current system setup.
6 After the path to the backup file has been entered, click the Restore
button to begin the restore. Once the restore process is finished, you will
receive a Complete message in the information pane.
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Appliance Upgrades The following is the recommended procedure for upgrading your Echo
Appliance to a newer version.
1 Backup-Backup your servers current configuration and data prior to
performing an upgrade using the Hotcopy procedure. Refer to section
Backing up your Server for details on this step.
a. Shutdown the Echo Appliance Server (Select option 9, Halt
Machine, from the Main Menu).
b. Visit support.dell.com to locate and download the latest Devon
IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition appliance.
c. Extract the contents and point your VMware Server to the
new .ova file.
d. Restart the virtual appliance.
3 Restore-Once the upgrade is finished and the new appliance is back
online, restore your Echo Server. Refer to section Server Restore for
details on the restore process.
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5 Getting Help
Contacting Dell For customers in the United States, call 800-WWW-DELL (800-999-3355).
Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options.
Availability varies by country and product, and some services may not be
available in your area. To contact Dell for sales, technical support, or customer
1 Visit support.dell.com.
NOTE: If you do not have an active internet connection, you can find contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, or Dell product catalog.
2 Click your country/region at the bottom of the page. For a full listing of
countries/regions click All.
3 Click All Support from Support menu.
4 Select the appropriate service or support link based o
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