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Relationship between INI and Wyse Management Suite group based configurations

This section describes the relationship between INI file parameter–based configurations, and Wyse Management Suite group based configurations. Both INI files and Wyse Management Suite configuration processes have similar functionality. However, the implementation differs. Understanding this concept should greatly reduce the number of redundant configurations and help migrating devices from a file server with INI files to Wyse Management Suite.

Table 1. Relationship between INI and Wyse Management Suite group-based configurationsRelationship between INI file based and Wyse Management Suite group-based configurations.
Configuration ThinOS 8.6 with INI ThinOS 9.1 with Wyse Management Suite
Global configurations applied at boot to all clients—When using Wyse Management Suite, client configuration policies that applies to all devices should be defined using a Wyse Management Suite Device Policy Parent Group. This is similar to wnos.ini configurations when using a file Server. Global Configuration File (wnos.ini) Groups and Config

Device Policy Parent Group

Configurations applied at boot to a group of clients—When using Wyse Management Suite, client configuration policies that apply to a group of device should be defined using Wyse Management Suite Device Policy Child Groups. This is similar to an INCLUDE file statement with part of a system variable that enables more than one client device to obtain the defined configurations. The advantage of Wyse Management Suite is that it enables multiple Child Group levels, hence allowing nesting of configurations. Include parameter

(wnos\INC)

Groups and Config

Device Policy Child Groups

Configurations applied at boot to a single client device—When using Wyse Management Suite, client configuration policies that apply to a specific device can be completed using Wyse Management Suite Device Exceptions. This is similar to an INCLUDE file statement using a full system variable that allows only the selected client to obtain the defined configurations.
NOTE Device exceptions must be used when required and should be kept to a minimal number of configurations. Excessive use of Device Exceptions or Device Exception configurations can affect performance and manageability.
Include parameter

(WNOS\INC)

Devices

Device Exception

Device configurations dynamically selected from the ThinOS Login menu—The Select Group feature in ThinOS enables you to dynamically select and load configurations and is often used to access multiple virtual environments. In Wyse Management Suite 2.0, this feature is supported only on ThinOS 9 devices.

The Select Group feature can be enabled under Wyse Management Suite PRO Groups & Configs Device Policy Group when creating a Parent Group. Select Group feature is not supported by Wyse Management Suite Device Policy Child Groups.

NOTE The Select Group feature is not available when using Wyse Management Suite Standard. A Wyse Management Suite Pro license is required to enable this feature.
SelectGroup parameter

(WNOS\INI\GROUPS)

Groups and Configs

Device Policy Parent Group with Select Group Enabled

User configurations applied at Login based on Active Directory Domain—When using Wyse Management Suite, ThinOS configurations for a group of users can be defined by use of the Wyse Management Suite User Policy Group. This feature is similar to AD.INI functionality used by ThinOS 8.6 that dynamically applies configurations to ThinOS at SignOn (NTLM) based on the Active Directory Group Name.

NOTE ThinOS 9.1 Login type (under Login Experience > Login Settings and go to Login Type) must be set to Authenticate to domain controller at the Default Device Policy Group level for Active Directory Domain based configuration to function. If you are using the Active Directory group policy, the login type must be configured in the child group level of the device policies.
SignOn=NTLM,

(WNOS\INI\ AD.INI)

Groups and Configs

User Policy Group
User configurations applied at Login based on Username—When using Wyse Management Suite, ThinOS configurations for a single user is defined by use of Wyse Management Suite User Exceptions. It is similar to Username.INI functionality used by ThinOS 8.6 that dynamically applies configurations to ThinOS at Login (NTLM or Yes) based on username.
NOTE User Exceptions should only be used when required and should be kept to a minimal number of configurations. Excessive use of User Exceptions or User Exception configurations can affect performance and manageability.
SignOn=Yes or NTLM

(WNOS\INI\username.ini)

Users

User Exceptions

Wyse Management Suite can define device and user configurations for ThinOS and during boot ThinOS receives a device configuration payload from Wyse Management Suite. Additionally, a user configuration payload is received at Login.

For example, consider a scenario with device policies configured as shown in the following screenshot:
Figure 1. Device policy. Device policy
Device policy
In this scenario, a client that is assigned to Site B Printer Configurations receives a device payload based on the following:
  • ThinOS global configurations
  • ThinOS EST time zone configurations
  • Site B printer configurations
  • Device exception configurations

Similarly, at Login, Wyse Management Suite applies user policies based on the Active Directory Group Name or User Exception Policies based on username information.

For more information on how to configure active directory group settings and user exceptions, see the Wyse Management Suite Administrators Guide at www.dell.com/support.


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