Ceptor runs in a stateless condition. Users are unable to execute software or initiate remote sessions that administrators have not authorized. The device does not broadcast or auto-discover network protocols, according to Mancini, thereby eliminating the need for special firewall or routing rules. Given that the terminals have no local persistent memory, users don't need to worry about viruses or malware. The client doesn't save any profile data, only data pertaining to WiFi connection, audio level, keymap, and language.
System admins can manage Ceptors via Devon IT's Echo thin client management software platform. Echo provides centralized control, including the ability to remotely add, delete, or change software configuration on a device; backup and restore capabilities; the ability to create and assign profiles to provision thin clients' configuration and role; event logging; and shadowing. The Echo console also provides admins with the ability to grant or decline USB storage access to a user or user group.
For the Ceptor, the system administrator configures the desktop, whereas with traditional thin client, users get to manipulate their desktops. Putting that power in admins' hands reduces IT service-support requests, according to Mancini.
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