Pano Controller for VDI is the central component of the Pano System for VDI architecture, connecting and managing Pano users, desktop virtual machines (DVMs), and endpoints including Pano Zero Client hardware, Pano Virtual Client software on repurposed PCs, and Pano Remote USB keys.
It provides a simple unified web-based management console, with tabs for Desktop Virtual Machines (DVMs), DVM Collections, Clients, Setup and Log, letting you quickly get a high-level overview and then easily drill-down to manage any component in detail.
Pano Controller for VDI is the central component of the Pano System architecture providing a range of benefits:
- Provides an overview of your entire virtual infrastructure.
- Allows you to monitor and control both Pano zero clients and Pano Remote USB keys from one console.
- Supports a wide range of deployment models with both user- and device-based DVM Collections.
- Scales to very large deployments by working in groups for load-balancing and redundancy.
- Has installable Roles that control the overall function of each Pano Controller:
– Zero Client Controller Role – discovery, login, and management of Pano Zero Clients.
– Virtual Desktop Broker Role – connection broker between users and their virtual desktops.
– Full Role – combines both of the above Roles.
- Integrates with the native connection brokers included in VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop in place of Pano Controller’s Virtual Desktop Broker Role.
- Provides a front-end to each virtualization platform’s native provisioning and management tools such as VMware vCenter Server and Microsoft SCVMM.
- Works with Active Directory for secure user authentication based on your existing infrastructure.
- Pano Manager Connector allows managing virtual machines directly from Windows Server with Hyper-V as well as through SCVMM.
- On the VMware platform it optionally integrates with vCenter Server for enhanced DVM management. It can integrate with VMware’s View Connection Server as an alternate connection broker if needed for very large or hybrid endpoint deployments.
- On all platforms Pano Controller for VDI ensures a secure and reliable login process by optionally integrating with directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory. Rather than maintain a separate database of users, it queries your existing directory service directly during each login attempt. IT administrators only need to perform user account management in the directory service. Pano Controller can even determine which pool of virtual desktops should be assigned to a user based on the user’s group membership in Active Directory.
- Pano Controller for VDI itself runs as a self-contained virtual machine within a hypervisor on one of your data center servers, simplifying deployment and further improving hardware utilization.
- Pano Controller for VDI is managed via a web-based console that can be access from any system with any Flash-capable web browser – including a browser installed in a Pano virtual desktop. And because the interface requires only standard HTTP and HTTPS protocols you can access it remotely over any web-capable network link making remote management via a VPN or even a dial-up line possible.