NoMachine 6 for remote desktop to Windows, Mac & Linux
NoMachine 6 brings a ton of exciting novelties, including a revamp of our product families. Here’s an overview of some of the most important enhancements you can see in NoMachine 6.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux.
The decision to extend browser-based access to our other products allows us to reposition the Cloud Server with a brand new feature-set. Cloud Server becomes a connection broker to all other NoMachine servers and foreign hosts and sits at the top of the NoMachine product hierarchy in the eponymous product suite. It consolidates the entire NoMachine server stack, providing centralized access to all other servers in the NoMachine infrastructure.
From version 6, the standalone Workstation and Terminal Server products can function as servers of Cloud Server. Customers using either of these products in version 5, or earlier, as nodes in their NoMachine cluster have the option to replace them with Terminal Server Nodes. Enterprise Desktop continues to provide remote desktop access on Linux, Windows and Mac, and function as a server of Cloud Server.
Great news for NoMachine users who roam between networks at the office. NoMachine automatically tries to reconnect you when the connection is lost. So for users who move between WIFI networks whilst working or when the connecting client goes into sleep mode, NoMachine handles the reconnection without the need for user intervention.
NoMachine detects whether there is a Proxy server in place on the local network through which outgoing traffic has to be tunneled. This is especially useful for those connecting from home and have configured a proxy server to screen their IP address, or when connecting from networks which have a logon requirement in order to gain access.
Set-up of clustered environments is improved for admins with the use of GUIDs to identify failover clusters and facilitate installation of new servers to a NoMachine server federation. Additionally, primary and secondary roles can be restored according to connection saturation on the servers during failback.
Web-based access is no longer exclusive to Cloud Server. This highly-requested functionality is available in all products of the Terminal Server and Cloud Server suites. Remote users connecting from clientless endpoints can now connect to the desktop environment via any HTML-enabled browser.
Linux virtual desktop is now exclusive to the Linux Terminal Server family with Enterprise Terminal Server at the helm, replacing both Enterprise Server and Cloud Server for Linux version 5 when used to run virtual Linux desktop sessions. Enterprise Terminal Server offers load-balancing of Terminal Server Nodes and failover as its predecessors did with the additional bonus of browser-based access.
More exciting news for users connecting to the remote desktop via the browser. Web-based sessions can be streamed using the H.264 encoder on the server, provided the browser on the connecting client also supports the codec. Benefits of using H.264 encoding are reduced bandwidth usage and less CPU consumption - useful for less powerful computers and where network conditions are not as favorable as expected.
Access to the local desktop and requests to connect can now be easily disabled for as long as the owner chooses, or until the desktop is closed, without having to stop the NoMachine services entirely.
Raspberry has officially been added to our list of supported platforms. Both RPi2 and RPi3 models can be used as connecting clients as well as pocket-sized servers. Depending on your set-up and needs you can choose from NoMachine (free), Enterprise Client (free) and Enterprise Desktop.
Administrators can provide users with pre-configured connection files to easily connect their desktops and applications via web. It’s possible to define session type, screen resolution, display quality and more in advance to avoid customizing the session at every login. This allows admins to reduce manual configuration by the end user to the minimum.
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