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Computers

Click the "Computers" tab.

Add client

  1. Click on the add client “+” button (Figure 1).

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  1. Fill in the Computer Name, IP Address, MAC Address, select hardware profile and choose the image (Figure 2).

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  1. Finally Click on the “OK” button.


Auto scan

“Auto Scan” function scans all the online computers in your LAN and adds them to the computers list automatically. By default, the new clients will be added to "Default Group" and will have the same settings as the Default User Template. For auto scan follow the following steps:

  1. Go to the CP; click on “Computer” tab and click on the “Auto Scan” button (Figure 1).

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  1. Enter the IP addresses to begin and end the auto scan and click on the “Scan” button (Figure 2).

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Client properties

  1. Go to the Boot page from cp of iCafeCloud, then click on the “Computers” tab (Figure 1).

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  1. For the client’s details, right click on the PC and click on the “Edit PC” (Figure 2).

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  1. Then the modal with client details will appear (Figure 3).

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Computer Name: Client computer name.

Enabled: Client PC is enabled for diskless booting.

Group: Define the user group that the client belongs to.

Comment: Comment field is for writing comment.

IP Address: IP address that gets from CCBoot Server.

MAC Address: MAC address of the client information.

Image: Assign Images to the clients.

2nd Image : Assign Second image to the clients.

1st Server: The IP address of the boot server. If more than one server, you can input more IP addresses of the server on the 2nd Server field.

2nd Server: The IP address of the 2nd boot server if you have a load balance server running.

PXE: Specified PXE file name. The default value can support most of the network card.

Note: It would be better to use "ipxe.pxe", but if you cannot diskless boot the client via using "ipxe.pxe", you can try to change the PXE value to "ipxex.pxe". If this doesn't work, please modify the value to "ipxe0.pxe". If Realtek 8111E NIC has blue screen problem, you can try to change the PXE value to "ipxe.pxe

Hardware Profile: To set the client hardware configuration profile.

Change Display: If your Client has multiple monitors the resolutions can set up individual client's resolution. 1st is "Resolution" and 2nd is "Refresh Rate". All fields need to be filled in order for it to be applied properly. You can set them using the drop down or enter custom resolution and other values manually as well. If any field is empty the settings will not be applied and it will default to blank.

Enable Cache: Setting the memory to use as a client cache, is depending on the client's memory size. Example: client RAM is 2GB; you can set the 256M to use as a cache.

Local Writeback : Writeback in local  is used when you have an HDD/SSD on your client but want to boot from CCBoot and do not want to use local HDD for OS or games. This helps to reduce load on writeback disk on the server as well


Client cache

Client cache is simply RAM cache for client PC which uses client's RAM to cache read/write data. When the client cache gets full, it will be flushed to the server as writeback data to the writeback disk. In this way, client cache provides better performance for the diskless client and also reduces the load on server writeback disk.

Steps to enable client cache:

  1. Go to the boot page from CP of iCafeCloud and Computers page respectively. Then right click on the PC and select “Edit pc” (Figure 1).

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  1. Check the checkbox "Enable Cache". You can either select using the drop-down menu or enter value manually and click on the “Ok” button (Figure 2).

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Please refer to the following table.

Client Physical RAM

Client Cache

1 GB

256 MB

2 GB

384 MB

4 GB

512 MB

8 GB

1024 MB

16 GB

2048 MB

 

Notes: 

  1. You can set Client local cache to auto; this will automatically set the local cache based on the amount of RAM available. This also gives you a slight boost in boot speed as well as client performance.
  2.  If you have more than 16GB RAM in client then you can set 2048 MB or set it to auto. Any lower, do not use auto in Client Cache.

Client local writeback cache

To enable local writeback using the client's HDD/SSD, just check this option in client's edit option (Figure 1).

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Note:

1.Your local HDD/SSD need to be formatted for this option to work.

2. Writeback in local HDD is used when you have an HDD/SSD on your client but want to boot from CCBoot and do not want to use local HDD for OS or games. This helps to reduce load on the writeback disk on the server as well.

It is ok if your local writeback file has 0 size in explorer. You can open properties to see the right size.

Important : Before you enable local writeback function, make sure that you have HDD/SSD in your client PC; has only one partition and is formatted in 32K Allocation unit. Else you may experience client restart or freezing.

Configure multiple boot images

We developed a Multi Operating System Boot to meet market demand. Multi OS Boot is a selection of more than one operating system to start from the same client. Any customers can choose their operating system such as Windows 7 and Windows 10 Operating Systems in the same server at the same time.

Multi boot system can be done with a simple selection of boot images in the client properties as follow:

  1. Add several images in the “Image” Page. Refer to Add boot Image.
  2. Go to the boot page from CP of iCafeCloud and Computers page respectively. Then right click on the PC and select “Edit pc” (Figure 1).

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  1. Select multiple images and click on the “Ok” button (Figure 2).

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  1. Now boot the client, use the arrow keys to select the Operating System and press enter key (Figure 3).

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Power control

To control the power option of the client from the server, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the “Boot” page, click on the “Computers ” tab.
  2. Then right click on the PC you want to control; hover on the “”Power control” option and select the action you want on the client PCs like power on, shutdown, logoff, reboot and hibernate (Figure 1).

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Remote control

To control the clients remotely, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the “Boot” page, click on the “Computers ” tab.
  2. Then right click on the PC you want to control; hover on the “”Remote control” option and select the action you want on the client PCs (Figure 1).

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Remote Control : Allow you to remote control your client through VNC.

Remote Monitor : Allows you to remotely monitor your client’s usage without hindering their experience.

Note: The remote control and monitor will work only on the local server side.

Super client

If you want to make some changes on client OS or on game disk from client side, you can use the option “Enable super client”.

Important:

  1. Before you enable super clients for any computer, please make sure that you have enough space free in the "Image Disk". To be safe, have at least 10-20 GB free.

  1. When you disable super clients but your changes are not saving, then you need to unmount any virtual hard disk attached to the server.

The issue is caused when you accidentally mounted the image file on the server but did not unmount it from the disk management.

  1. Some games require graphics drivers to be installed before you are able to run the game installer. So, make sure the graphics drivers are installed first
  2. On super client mode, we recommend to use incognito mode only on browsers or if you do not use incognito mode, clean history and cookies before saving changes on image.

Taking the client PC101 as an example, the operation steps are as follows:

Note: When you have placed the client in super client mode, the client cache will be disabled and will not be enabled until you have disabled super client and saved the image and booted the client in normal mode

  1. Go to the boot page from CP of iCafeCloud and Computers page respectively. Then right click on the PC and select “Enable superclient” (Figure 1).

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  1. In the pop-up "CCBoot Select Disk" dialogue box, tick the disks you want to update and then click OK (Figure 2).

Note:  Only check the image disk if you want to make changes to the boot image. And tick the game disk as well if you want to install/update games from the client PC.

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  1. After you have selected the disks and clicked ok the client name will change to red(Figure 3).

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  1. After you have selected the disks, boot the client and install/update it. After you are finished shutdown the client.

  1. On the server right click the client “PC101” and choose ”Disable Super Client” Option (Figure 4).

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  1. Enter the description and click on the “Ok” button (Figure 5).

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Note:

  1. Enabling the Super Client on Game Disk in the client PCs is not recommended, this is prone to affect with the virus. Since some of the customers are inserting a USB flash drive on the client PC, hence you have to avoid it.

But if you still wanted to Super Client the Game Disk always, We recommend preparing separate PC just for the game update purposes and then follow this method CCBoot Used As Virtual Disk Game Server

  1.  If the game icons are not showing up properly then please re configure the server and re set the SSD cache once to make the icons.

  1.  If you have placed any client PC in superclient, then other clients may experience slow loading of games as well as boot time increased. To fix it, finish super client and disabled it as soon.

  1. Please note that when you have to put a game disk in super client mode, it will be locked in the server to prevent the content from being changed. Which may lead to game file getting corrupted. Once you are done with super client and have disabled it, the game disk will be accessible on server once again.

 

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