- Zentera Air Essentials
- Zentera Air Advanced
- Zentera Air Ultimate
About remote desktop access
Remote desktop access with Zentera Air allows authorized users to instantly connect to onboarded desktops or VMs. Once authenticated through CoIP Launcher in a web browser, users are presented with a list of remote desktops they are authorized to access.
The remote desktop connection is made using the CoIP overlay, and through the ZNS data services layer. As a result, there is no need to open the firewall or physical network to remote desktop traffic.
Supported remote desktop targets are Linux, Windows, or Mac. VNC is used to connect to Linux or Mac targets, while RDP is used to connect to Windows targets.
Onboarding a remote desktop target
In order to onboard a server or VM as a remote desktop target, you must download and install the zLink agent to that server. You may download the zLink agent from the zCenter services portal by navigating to Onboarding and Management > Manage Servers and selecting the Register Server button.
Select the target architecture and installation method, and click “Generate Package” to continue.
||A URL-downloadable package is only available for 20 minutes; after this time, the URL will expire and must be re-generated.|
You may reuse the package downloaded from the zCenter services portal to install it on other machines as needed. However, Zentera releases new features, the zLink agent version available on the portal will be updated; consider always downloading from the portal before installation as a best practice.
||The zLink agent installed to enable a server as a remote desktop target is identical to that used in Advanced and Ultimate modes. If you are using Advanced or Ultimate mode, you may assign this server to an Application, or configure an Application Chamber for it.|
Once you have downloaded the package, run the installer on the server to be onboarded. The zLink installer will require root privilege.
Verifying the installation
Once the installation process completes, you will see the server show up in the Onboarding and Management > Manage Servers overview. Servers with the remote desktop function enabled are listed as "Access Desktop" or "Access Server" under Server Function. A green status indicator indicates that the zLink agent is running and is able to connect to Zentera Air services.
Offboarding a remote desktop target
You may offboard a remote desktop target machine at any time by running the uninstaller bundled with the zLink download package.
You may also temporarily offboard a remote desktop target by stopping the zLink service.