Xpress Send Hosted Version 2.1.001 Now Available!

The newest version of Xpress Send Hosted is now available for download.  The XS client is now compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  In addition to supporting Microsoft’s new operating systems we have added the following new features:

Redesigned Xpress Send Client – The XS client has been redesigned to support the new Windows operating systems.  We have also implemented the “Xpress Send Monitor” service that allows for streamlined processing of jobs.  All jobs are now automatically logged into the XS database.  The new client also supports other features of the updated XS database.

Software License Manager – Keep track of the installed program and operating system licenses in your environment.  The license manager will give you an at-a-glace view of your software license usage for audits and compliancy.

Computer Grouping – Computers can now by put into groups for simplified deployment.  Create groups for desktops, servers, sites, or any other configuration that fits your organization.

Updated Web Interface – The XS web interface has been updated for simplified use.  Menus have been combined into a more simplified structure.  Logs now launch in a new compact window for easier viewing and access back to the system.  A new job status of “Running” has been created.  Jobs will show as “Running” until the job is complete and the logs are uploaded into the XS system.

Simplified Job Creation – “Download and Run” and “File Overlay” jobs now use their file name as the job name to simplify the job creation process.

Improved Search Features – Computer and job searches have been improved with new filtering and sorting options.

Expanded Appliance Hard Drive – The XS Hosted appliance hard drive has been increased from 5GB to 20GB to allow for the new database and imaging features.

Along with all of the new features we have installed all OS and software updates.  We have also updated all of our online documentation to match the new features.

Xpress Send Hosted Version 2.0.001 Now Available!

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newest version of Xpress Send Hosted!  We are always working hard to give our customers a simple solution, at a great price, which is always up-to-date with their needs. Below are some of the new features:

Imaging with Clonezilla – As previously announced, our new version of XS now offers an imaging solution through Clonezilla.  This is offered free of charge and does not require any licensing.  You will be able to PXE boot, boot from CD, or boot from a USB disk to image computers.

VMware Tools Installation – An option to install VMware Tools for ESXi hosts is now available.

SCSI Hardware Upgrade – VM drive hardware has been upgraded from IDE to SCSI.

Active Directory Sync – Active Directory synchronization is now included with the appliance.

Computer Inventory – Computer data is now inventoried in the XS database.  It will gather boot time, OS data, UAC status, hardware information, network information, application information, services status, and other computer data.

Enhanced Task Search – Task searching is now enhanced with filtering options based on computer name, job name, and job status.

Enhanced Computer Search – You can now search computers by computer name, username, operating system, computer manufacturer, computer model, and computer serial number.

Along with all of the new features we have installed all OS and software updates.  We have also updated all of our online documentation to match the new features.

Imaging with Xpress Send & Clonezilla

Coming up in the newest version of Xpress Send we will be adding imaging support through Clonezilla.  Clonezilla is a great open source partition and disk imaging program that will image almost any file system.  Through the Xpress Send web interface you will be able to customize boot options to load Clonezilla.  You type in 6 simple pieces of information and you’re imaging computers in minutes!

XS-Imaging

The customized boot options that Xpress Send provides give you simple one-click options for restoring and creating images.  Your file server and share information is input into the XS web interface.  After you update the web interface Xpress Send will custom build a PXE Boot Menu and boot CD.

PXEMenu

Your Xpress Send server acts as a PXE server.  When you boot your workstation it will contact the Xpress Send server and the server will send back the custom boot options.  You will also have an ISO with the same boot options that are available in PXE.  Using Tuxboot you can create a bootable USB disk from your ISO.

You can view the configuration document here.

Proper Java Updates

There has been a lot of talk about Java updates with all of the security issues that have recently surfaced.  A lot of people are frantically installing Java updates, not realizing they are leaving the old versions installed that contain the problems.  Oracle’s recommended procedure to install updates is to remove all previous versions before installing the new.  If you have an environment with automatic updates enabled you can find yourself with 10 or 20 old versions of Java on your network.

Xpress Send will allow you to automate the removal of all versions of Java.  We have complied a list of all current versions of Java 6 and 7 which allows for simple removal from any system.  Once you have it removed you can automate the installation of the new secure version of Java.  Take a look at the XS Programs page and search for Java.  Load them into your XS system and put your Java security worries at bay!

Xpress Send Blog

Xpress Send now has a blog!  We will be using this blog to post company updates, industry news, and tutorials.  To get updates on our blog follow us on our Facebook Page.  We will be posting some older articles over the next few weeks to build up our archive.  You can connect to the blog directly by visiting blog.xpress-send.com.