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Long-Term Support for Pepperl+Fuchs Thin Clients

2019-09-02

Thin Client

In 2020, Microsoft® will stop providing support and security updates for the Windows® 7 operating system. To avoid security gaps, companies that still use Windows 7 are currently faced with updating or renewing their IT infrastructure. Upgrading to newer Windows systems often includes changing hardware and firmware, too. This means users of VisuNet RM Shell 4 must upgrade to the latest version of Pepperl+Fuchs firmware. The innovative VisuNet RM Shell 5 is based on the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB operating system and already meets future demands.


Efficient Management with Highest Security Standards

The latest firmware generation communicates with the process control system or MES via standard Ethernet technology. It is compatible with both virtualized and workstation-based process control systems. Based on Windows 10, VisuNet RM Shell 5 offers permanent support and tight security for your hardware and software. Windows guarantees long-term availability of security updates for this operating system with the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). Moreover, RM Shell 5 provides several integrated security mechanisms that reduce the risk of external influences—a firewall and a USB lockdown protect the system against malware and viruses. Users are also able to customize the firmware and determine different, password-protected user roles. For instance, only administrators can make installations, while other users can only interact with the information provided.

VisuNet Control Center is a special highlight of VisuNet RM Shell 5. This additional software allows all VisuNet thin clients—from box thin clients to remote monitors—to be managed efficiently and centrally. Configuration, maintenance, monitoring, support, and firmware updates can be conveniently performed from a centralized workstation. There is no need to enter hazardous areas or clean rooms, which saves users time and money.



VisuNet RM Shell 5 and Control Center allow all thin clients to be conveniently managed.

Easy to Upgrade

Pepperl+Fuchs provides a download link for upgrading from VisuNet RM Shell 4 to RM Shell 5. Users who buy the RM Shell 5 upgrade kit will automatically get a user account where they will find everything they need for the upgrade, including:

  • A quick start guide for installation,
  • Windows 10 IoT Certificate of Authenticity (COA) license sticker, and
  • Images for various hardware (update to new factory reset necessary).

The VisuNet Control Center even supports users during the upgrade to VisuNet RM Shell 5. Usually, all system configurations and profiles are deleted during installation of the upgrade. However, with Control Center, users can save the existing system configuration before the new firmware has been installed and transfer it to the device after installation is complete. 


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Highlights at a Glance

  • Easy to upgrade from VisuNet RM Shell 4 to VisuNet RM Shell 5 via download link
  • New firmware generation based on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB
  • Long-term availability of security updates
  • Efficient management of all thin clients—from a BTC in the control room to remote monitors in the field
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