Quest Workspace Desktop Authority 9 features a new web console which does away with the need to install client software and allows multiple administrators to work concurrently. It also introduces VDI support so users see a familiar environment whether they log in to a a physical machine, terminal server/Remote Desktop session host or virtualised desktop.
Quest officials claim the software also assists with Windows 7 and Office 2010 migrations as it supports common folder redirection. This ensures users' content survives the migration process.
Security policies - including Internet Explorer and Firefox security settings - can be enforced through Quest Workspace Desktop Authority. Access rights can also be managed more efficiently via the product, which allows administrators to establish groups according to required criteria and then apply appropriate rights to those groups.
"Workspace Desktop Authority provides a simple, easy-to-use interface that lets organisations centrally configure, manage, secure and support both physical and virtual Windows desktops. It reduces the burden of desktop management by providing IT with the market's most flexible and granular control over desktops and user settings," said Shayne Higdon, Quest's senior vice president and general manager, user workspace management and monitoring.