Four years ago, Wayk Now was officially launched. Since then, we have been gone through multiple major milestones, such as unattended mode for all platforms and the introduction of Wayk Den, a centralized management server for Wayk Now. It was only at the beginning of 2020 that the self-hosted Wayk Den product obtained its web interface, finally making it a viable product for many customers who had been eagerly awaiting it. As COVID-19 became part of our lives, we decided to offer Wayk Den, including unlimited access to Wayk Now Enterprise, free for 6 months. During this time, we had the chance to collect a lot of feedback from customers, leading to a series of upcoming changes that we are announcing today.

Splitting Wayk Now into Wayk Client and Wayk Agent

The upcoming 2020.3.x release of Wayk Now will no longer include a single program that can be used as both a client and a server (agent). Following the current visual separation of functionality in the Wayk Now interface, the “Allow Remote Control” section has become the new Wayk Agent, and the “Take Remote Control” section has become the new Wayk Client. In the past, the “Remote Control Mode” option was used to block part of the application. Licensing has also been simplified: while Wayk Client requires a license, Wayk Agent doesn’t need a license. This way, you can make large scale deployments of Wayk Agent without having to worry about the additional burden of complex license management.

Making Private Wayk Den Deployments the New Norm

While the default, public Wayk Den is convenient for quick access with a 6-digit ID, it remains extremely limited in terms of features. If you aren’t using the self-hosted Wayk Den product, you are missing out on the vast majority of what we offer: deployment automation with machine registration, user management with Active Directory integration, the white label editor, the Wayk web client, etc. In recent months, we have seen an increase of 150% in the number of connections to the public Wayk Den, making it a significant burden on our resources. To ease the pressure a bit, the upcoming Wayk Client will require a valid license to work with the public Wayk Den. The older client will still work, providing a temporary solution for unlicensed access. While paying customers will be unaffected by this change, we strongly encourage them to migrate to a private Wayk Den to get the complete experience.

Brace Yourselves: More Changes Are Coming!

The announcements made today mostly cover changes to Wayk Now, but we have a lot more in store for Wayk Den, which we will discuss in a separate blog post. If you missed your chance to try Wayk Den with unlimited Wayk Now access, do not hesitate to contact our support team: we’ll give you a 3-month license for free. In the meantime, please tell us what you think!