By joachimandres on Jan 26, 2009
Simply speaking, a virtual desktop is a desktop in form of a virtual image (e.g. VMWare, xVM Virtual Box) and virtual desktop infrastructure are the means to deliver the virtual desktop to the user.
With desktops and a smart cards (e.g. for Sun Ray access) being user assets, Sun's Identity Management provides a number benefits for managing them. It allows for instance the assignment of desktops and smart cards as part of a typical HR driven user on-boarding process with approvals, notifications and reports. Another crucial element in the user life cycle is de-activation, where Sun IdM provides the platform to assure that when a user is disabled, the user assigned assets are disabled or even unassigned as well.
Paul Walker and myself put together a demo around these use cases which is at https://slx.sun.com/1179272877
The products integrated in this demo include Sun VDI (xVM Virtual Box, Sun Ray Server, Virtual Desktop Connector, Secure Global Desktop, MySQL) and Sun Identity Management (Identity Manager, OpenSSO, OpenDS, DSEE, MySQL).