Friday Apr 18, 2008
Monday Mar 24, 2008
By ThinGuy on Mar 24, 2008
Monday Mar 10, 2008
By ThinGuy on Mar 10, 2008
Matt works in Sun Fed. Matt works with many three letter agencies. Matt has such high security clearance, the process to get it would probably cause most of us to have a nervous breakdown. What would happen if Matt lost or had his Accutech Gobi8 Sun Ray laptop stolen? Nothing. It's a nice door stop for the person who uses it next.
Thursday Feb 21, 2008
By ThinGuy on Feb 21, 2008
Wednesday Feb 06, 2008
By ThinGuy on Feb 06, 2008
The Sun Ray area in our Menlo Park Campus' Executive Briefing Center got a fresh new look.
Photos courtesy of Ron Shipper, Sun Ray Engineering. More here.
Thursday Jan 10, 2008
By ThinGuy on Jan 10, 2008
Friday Dec 21, 2007
Wednesday Dec 19, 2007
Tuesday Dec 18, 2007
Thursday Dec 13, 2007
By ThinGuy on Dec 13, 2007
I'm stoked that Dirk Grobler, a Senior Engineering Manager for our Desktop Virtualization group (i.e. Sun Ray, SGD, VDI Connector) has decided to start blogging. Dirk and his team is responsible for the revamped Sun Ray features such as the Sun Ray Admin GUI and the new Kiosk Mode. Dirks team also is responsible for the Sun VDI Connector, and the Sun Desktop Manager (which was recently open sourced!). A lot of goodness coming from his team in a short amount of time. They are on fire!
Dirk is located in Hamburg, Germany. Along with his own blog, Dirk has also joined the ranks of the Think Thin bloggers so look there for technical goodness from Germany. Hopefully he'll find the time to blog in his native tongue as well. Show Dirk some "liebe" and follow his posts won't you?
Friday Dec 07, 2007
Thursday Nov 01, 2007
By ThinGuy on Nov 01, 2007
While I didn't achieve my goal of getting Sun Ray1 up on the "OpenSolaris Developer Preview" (aka Project Indiana) I did get it running on VMWare ESX. In fact, I built it on my Mac using VMWare Fusion, then used VMWare Converter to import into ESX.
Not many caveats with Fusion or ESX. But there are a few:
- Choose Solaris 10 64 bit as your OS Type
- Tell VMWare to allocate the whole disk ahead of time. Installs much quicker
- Choose Bridged Networking
- Of course, point your CD-ROM Drive at the in-preview.iso
- DO NOT INSTALL VMWare-Tools. You've been warned. If you do, you will have to ssh into the box and uninstall them.
Once in, you might want to used a fixed IP and other fixed network settings. To do this you are going to have to disable Network Auto-Magic Mode. This is simple to do, from a terminal as root do the following:
# svcadm disable svc:/network/physical:nwam
# svcadm enable svc:/network/physical:default
I didn't have much luck using the Network Settings applet to config everything correctly2, at least how I view it as correctly. In fact the only things I think it got right was /etc/netmasks, /etc/defaultrouter, and /etc/resolv.conf
The following files needed to be changed by hand: /etc/hosts, /etc/hostname.e1000g0, /etc/nsswitch.conf
For /etc/hosts I had to insert the hostname followed by the fixed IP, remove the hostname from the loopback address and add localhost to the loopback line.
For /etc/hostname.e1000g0 I replaced the IP address with the hostname.
For /etc/resolve.conf I had to add dns to the hosts line
That's about it. The installer is super cool, and I really (really!) love the "Live CD".
Updates in the future when I get Sun Ray up on it. (See below)
1 Project Indiana uses Xorg's X Server and does not include Sun's Xsun X Server. Today Sun Ray relies on Xsun. While we have a prototype based on Xorg, pkgadd is broken in Project Indiana and it is impossible to install Sun Ray Server without it. Well maybe not impossible, but extremely painful.
2 I based my network configuration based on the requirements of Sun Ray Servers utadm command. If I didn't make the changes I did, utadm would have failed.
Friday Oct 19, 2007
By ThinGuy on Oct 19, 2007
On the last night of CEC 2007 I hosted a dinner (with the financial OK from my boss) for a few of my Sun Desktop Virtualization co-workers and partners. We had dinner at a great Tapas bar (not topless as some people mistook the verbal invite for) called FireFly\* On Paradise. The no-shows (you know who you are!) missed out on a great evening.
From left to right: Mike Jansen from Dataman.nl (They do SAP training centers using Sun Rays), Lou Springer, John Pither, Paul Shore, Johnathan Mills, Shawn Ferry, Denae (My Wife), Brad Lackey, Art Peck, and Ansco Van Rooyen from Cards Engineering in the Netherlands (They do Sun Ray for the PowerPC platform)
Another group shot
The UK Team in the house! John Pither, Paul Shore, and Johnathan Mills.
Mike Jansen and Lou Springer
Brad Lackey and my wife.
Shawn Ferry and his awesome camera gear
Shawn Ferry again. I like this picture. Much better than the post mojito one with mint on his tooth.
Lou Springer and me.
Ansco and Me
Group shot, Lou flirting with my wife.
And finally one more of me and Ansco with what my wife calls the "Iguana Eye". Happens after the Mojitos kick in.
Thursday Oct 04, 2007
Wednesday Sep 26, 2007
Wednesday Sep 05, 2007
By ThinGuy on Sep 05, 2007
We are looking to reprise our recent Desktop Virtualization Days road show in San Diego the week of November 5th. The plan is to still do two, two day tracks but this might be subject to change. I'd like to do it sooner, but this is a very busy time of year for everyone with CEC, VMWorld, etc. There may be some other events in the meantime but the presenter list will be somewhat smaller. Most likely these will be in the UK.
To the west coast folks, especially our Sun Ray customers in the Southern California Area, let me know if these dates works.
Tuesday Aug 28, 2007
Thursday Aug 23, 2007
My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.
I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.
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