Friday Jan 26, 2007

Nevada Rocks

Sure...I am biased.

But let me extend this challenge to you.  Download the latest build of Nevada.  Give it a spin for a week.  Let me know what didn't work for you.  From Star/OpenOffice to Firefox, you name it.

I'm having such a blast.  Oh yeah, I needed Windows XP a few times this last week.  I am working for a customer who is having problems with their SunPCiIII cards which are their terminal servers.  Turns out they have some corrupt diskimages due to some power failures.

First problem.  Their VPN client is Windows XP only.  No Windows XP here.  Vista 64 and the rest Solaris.

Second problem.  I needed to clone the drives.  Need to control the SunPCi cards graphically.

Funny thing with the SunPCi cards.  You can set them to boot when the Solars OS boots, but they need to display somewhere.  So Sun came up with method to use VNC to let them display to.  The only problem with that is Sun decided to change VNC "just a tad" to accomplish this.  So while we provide the source code, I just don't have all the developer tools available to compile under Windows.  Under Solaris?  Check.  No prob.  Sun Studio can be had for free

So while the following is kludgey, it worked really well.  I rebuilt two MS2K3 terminal servers in the time it took to FTP an 9 GB diskimage (OK 2 more minutes for NewSID)

So moral of the story:  Win4Solaris to the rescue!  Win4Solaris for the VPN.  VNC to Solaris.  From Solaris, run the "special" version of VNC to get to the display of the SunPCiIII cards.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present a desktop on a desktop on desktop on a desktop on a desktop.  Or what I like to call D5.

 

 

Friday Jan 12, 2007

Coming Soon

To a Sun Ray Near You:

 

Update due to multiple emails (just leave comments next time) :

It's not Xen, it's not VMWare, it's not Citrix, it's not Terminal Server.  And yes, that is Solaris the VM is running on.

 

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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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