Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Green Enterprise Trifecta


Thanks to my friends at Dataman for capturing this pic at a recent tradeshow.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Technical Deep Dive in France

I'll be presenting in Grenoble, France on January 15th and 16th.  Details here.  I'm available on the 17th for customer/partner meetings.

Thursday Nov 01, 2007

Project Indiana on ESX

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.

 Indiana as viewed through the ESX VIC Console

Not many caveats with Fusion or ESX.  But there are a few:

  1. Choose Solaris 10 64 bit as your OS Type
  2. Tell VMWare to allocate the whole disk ahead of time.  Installs much quicker
  3. Choose Bridged Networking
  4. Of course, point your CD-ROM Drive at the in-preview.iso
  5. 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 Jul 27, 2007

Desktop Virtualization Days - Virginia

Remember that post were I said we should do a Sun Ray get together in Virginia?  Well it's happening.  Besides me, our other featured speakers will be Andy Hall, Brad Lackey and Matt Hatley.  Details below.  Dress code is extremely casual (i.e. shorts are OK by me).  This is a FREE event!  If you are coming from out of town the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner is right next door to the Sun Offices.  Be sure to ask for the Sun Microsystems Rate, but check if yours is lower (especially if you have AAA or other discounts).  Both tracks are exactly the same, just giving folks flexibility to attend.


Desktop Virtualization Days

We are pleased to be offering a two day seminar focusing on the features and benefits of Sun virtual desktop solutions. Topics to be discussed are: Sun Ray Software 4.2 and it's new features, Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions, Secure Global Desktop, and Virtual Desktop Access Kit.

Track one - August 21-22, 2007
Track two - August 23-24, 2007

Sun Microsystems McLean Office
7900 Westpark Dr.
McLean, VA, 22102

Track one - event id# 1644
Track two - event id# 1678


\*Day One\*
7:30 AM To 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM To 8:30 AM Welcome
8:30 AM To 9:00 AM Introductions and Agenda
9:00 AM To 12:00 PM Sun Ray Software 4 Update 2
12:00 PM To 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM To 3:00 PM Trusted Extensions and Sun Ray
3:00 PM To 5:00 PM Ask the experts
5:00 PM To 7:00 PM Meet the Speakers

\*Day Two\*
7:30 AM To 8:30 AM Check In
8:30 AM To 10:00 AM SGD Overview and demos
10:00 AM To 12:00 PM New Kiosk Deep Dive
12:00 PM To 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM To 3:00 PM VM Technologies
3:00 PM To 5:00 PM Roadmap and Demos
You're Invited

© 2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved. For information on Sun's trademarks see

If your employer requires payment for this event, please contact Linda Lam at

Friday May 11, 2007

Warren's got a brand new bag

Er..blag...I mean blog!

Warren Ponder has resumed blogging now that he's settled into his new gig over @ VMWare.  Lot's of good stuff, especially the posts on getting ESX on a Sun U40.

Check it out.


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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