Thursday Apr 08, 2010

The New Sun Ray Hardware Information Center...Pass It Along!

This might be old news for some of you, but Oracle has just released the new Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.  Beyond providing the normal Getting Started Guide that typically comes in the box, the product team wanted to provide a place to give you (our users) up-to-the-minute release notes, detailed technical specifications, and the environmental data for the new shiny Sun Ray. 

Since I was fresh off of using wikis.sun.com for the Sun Ray Software 5 release, I made the case for wikis.sun.com to be that place for sharing and the Sun Ray Hardware Information Center was born.

The Sun Ray Hardware Information Center isn't fancy (yet), but it does provide the juicy tidbits and important information for the new Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.  If there is anything missing or other information you'd like to see, either provide a comment on the wiki or on this blog.  As always, I'll see what I can do.

BTW, here's a cool unboxing video of the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client.

Paul Kasper, Sun Ray documentation guy

Thursday Jan 28, 2010

SRS Patch Information

We've put together a page on the SRS wiki that provides all the latest Sun Ray Software patch information.  We don't have any patches yet for the new SRS 5 release, but we have a placeholder when they are released.

http://wikis.sun.com/display/SRS/Home

Oh, and here's a little tutorial about how you can tell what SRS patches are already installed on your Sun Ray servers.

  • For Solaris:  showrev -p | grep SUNWut
  • For Linux:  rpm -q SUNWutfw

Remember, patching your systems will help you avoid time consuming problems in the future, and time is money.

- Paul, SRS documentation lead

Monday Nov 09, 2009

Announcing Sun Ray Software 5

The Sun Desktop Virtualization Marketing team is pleased to announce the release of Sun Ray Software 5!

This release focuses on improving the end user experience with a broader choice of end client devices, improved Adobe Flash performance and expanded support for USB peripheral devices. Additionally, Sun Ray Software 5 improves application server support, by adding support for Windows Server 2008.

The Sun Desktop Access Client (SDAC) is revolutionizing Sun Ray Software as we know it, making our vision and strategy of providing simple, user-friendly access to a centralized virtual desktop environment from nearly any device a reality. Easily installed on Windows PCs, the Sun Desktop Access Client removes the dependency on Sun Ray hardware clients, providing full access to Sun Ray infrastructure. It provides a simplified solution for end-users who do not fit the desktop thin client model, and require continued use of their current Windows PC. As well, it helps to mitigate the initial costs of migration to Sun's desktop technology by repurposing existing PCs. Providing client device choice to the customer helps our customers embrace our technology and enables them to become more environmentally friendly by extending the lifecyle of existing PCs rather than disposing of them into a landfill.

Unlike some of our competitors, the Sun Desktop Access Client frees users from being restricted to a particular device and enables them to choose whatever device best suits their needs. In addition to client choice, another key challenge CIOs often face, is how to provide a true PC experience to their end users from a virtualized desktop environment. This release beats many of our competitors to market by introducing multimedia enhancements for Adobe Flash audio and video on both the Sun Ray hardware clients, as well as any Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC.

In addition to expanding client device choice and adding Adobe Flash multimedia acceleration, Sun virtual desktop users can now expect similar peripheral connectivity with their Sun Ray thin client environment that they would normally have with their standard PCs. Sun Ray Software 5 now enables users to connect many of their favorite USB devices to a Sun Ray hardware client, connecting them to their Windows XP virtual desktop environment. Peripheral support includes a broad range of devices such as USB flash storage devices, printers and scanners.

Finally, Sun Ray Software 5 includes support for Windows Server 2008, enabling access to applications running on Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. Support for Windows Server 2008 TS Session Broker is also included.

Read more about it at www.sun.com/software/sunray!

Angela Carducci
Product Line Manager Desktop Virtualization Marketing
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
angela.carducci@sun.com
twitter.com/angelacarducci
http://www.sun.com/vdi

SRS 5 Released

Sun Ray Software 5 Released
See: http://www.sun.com/featured-articles/2009-1110/feature/index.jsp

SRS 5 includes:

  • SRSS 4.2
  • SRWC 2.2
  • SDAC 1.0
See new feature details at & download from URL above.

Monday Sep 14, 2009

Sun VDI 3.1 Software EA & Sun Ray Software 5 EA 2

The Sun Desktop Virtualization Marketing team is pleased to announce the Sun VDI Software 3.1 Early Access program and the Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access 2 program. Both programs begin 9/15/09, at 5am PDT and they will end on 10/2/2009.

Which program should you join?

Choose Sun VDI Software 3.1 when you want to deploy server hosted virtual desktops running inside virtual machines to a variety of client devices.
Choose Sun Ray Software 5 when you want to deploy Sun Ray Software to Sun Ray Thin Clients or PCs in a more traditional server-based computing model. You should also choose this program if you want to deploy Sun Ray Software + VMware View Manager.

Sun VDI Software 3.1 Early Access

Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3.1 allows organizations to deploy a secure desktop environment hosted in the data center and displayed on a number of client devices, including Windows PCs and Sun Ray Thin Clients. This release adds Microsoft Hyper-V as an additional virtualization host, support for virtual desktops generated by Microsoft Terminal Services, and the Sun Desktop Access Client for simplified access from Windows PCs. Sun VDI Software 3.1 also includes a number of additional features for Sun Ray client devices, including USB redirection and Adobe Flash enhancements. More details on new features are covered in the support documentation.

You can download the software here:
https://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductRef=SunVDI-3.1-EA-SP-G-F@CDS-CDS_SMI

After you have downloaded and tested the software, please fill out the survey here:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2bOaIS5LgthO0B125F5_2bVLg_3d_3d

Documentation is available here:
https://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3dot1/Home

Support is available through the Sun VDI Forum here:
http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=992&start=0

Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access 2 (EA2)

Sun Ray Software is a secure, cost effective solution that delivers a rich virtual desktop to PCs or Sun Ray Thin Clients. The Sun Ray Software Early Access 2 program delivers four core new features: USB device redirection to Windows, Adobe Flash Enhancements, Windows Server 2008 support and the Sun Desktop Access Client (code name was "Sun Ray Soft Client"). Details of the features are listed below.

1) USB device redirection to Windows
Remote Windows XP Desktop users can now deploy a multitude of Windows USB devices with Sun Ray Technology.  A full list of supported devices is available here.  Installation of Sun Ray Software for Solaris x86 or SPARC is required.  This feature is supported with Sun VDI as a part of the Sun VDI 3.1 Early Access Program or with VMware View Manager in the Sun Ray Software 5 EA2 program.

2) Adobe Flash Enhancements
Sun Ray Software 5 provides Adobe Flash enhancements which enable customers to experience improved frame rates along with synchronized audio, video, and Adobe Flash animation playback for the Sun Ray 2 family of clients and its follow-on product family.

Supported environment:
o Internet Explorer 7 and 8
o Adobe Flash 9 content with all Adobe Flash plugins from versions 9 & 10
o Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit) and Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)

Users will need both components of Sun Ray Software - Sun Ray Server Software & the Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS. In additional to the Windows environment mentioned above, users need to install Sun Ray Server Software which runs on the following platforms:
o Solaris 10 5/09 or higher on SPARC and X86
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
o Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)

3) Windows Server 2008
Sun Ray Software 5 enables customers to display applications within Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. Windows Server 2008 Session Directory support is also included.

Supported platforms:
o Solaris 10 5/09 or higher (SPARC and X86)
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
o Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)

4) Sun Desktop Access Client (code name was "Sun Ray Soft Client").
The Sun Desktop Access Client is a software application that easily installs on common client operating systems and provides the ability to connect to centralized desktops running on Sun's desktop virtualization software products. An alternative to using a Sun Ray Thin Client, the Sun Desktop Access Client meets the needs of end-users who do not fit the desktop thin client model or who may need to connect from their existing laptop or desktop PC. The Sun Desktop Access Client also provides the flexibility to 'hotdesk' to and from your Sun Ray Thin Client and any supported Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC.

Supported platforms:
o Microsoft Windows XP
o Microsoft Windows Vista
o Microsoft Windows 7

You download the software here:
https://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductRef=SRS-5-EA2-SP-LX-G-B@CDS-CDS_SMI

After you have downloaded and tested the software, please fill out the survey here:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=edIU7UCv9CbC_2bFiyD8POow_3d_3d

Documentation is available here:
http://wikis.sun.com/display/SRS/Home

Support is available through the Sun Ray Software Forum here:
http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=875

If you have additional feed-back for the product team, please send it here:
srs-feedback@sun.com

Thank you for your participation in the Sun VDI 3.1 and/or the Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access 2 Program!

-- 
Angela Carducci
Product Line Manager
Desktop Virtualization Marketing
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
angela.carducci@sun.com
twitter.com/angelacarducci
http://www.sun.com/vdi



Thursday Sep 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Sun Ray!

The Sun Ray was announced to the world on 9/9/99.  Happy Birthday little guy! Have you been working out?  You've definitely lost some weight!

Sun Ray 1 Family Sun Ray 2 Family

Here are some trade articles from various sources that ran on 9/08/99, the day before the announcement:

Forbes: Corona is a ray of sun (shine)

cnet: Sun looks toward a new dawn in thin clients

SRO/ZDNet (via Linux Today): Sun Takes Another Shot At The PC

Wired (via Linux Today): Sun Tries Net Appliance, Again.

Thursday Aug 06, 2009

Using The Sun Desktop Access Client For Scalability Testing

Note: The Sun Desktop Access Client is the proper name for what was called the Sun Ray Soft Client.  Since this name change took effect after the Early Access 1 code, the commands and file paths will change with EA2/RR.  This post will be updated as the changes occur in the product.  Notable differences are directory names and executable names between EA1 and what will be the final product.  This article is for the code that was available with EA1 hence the directory names of "Scalp" and the binary name "alpclient.exe"

It's possible to use the new Sun Desktop Access Client (SDAC) to make many Sun Ray Connections from a single Windows instance, the trick is to use different connection profiles.  This is great for scalability testing of different servers where actually having hundreds of Sun Ray Ultra Thin Clients set up for sizing is impractical.  Here's how you do it.

How To:

  1. Install the SDAC on a supported MS Windows Platforms (XP, Vista, Windows 7)
  2. Run the soft client and choose all the options you'd like to have.  I prefer to have the soft client run in a window rather than fullscreen and I also like to constrain the screen to 800x600 so I can see many of the SDAC instances at one time.  Once you've set all your options, go ahead and connect to a server, then end your session.
  3. Now we must go and edit the "default" SDAC profile which contains all the preferences you just set
    1. XP: Open the file C:\\Documents and Settings\\username\\Application Data\\Sun\\scalp\\default
    2. Vista\\Windows7: Open the file C:\\Users\\username\\AppData\\Roaming\\Sun\\scalp\\default
    3. Remove the Line that starts with DSAKey=
    4. Save the file
  4. Now we must create a profile for each connection we wish to make
    1. Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory noted above as determined by which version of MS Windows you are running
    2. In that window type the following:
      FOR /L %i in (0,1,XXX) DO copy default SDAC%i.txt
      1. Where XXX is the number of unique copies you wish to make
    3. You will now have XXX  uniquely name copies of the default connection profile with no DSA Key info
  5. Now we want to launch the SDAC from the command line so we can pass the unique profile name to each instance
    1. From the same command prompt, navigate to C:\\Program Files\\Sun Ray\\alpclient
    2. Type the following
      FOR /L %i in (0,1,XXX) DO alpclient --profile SDAC%i.txt IP/Name_of_Sun_Ray_Server
      1. Example to launch 50 soft clients to a server at 192.168.7.10:
        FOR /L %i in (0,1,50) DO alpclient --profile SDAC%i.txt 192.168.7.10
      2. As the command executes the SDAC will inject a new random DSA Key into each connection profile and connect to the Sun Ray Server.
      3. For the sake of this blog, I'm just showing a login screen, but if your Sun Ray Server was configured for Kiosk Mode you could actually run programs automatically in each SDAC Instance.  This is particularly useful for windows sizing tests where you can pass a windows user name and password via uttsc and combine that with something like AutoIT to actually simulate real working users.
        1. Note on the windows sizing link:  That blog was done during the days of CAM where users where named utcuXX.  Since Kiosk mode (SRSS 4 and greater) the user ids are utkuXX so change the directions accordingly.


  6. You use different Sun Ray Server administrative commands to view all the new sessions 
  7. Caveats/Tips:
    1. The SDAC uses around 15 MB of RAM per instance so size the number of connections you wish to launch according to how much available RAM you have on the MS Windows instance you are launching them from.
      1. A MS Windows XP instance with 2GB of RAM should be able to launch 100 or so SDAC sessions.
      2. The beefier the client, the faster the SDAC sessions will start.
    2. It's helpful to set you task bar to "Group similar taskbar buttons".  Right click on your task bar and choose properties to set this.
    3. The X/Y coordinates on the initial launch will all be the same so the SDAC Windows will all be stacked on top of each other initially.  You can arrange them in a tiled or cascaded fashion by right clicking on the Windows Task Bar and choosing the either the Cascade or Tiling options
    4. If you are using Kiosk Mode for these tests, ensure that you have enough Kiosk users configured.  The default is 25 kiosk users and you can extend that using /opt/SUNWkio/bin/kioskuseradm extend -c XXX
      1. Where XXX is the number of Kiosk users you wish to add

Enjoy!


Monday Aug 03, 2009

SRS 5 Wiki Documentation: Everything is O.K.

Last time I talked to you, I was trying to ease you into the new way we are delivering the Sun Ray Software 5 documentation.  What can I say, I'm a very nurturing person.

Positive Feedback

The good news is that my prediction that everything was going to be o.k. held true.  After going through a vigorous Early Access program (which ended on July 31st), the wiki documentation held its own.  In fact, we actually received the following positive feedback from customers:

  • "I like the new wiki format for documentation."
  • "wikis.sun.com online documentation is huge improvement"
  • "I relied heavily on the wiki.. certain steps are always tricky during an upgrade and the wiki documents these better."
  • "Again the wiki is cool, but it is hard to find information sometime and customers want pdfs."

Dynamic PDFs

The last feedback brings up a good point about some users still wanting (or needing) PDFs, and I forgot to mention in my last post that we have that covered as well.  On both the SRSS and SRWC documentation sites, you can dynamically build PDFs based on all the information on the wiki.  And, the PDFs will be in sync with the latest content on the wiki.  Here are the specific pages where you can get to the PDFs, and the links to these pages are also provided on the left-hand nav bar on each site:

I know these PDFs are not as slick as what you are used to from Sun, but we are working on that and the output will continue to improve. I'm on it.

Comments, Calling All Comments

Now, even with the positive feedback, there is still room for improvement...there is always room for improvement. We are getting ready for the next Early Access program and we are continuing to improve the content based on reviews and comments.   If you are feeling some post-EA1 blues and want to provide more input to the SRS 5 release, you are in luck.  The wikis are always open for comments and you can make comments on a specific page.

Here's how to provide a comment on the wiki:

  • Log in to wikis.sun.com.
  • Navigate to the page. 
  • Choose Comment from the Add icon.
    The comment section is displayed.
  • Enter your comment. 
  • Click Post.

From our good friends over at the Sun xVM Ops Center team, see the How to comment on a Sun Wiki page screencast for a visual, step-by-step tutorial.

Looking forward to your comments, and I'll be back again soon with some more documentation goodness.

(BTW, if you are wondering why I've included a picture of a koala bear, I don't have a good answer for you.  I like when blogs have pictures and I didn't have one to provide.  So, I thought I would give you a random koala bear picture.  It's hard not to smile when you see one of these marsupials.  Again, I'm all about the nurturing....)

Paul

Wednesday Jul 22, 2009

New Blog Post Showing Sun Ray Laptop over 3G and VPN to VDI 3 and Multimedia

A new post is on my blog at http://blogs.sun.com/jreilly/ with a video showing a Sun Ray Gobi 8 Laptop accessing Sun VDI 3 over 3G Wireless and VPN.  Then running multimedia redirection technology.  The Sun Ray protocol combined with a laptop and 3G wireless can deliver a excellent hosted virtual desktop environment to mobile users.  Granted,  good 3G wireless coverage is required.

Wednesday Jul 15, 2009

Not Exactly A Sign Of The Apocalypse...

But far bigger news than cats and dogs sleeping together!  I kid, but how cool is this Microsoft Whitepaper on VDI using Sun Rays!

Sunday Jul 12, 2009

Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access

With the recent release of Sun Ray Server Software 5 Early Access release we put together some How-To's to get you started.

Friday Jul 10, 2009

What Happened to My Sun Ray Software Docs?

For those of you who have used the Sun Ray Software product before and are ready to help us test out the new Sun Ray Software 5 EA 1 release, you might notice a change to the product documentation.

You've been used to seeing this:

And now you are seeing this:

First of all, don't panic!  Take a deep breath.  Everything is going to be o.k.

To coincide with the change in the VDI 3 product, the official SRS 5 product documentation has moved to a wiki.  Although there are a number of advantages with using a wiki, we are focusing on the following benefits to the SRS 5 customers:

  • The ability for you to provide feedback (comments) on a per page basis, much like a blog.
  • Giving you information in a more topic based structure, specifically focusing on tasks (procedures).
  • Instantaneous updates to you from the product team during the Early Access programs.
  • Exposing more information at a higher level, so you can hopefully find it more easily.

I also want to make it clear that the change to the wiki has not changed our commitment to provide quality documentation. The SRS 5 documentation wiki is based on an enterprise-level wiki, it has dedicated writers assigned to it working closely with the product teams, and this new platform should help improve the accuracy of the content. 

My job is to moderate the documentation wikis and to make sure you get the information you need.  And, to do that, your continued comments and feedback are vital.

Once you get to the main SRS 5 Information Center page, just click the SRS 5 Documentation tab and check out both the new Sun Ray Sever Software 4.2 and Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS 2.2 wikis. 

I'll be back in the next few weeks to do a tour of each of the new wikis and give you the highlights.  If there is anything you'd like me to focus on, just leave a comment on the wiki or on this blog.

I look forward to your feedback.
Paul Kasper

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access Now Available

The Sun Ray Software product team is pleased to announce the Sun Ray Software 5 Early Access 1 (EA1) program.

The EA1 period will run from 7/8/09 at 12:00 pm PDT and it will end on 7/31/09.

The focus of this program is on three core new features:

1) Adobe Flash Enhancements
Sun Ray Software 5 provides Adobe Flash enhancements which enable customers to experience improved frame rates along with synchronized audio, video, and Adobe Flash animation playback for the Sun Ray 2 family of clients.

Supported environment:
o Internet Explorer 7 and 8
o Adobe Flash 9 content with all Adobe Flash plugins from versions 9 & 10
o Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit) and Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)

Users will need both components of Sun Ray Software - Sun Ray Server Software & the Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS. In additional to the Windows environment mentioned above, users need to install Sun Ray Server Software which runs on the following platforms:
o Solaris 10 5/09 or higher on SPARC and X86
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
o Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)

2) Windows Server 2008
Sun Ray Software 5 enables customers to display applications within Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. Windows Server 2008 Session Directory support is also included.

Supported platforms:
o Solaris 10 5/09 or higher (SPARC and X86)
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
o Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Update 3 (32-bit and 64-bit)

3) Sun Ray Soft Client:
The Sun Ray Soft Client is a software application that easily installs on common client operating systems and provides the ability to connect to a Sun Ray server and initiate a Sun Ray desktop session from a Windows laptop or desktop computer. An alternative to using a Sun Ray hardware client (DTU), the Sun Ray Soft Client meets the needs of end-users who do not fit the desktop thin client model or may need to connect from their existing laptop or desktop PC. The Sun Ray Soft Client also provides the flexibility to 'hotdesk' to and from your Sun Ray thin client and any supported Sun Ray Soft Client enabled PC.

Supported platforms:
o Microsoft Windows XP
o Microsoft Windows Vista
o Microsoft Windows 7

You download the software here:
https://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductRef=SRS-5-EA1-SP-LX-G-B@CDS-CDS_SMI

After you have downloaded and tested the software, please fill out the survey here:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=RmabpiADfPy90BMFIJQPXQ_3d_3d

Documentation is available here:
https://wikis.sun.com/display/SRS5/Home

Support is available through the Sun Ray Software Forum here:
http://forums.sun.com/forum.jspa?forumID=875

If you have additional feed-back for the product team, please send it here:
srs-feedback@sun.com

Early Access 2 (EA2) will kickoff in the late summer time frame. The focus of EA2 will be on USB connectivity support for Windows Remote Desktops - allowing users the ability to use USB devices in a full screen kiosk environment on a Windows XP desktop (Solaris SPARC and x86 only). 

Sunday Jun 07, 2009

SRSS 4.1 on Solaris 10 5/09 With Trusted Extensions

Here's a detailed installation log for a simple SRSS 4.1, SRWC 2.1 on the latest release of Solaris 10 5/09 with Trusted Extensions.  Download a zip file with everything you need here.  After downloading & unzipping, you'll find the detailed installation & configuration instructions in this file: srss4.1-on-s10u7-tx-install-log.txt.

The installation is based on this example topology:

Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

Patch Releases: SRSS 4.1 (02) + Kiosk (01) + SRWC 2.1 (01)

The following patches have been released & are available at SunSolve.

SRSS 4.1 Patch Rev 02:

SRSS 4.1 Kiosk Patch Rev 01:

SRWC 2.1 Patch Rev 01:

Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

Sun Ray Core Services version 4.1 patch released

SRSS v4.1 (Sun Ray core services) patch revision 01 is now available on sunsolve:

139548        Solaris/SPARC
139549        Solaris/x86
139550        Linux

Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (SRVC)

With the release of the Sun Ray Connector for VMware VDM/View several blog entries have been written to document the procedures for setup and configuration:

/All articles with tag 'srvc'

31Jan2009 Update

  • acworkma & madhatter did some collaboration & testing (acworkma did the testing)
  • The SRVDM connector does not handle lock screen @ VM disconnect (pull card, etc.)
  • To ensure Windows VM receives a lockscreen (Meta L) @ disconnect, you need to handle that.
  • Easiest way to do that is to install bhlackey's Sun Ray Connector Lockscreen SRWC Lockscreen Addon that's available here

Saturday Dec 13, 2008

SRSS 4.1 on OpenSolaris 2008.11 Procedures Posted

Procedures for installating SRSS 4.1 on OpenSolaris 2008.11 are available here (http://wiki.sun-rays.org/index.php/SRSS_4.1_on_OpenSolaris_2008.11)

Wednesday Oct 15, 2008

Man Page Reference Doc Updated

I have updated the handy man page reference doc. It now includes all of the man pages from the following releases.

SRSS 4.1

SRWC 2.1

VDA 1.0

mandoc-10.15.2008.pdf

Brad

Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

Sun Ray Software 4 10/08 - Released!

The Sun Desktop Virtualization Team is proud to announce the availablity of Sun Ray Software 4 10/08!  Download it now!

Sun Ray Software 4 10/08 includes the following new features:


Enhanced multimedia playback
for Windows - Capabilities on the Sun Ray 2 family of clients for H.264 (MPEG4) and VC-1 (Windows Media Player 9) streams using Windows Media Player on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Enhanced multimedia playback for Solaris and Linux - Accelerated YUV playback with applications such as RealPlayer by leveraging standard Video for Sun Ray 1 and Sun Ray 2 family of clients where YUV streams are sent directly to the Sun Ray client

Please see the SRSS and SRWC documentation for more information on supported video types and known limitations (SRSS, SRWC)

Remote Hotdesk Authentication provides enhanced security by authenticating users before connection to existing user sessions in a separate session.

Support for 30-inch monitors on the Sun Ray 2FS virtual display clients via a single link to dual link converter box available from Thruput Ltd.

In-Session Desktop Resizing - Move between different sized displays and adjust your desktop size without logging out

Service tags support - Easily track and register Sun  Ray Server Software with Sun

Expansion of VPN Support - Along with Cisco EzVPN, SRSS 4.1 now includes support for Juniper/Netscreen IPSec based VPN solutions (no SSL support)

Configuration Enhancements - Ability to force compression on, enable lossless compression, force duplex, set keyboard country code, bandwidth limitations, syslog events, log host, and MTU via the "parms" file.

Other Enhancements - New XServer (XNewt) based on Xorg 7.2, DNS lookup changes, Packet loss fixes for bad switches and certain low bandwidth scenarios, Group Manager support for Trusted Extensions,

New Add-On Components:

Sun Ray Connector for VMWare Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM 2.0) allows Sun Ray users to connect to Windows virtual machines via the VMWare Virtual Desktop Manager) Download here.

Smart Card authentication with PC/SC-Lite 1.1 this new release replaces PC/SC-Lite 1.0 and enables access to smart cards via USB readers or Sun Ray readers.  Download here


Monday Sep 08, 2008

Sun Ray Bandwidth Monitoring Scripts

Kent Peacock, one of our illustrious Senior Engineers who helped give birth the to Sun Rays almost 10 years ago in Sun Labs has some great scripts that we use internally for watching how much bandwidth Sun Rays use. I asked him if it would be OK to share these scripts with our user community and he said "Please do!". You can grab a copy the scripts here. (Right click, Save Target/Link As...)

There are two scripts, utbwlist2 and utbw. The utbwlist2 script is for looking at all the Sun Ray devices on a server or host group and utbw is for looking at a single Sun Ray, typically ran by the user of the session from a terminal.

UTBWLIST2

utbwlist2 takes the following options:

-a get information from all members of the failover group
-h <server> target the given server
-f <filter> apply this regular expression filter to the IP addresses of the Sun Rays (useful for selecting subnets)

The output is as follows:

IP Address       Token/Name                          Pkts/s  Mbps  KBytes DTCPU
129.146.225.93   OpenPlatform.4090009c24a5d7061e1      91  21.310    2291  21%
129.146.97.135   auth.mk228279                        866   7.839   20067   9%
129.146.127.177  OpenPlatform.4090009c24a1890c091    1288   6.716   34384  14%
129.144.70.192   auth.shinseki                        536   6.033   15444  33%
129.146.55.170   OpenPlatform.4090009c24a5d704360     702   5.951   15234   9%
129.144.71.225   auth.de161882                        595   5.901   15105  18%
129.144.88.26    JavaBadgeNP.4090009c22b1e70d0d10     654   3.202   16392   9%
129.146.39.45    OpenPlatform.4090009c24a18c121f0     254   2.422    6200   9%
129.146.62.218   auth.tt8301                          242   2.376    6083  23%
129.146.35.155   auth.cb201937                        219   1.928    4935   7%
129.146.53.121   JavaBadgeNP.4090009c22b1e70f300c     189   1.801    4610   6%
129.146.39.49    OpenPlatform.4090614573162716094     189   1.709    4375   9%
129.146.32.47    OpenPlatform.4090009c243f2109191     159   1.634    4184   5%
129.144.89.119   OpenPlatform.4090614573162716105     163   1.550    3966   7%
129.144.89.125   OpenPlatform.4090009c24ac6116081     158   1.525    3904   6%

DTUS:                   Packets:                Bandwidth  Mbps     DTU CPU
Active      844  28%    Lost       1748         Total   154.610       1%
Total      2971         Total    515771         Average   0.182
Idle       1972         RActive     999         Ravg      0.154

The top block shows bandwidth use of the top Sun Rays, in decreasing order, where:

IP Address is the IP address of one of the top bandwidth consumers
Token/Name is the token presented by the Sun Ray
Pkts/s average packets received per second over the last 20 seconds
Mbps average bandwidth over 20 seconds
KBytes total KBytes received
DTCPU average CPU used on the Sun Ray.

The summary at the end gives totals for either the current server or the server listed using -h, and either just the server or the whole group if -a is present.

The summary block fields are defined as follows:

DTUS:
Active DTUs that have exceeded a small threshhold (1Kbps) of traffic over the last 20 seconds.
Total Total DTUs connected
Idle Number of DTUs that have not exceeded the traffic threshhold in the last minute

Packets:
Lost Total lost packets in last 20 seconds
Total Total packets received by DTUs
RActive "Real" active DTUS (Total - Idle)

Bandwidth Mbps:

Total Total average bandwidth across all Sun Rays in last 20 seconds
Average Average bandwidth per active Sun Ray
Ravg Average bandwidth per RActive Sun Ray

DTU CPU Total per-DTU average CPU use.


UTBW

The output of the utbw program applies to a single Sun Ray. It is usually run it in a shell window on the Sun Ray that you want to get the information about. It can also take a token as an argument, and it will monitor the Sun Ray bound to that token. The output contains the following fields (all measurements over the last 20 seconds):

lost 0/00% pkts 278697 cpu 0% kbytes 249436 0.145 Mbps 1.6(1.6) ms

Output decoded as follows:

lost/pct
Lost packets and percent of total
pkts Total packets received
cpu DTU cpu used in last 20 seconds
kbytes Kbytes received
Mbps Average bandwidth
xx(yy) Instantaneous latency in milliseconds (xx) and smoothed average (yy)

Tuesday Aug 26, 2008

Mitel Video

Scott and Terry talking about the Mitel Unified IP Telephony Client.  Which in my world means Sun Ray's and IP Telephony working seamlessly together.

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