Monday Jan 24, 2011

VDI 3.2.2 Maintenance Release available

To compliment this morning's earlier release of Sun Ray Software 5.1.2 Maintenance release, Oracle has made the Second VDI 3.2 maintenance release available.

 VDI 3.2.2 is available on My Oracle Support under Patch ID 11664634 to Oracle Support customers and Partners.

In addition to implementing Sun Ray Software 5.1.2 with it's Features and Bugfixes including Windows 7/2008 Multimedia Support, this patch does squeeze in two additional features:

-Multi-Monitor Support - Recognizes Sun Rays with multiple monitors attached and Multi-Head groups of Sun Ray devices. These monitors are identified to Windows 7 and Windows XP Guest VM's independently for window placement knowledge. This feature requires vRDP.

-Multi-Desktop Support - Allows Users of Sun Rays with multiple monitors attached and Multi-Head groups to view separate VM's on each monitor.

But the main focus of this patch release is squashing bugs:

Fixed Bugs

6891500 - keep selection in desktop selector
6918357 - More on Revisions" OLH link is broken
6936019 - MIGRATION:cacao.properties (cacao limit/count) does not update to 100MB/10 on migrating to 3.1.1
6982800 - RDP Broker tries to connect to console session of RDS Session Host
6986472 - ESC - vdi client intermittently returned VRPD port 0.
6987807 - 3.2: global hotdesking should revert DTU back to default SRS FOG without requiring DTU reset
6989179 - ESC - NPE thrown when trying to delete token from CLI
6990555 - ESC - Removing token erroneously says 'unnassigned from pool null'
6990971 - ESC - Some jobs running indefinitely, holding pool cloning
6991116 - ESC - token-desktops command does not work.
6992055 - Multi-Monitor support for Vbox desktops
6992093 - RFE: Request to add apache log rotation
6992111 - Multi-Desktop on Multi-Head Sun Ray Clients
6993034 - During Migration from 3.2 to 3.2.1,vda-Preserve log file shows 3.1.1
6993059 - Desktops cannot be started after replacing storage
6993502 - RDP broker should be aware of onetime passwords when using VRDP
6993509 - RDP broker should honor domain information
6994808 - Change browser window title of VDI bui
6995280 - VDI should retain one time password to reuse if VBox hosts are unresponsive
6996444 - UI Should provide download button for VBox log files
6996815 - VBox Host and Desktop metric collection always queries 3 times unnecessarily
6997133 - Some threads don't catch for "Exception"
6997235 - Sysprep/fastprep timeout should be configurable
6998159 - ClassCastException when clicking on revisions
6999049 - Forced password change tries to use top level AD domain rather than subdomain with accounts for auth
6999265 - VDI should configure VBoxs core dumper
6999329 - When mullti monitor value set to 2, user is not getting the session
6999614 - Flash Console cannot connect to desktops
6999945 - vCenter cloning resources not visible/available
7000992 - BUG – memory size of imported template switches from 2048 to -2048
7001173 - User name is preset in desktop dialog after changing screen resolution
7001256 - VDi uninstall needs to force a reboot to fully uninstall SRS software.
7002237 - SSO broken for Windows RDP
7002392 - ESC: users still assigned to available desktops after logging off
7002464 - Sporadic memory leaks caused by VBox connection reaper
7002493 - Race condition when requesting 2 desktops and one is not user assigned
7002784 - Recycling Policy "Reset to Snapshot" is not working for Hyper-V desktops
7003112 - ESC: VDI fails to unmount floppy during cloning
7003168 - Enabling uttsc enhanced network security won't authenticate to Win 7 VM

7005069 - Some times Import job fails for VB and HV templates/desktops

Saturday Oct 02, 2010

Desktop Virtualization Webcasts from Oracle OpenWorld

A few webcasts that were shown live during the week of Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne/Oracle Develop.

Michael Dann discusses the eco-friendly aspects of the new Sun Ray 3 family:

John Bondi discusses the new 4.6 release of Secure Global Desktop:


Brad Lackey and Craig Bender discuss Oracle VDI with Rick Ramsey:

Saturday Sep 18, 2010

Desktop Virtualization Happenings at OpenWorld

Howdy Think Thin readers,

A lot going on this year at Oracle OpenWorld on the Desktop Virtualization front.   My Senior VP, Wim Coekaerts, is speaking about Oracle's Virtualization strategy in the general session.  John Bondi, Dirk Grobler and I have speaking sessions.  Brad Lackey and his team are running an awesome hands on lab and have setup DEMOgrounds where you can play with our latest offerings.   There is also an Enterprise Architect Summit on Monday that features Brad, Jeff Reilly, and myself moderated by Chris Kawalek. 

If we've never met in person, I hope to do so this trip.  If we have met before, I look forward to seeing you again.

Here's the schedule (Click image for a PDF):


Thursday Jul 22, 2010

Oracle VDI Webinar

If you're interested in learning about Oracle's VDI offering, our very own VDI Engineering Manager (and personal friend) Dirk Grobler will be holding a webinar that covers the benefits of VDI to modern enterprises.  Along with the typical VDI benefits surrounding centralization and TCO, this high level overview will include an architecture of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, how it works, and how it can be used in the modern enterprise to increase manageability, security, and flexibility.

The webinar will take place July 27th at 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time and you can register for the session here.

If an overview is not your thing and you crave more technical details, stay tuned as we'll be diving deeper in the near future.


Tuesday Nov 24, 2009

Please Welcome Sun VDI Software 3.1

Hot on the heels of the Sun Ray Software 5 release, Sun VDI Software 3.1 was just made available (get it here). This is an exciting update for us, here is a quick overview of what's new: 

  • Microsoft Hyper-V support
    • Previous versions of Sun VDI Software already allowed for heterogeneous virtualization hosts, but we extend this support to include Microsoft Hyper-V in VDI 3.1. This means that you can use Sun built-in, VMware vSphere (or just ESX and vCenter, if that's what you've got), Microsoft Hyper-V, or any combination(!) to host your virtual desktops. This provides amazing flexibility and really reduces concerns around lock-in of any particular vendor. Want to change platforms? Easy, put up the new environment, test it with a group of users, migrate everyone over, and shut off the old one when you're ready (or keep it as a backup).
  • Remote Desktop Services support
    • We have lots of customers who use both classic server-based computing (SBC) and VDI at the same time. The trouble is that many architecture have you managing the two environments completely separately. But with Sun VDI Software 3.1, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 can be desktop providers. This means you can choose to assign any combination of VDI and SBC desktops to each of your users and manage the assignments from one management interface.
  • Sun Desktop Access Client
    • Sun VDI Software has leveraged both Sun Secure Global Desktop Software and the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client to provide access from Windows PCs. With version 3.1, we add the Sun Desktop Access Client into the mix (no, we haven't dropped SGD or RDC support!). The Sun Desktop Access Client is a purpose-built piece of software that installs on Windows PCs and allows direct access to Sun VDI Software without any further server configuration or setup. It also leverages the exact same protocol as our award winning Sun Ray clients. It's simple, high performance, and allows you to seamlessly shift your virtual desktop session between a Sun Ray client and a PC.
  • Enhanced Adobe Flash media support
    • For a virtual desktop to be truly useful, it needs to approach the capabilities of a full desktop PC. A traditional stumbling block for any sort of remote access technology is high performance video and animation. With this release, Adobe Flash content is accelerated for both Sun Ray clients and Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PCs.
  • USB direction for Windows XP
    • If you're using a Sun Ray client and Windows XP as your virtual desktop operating system, you can now plug many USB devices into your Sun Ray client and they show up automatically in your Windows XP session.

There are lots of other smaller updates, too. For the full skinny, please read the  full product documentation and enjoy the new release!

-Chris 

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

What can the Sun Desktop Access Client do for you?

On November 10th we announced the release of Sun Ray Software 5. Among the fantastic set of new features, we included a new client called the Sun Desktop Access Client. Simply put, this is a software application that installs on Windows PCs, allowing you to access your desktop session on Sun's desktop virtualization technology. This sounds great, but what does it really mean for me or my customers? Let me explain...

A couple of fairly common scenarios I hear from customers is they believe only a portion of their end-users will fit the desktop or even laptop thin client model. Or many times customers have recently refreshed all their desktop systems and don't want to switch them out just yet. They all agree on the unequaled security and simplified management aspects of the architecture, but usually have concerns for mobile end-users who require a usable laptop even when offline, or maybe they need more graphical power locally, or simply are not ready to exchange their desktop systems for whatever the reason. With the Sun Desktop Access Client, users can now leverage their existing PCs to access the same virtual desktops any Sun Ray client user would. And with the added convenience of choosing between window mode or fullscreen, it's easy to work side-by-side on their current PC.

This now means all end-users, whether they're on a Sun Ray client or not, can access the same data and applications on the same secure architecture. And to make it even more convenient, you can "hot desk" or move your live session between any Sun Ray client and any Sun Desktop Access Client enabled PC.

This makes the Sun Desktop Access Client an extremely powerful and simple migration tool. For example, we have a customer that has several offices all over the world, some very small in remote locations, some large housing over a thousand employees. This makes training each group of employees on any new infrastructure a real challenge. With the Sun Desktop Access Client, they are able to provide everyone instant access from their current PCs to the new infrastructure, and roll out Sun Ray clients to groups in controlled stages. The option to deploy Sun Ray clients in this staged manner, allowed them to immediately standardize onto a single secure and scalable architecture on the back-end, providing every employee access to the same data, without spending all their money and IT resources trying to do a near-impossible replacement of all desktops in one big switch.

These examples use cases are just a sample of how the Sun Desktop Access Client might be able to help you and your business. I'll be posting many more use cases and customer examples in the weeks to come; however, for now, the best use case I can think of is to download the software and try it yourself! Of course you can contact your Sun sales reps and try out a Sun Ray client anytime you want. But for now, with the free 90 day trial period and the ability to use your Windows PC as a client, there's nothing stopping you from giving it a try right now!

-Jeff

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

First Sun Ray Software 5, then Sun VDI Software 3.1...

Sun Ray Software 5 was released today and I've been asked by lots of folks when they can expect to see the new features appear in Sun VDI Software. I'm proud to tell you that the next version of Sun VDI Software is just around the corner, so watch this space closely over the next few weeks or follow the Sun VDI Software Twitter feed to be the first to know when it's released.

Just some quick notes on what you can expect from Sun VDI Software 3.1:

  • Most Sun Ray Software 5 features, including the Sun Desktop Access Client, Adobe Flash enhancements and USB redirection to Windows virtual desktops. (Read Angela's excellent post for more detail on the SRS 5 enhancements).
  • Support for Microsoft Hyper-V as a virtualization platform. Now you can mix and match Sun built-in virtualization, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V all in the same deployment.
  • Support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services as a desktop provider (that means you can do VDI and classic server-based computing all from Sun VDI Software!).
  • Additional virtual desktop OS support (including Windows 7 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11).
  • And lots of other smaller improvements.

We're hope you share our excitement about the incredible things we have going in desktop virtualization at Sun!

 -Chris

Thursday Oct 29, 2009

Will Oracle continue Sun’s virtualization strategy?

From page four of Oracle's Oracle and Sun Overview and FAQ

"Yes, Oracle plans to continue Sun’s “desktop to datacenter virtualization” strategy and integrate with Oracle’s virtualization products. By unifying management across desktop virtualization, server virtualization, storage virtualization, and network virtualization, Oracle and Sun provide comprehensive, flexible, eco-efficient solutions to maximize utilization, consolidate to reduce costs, increase productivity, and decrease management complexity.

We expect to continue Sun’s desktop virtualization products: VDI, Secure Global Desktop, Sun Ray, and VirtualBox."

Ed note: Recommended Music to Read By

Thursday Aug 27, 2009

New Sun VDI 3 Hands On Training Course

Sun is finally offering a hands on instructor led class for Sun VDI 3.  Since I personally know the folks that created the content for this course, I know it's going to be top notch!

A brief description:

This five-day workshop introduces you to Sun VDI Software 3 technology and software administration. Along with installing Sun VDI Software 3, you are introduced to the architectural details of the software, providing a foundation to understand the individual features introduced in subsequent modules. Through a combination of instructor-led lectures and hands-on labs, you are introduced to the following VDI components and features:

  • Sun xVM VirtualBox and VMware® Virtual Center desktop brokers
  • LDAP and Microsoft® Active Directory directory server integration
  • Open Storage platform for the back-end storage of user desktops
  • Sun Ray Software (SRS) and Sun Secure Global Desktop (SGD) for the display of user desktops
  • Sun VDI administration tools
Sign up today!

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Wikis For The Win!

When the VDI 3 team decided that all the documentation for our new product would be done on wikis.sun.com, I really didn't give it a lot of thought.  I'm a huge believer in and consumer of social media from blogs to twitter and I know the power they can have if used correctly. 

After we released the product there was a lot of negative feedback on the documentation for a variety of reasons such as no access to the internet, not portable, etc.  While those are valid concerns, I believe the primary reason for the negative feedback boiled down having to navigate something new.  But honestly I was starting to have my doubts as some customers weren't happy at all.  Maybe the world wasn't ready for wiki only documentation for a Sun product.

The VDI 3 team made the docs available in a PDF (Release notes included).  However the purpose of this entry isn't about changing to PDF, it's about the real benefit of the Wiki format for documentation.  Not to take anything away from the old documentation process, but in all fairness it is a slow process.  Now consider this.

Recently we added support for Solaris 10 U7 with our first patch for VDI 3, this allows one to use a S10 U7 Server instead of OpenSolaris for the iSCSI/ZFS storage magic that is a huge part of Sun VDI 3.  This morning a Systems Engineer asked this question:

Is somebody preparing instruction for Solaris10 Storage Server?

Within a couple of hours, this response came back:

I've added http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/How+to+Set+Up+a+Solaris+Storage+Server

~Thomas

I could rattle off more 100 examples like that one for topics like clarification, errors, missing info, etc.  Changes that used to take days, weeks, or months to make its way into the official documentation and out to the user base is now done in minutes.  The response time is a credit to our great VDI engineering team, the agility is due to the wiki and the combination is a win, plain and simple.  Many thanks to the Sun VDI team and the Sun Community Services Engineering team.

Monday Jan 26, 2009

VDI Performance and Scalability on Sun Fire X4450 and X4600 servers

While most of our readers by now recognize the technical guidelines for scaling and performance of a VDI setup based on shared experiences (Sun and VMware), it is always good to have a "measureable" standard reference to use as a starting point. Here are official references of a set of independent test reports commissioned by Sun and produced by Lionbridge/Veritest:

The tests were performed using Windows XP SP3 with 512MB and 1 vCPU as the base VDI desktop.

Monday Jan 12, 2009

VDI with Sun Ray 2

found on SearchServerVirtualization.com: Virtual desktop infrastructure with Sun Ray 2 devices, 29-Dec-2008 by Rick Vanover.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

xVM Launch Video

I'm in MPK this week for the xVM launch.  Here's a replay of the live webcast that was just done, where our VDI demo from a Sun Ray in Menlo Park accessed a Sun Ray Server and a Windows session in Hamburg, Germany.  Went pretty well, and now we can breath a big sigh of relief that the interwebs stayed up.  :)

Broadcasting Live with Ustream.TV

Tuesday Aug 12, 2008

Early Access to Sun Ray Connector for VMWare Virtual Desktop Manager

Head over to Matthias Müller-Prove's blog and check out our latest collaborative effort with VMWare in the VDI Space and the link to download it.

Enjoy!

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

New Windows XP SP3 Deployment tools

For those of you who are doing VDI style deployments using Windows XP, you will want to note that there is a new set of deployment tools for SP3.

Make sure you update your VMWare deployment tools folder.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=673a1019-8e3e-4be0-ac31-70dd21b5afa7&displaylang=en&tm

Thursday May 08, 2008

VDI as a Service

Hi,

There is an interesting blueprint from Sun introducing the Managed Desktop Factory.

Enjoy,
Dirk

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

More on VDI

Chris has an excellent post over on his blog regarding our latest VDI offering.  Enjoy!

Friday Feb 22, 2008

Understanding the Virtual Desktop Lifecycle - Part 2

Found some time this week, so here is the next part.

Dirk

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Understanding the Virtual Desktop Lifecycle

If you ever wanted to understand, how desktop virtualization (VDI) can help you to automate the process of maintaining the desktop lifecycle, you will find some answers here. This is the first blog entry on the topic of desktop lifecycle management in the world of VDI. A few will follow soon.

 Dirk
 

Monday Jan 21, 2008

Microsoft makes changes to benefit Vista Virutalization

Microsoft reversed it's previous decision preventing the less expensive versions of Vista from being licensed for virtualization.

You may now run Visa Home Basic and Vista Home Premium in a virtualized environment.

 The other bit of good news concerning Vista virtualization comes with a reduction in pricing for thin/diskless clients. Software Assurance is $23/machine/year for regular PC's and is now $110/machine/year for thin clients access to VDI.

 That is a 25% to 50% decrease from last year.

http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9854621-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Cross posting some interesting sounding jobs from the xVM group.  Check them out.
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