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
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http://www.sun.com/vdi
Comments:

VDI support, a software client, jOpenRay and now SRS 5, great !

This year seems to be the year of the Sun Ray, what can we expect to see in the future months?

Regards,
L.F.

Posted by Luc Frangly on November 10, 2009 at 12:21 AM PST #

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Posted by uberVU - social comments on November 10, 2009 at 02:02 AM PST #

Can you confirm that Sun Ray Software 5 actually is SRSS 4.2? Confused.

Posted by Ben Rockwood on November 10, 2009 at 02:48 AM PST #

Any plans for an OpenSolaris platform and IPS packages for the server part?

Posted by Thommy M. Malmström on November 10, 2009 at 03:14 AM PST #

Sorry, we cannot comment on our roadmap on this blog. Please contact your Sun Sales representative.

Posted by Angela Carducci on November 10, 2009 at 03:18 AM PST #

Hi Ben,
Sun Ray Software 5 is an umbrella name which is comprised of Sun Ray Server Software 4.2 and Sun Ray Windows Connector 2.2 and other add on software such as the Sun Desktop Access Client (Software version of a Sun Ray).

Posted by Craig Bender on November 10, 2009 at 04:13 AM PST #

Ok, now I need updated install instructions for OpenSolaris. If you provide me an install scetch somewhere, I will fill in all the details on exactly how to install it. The install instructions on the wiki are not good enough, they dont work. Try it on a new 2009.06 and you will see there will be error msgs. (If you have an old 2009.06, the install instructions might work).

Posted by Kebabbert on November 10, 2009 at 06:06 PM PST #

So, I don't really get the purpose of the Desktop Access Client. If I'm running a desktop OS already, why wouldn't I just use Secure Global Desktop (or for our infrastructure, the VMware View client)? I guess it saves you the cost of Tarantella, so I guess thanks for that ;)

Charles

Posted by Charles Soto on November 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM PST #

Hi Charles,

Thanks for the comment!

While SGD allows you to get to "a" session on the Sun Ray server, it doesn't allow you to get to "your" session on the Sun Ray Server. It also doesn't give you the full VDI experience that is offered via Sun VDI 3.x and requires that you put in things like the pool or desktop as part of the username field when connecting. Finally SGD uses the AIP protocol where Sun Ray uses ALP which makes it superior in high latency, long distance connections. But if all you're using is the View client to connecting to XP desktops, then no, there's not a lot of benefit to the access client. But for the countless other use cases that people use Sun Ray for, it's a great option to re-use existing PC's.

Posted by Craig Bender on November 10, 2009 at 11:30 PM PST #

Thank you.
I am able to run SRSS and rdesktop BUT not able to use PENDRIVE on thin clients.
Please help.
Mohandas

Posted by mohandasup on December 08, 2009 at 08:34 PM PST #

Sorry, no solution yet.

Posted by mohandasup on December 15, 2009 at 11:09 PM PST #

Very good write up of SR5 release. We have the USB Pass-thru working nicely in WinXP as described. Was interested in the ability to connect to Windows 2008 Server via Terminal Services and being able to utilize USB pass-thru for devices such as scanners.

Documentation is very thin on this and without knowing the limitations or abilities it's tough to debug, especially if it was not designed to work that way. Would anyone there be able to shed some light on this? Thanks -

Posted by Robert S. Hall on December 21, 2009 at 06:13 AM PST #

Could you help me with this issue with my kiosk sessions.?

Our Terminal Server is installed on VMware ESX 3.5 Update 5 which does not support virtual USB as hardware.

This would seem to deny me the use of the USB redirection as it is greyed out.

Does the installation of USB drivers without the virtual hardware work?

We are running
Sun Server x86
SRSS 4.1
SRWC 2.2

This worked in SRSS 4.2 (for the most part)
USB, only set it as an argument in the GUI not the default

-r disk:USB=/tmp/SUNWut/mnt/${USER}/ -r comport:SUNRAYCOM=${DTDEVROOT}/unit/dev/term/a -m 10.xxx.xx.

Do you see any changes that need to be made for it to work in 4.1 ?

Posted by Denis Morin on June 08, 2010 at 12:46 AM PDT #

Could you help me with this issue with my kiosk sessions.?

Our Terminal Server is installed on VMware ESX 3.5 Update 5 which does not support virtual USB as hardware.

This would seem to deny me the use of the USB redirection as it is greyed out (not like this screen from Sun’s installation instructions.)

Does the installation of USB drivers without the virtual hardware work?

We are running
Sun Server x86
SRSS 4.1
SRWC 2.2

This worked in SRSS 4.2 (for the most part)

USB, only set it as an argument in the GUI not the default
-r disk:USB=/tmp/SUNWut/mnt/${USER}/ -r comport:SUNRAYCOM=${DTDEVROOT}/unit/dev/term/a -m 10.230.12.

Do you see any changes that need to be made for it to work in 4.1 ?

Posted by Denis Morin on June 08, 2010 at 12:48 AM PDT #

It's my understanding that you need 5.0 (4.2)) SRS for the USB direction to work. Additionally, we only got it working correctly under WinXPPro.

Posted by Robert S. Hall on June 10, 2010 at 02:46 AM PDT #

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