SRS 5: Big updates disguised in a patch

Greetings Think Thin Readers,

Those who watch things like SunSolve for new patch releases noticed starting last Saturday that a slew of new patches began showing up.  If you read the "fixes" in the patch read me files, that's exactly what it looked like...a patch.  But there's so much more.  Beyond numerous bug fixes ("black screens", High CPU using Flash or USB redirection, etc) these patches enable some great new features, details of which were in a press release today.  Just some of the highlights:

New Platform Support:

  • Support for Oracle Enterprise Linux as a Sun Ray Server Software Platform
    • Continued support for Solaris, RHEL, and SLES
Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 2.0 (formerly SDAC)
  • Renaming & Oracle branding of the Sun Desktop Access Client (SDAC) to Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC)
  • New Apple OS X Version of the OVDC 
    • Continued support for Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Smart card support for OVDC
    • Hot Desk from your PC or Mac with a smart card reader to a Sun Ray Thin Client
  • Support for Upstream Audio
  • Support for Client Serial Port Mapping

Sun Ray Connector for Windows OS

  • Upstream Audio
    • bidirectional audio capabilities for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
    • Requires SRSS 4.2 and SRWC 2.2 patches, version -03 or later, and the SRWC Components 1.1 patch, version -01 or late
    • Note upstream audio is off by default.  New uttsc argument required -r soundin:(low|medium|high)
  • Multiple pesky bug fixes ("Double login" for 2008 session directory, black screens, Flash and USB-R fixes)

Install the latest patches per platform, download the new OVDC and let us know what you think!

And as always...Stay Tuned.  Hopefully making noise about things like this will put to rest any doubt that Oracle is committed to it's Desktop Virtualization Portfolio (Sun Ray, SGD, Oracle VDI).


Yay! OS X Client! That's great news!
(one minute later)
Hmmm. Downloaded client, installed it & failed to connect to my server. Is the new OS X client able to connect to old server (4.something)?

Also, is there some list of recommended/tested smart card readers that will work with the OS X client?

Posted by Bob Koutsky on July 15, 2010 at 04:06 AM PDT #

All of the Desktop Clients (SDAC 1.0 and OVDC 2.0) require SRSS 4.2 to enable access. However, it should connect fine to an unpatched 4.2 instance, once you've set the system policy to allow client access (off by default)

Posted by ThinGuy on July 15, 2010 at 04:13 AM PDT #

Mac support FTW! This may solve a problem we have with View 3 and OS X clients (lack of support for the RDC proxy). Thanks, Oracle and SRS team!

Posted by Charles Soto on July 15, 2010 at 05:21 AM PDT #

As a follow up, the new OVDC will work fine for non-card sessions to an existing (unpatched) SRSS 4.2 server, but in order to use smart cards with the OVDC you'll need to apply the patch and apply a new policy since client access is now settable for both card and non-card sessions (or both of course).

Posted by ThinGuy on July 15, 2010 at 09:15 AM PDT #

How about a patch that makes cut-and-paste available as an option?


Posted by Bert Shure on July 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM PDT #

Hi Bert,
That was intentionally left off the feature list to make it more like a physical Sun Ray and aid in all the secure deployments of Solaris TX so you couldn't compromise the trusted rules.

Posted by Craig Bender on July 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM PDT #

[Trackback] As already reported on ThinkThin , the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client now supports use of smart cards for hotdesking. This way you can now access the session from your Sun Ray from your laptop or PC, without having to resort to the configuration ...

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