Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

Webinar: Access to Oracle Applications with Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Please join us today at 9 AM PST as we discuss how to increase security and simplify user access to your Oracle Applications by using Oracle Secure Global Desktop.  Brad will be one of the presenters, and I'll be helping with the Q&A chat.

Get more info and register here.

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:

Wednesday Aug 04, 2010

Oracle Virtualization Event line up...Holy Cow!

On August 19th from 9 AM until 3 PM, Oracle will be hosting an Online Virtualization Forum that covers our v12n technology from the Desktop to the Datacenter.  What I'm really impressed by is the two people that will comprise the "panel".  Former Sun hardware guru and now Oracle's Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler and my boss's boss's boss, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven.

Folks, these are what we call "Big Guns".  What's more, they are extremely scratch that.  They are "scary smart".  Be honest, you've sat through more than your share of executives pitching things they could care less about.  These two gentlemen are in a different league.  Passionate is the best word that describes them. 

I'm sure long time followers of Think Thin are more than familiar with the Executive branch of "the company formerly known as Sun Microsystems" and you've seen John Fowler many times.  But unless you were an Oracle customer, you may not have had the chance to hear Edward Screven speak.  With absolutely zero patronizing involved here (like he reads this blog), watch him.  He's brilliant.  He gets it.  And by "it" I mean pretty much anything you could imagine, but specifically he gets VDI.

If there's one thing I've learned about the executives at Oracle, it's that they don't mess around.  You wouldn't get this caliber of people talking about the entire virtualization stack if Oracle was not committed to it.  I've also noticed, "Committed" = "Wants to dominate" in Oracle speak.

So to the v12n world out there, and specifically the VDI market, watch out.  The "Big Guns" are about to fire a warning shot across the bow of the marketplace.  To paraphrase Al Pacino's character in "Scent of a Woman", We are just getting warmed up.

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

Sunday Sep 07, 2008

Customized Sun Ray kiosk sessions

Have you ever tried to customize your Sun Ray installation to display different 'things' for different Sun Rays and users' cards? HERE you'll find an info how to do so (configuration via SRSS Admin GUI only).
What can be displayed?
- full Windows/Solaris session
- single Windows/Solaris application
- menu with some Windows/Solaris applications
- wallpaper - ie. to see your girlfriend photo if card is not inserted
- images slideshow - ie. reception desk or tradeshow.
Scripts support USB storage, serial devices and printers connected to Sun Ray.

Additionally HERE you can find some instructions/scripts which can help to install, configure and connect
your SGD server to Active Directory.

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

Just Released - Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 2.0

     Hot off the presses is Sun's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 2.0, just released last night. Included is the new Sun Virtual Desktop Connector, acting as a broker between Sun Ray and Secure Global Desktop infrastructure and VMware virtual machines.  This solution provides exceptional flexibility in deploying virtual desktops in an easy, secure manner to both Sun Ray clients as well as a variety of other clients, with a choice of desktop operating systems, including Windows, Solaris and Linux. This would probably be a good time to note our recent announcement of entering an OEM agreement with VMware, making it that much easier for a complete solution from Sun.

     Heck, so many interesting things happening in this space, it's hard to keep track of it all. Wouldn't want to miss our purchase of innotek and their VirtualBox technology, an open source virtualization software technology that allows running virtual machines under a variety of host operating systems to run many different guest OSes, including Solaris, Linux, Windows and OS X. Nor would I want to forget the ongoing work incorporating Xen open source technology into both OpenSolaris, and into xVM Server,  giving you the ability to run guest operating systems with no hypervisor knowledge as usual, and those guest operating systems that are hypervisor aware and can take advantage of performance enhancements through direct hypervisor calls.

Friday Feb 22, 2008

Understanding the Virtual Desktop Lifecycle - Part 2

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


Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Join the US Desktop Practice

More jobs!  Our US Desktop team is looking to add another pre-sales superstar.  Preference is for you to be on the West coast.  Check out the job.

Tuesday Dec 18, 2007

Deep Dive in the Alps

From January 15th through the 18th, Sun will be holding a Software Event in Grenoble, France.  Days 1 and 2 will be focused on Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and the Sun VDI solution.  I will be presenting along with Andy and Dirk.  We're even trying to get Matt to come to cover Sun Ray Server in conjunction with S10 Trusted Extensions.

Alexis' blog has the details on how to register for the FREE event. 

Hope to see you there.

(P.S. Anyone know of a good gym in Grenoble?)



Wednesday Nov 28, 2007

Success Stories

New format and some new entries on our Success Stories pages.  Enjoy.

Sun Ray:

Secure Global Desktop:

Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 Open Beta

We are officially "Live" for the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 Open Beta and we would love to have you participate. Here is key information you'll need for downloading the beta software, whom to contact if you have any technical questions or issues, and a link for providing us any feedback on this product.

Sun's Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 is the resulting product from Sun's existing Virtual Desktop Access Kit (VDAK) for VMWare and provides a mechanism for managing and accessing virtual Microsoft Windows desktops via Sun's desktop virtualization technologies such as Sun Ray Software and Sun Secure Global Desktop Software.

We would greatly welcome your feedback on this new beta software.

Please note that you will need to have specific software applications/versions installed prior to download and testing of the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 beta software. They are:
o SRS 4.0 (for Sun Ray testers)
o SGD 4.4 (for Sun Secure Global Desktop testers)
o ESX 3.0.1 or 3.0.2
o Virtual Center 2.0.1 or 2.0.2
o Windows XP

Thanks in advance for your participation and feedback!

Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 Open Beta Program Instructions:
Beta Download URL\*:

\*We encourage you to read the release notes as there are platform dependencies for this product. 

(Note:  Link to release notes and doc is currently broken. Temporarily the docs are available here. Release Notes, Admin Guide - BL)

For any technical questions or issues, please contact us at: sun-vdi-feedback AT We will do our best to respond to your questions.

We'd love to have your feedback! Here is a link to a short survey:

SGD Testers:

The Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 beta software requires an upgrade to SGD 4.4. The download URL for the beta upgrade is shown below. Should you have any specific SGD 4.4 install issues, please contact your Sun support representative for assistance.

SGD 4.4 Download URL:

Friday Sep 28, 2007

New Secure Global Desktop Blog

Found this new blog by a Sun Partner focusing on Virtual Desktops.  Looks like it is going to be a good one.

Virtual Desktop Webcast

If you missed the excellent live webcast on September 26th featuring our Virtual Desktop solution for Government, Education, and Healthcare (GEH), you can watch a replay here.

The VMWare/Sun webcast from September 27th will be available shortly and I will post a link when I have it. 

Tuesday Aug 28, 2007

Desktop Virtualization Days Presentations

I'm slowly getting around to posting all the presentation slide decks we promised.  To be fair to my co-presenters, I'm the reason for the delay.  I have a lot of NDA material to strip out and notes to add to mine.  I'll keep updating this post, so check back for the others.

 In the meantime, enjoy a picture of an exhausted Matt Hatley who tried to power the event from a LifeCycle following the "Snake Incident".

Matt Hatley nearly passes out after trying to entertain the masses following the power outage. 

SRS 4 09/07 Kiosk Deep Dive by Brad Lackey (OpenOffice | PDF )

Editors note:  Compare and contrast how much Kiosk has changed by comparing the SRSS 3.1 CAM slide deck 

Sun Ray with Solaris 10 Trusted Extensions by Matt Hatley (21 MB zip)

Zip file contains the following:

Presentations and How To:

  • sr-deep-dive-aug2007.odp/.pdf - SNAP Presentation Sun Ray on Trusted Extensions
  • tx-deepdive-srss4u2-build-log.txt - Detailed Build Log

Trusted Extensions DB Files:

  • label_encodings
  • tnrhtp
  • tnrhdb
  • tnzonecfg

TX Zone Build Files:

  • sbu.cfg
  • secret.cfg
  • topsecret.cfg

Secure Global Desktop Deep Dive by Andy Hall (OpenOffice | PDF )

Editors note:  This deck doesn't do the preso justice since 99% is a demo that takes you through the full install and configuration of Secure Global Desktop.  Please attend the next Desktop Virtualization Days Event to see Andy speak

Desktop Virtualization Days Preso by Craig Bender (OpenOffice | PDF )

Editors note:  This deck has a lot of meeting information as well as an overview of what's new in Sun Ray, what is Virtual Desktop Computing, and why you should care.

Delivering Virtualized Desktops Preso by Craig Bender (OpenOffice | PDF )

Editors note:  Mostly Marketechture.  Really needs to be followed by a Sun VDAK Demo.

Monday Jun 04, 2007

Virtually Down Under

G'day mates!  How ya going?  Check out Matthew Legg and (Think Thin's) Daniel Cifuentes speak with Laurie Wong regarding Sun's Virtual Desktop solutions.

Webpage here, podcast here.

Friday May 11, 2007

Podcasts, eh?

Check out these Canadian flavored (flavoured?) Sun Ray and SGD podcasts from our very own Edward Moffat.  Visit the MapleDesk now!  Hosers need not apply.

SGD 4.3.1 Released

Sun Secure Global Desktop 4.3.1 has been released.  While mainly an update to fix bugs, there are some new features:

- Support for UNIX audio apps
- Support for Vista Desktop as an application (i.e. VDI)
- Support for Ubuntu as a client OS
- Changes to work better with ssh launches (should work out of box without needing ssh_config changes)
- The Mac OS X client is now a universal binary

Download SGD and give it a spin.

Tuesday Feb 27, 2007

Sun Rays and SGD @ Georgia Tech

Cool little video from the Sun Ray and SGD deployment @ Georgia Tech showing how The Network is the Computer!


Need to send them a tripod as a thank you gift.  :)


Tuesday Jan 30, 2007

Couple of New Think Thinners

From the SGD crowd we now have Fat Bloke and Chris joining the ranks of the Think Thin Bloggers.  Fat Bloke is currently covering his top ten favorite new features of SGD 4.3 and Chris has started a new topic which you can ask him anything.  Welcome gents!




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