Friday Sep 03, 2010

Sun Ray 3 Plus with USB Speakers

While not "VDI In The Sky" (Man that was cool!)  as a every day user of my Sun Ray 3 Plus I try to play music while I work.  I wanted a bit better a sound experience along with the portability that Sun Ray mobile session technology provides.    I came across some very well rated yet inexpensive USB powered speakers and gave them a try.  Since all I need is a USB 2.0 port and a audio out port (Which a Sun Ray 3 Plus has) I was good to go.

See the results

To better clarify on what is being used for the audio and to show the cool Sun Ray Session Mobility feature I added another short clip.

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 for the Sun Ray Software 5 release, I made the case for 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.

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

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!


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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Thursday Nov 09, 2006

SRSS 05 Patch Released

The 05 rev of the Sun Ray Server Software 3.1 patch has been released.

Solaris SPARC
Solaris X86

This is the first patch to have Sun Ray 2 specific firmware included, along with the following fixes:

6382740 Sun Ray 170 can get stuck sending exchangeAPDU to certain OpenPlatform-like smartcards, causing 26D
6459224 utreader allows only eight token readers, customer wants more
5025790 utreader output with options -c, -d is not giving meaning as said in usage
6457072 Support on Sun Ray for smartcard operations with 2048 bit keys
6443568 Some USB 2.0 hubs don't appear to work when attached to Sun Ray
6306412 KDE display is corrupt under numerous and quick graphic changes
6422934 utquery can fail to collect and report responses
6437329 utauthd crash in GroupManager.whichServer
6355343 utuser -r causes all DTUs in FOG to alternate between the "X" and "100F ...
6465742 Need Support for Starcos SPK23 family of cards
6468437 Support for Incrypto smart cards
6457990 Sometimes SR270, Sun Ray 2 and Sun Ray 2FS hang when Authenticated Smart Cards are used
6446288 Mouse pointer "floats" and/or doesn't reach the title bar when in full screen mode on MS windows
6471000 Sessions with very long tokens are not redirected correctly
6446769 Balance must be made read-only for speaker-option on 270 170
6428572 Provide firmware support for new Sun Ray 2,Sun Ray 2fs Sun Ray 270 units
6482453 Firmware panics on NULL value for redirectProps key

Tuesday Nov 07, 2006

Sun Rays and Health Care

Everyone tells me I wrote an awesome posting over here.  Yet not one comment.  Preaching to the choir? 

You know us bloggers are a sensitive bunch.  Live and die by feedback and what not.

Kind of a damned if you post there, damned if you post here scenario.

Anyhow, Happy Election Day to all those in the US.  I hope you voted.

Vote Sun Ray, a chicken in every pot.  I promise.



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