How to setup VMWare View and Sun Ray Server Software 4.1 for a POC

With the 4.0 release of Sun Ray Server Software we can use VMWare's desktop broker, View, to provide Windows desktops to our Sun Rays. This guide will explain how to do it!

Prep Work:
The following items need to be up and running before we can proceed with the SRSS 4.1 connector for View. If you are starting from scratch there is a lot of steps to get through. Most likely you will be asked to deploy in front of a working View environment and can skip most of the prep work.

Install of ESX (Directions)
Install of Virtual Center (Directions) - note 32 bit windows is required and do not install on the AD Server
Install of View Connector Server (Directions) - note 32 bit windows is required and do not install on the AD Server
Install of XP with View Agent (Directions)

Install of Solaris 10 either on a separate box or a VM (Directions)
Install of Sun Ray Server Software 4.1 (Directions)

Configuration settings in View:
We need to make a couple of configuration changes to View. I recommend getting things working without SSL first, and then coming back and turning on SSL if your environment requires it.

First lets change View to accept non-ssl connections. Log into your View administrative website. Go to the configurations tab. Edit your global settings to turn require ssl to off. When you make the change View is going to state that it needs to be restarted. Hold off for now.

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On the pop up screen un-tick require ssl

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View by default tries to tunnel the connection. We need to change it to direct connect. In the View administrator, on the configuration tab you need to select your server and click on edit.

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On the pop up screen. Click on direct connect.

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At this point we need to restart the View service. You will find it in the Windows Service manager as VMWare View Connection Server.

Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager(SRVDM):
Now that we have a working View environment and a working SRSS environment we can get to the steps to tie the 2 together. First we need to download SRVDM to our Sun Ray Server. The bits can be found here.

Install SRVDM:
# unzip srvdm_1.0.zip
# cd srvdm_1.0
# pkgadd -d Packages/Solaris_10+/i386/
accept the defaults and you should get a message that the install finished correctly.

Configure Kiosk:
We will use the web interface for the Sun Ray server to configure the Sun Ray server to present windows desktops.

Log into your web admin port http://<name of run ray server>:1660
The username is admin and the password is the one you gave it during set up.

Click on the advanced tab:

Srvdm - Advanced

Then on the Kiosk Sub tab:

Srvdm - Sub Tab

If you are setting up your Kiosk mode for the first time you will see a message about no Kiosk Mode settings. Click the edit button on the right. If you have kiosk mode setup already jump to the next step:

Srvdm-3

Change the session drop down to VMWare Virtual Desktop Manager Session.
We are going to start our tests without SSL turned on. In the arguments field add
-http -s <servername> and click on OK

Srvdm-4

At this point you will have a kiosk mode defined and then you will need to tell the server when to use it. This is accomplished by using the the System Policy to turn Kiosk Mode on for card users and non card users. Click on the System Policy Sub Tab on the Advanced Menu and then click on the enable check box for Kiosk Mode under both non card users and card users. Then click on the save button.
Srvdm-7

You will get a message saying the changes have been stored and you need to restart the server. Click on the link to switch to the servers tab.
Srvdm-8

Select your server and click on cold restart.

Srvdm-9

You should now have the VIew Login on your Sun Rays.
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And yes after entering your credentials you will have a windows desktop on your Sun Ray.  Twitpic Photos Large 1696364-1

If you are need to enable SSL the steps can be found here. Remember to recheck the use SSL setting that we shut off above, and restart the View Connection service. Also remember to go back into the kiosk config and take out the -http argument and restart the Sun Ray Server.

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Please add the Roller tag 'srvc'to be part of http://blogs.sun.com/main/tags/srvc

Thanks
-Matthias

Posted by mprove on January 07, 2009 at 03:12 AM PST #

Thanks for the guide, very useful! Just a quick question, how does mounting a USB memory stick via a Sun Ray work with the View broker? Cheers!

Posted by bashprompt on January 12, 2009 at 05:24 AM PST #

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