Wednesday Oct 13, 2010

Neue Version VirtualBox ist da

Man kann VirtualBox noch immer hier downloaden: http://www.virtualbox.org/.

Welche Neuerungen in dieses Release eingeflossen sind, kann man im [changelog|http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog] nachlesen.

have fun.

Friday Dec 18, 2009

11. Sun Breakfast wrap up

It was an anniversary this time: 2 years Sun Breakfast.

Time goes by so fast....

17 Attendees found their way through snowy Berlin in our Sun Office and listened to Franks ( frankb=Frank Batschulat, MTS, Solaris Zones Team ) presentation about Solaris 10 Containers ( brandz ), not to confuse with the usual Solaris Zones in Solaris 10. His slides are here .

Afterwards, they followed my demo about Crossbow vWire and how to setup a private network in a box.
Here are the slides . Please download it, and create your own private network on your laptop with vnics, etherstubs, flows and a vnic used in a VirtualBox VM.

I wish all of you a mery christmas, and a very happy year!!

see you next year, best regards,
claudia

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Sun VDI 3.0 .. to be continued

Still I have to continue my VDI 3.0 demo setup, and I will do as soon as I can and have time, I promise!
Meanwhile I like to point to this blog. It answers the question: Why you need 3 VDI hosts and what you can do about that?

So here are the advices from Tino Rachui, the responsible engineer for the MySQL database integration, for a production setup.

http://blogs.sun.com/tinor/

To setup a demo, it is possible to install all three components, VDI, VirtualBox and storage on the same system.

cu,
claudia

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

VDI 3.0 Demo Installation

Recently I bought a mini pc, an Acer Aspire X1700 and I set up a VDI 3.0 showcase.The Acer Aspire X1700 is so small and light weight, you can put it in a small business suitcase or a larger bag and take it to customer visits.

In this first part I share my experiences with the installation and configuration of VDI 3.0.
In a second part I will explain how I setup desktop pools, provide storage for the VMs and so on.

The VDI 3.0 Installation instructions by Stephanie Lewellen were very helpful.

Systems Configuration
check system requirements

My Equipment:
Acer Aspire X1700, Mini PC
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8200
RAM: 4 GB
Disk space: 1 TB
onboard LAN: RTL8211b
LAN: e1000g0 ( I ordered an Intel Pro NIC, because the onboard chip RTL8211b was not recognized by Solaris Express ).
View the prtconf file.

I used Solaris Express Build112.
For the Sun Ray Service it is important to use a static IP Address.


bash-3.2# uname -a
SunOS gandalf 5.11 snv_112 i86pc i386 i86pc
bash-3.2#

I set up following disk partitions:


bash-3.2# format
Searching for disks...done

AVAILABLE DISK SELECTIONS:
0. c1t0d0
/pci@0,0/pci1025,158@e/disk@0,0

Specify disk (enter its number): 0
partition> p
Current partition table (original):
Total disk cylinders available: 60797 + 2 (reserved cylinders)

Part Tag Flag Cylinders Size Blocks
0 root wm 1 - 1913 29.31GB (1913/0/0) 61464690
1 unassigned wm 1914 - 3826 29.31GB (1913/0/0) 61464690
2 backup wm 0 - 60796 931.46GB (60797/0/0) 1953407610
3 unassigned wm 3827 - 4336 7.81GB (510/0/0) 16386300
4 home wm 4337 - 16813 191.16GB (12477/0/0) 400886010
5 unassigned wm 16814 - 31474 224.62GB (14661/0/0) 471057930
6 unassigned wm 31475 - 46135 224.62GB (14661/0/0) 471057930
7 unassigned wm 46136 - 60796 224.62GB (14661/0/0) 471057930
8 boot wu 0 - 0 15.69MB (1/0/0) 32130
9 unassigned wm 0 0 (0/0/0) 0

Slice 0 is the root partion, of course.
Slice 1 is for future purpose to upgrade the BE with Live upgrade and this partition will be used as ABE.
Slice 3 is the /swap partition. This partition should be twice the size of the amount of physical memory. So in my case it is 8GB.
Slice 4 is used for /export/home.
Slice 5, 6 and 7 is used for ZFS. Later you'll see that I use these slices as zpools and to provide one of the zpools as storage for the VMs via iSCSI.

Download Software

For the VDI 3.0 installation you need:
1. SUN VDI Software 3.0 for Solaris ( 90 days trial )

2. additionally get VirtualBox to create VMs
The latest release to use with Sun VDI 3.0 is VirtualBox version 2.0.8

3. OpenSolaris 2008.11 to provide ISCSI storage as VM via Sun xVM VirtualBox.

4.and finally, but not necessarily
Sun Secure Global Desktop Software
to provide access to centralized Windows, Linux, Unix applications ( 30 days trial ), if you so wish.

Installation and Configuration
Links:
http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/Home
http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/Installing Setup VDI 3.0 with Sun xVM VirtualBox
http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/How+to+Set+Up+an+OpenSolaris+Storage+Server How to Set Up an OpenSolaris Storage Server

1. Set Up and prepare an OpenSolaris Storage Server

create zpools
I used slices c1t0d0s5, c1t0d0s6 and c1t0d0s7 as explained above.
Run the following comamnds as root:

# zpool create pool1 c1t0d0s5
# zpool create pool2 c1t0d0s6
# zpool create pool3 c1t0d0s7

Check the zpool status:

bash-3.2# zpool status
pool: pool1
state: ONLINE
scrub: none requested
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
pool1 ONLINE 0 0 0
c1t0d0s5 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

pool: pool2
state: ONLINE
scrub: none requested
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
pool2 ONLINE 0 0 0
c1t0d0s6 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

pool: pool3
state: ONLINE
scrub: none requested
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
pool3 ONLINE 0 0 0
c1t0d0s7 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors
bash-3.2#

use pool1 for VDI
create a ZFS filesystem for the Virtual machines/operatingsystems.

bash-3.2# zfs create pool1/VDI

create ZFS Volumes as VM storage. Later, I will sahre them via iSCSI.

bash-3.2# zfs create -V 1g pool1/vmhome1
bash-3.2# zfs create -V 1g pool1/vmhome2
bash-3.2# zfs create -V 1g pool1/vmhome3
bash-3.2# zfs create -V 1g pool1/vmhome4

setup a /swap ZFS Volume used by VirtualBox ( twice the size of phys. RAM ).

bash-3.2# zfs create -v 8g pool1/swap

list the zfs filesystems.

bash-3.2# zfs list
NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT
pool1 30.0G 190G 21K /pool1
pool1/VDI 18.0G 190G 18.0G /pool1/VDI
pool1/swap 8G 198G 16K -
pool1/vmhome1 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome2 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome3 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome4 1G 191G 16K -
pool2 70K 220G 19K /pool2
pool3 70K 220G 19K /pool3
bash-3.2#

list the zfs volumes, only.

bash-3.2# zfs list -t volume
NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT
pool1/swap 8G 198G 16K -
pool1/vmhome1 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome2 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome3 1G 191G 16K -
pool1/vmhome4 1G 191G 16K -

and list zfs filesystems, only.

bash-3.2# zfs list -t filesystem
NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT
pool1 30.0G 190G 21K /pool1
pool1/VDI 18.0G 190G 18.0G /pool1/VDI
pool2 70K 220G 19K /pool2
pool3 70K 220G 19K /pool3
bash-3.2#

check the content of the zpools simply by changing the directory and list the contents.

bash-3.2# cd /
bash-3.2# ls
bin export media pool1 root usr
boot home mnt pool2 sbin var
dev kernel net pool3 swap
devices lib opt proc system
etc lost+found platform rmdisk tmp
bash-3.2#
bash-3.2# cd pool1
bash-3.2# ls
VDI
bash-3.2# cd VDI
bash-3.2# ls
Opensolaris200811.vdi Windows2003.vdi

Well, this is done. Next step is to install VirtualBox to create and maintain VMs.

2. Install VirtualBox
Change to the directory were you stored the VirtualBox download files. I stored it the directory "Downloads" in roots homedirectory. First, the .gz file must be unpacked, then the .tar file must be unpacked and finally the package is installed.

bash-3.2# cd /root
bash-3.2# ls
Desktop Documents Downloads Public core
bash-3.2# cd Downloads
bash-3.2# ls
VirtualBox-2.0.8-44071-SunOS_amd64.tar.gz
vbox_2.0.zip
vda_3.0_amd64.zip
bash-3.2#
bash-3.2# gunzip VirtualBox-2.0.8-44071-SunOS_amd64.tar.gz
bash-3.2# tar xf VirtualBox-2.0.8-44071-SunOS_amd64.tar
bash-3.2#
bash-3.2# pkgadd -d VirtualBoxKern-2.0.8-SunOS-r44071.pkg

The following packages are available:
1 SUNWvboxkern Sun xVM VirtualBox Kernel Interface Module
(i386) 2.0.8,REV=2009.03.09.22.19

Select package(s) you wish to process (or 'all' to process
all packages). (default: all) [?,??,q]:

Processing package instance from

## Installing part 1 of 1.
/platform/i86pc/kernel/misc/amd64/vbi
/platform/i86pc/kernel/misc/vbi
[ verifying class ]

Installation of was successful.
bash-3.2#
bash-3.2# pkgadd -d VirtualBox-2.0.8-SunOS-amd64-r44071.pkg

The following packages are available:
1 SUNWvbox Sun xVM VirtualBox
(i386) 2.0.8,REV=r44071.2009.03.09.22.19

Select package(s) you wish to process (or 'all' to process
all packages). (default: all) [?,??,q]:

Processing package instance from

Sun xVM VirtualBox(i386) 2.0.8,REV=r44071.2009.03.09.22.19
VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL)

License version 7, September 10, 2008

The following files are being installed with setuid and/or setgid
permissions:
/opt/VirtualBox/VBoxBFE
/opt/VirtualBox/VBoxHeadless
/opt/VirtualBox/VBoxSDL
/opt/VirtualBox/VirtualBox

Do you want to install these as setuid/setgid files [y,n,?,q] y

This package contains scripts which will be executed with super-user
permission during the process of installing this package.

Do you want to continue with the installation of [y,n,?] y

Installing Sun xVM VirtualBox as

## Executing postinstall script.
Configuring VirtualBox kernel modules...
VirtualBox Host kernel module loaded.
VirtualBox NetFilter kernel module loaded.
Creating links...
Done.

Installation of was successful.
bash-3.2#

3. Start VirtualBox and lauch the GUI

Now that the package was installed successfully, we go further to create VMs, which we later can use as templates for additional VMs.
Open a terminal and start VirtualBox

bash-3.2# /opt/VirtualBox/VirtualBox &


Note: Please ignore the message that there is a new version of VirtualBox, the installed Version 2.0.8 is a special version for VDI 3.0.

In the GUI
a. click New
b. give it a name, e.g "Opensolaris2008.11"
c. choose OS Type OpenSolaris and click Next
d. Base Memory Size should be 1G and click Next
e. for the Boot Hard Disk click New then Next chosse Fixed-size image and follow the instructions ( Image File Name = OpenSolaris2008.11, Image Size = 16.00GB ), click Next and then Finish
alternately you can use an existing vdi image, then click on Existing, click Add and Browse to the Image File e.g. /pool1/VDI/Opensolaris200811.vdi, click Select, click Next and Finish
f. go to Settings in the GUI and choose CD/DVD-ROM, activate the check box Mount CD/DVD Drive, automatically the check box Host CD/DVD Drive and the appropriate drive will be enabled. Note: if you choose an already existing File image deactivate the Mount CD/DVD Drive check box. You can later mount the CD/DVD Drive in the VM Menu Devices.
g. Go to Network and Enable Network Adapter, if not already done. Click OK.
h. Start the VM by clicking Start in the GUI and the installation starts from CD or altenately the VM starts from the existing Hard Disk Image
i. Install the Guest Additions via VM Menu Devices Install Guest Additions

Install additional VMs

repeat the steps from 3. for all other VMs you wish to install.
If you install Windows XP you finally install the System Preparation file ( sysprep file ) to be able to create clones of your Windows XP VM template and to automatically customize neccessary identy and domain settings.
In the GUI
a. click New
b. give it a name, e.g WindowsXP
c. choose OS Type Windows XP and click Next
d. Base Memory Size should be 1G and click Next
e. for the Boot Hard Disk click New then Next chosse Fixed-size image and follow the instructions ( Image File Name = WindowsXP, Image Size = 10.00GB ), click Next and then Finish
f. go to Settings in the GUI and choose CD/DVD-ROM, activate the check box Mount CD/DVD Drive, atumatically the check box Host CD/DVD Drive and the appropriate drive will be enabled.
g. Go to Network and Enable Network Adapter, if not already done. Click OK.
h. Start the VM by clicking Start in the GUI and the Installation starts
i. Install the Guest Additions via VM Menu Devices Install Guest Additions
j. After successfully installed Windows XP start the internet Explorer and get the cab files
k. Install the System Preparaton file by unpacking it in C:/Sysprep. You can download the files here:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3E90DC91-AC56-4665-949B-BEDA3080E0F6&displaylang=en
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Deployment Tools
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=673a1019-8e3e-4be0-ac31-70dd21b5afa7&displaylang=en
Copy the deploy.cab in C:/, create a new directory called Sysprep, then double-click on the deploy.cab icon, and copy all files to C:/Sysprep.
l. Activate the sysprep file
change directory to Sysprep and run sysprep by double-clicking
activate reseal button to generate SIDs ( security identifiers on next reboot; and activate the mini-prep.
or run
# C:\\Sysprep\\sysprep.exe \\-mini \\-reseal \\-quiet \\-activated
After this the Windows XP VM will be shut off. Restart it in VirtualBox GUI with Start.
m. Windows XP restarts

Repeat the steps for any other OS and enter an appropriate name in step b. and in step c. choose the according OS type.

4. Installation of VDI 3.0

Now it is time to install the VDI 3.0 package.
Go to the directory where you stored the downloaded files, unpack it and folow the installation steps followed:

bash-3.2# unzip vda_3.0_amd64.zip
bash-3.2# cd image
bash-3.2# ls
Copyright
FR_Copyright
Legal
README.html
README.txt
Supplemental
mysql-cluster-com-6.3.20-solaris10-x86_64.tar.gz
srss_4.1
srwc_2.1
vda-install
vda_3.0
bash-3.2#

Start the installtion by running that script:

bash-3.2# ./vda-install
Please contact Sun Microsystems, Inc. 4150 Network Circle, Santa Clara, Califor
nia 95054 if you have questions.
Do you accept the license agreement? (y/n) y
Sun VDI 3.0 Installation
+ Installing Sun Ray Server Software...
VDI 3.0 installs
- Sun Ray Server Software...
- Sun Ray Connector for Windows Operating Systems...
- Sun VDI Core...
- MySQL Database...
- Installing Web Administration...
- Installing Apache Tomcat...
- Installing RDP Broker...
- Installing Sun Ray Client...

Sun VDI 3.0 was succesfully installed!
A log file is available at '/var/sadm/install/logs/vda-install.2009_04_17_20:19:14.log'.

It is necessary to reboot the server now. Please do not use 'reboot', but 'init 6'. 'init 6' forces the system to shutdown properly and to run necessary scripts to make changes to the system, which reboot doesn't.

5. Configuration of SUN VDI 3.0

After that you can continue to configure Sun VDI 3.0 with '/opt/SUNWvda/sbin/vda-config'.
Run

bash-3.2#/opt/SUNWvda/sbin/vda-config

to configure the VDI including the Sunray Services,Kiosk Session configurations, and Windows Connector.

bash-3.2# cd /opt/SUNWvda/sbin
bash-3.2# ./vda-config

Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 Configuration

A high available VDI environment requires at least 3 servers or access to a remote database.

If you want to create a Sun VDI database cluster configure the Primary Sun VDI Host first. During the configuration you will be asked to enter the DNS names of two unconfigured Secondary Sun VDI Hosts.
If this is the configuration of a Secondary Sun VDI Host then you will be asked to enter the DNS name of the configured Primary Sun VDI Host.

If you decide to use a remote database, then configure the Primary Sun VDI Host first. A Secondary Sun VDI Host is recommended to host the Sun Ray sessions.

An Evaluation Sun VDI Host configures all necessary components on one server.

1 Primary Sun VDI Host
2 Secondary Sun VDI Host
0 Evaluation Sun VDI Host

Select (1/2/0): 0

for an evaluation installation

Sun Ray Server Software Configuration
+ Providing configuration data...
+ Loading Sun Ray data store...
+ Populating Sun Ray data store...
+ Creating Sun Ray core services configuration...
+ Restarting Sun Ray data store daemon...
+ Configuring Sun Ray Server Software Web Administration...
+ Adding 10 user accounts for Sun Ray sessions...

Sun Ray Client Configuration
+ Setting Kiosk Mode Session Type to 'vda'...
+ Enabling Kiosk Mode Policy for All Card and Non-Card Users...
+ Enabling LAN Connections...
+ Configuring Sun Ray Connector for Windows Operating Systems...

and then the process stuck and I stopped the the install script.
Looking into the log file /var/adm/log vda-config.date_time.log, I could see, the script wanted me to confirm the location of libcrypto.so.0.9.8.

Adding user root ...
User(s) added successfully!
Deleting user admin ...
User(s) deleted successfully!
+ Configuring Sun Ray Connector for Windows Operating Systems...
Enter complete location for libcrypto.so.0.9.7 [/usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8]
:
Invalid filename /usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8
Enter complete location for libcrypto.so.0.9.7 [/usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8]
:
Invalid filename /usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8
Enter complete location for libcrypto.so.0.9.7 [/usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8]
:
bash-3.2#

The workaround is to create a softlink in /usr/sfw/lib to the existing libcrypto.so.0.9.8 in /lib:

bash-3.2# cd /usr/sfw/lib
bash-3.2# ln -s /lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.8
bash-3.2# ls libcr\*
libcrypto.so.0.9.8

If you stopped the script, like I did, you have to unconfigure VDI 3.0, before you can restart the configuration. For this run:

bash-3.2# cd /opt/SUNWvda/sbin
bash-3.2# ls
vda vda-db-status vda-migrate vda-webadmin
vda-config vda-install vda-service
bash-3.2# ./vda-config -u

Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 Configuration

Do you want to unconfigure? (y/[n]) y
The unconfiguration of Sun VDI 3.0 has completed.
A log file is available at '/var/adm/log/vda-config.2009_04_17_20:56:43.log'.
bash-3.2#

and then start the configuration, again.

bash-3.2# pwd
/opt/SUNWvda/sbin
bash-3.2# ./vda-config

Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 Configuration

A high available VDI environment requires at least 3 servers or access to a remote database.

An Evaluation Sun VDI Host configures all necessary components on one server.

1 Primary Sun VDI Host
2 Secondary Sun VDI Host
0 Evaluation Sun VDI Host

Select (1/2/0): 0

Sun Ray Server Software Configuration
+ Providing configuration data...
+ Loading Sun Ray data store...
+ Populating Sun Ray data store...
+ Creating Sun Ray core services configuration...
+ Restarting Sun Ray data store daemon...
+ Configuring Sun Ray Server Software Web Administration...
+ Adding 10 user accounts for Sun Ray sessions...

Sun Ray Client Configuration
+ Setting Kiosk Mode Session Type to 'vda'...
+ Enabling Kiosk Mode Policy for All Card and Non-Card Users...
+ Enabling LAN Connections...
+ Configuring Sun Ray Connector for Windows Operating Systems...

This is the point where I stuck before.
Press to confirm the path you can not see on the screen yet.
And the install script proceeds:

+ Restarting Sun Ray Server Software...

MySQL Database Configuration
+ Creating MySQL group (vdadb)...
+ Creating MySQL user (vdadb)...
+ Setting up MySQL directory...
+ Setting up MySQL cluster directory...
+ Initializing database...
+ Starting Sun VDI database (MySQL)...

Be patient, this takes some time.....

+ Setting user rights...
+ Creating database tables...

this takes some time too .....

+ Configuring database connection...

Sun VDI Web Administration Configuration
+ Enabling Sun VDI web administration...
+ Restarting Sun VDI web administration...

RDP Broker Configuration
+ Starting RDP broker...

Common Agent Container Configuration
+ Restarting Common Agent Container service...
+ Enabling Common Agent Container Service default instance at system boot...

The configuration of Sun VDI 3.0 has completed.
A log file is available at '/var/adm/log/vda-config.2009_04_17_20:58:31.log'.

The command line tools are located at '/opt/SUNWvda/sbin'.
You can access the Sun VDI web administration at http://gandalf:1800
bash-3.2#

finally we made it.

check the log file to view the configuration logs:

bash-3.2# less vda-config.date_new_time.log
bash-3.2#

Note: For the evaluation setup no password will be set for the MySQL database.
To set a password use the following script: /opt/SUNWvda/mysql/bin/mysqladmin --defaults-file=/etc/opt/SUNWvda/my.cnf password .

The installation is finished.
The next steps are to create and administrate desktop pools and VMs.
These steps and my expereinces I am going to decribe in part two,soon.

You can access the Sun VDI web administration UI at http://servername:1800
A helpful instuction how to go further is here http://wikis.sun.com/display/VDI3/Administering .

claudia

Friday Feb 29, 2008

Solaris running on Windows ?!

eine deutsche Version ist weiter unten


What if your customer says:”Well, I wish I could test Solaris or
Opensolaris to know its features and its look and feel. But, I do not want to modify my entire system e.g. the partition table etc.. Then there is a simple solution. I installed Nevada, Build82 as a VM on my Windows XP laptop host using VirtualBox.

Here you go:
I used my laptop which is a Toshiba, Tecra M3 with 1 GB RAM which is
not Intel-VT aware. You do not even need a HVM-capable system !

1. I downloaded VirtualBox for Windows XP.

2. I used a Nevada, Build82 DVD that I previously created from the .iso image file. Sure, you can also use the .iso image as source and virtual CD.

3. I installed VirtualBox by double-clicking on the downloaded installation file.

4. I created the guest VM using the VirtualBox GUI. This is very easy. You click on 'New', give the VM a name, choose the proper OS-type 'solaris' from the drop.-down menu, set 400 MB RAM and create a new disk image of 8 GB size. The VM is created and you can now choose the install source by clicking on CD/DVD ROM and make all the other appropriate settings iusing the GUI- and that's it.

5. I started the installation clicking the start button in the VirtualBox GUI and followed the installation instructions.

Some tips though:

I changed the the host-key from 'right+strg' to 'alt'.The pre-defined host-key didn't worked well on my laptop. I do not know why. The change to 'alt' simplified my life.

If more RAM is available on your system, configure more RAM than 400MB. My laptop just has 1GB RAM installed. Setting 256 MB for the VM was too less for the installation – it took ages- setting 512 MB was too much for Windows XP. So I choose the middle of both, which worked pretty well.
There is also a user manual available after the installation of VirtualBox. You will find this .pdf file under the start button -> programs -> innotek VirtualBox -> VirtualBox User Manual. You can follow the instructions right away.
After the installation of Nevada has been finished I had to change the boot settings. Shutoff the Nevada VM and then click on 'Change' in the VirtualBox GUI, select the tab 'Advanced' and deactivate the FLOPPY DRIVE and CD/DVD ROM checkboxes so that the DISK check box is activated only.
Start the Nevada VM again by clicking on start in the main window of VitualBox GUI.
That's it.
Now Nevada is booting and you can show customers Solaris on your Windows laptop and tell them how you did it, so that they can test Solaris themselves.


Finally, there is a very interesting hint in wikipedia about a project called  Virtual Machine Box. Unfortunately, this page is in german, only.
In summarize it says:
The Virtual Machine Box ( in short:VMB) enterprise virtualization solution provides a high level of security, stability and flexibility. The software enables you to create, administrate and transfer virtual PCs ( VMs ) and replaces usual workstations. Virtulization reduces energy costs, CO2 emissions and provides cost savings for new hardware.
Virtual Machine Box will be announced in spring 2008. There will be two products available:VMB light-Version for private use and for free. For professionals and use at enterprises they offer VMB professional.




German Version
Ihr Kunde teilt Ihnen mit, er würde gerne Solaris 10 oder auch Opensolaris kennenlernen und sich anschauen. Aber er scheut die
Installation und Konfiguration auf einem bestehenden System, welches er nicht grundlegend modifizieren möchte ( bspw. Partitionierung der Festplatte, Einrichten des Bootloaders ).
Heute können Sie Ihrem Kunden sagen: das ist überhaupt kein Problem. Installieren Sie VirtualBox auf Ihrem Laptop oder Ihrem Arbeitsplatz-PC – egal welches Betriebssystem dort läuft: VirtualBox läuft auf Windows, Macintosh, Linux und Solaris Rechnern. Installieren Sie dann Solaris10 oder Opensolaris als
Gastdomäne, nur wenige Schritte sind notwendig. Mehr als 15 Minuten nach dem Download werden sie nicht benoetigen. DAS hat sogar mein Chef geschafft!
Folgen wir mal der Opensolaris Installation auf einem Windows Laptop:


1.  Allgemeine Informationen zu VirtualBox

2. Tragen Sie Informationen über ihre Hardware zusammen : Wieviel Speicher hat Ihr System? Welcher freie Plattenplatz steht Ihnen zur Verfügung? Sie werden diese Informationen später benötigen, um zu entscheiden, wo Sie die virtuelle Festplatte für Ihre VM erzeugen werden und wieviel Speicher Sie der Opensolaris VM zuteilen können. Sie finden diese Informationen a) in der Systemsteuerung -> System -> Allgemein ( installierte CPU und Gesamtspeicher) und b) im Arbeitsplatz mit rechten Mausklick auf die Festplatte(n) und Auswahl von Eigenschaften.

3. Downloaden Sie die Opensolaris .iso Image Datei 
und wählen Sie die entsprechende Option Solaris Express Community Edition CD oder DVD.

4. Sie können entscheiden, ob Sie die .iso Image Datei später als Quelle zur Installation wählen möchten; oder davon eine CD respektive DVD erstellen, die dann als Installationsquelle dient.

5. Downloaden Sie VirtualBox

6. Installieren Sie VirtualBox mit Doppelklick auf die eben gedownloadete Datei oder durch Aufruf von 'msiexec /i VirtualBox.msi' in der Kommandozeile.

7. Öffnen Sie auch das User Manual ( Start -> Programme ->
innotek VirtualBox -> VirtualBox ). Dort wird die Installation ab Kapitel 2 beschrieben.

8. Erzeugen Sie eine virtuelle Maschine ( VM ) mit Hilfe des Graphischen User Interfaces ( Start -> Programme -> innotek VirtualBox ->VirtualBox ) und folgen Sie den Anweisungen (Hilfestellungen, Tips und Vorgehensweisen werden im Kapitels 3 ff im User Manual beschrieben).

9. Tips:für die Opensolaris VM benötigen Sie mindestens 400 MB Speicher und 5 GB freien Plattenplatz für das Diskimage. Wählen Sie im Grub Menu die zweite Zeile: Solaris Express.

1o. Nun ist die Opensolaris VM angelegt, als nächstes muss das Betriebssystem Opensolaris noch installiert werden. Mit Klick auf das CD/DVD-ROM Logo im Virtual Box GUI gibt man an, wo sich die Quelldateien befinden: als CD/DVD oder als ISO Abbild. Wählen Sie die Option aus, die auf Ihre Installation zutrifft. Starten Sie dann die Installation mit dem Starten-Knopf im VirtualBox GUI und folgen Sie der Solaris Installation.

11. Tip: Abschliessend sollte man die VM-Bootreihenfolge nach der Opensolaris-Installation umkonfigurieren, ansonsten bootet das ISO-Image.

Das war es schon.

Übrigens hier ist noch ein sehr interessanter Blog-Eintrag von Tim Marsland.
In wikipedia ist ebenfalls noch ein sehr lesenswerter Link  zur VirtualMachineBox. 

Viel
Spass mit Opensolaris und VirtualBox.

 


Tuesday Dec 11, 2007

Sun Breakfast Partner Event Berlin: Präsentationen

Hallo Partner, Kollegen, Hallo Leute,

vergangenen Donnerstag, am Nikolaustag fand das Sun Breakfast in unserer Berliner Geschäftsstelle statt. Wir, Thomas Spandöck, Software Practice, und ich hatten unsere Agenda mit einem technischen Schwerpunkt ausgelegt.

Thomas sprach über Desktop Virtualisierung und lud unseren Kollegen Thore Bahr ein, eine Live Demo über VMware, Sunray Server, SSGD und VDI zu zeigen.

Ich sprach über das Thema "Neue Features in Solaris 10 U4: Resource Management".

Rolf Dietze, Mitautor des Buches Opensolaris und freiberuflicher Consultant und Trainer für Solaris, Sun Systeme und IBM Systeme,  griff das Thema auf und hielt einen Vortrag über Virtualisierung und Resource Management im Vergleich Sun und IBM.

Auf meine einleitende Frage, wer von den Anwesenden das Solaris Resource Management kennt, oder gar einsetzt beim Kunden, schuettelten alle - ausser zwei Teilnehmern - verneinend mit dem Kopf.

Das ist nicht schlimm, zeigt aber, dass es doch Bedarf gibt, diese Themen weiterzuverfolgen und Funktionalitäten von Solaris und anderen Software Produkten weiter vorzustellen.

Vielen Dank auch an alle Teilnehmer fuer das Feedback.

Die Themenvorschläge ( Ldoms, Xvm bzw. Xen, Container, Server oder Service Virtualisierung ) nehmen wir selbstverständlich gerne auf.

Ein Themenwunsch war, mehr über Storage Management zu erfahren - auch dieses Thema wird in einer zukünftigen Veranstaltung aufgenommen.

Daher freuen wir uns bereits auf den naechsten Termin, an dem wir alle technisch Interessierten zu unserem
Non-sales but technical Sun Breakfast  in  Q1FY08 willkommen heissen können.

Ich moechte hier auf jedenfall nun alle Präsentationen zum Nachlesen bereitstellen.

Bewusst lasse ich die Präsentation über Desktop Virtualisierung und Solaris Resource Managment im Staroffice Dateiformat, da diese viele Notizen enthalten, die möglicherweise hilfreich sind. Ausserdem hinterlege ich hier eine Textdatei mit je einem Beispiel zum Einrichten der Resource pools etc.. Die Beispiele entstammen den manpages zu zonecfg.

Rolf Dietzes Vortrag ist im PDF-Format. 

Viel Spass beim Lesen und Ausprobieren.

 

claudia 


 

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Sun Breakfast Partner Event Berlin, Germany

Sun Partners are welcomed! 

I am really glad to announce the first Sun Breakfast for our Sun Partners in Germany in the region of Berlin.

It starts at the 6th of December 2007.

This event gives our Sun Partners Information and Updates about our Software Products Sun Ray Software, SSGD, Desktop Virtualization and Solaris10.

 And here is the invitation ( sorry,it's in german ):

Einladung zum 1. Sun Breakfast

Partner Event Berlin/Ost Thomas Spandoeck
und Claudia Hildebrandt laden ein zum

Nikolausfruehstueck

am 06. Dezember 2007

um 9:30 bis 13:00
Uhr in unser Berliner Sun Buero

Sun Microsystems
Komturstrasse18a
12099 Berlin

Agenda:
9:30 Uhr Fruehstueck
10:00
Uhr What's New ??Ein Update ueber unsereSoftware-Produkte
1.Desktop Virtualisierung Neues in SSGD, Sun Ray undVDI Kit
2.Solaris 10 Update Neue Features in Solaris 10

Anmeldung bitte per Email an sun-breakfast@sun.com


Uebrigens, wir sind offen fuer Themenwuensche.


Wir moechten dieses Fruehstueck in Zukunft regelmaessig anbieten ( ca. alle 4 - 6 Monate ) und stellen uns vor, dass wir bestimmte Themen technisch vertiefend darbieten.

Daher sind wir fuer Themenwuensche offen und wuerden uns ueber Anregungen
und Vorschlaege freuen.

Die Einladung kann gerne an interessierte Kollegen weitergereicht werden.
Wir freuen uns ueber zahlreiches Erscheinen.

Gruesse
Claudia und Thomas




 

Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

I was asked for the cookbook "VDA Installation"

Yes, there is a cookbook about how to install the VDA kit and setup VMware etc. and I forgot to add the link in my previous blog entry.

But here it is:

The cookbook was created by Dirk Grobler, HAM02.

http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/articles/vda_kit_demo.jsp

 

which guides you to reference links listed at the end of the document.

And, there is a blueprint available also written by Dirk Grobler and Warren Ponder. You can find it here:

 http://www.sun.com/blueprints/0307/820-1325.html

And Dirk Groblers wiki page: 

 http://wiki.sun-rays.org/index.php/VDA_Cookbook

 Have fun.


 

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