Wednesday Oct 18, 2006

Sun Desktop Virtualization

So Warren Ponder's Sun Desktop Virtualization white paper has finally been released into the wild. If you are at all interested in the future of thin clients and virtualization, take a read over at Warren's blog: Ponder This. And if you aren't interested in desktops, take a read anyway to marvel at my incredible editing of Warren's spelling of "Virtualization."

This whitepaper was created based on the work Warren did at Reuters and his collaboration with VMware in its Virtual Desktop Alliance.

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Thursday Oct 12, 2006

Windows Vista Licensing & Virtualization

An interesting posting on the new licensing terms for Windows Vista from the folks over at Microsoft has clarified their terms of use around each version of Vista in regards to virtualization. Vista Home and Vista Home Premium CANNOT be run under virtualization (Microsoft's, VMware's or anyone elses') while Vista Business and Vista Ultimate CAN be run in VMs. What does this all mean ? Check your licensing terms (whether you are on XP or Vista) with all your vendors before you start down the desktop virtualization path.

Wednesday Sep 27, 2006

...And coming back down

Whew, that was quite a spell that I spent over at the Think Thin blog. Okay, so I didn't really contribute much. But I was busy. With important stuff. Honest. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of stuff that makes good copy, especially in the blogosphere. That being said, I do actually have some things to talk about now:
  • Item One: I spent the last few weeks editing Warren Ponder's excellent whitepaper on Sun's Virtual Desktop Architecture. The Virtual Desktop Architecture utilizes multiple layers of virtualization to consolidate desktop instances on VMware servers while allowing them to be accessed via thin clients (like our Sun Ray) or roaming laptop (say through Sun Global Desktop). Of course, by hosting all the desktop instances within the data centre you can gain all kinds of operational efficiencies (assuming you have a well run data centre) as well as the attendant security and flexibility gains. While I am excited about this architecture as it is being deployed today, it is the next generation possibilities that this infrastructure enables that makes it truly important. Imagine being able to audit everyone desktop nightly. Move, add or change a desktop without IT help. Download an encrypted version of your desktop instance to your laptop when you travel off the net. Create new desktop instances as will. Even dynamically load balance images across servers or data centres. All without the incompatibilities and problems that shared environment solutions had created in the past. Watch for Warren's paper to be released in the next few weeks after it navigates through the rapids of marketing and legal reviews.
  • Item Two: I have a new job. Effective October 1st, I will move over to the Global System Engineering practice to serve as their Chief Technologist for the Asia Pacific region. This is somewhat of a homecoming for me, as I used to be Chief Technologist for Sun Professional Services Asia Pacific practice back in 2004. And while I will miss the challenges of the desktop practice, I look forward to working directly with customers on architecture issues over the coming year.
Hopefully, this also means that I might blog a little more often.

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Monday Feb 13, 2006

Moving On Up

Since Craig Bender has gone to all the trouble of creating a group blog for the thin client computing crowd, I figured I should at least contribute a few diatribes. So, from now on, you can see most of my SBC/thin client computing posts over at ThinkThin.

I am just hoping that this finally means that the desktop group can knock those application server guys off their high horse.
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Sunday Jan 01, 2006

MS Terminal Server Book Available For Free Download

Brian Madden and Ron Oglsbey have made their book "Terminal Services For Microsoft Windows Server 2003" available for free download in either PDF or Windows Help format. The book examines the architecture and deployment of Windows Terminal Services (WTS) in enterprise deployments, concentrating on architectural issues and problem areas (i.e. printing).

I bought the book about a year or two ago and have to say it is a pretty good read. Although many of the configuration option tweaking sections are a bit overdrawn, I think they have done a pretty good job at explaining the strengths and weaknesses of several models of WTS deployments.

Ken Pepple is Chief Technologist for Sun Microsystem's Systems Line of Business


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