Sunday Apr 12, 2009

VDI 3 - Bad as in 70's badddd !

Well after two weeks of travel and layoffs I thought I would spend the weekend relaxing. Which for me this seems to be a little time with the Shuttle team and VDI. VDI is a way cool and under promoted virtualization technology that can run Windows, Linux and Solaris guests. Clients can access via Sun Ray thin client, SGD and RDP clients.

VDI 3 is part Sun Ray, MySQL (profile management), Solaris, VirtualBox and Open Storage (think OpenSolaris). By the way it is totally badd. These distinct components are integrated so well beyond anything Sun has done in a long time. All components are installed by one command. The open storage server is a separate install of OpenSolaris by the way. It works flawlessly. Administration is via browser and so easy to use. No instructions needed.

I had not figured out how VirtualBox could be used other than the developer module so tossed around these days. But Virtual Box fits so well in this solution. One might question xVMServer's existence but it fits well running headless servers vs. desktop virtualization.

VDI 3 integrates with your existing enterprise LDAP or Active Directory solution for authentication. No coding needed. Just configure and go.

Best yet, each user can be provisioned multiple desktops for use. Once the user authenticates they can choose which desktop to access. VDI gives you the ability to toss other virtualization technologies to the curb for no doubt a better cost model. VDI 3 will let you use VMWare's VDI solution too. Flexible...

Thursday Apr 02, 2009

Update on Atom Powered Sun Ray Server

I have been asked why not OpenSolaris for my Atom powered Sun Ray. Well the customer requirements a few weeks back were different. Now I have wiped the drive and deployed OpenSolaris + Sun Ray server together. Works well. I recommend following the instructions on the Sun Ray wiki. They work perfectly.

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