Using Sun Secure Global Desktop

Over the past few weeks/months, I've been involved (sometimes peripherally) with setting up our demo kit in the UK Customer Briefing Centre. One of my design goals was to ensure seamless access to our demos from anywhere in the world or more realistically anywhere in the UK, and more specifically, at any customer site. 

Within the CBC network (which is not connected to our internal Sun network) we set up a Sunray Server also running SGD. We initially had some hiccups getting the firewall traversal to work, and had to resort to using VNC which was adequate, but painful as we were tunnelling through ssh, so there were a bunch of steps required to ssh in, start vncserver, then re-ssh in to tunnel the right port, then start vncviewer and after all of that the screen refresh rate wasn't stellar.

However, once we got SGD working it was absolutely awesome.

If you want to have a play with how it works, simply go to Sun's SDG demo site . Unfortunately MyDesktop doesn't work (for obvious reasons) for anonymous users, but it will let you play with the webtop functionality.

For our purposes, we used the MyDesktop functionality. Running a desktop session inside the CBC from anywhere in the world was as easy as pointing a browser at the right place, logging in and clicking on the Desktop icon. Within seconds, as if by magic, a full screen desktop takes over your current screen (you can switch back to local using Alt-TAB). I'd show you a picture of it, but it just looks like a normal desktop and feels remarkably snappy even if it is remote.

The reason we were doing all of this is that we  (The UK Systems Practice) have been running some "Discovery Days" around LDOMS and ZFS which have live demos of the technology. The cool part is that we get to showcase the SGD technology at the same time!

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In SGD 4.41 there is a new feature to get firewall traversal and https up in no time.

http://docs.sun.com/source/820-4905/chapter1.html#d0e609

Posted by Mika on September 17, 2008 at 03:20 PM BST #

Thanks for that info.

Our problem was that we didn't know we needed it. I think that once we figured that out, we used the above feature.

Posted by Michael Ramchand on September 17, 2008 at 04:41 PM BST #

It is nice to see that more and more Sun employees see the added value of SSGD for demonstration purposes. This will help the exposure of SSGD :)

For everyone who want to test the SSGD software a free 5 user 30 day full featured evaluation license + software can be obtained from:
http://www.sun.com/software/products/sgd/get.jsp

Posted by Remold on September 18, 2008 at 12:46 AM BST #

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