Sun Ray Software 5.1 is released!

If you've used Sun Ray Clients, you've used Sun Ray Software, maybe without even knowing it.

Sun Ray Software is the heart of a Sun Ray deployment and is installed on one or more servers in the data center. Thanks to Sun Ray Software, Sun Ray Clients can be very simple devices that don't require local management because everything happens on the server. It provides a single place to manage your Sun Ray Client devices, provides connectivity to Windows virtual desktops, does all the magic behind USB redirection, video acceleration and more. When it's updated, your Sun Ray deployment suddenly acquires more features!

This release of Sun Ray Software brings some exciting improvements to users of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual desktops, as well as Oracle Linux users. There's greater support for USB redirection across platforms, media acceleration, audio input for Windows, enhanced network security and more.

For more details, have a read through the press release, or download it from the "Oracle Desktop Virtualization Products" section of Oracle's eDelivery site.

Comments:

Joop, now this is cool, it has basically everything we've waited for! BUT, could you PLEASE synchronize the version numbers!? Just take a look at the documentation: (http://wikis.sun.com/display/SRS/Home#tab:SRS-5.1-Documentation) Sun Ray Software 5.1 includes Sun Ray Server Software 4.2 and SRWC 2.3. Wouldn't it be nice and clear to have them ALL on same version? .mika

Posted by Mika Aleksandroff on October 29, 2010 at 04:33 AM PDT #

Hi, I has been using SUNRays and I have this comments: - How does this release improve the interaction with peripherals - This release improve the bandwith consumption? - Something I doné understand in relation with Windows, is if this release let SUNRay to work over Windows Server? - What is the encription level of this release - Is there any way to interact with Mac OS

Posted by Juan Sainz on October 29, 2010 at 06:23 AM PDT #

Hi Juan, Great to hear you've been using Sun Ray Clients! I think most of your questions on peripherals, security, etc., can be answered in the updated docs here: http://wikis.sun.com/display/SRS/Home On bandwidth, we're always tuning and optimizing the protocol, but we have nothing specific to announce at this time. And on Windows Server, Sun Ray Software doesn't install on it, but it acts as kind of a gateway to Windows Server. The user's desktop runs on a separate server in the data center and the user interface is transported through Sun Ray Software to their Sun Ray Client or PC. From their perspective it seems very much like Windows is installed locally, but having it on a shared server in the data center makes it much easier for the administrators to updated, add programs, back up, etc. Lastly, for Mac OS, you can use the virtual desktop client feature of Sun Ray Software to display your virtual desktop on your Mac OS (or Windows) computer and seamlessly move your session around between PCs and Sun Ray Clients. Very cool stuff.

Posted by chris.kawalek@oracle.com on October 29, 2010 at 07:06 AM PDT #

Mika, Glad to hear we included the sorts of features you were looking for! On the naming, that's a fair comment that I will pass on to product management and development. Thanks for the note.

Posted by chris.kawalek@oracle.com on October 29, 2010 at 07:12 AM PDT #

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