Friday May 31, 2013

Friday Tips #30

I'm always a fan of round numbers, and today we bring you the 30th edition of our Friday tips series!

This week, it's another video on the Oracle VM Command Line Interface video from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one covers the object relationships in the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

See you all next week with another tip.

-Chris 

Friday May 24, 2013

Friday Tips #29

We hope you're having a great Friday! We've got another tip from our Oracle VM Command Line Interface video series for you this week from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one is on the basics of the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

And we'll see you all next week with another tip!

-Chris 

Thursday May 23, 2013

Oracle VM Template Now Available for Sun Ray Software 5.4

Oracle VM Templates provide an easy, fast, and cost effective approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. The Oracle VM Template for the latest release of Sun Ray Software version 5.4 is now available for Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit).

The Oracle VM Template for Sun Ray Software is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. It allows you to quickly create and manage a Sun Ray environment.

The requirements are as follows:

  • The Oracle VM template for Sun Ray Software 5.4 is intended to be installed on Oracle VM 3.0 server or later
  • The OS for the Sun Ray Software 5.4 template is Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit)
  • 15GB free space on Oracle VM Server storage repository and 2GB free memory size on an Oracle VM server will be required

For more information on Sun Ray Software, please visit OTN.

Purchase support at the Oracle Store

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud Instructions:

  1. Visit http://edelivery.oracle.com/oraclevm.
  2. Complete your registration information (Name, Company Name, Email Address and Country) and click on the download agreement.
  3. Select "Oracle VM Templates" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu.
  4. Select "x86 64-bit" from the "Platform" pull-down menu.
  5. Click "Go" and then select from the list of Oracle VM Templates.
  6. Download and unzip the files and read the readme for installation instructions.

For large downloads, or for functionality such as download resuming, the use of a download manager is highly recommended.

Friday May 17, 2013

Friday Tips #28

Happy Friday, folks! We've got another video tip for you this week from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one is on the interactive help features of the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

And we'll see you all next week with another tip!

-Chris 

Friday May 10, 2013

Friday Tips #27

Happy Friday! If you're been following this blog, you saw last week's tip on accessing applications and desktops with Oracle Secure Global Desktop over a cellular connection using just HTML5 on an iPad. This week's question concerns HTML5 in desktop browsers:

Question:
Does Oracle have plans to support HTML5 when using desktop browsers for Oracle Secure Global Desktop?

Answer by Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Oracle:
We can't discuss possible future directions. But if you want to get a feel for what it would be like to use Oracle Secure Global Desktop with HTML5 on a desktop browser (specifically the Chrome browser on a Mac, a Windows 7 PC, or a Linux based PC), you can try the following workaround.

Please note: that the workaround below is provided AS-IS, is NOT a supported configuration, and, at Oracle's sole discretion, may not be supported within Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Accordingly, this workaround must NOT be used for production deployments.

1) On the SGD server:

vi /opt/tarantella/webserver/tomcat/7.0.37_axis1.4/webapps/sgd/WEB-INF/web.xml

2) Inside the web.xml file you should see a parameter

<context-param>
      <param-name>clienttype</param-name>
      <param-value>AUTO</param-value>
</context-param>

Change the param-value to “H5C”

<context-param>
      <param-name>clienttype</param-name>
      <param-value>H5C</param-value>
</context-param>

3) Restart the SGD server:

/opt/tarantella/bin/tarantella restart

That’s really it. Let us know what you think, either via your Oracle sales rep or via this blog or our Twitter and Facebook social media channels.


Thank Mohan!

We'll see you next time with another tip. Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday May 03, 2013

Friday Tips #26

Happy Friday! With the exciting release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 this week, we though we'd do something a little different with our Friday tip.

Since access via iPad with HTML5 is a big part of this release, a question that has come up a few times is what performance is like over cellular connections. So, we recorded some video of an iPad using an iPhone 5 on LTE as a mobile hotspot, connecting back to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. You can see the real world cellular performance in the video below:

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Apr 26, 2013

Friday Tips #25

Happy Friday, everyone! Our tip this week is on a basic task that is done frequently with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. In the video below, watch Mohan Prabhala, Product Management Director, Desktop Virtualization, as he describes the steps to publish an application:

Thanks Mohan!

We'll see you all next week with another tip.

-Chris 

Friday Apr 19, 2013

Friday Tips #24

We've got another video tip for you this week from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one is on setting up SSH keys to make it quicker to log in to the command line interface for Oracle VM:

We'll see you next week with another tip! Remember, if you want to ask us something directly, you can post on Twitter tagged with #askoraclevirtualization.

-Chris 

Friday Apr 12, 2013

Friday Tips #23

Happy Friday, everyone! We had a great week at Collaborate 13, thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth. We also blogged about "Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod", released version 4.2.12 of Oracle VM VirtualBox and version 4.63 of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Lots of great stuff going on!

Speaking of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, our Friday Tip this week is on that very product. In this video tip, Mohan Prabhala covers how to disable or enable copy functionality in applications to increase security:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Apr 05, 2013

Friday Tips #22

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's tip on the really cool Location Awareness feature of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

Question:
How can I tell if location awareness is working?

Answer from "Using Location Awareness with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure":
Use the command prompt to check the clientname environment variable. Simply login to the virtual desktop from the first Sun Ray Client, start a Windows command prompt, and type:

echo %clientname%

Close the command prompt window, login to the same virtual desktop from a second device and repeat the process. If everything is functioning properly, the clientname environment variable will change.

We'll see you next week with another tip!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 29, 2013

Friday Tips #21

We hope you're having a great Friday! Here is our Friday tip:

Question:
Can I run VDI with just a single server?

Answer by Chris Kawalek, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization Marketing:
Absolutely! Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allows you to deploy on a single server for everything you need for a VDI deployment: brokering, running VMs, and storage. Properly outfitted, this single server should be able to support up to 180-190 users. You can read exactly how to do this, what kind of server it requires and more in this new white paper:

Oracle's Single Server Solution for VDI

Another great thing about this solution is that it easily scales. If you add a second server, you can use its own internal storage for HA. And you can add external storage and more servers if you want to scale even higher. And at no point do you have to install a different product or do a massive reconfiguration to grow from a small pilot or departmental deployment to an enterprise one.

We'll see you all next week!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Friday Tips #20

We hope you've had a good week and happy Friday! It's time for our 20th Friday tip. This one is about installing Oracle VM VirtualBox for use with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

Question:
How do I install VirtualBox to use it with Oracle Virtual Dekstop Infrastructure?

Answer by the Oracle documentation team:
Unzip the VirtualBox software archive, change working directory to the extracted directory, and install the software with the vb-install script, as follows:

# unzip vbox_4.2.zip
# cd vbox_4.2
# ./vb-install

VirtualBox consists of two components, a Base Pack and an Extension Pack. The VirtualBox software archive contains only the Extension Pack. However, the vb-install script downloads the VirtualBox Base Pack, and then installs both the Base Pack and the Extension Pack. If the Base Pack download fails, you must manually download it from here. Make sure you download the release that is bundled and supported with the release of Oracle VDI. Copy the Base Pack to the same directory as the vb-install script, and then run the script again.

The vb-install script prompts you for a user name, a password, and a port number to use for SSL connections.

The user name and password is for the user that runs VirtualBox on the host. On Oracle Linux platforms and Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a user, the root user is used by default. It is best to use the root user on these platforms. On Oracle Solaris platforms where root is a role, you must provide the credentials for a different user.

If the VirtualBox user is root, the SSL port is port 443 by default. Otherwise, port 18083 is used by default. If another process is using the default port, the vb-install script suggests another available port. If you plan to install Oracle Secure Global Desktop software on this host as well and port 443 is selected, choose a different port.

Make a note of the user name and port, you need these later.

After a few minutes, the installation is complete.


The answer to this question is from the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Getting Started Guide for Release 3.5. There's lot of great information in there, so have a read through it if you want to get a good sense for how to plan your install.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Brand new VDI and Sun Ray Software releases!

We announced big updates to Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software this morning! The marquis feature in these releases is integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which provides a complete monitoring view for your servers, storage, apps, and now, desktop virtualization. In addition, there are features for high availability for smaller deployments, updates to "Personal Hard Drives", a new "Application Hard Drive" type, and much more. Read more here:

Press release: Oracle Introduces Comprehensive Management for Desktop Virtualization

And over at the Fat Bloke blog, there is a great post going into a lot of detail about what's new in Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5.

Download Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5 or Sun Ray Software 5.4.

-Chris

Friday Mar 15, 2013

Friday Tips #19

Happy Friday!

In our Friday tip #12, we had a discussion on how to use the Oracle VM command line interface. This week's tip follows up on that with a very nice video from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Mangement. In this video, Greg shows you how to get started with the command line interface:

Tech Tip - How to Get Started with the Oracle VM Command Line Interface

We'll see you next week for our first (modest) milestone, the 20th Friday tip blog!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Friday Tips #18

Happy Friday, everyone! Our question this week is on Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Jeff Savit from the Oracle VM product management team was kind enough to answer it on his blog.

Question:
What is "console logging" in Oracle VM Server for SPARC and how do I use it?

Read the answer by Jeff Savit, Principal Technical Product Manager, Oracle.

See you next week!

-Chris 

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