Friday Feb 08, 2013

Friday Tips #14

Our tip this week will help you experiment with the settings for the Sun Ray Operating Software (SROS).

Question:
I want to setup SROS (Sun Ray Operating Software) and play with the server based .parms files and the DTU GUI. What are the quick steps to get that done?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
Good news, SROS isn't too different from the "old" ways of managing the operating software on Sun Ray DTUs.

1) Download the latest SROS package from My Oracle Support (support.oracle.com)

2) Unpack the package and install it on your Sun Ray server:

pkgadd -d . SUNWutdfw

3) Prepare a sample "srconfig" file with some common settings:

bash-3.2# cat /srconfig
compress=1
fastload=1
fulldup=1
lossless=0
poweroff=120
select=random
servers=myhouse.domain.com,myhouse2.domain.com

4) Deploy the SROS, with GUI enabled, so you can play with the DTU settings:

/opt/SUNWut/sbin/utfwadm -AaV -i /srconfig -G force

You should now see SROS images in /tftpboot along with .parms files, merged with your /srconfig settings and a SunRay.enableGUI object.

Thursday Jan 13, 2011

Webcast: Best Practices for Speeding Virtual Infrastructure Deployment with Oracle VM

We announced Oracle VM Blade Cluster Reference Configuration last month, see the blog. The new Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration can help reduce the time to deploy virtual infrastructure by up to 98 percent when compared to multi-vendor configurations. Customers and partners have shown lots of interests. Join Oracle's experts to learn the best practices for speeding virtual infrastructure deployment with Oracle VM, register the webcast (1/25/2011) here.

Virtualization has already been widely accepted as a means to increase IT flexibility and help IT services align better with changing business needs. The flexibility of a virtualized IT infrastructure enables new applications to be rapidly deployed, capacity to be easily scaled, and IT resources to be quickly redirected. The net result is that IT can bring greater value to the business, making virtualization an obvious win from a business perspective.

However, building a virtualized infrastructure typically requires assembling and integrating multiple components (e.g. servers, storage, network, virtualization, and operating systems). This infrastructure must be deployed and tested before applications can even be installed. It can take weeks or months to plan, architect, configure, troubleshoot, and deploy a virtualized infrastructure. The process is not only time-consuming, but also error-prone, making it hard to achieve a timely and profitable return on investment. 

Oracle is the only vendor that can offer a fully integrated virtualization infrastructure with all of the necessary hardware and software components. The Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration is a single-vendor solution that addresses every layer of the virtualization stack with Oracle hardware and software components, see the figure below. It enables quick and easy deployment of the virtualized infrastructure using components that have been tested together and are all supported together by Oracle.

Oracle VM Blade Cluster Reference Configuration

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization offerings, visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Dec 09, 2010

New Reference Configuration: Accelerate Deployment of Virtual Infrastructure

Today, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration based on Sun servers, storage and Oracle VM software. Assembling and integrating software and hardware systems from different vendors can be a huge barrier to deploying virtualized infrastructures as it is often a complicated, time-consuming, risky and expensive process.

Using this tested configuration can help reduce the time to configure and deploy a virtual infrastructure by up to 98% as compared to putting together multi-vendor configurations.

Once ready, the infrastructure can be used to easily deploy enterprise applications in a matter of minutes to hours as opposed to days/weeks, by using Oracle VM Templates.

Find out more:
Press Release
Business whitepaper
Technical whitepaper

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