Friday Feb 01, 2013

Friday Tips #13

In honor of the new version of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client yesterday, we thought we'd do a tip for the power users of our client software:

Question:
How can you run multiple Oracle Virtual Desktop Client sessions simultaneously?

Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle Desktop Virtualization:
You simply need to run each Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) session with a --profile option.

For example, one could launch two sessions by doing:  

ovdc.exe --profile ovdc1
ovdc.exe --profile ovdc2

Each session will retain its settings, logs and contain its own client ID, which can useful when managing Sun Ray session assignment to a Kiosk or regular session, amongst other things:

ovdc.exe --profile ovdc1 -i

[ A popup window appears with the client ID ]

On Mac OS X platforms, the path to the OVDC binary would be:

 /Applications/Oracle Virtual Desktop Client.app/Contents/MacOS/ovdc

Some example scenarios of where this is useful:

  1. You need to connect to multiple environments concurrently.
  2. You need to make concurrent connections to a single environment using multiple user IDs.
  3. You want to run a large load test and have a server that can run 200 simultaneous OVDC sessions, like this:

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Thanks John, that could come in handy for lots of different testing scenarios.

That's it for this week. If you have anything you want to ask us, just post on Twitter with #AskOracleVirtualization and we'll try to get your question answered. See you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client updated!

You might have seen that Oracle announced updates to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for mobile platforms and desktop PCs today. The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client is an important piece of the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio because it allows on the go access to your virtual desktop from many different devices, over WiFi and wired connections, 3G/4G/LTE for your mobile devices, pretty much anything that a modern client device would use. You can seamlessly and instantly move your desktop between any supported deviceā€“start on your laptop at home, pick up on a tablet on the train to work, continue on a Sun Ray Client at work, for example. And starting today, there are two new platforms that can enjoy this instant desktop access!

- This is first release to include support for Android. This opens up remote access to Oracle desktop virtualization deployments to a whole new group of users.

- The Windows Oracle Virtual Desktop Client now supports Windows 8. Just to be clear, the support in this release is *not* for gesture based Windows 8 tablets, but for Windows 8 desktops PCs.

- New gestures are available on the mobile client, and these are consistent across iPad and Android, which makes moving between devices easier.

- Expanded USB support in the desktop client, allowing you to use more of your USB devices.

This is a very exciting release, especially for Android and Windows 8 users! You can read the news release here, or download from here.

-Chris

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Thursday May 10, 2012

New Releases for Oracle Desktop Virtualization

Today, we officially announced the latest versions of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray Software, and the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client. There's lots of great stuff in these updates, have a read through the press release for a quick overview and follow the links below to download the latest versions! 

Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4

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