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 Jun 28, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Provides Services Anytime, Anywhere!

At Catholic Education South Australia,  more than 6,000 staff care for over 48,000 students in 103 schools. In this short video, listen to their CIO Tom Mittiga, talk about how Catholic Education South Australia leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide services anytime, anywhere and with exceptional performance!

Friday Jun 22, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62


Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.62. 

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 the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 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 Oracle Secure Global Desktop within Oracle VM 3. 

This means drastically reducing the evaluation and deployment time for Oracle Secure Global Desktop when leveraging Oracle VM 3. Feel free to give it a try!

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and:

  1. Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86_64 (64 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7
  2. Under Oracle VM templates – x86 32 bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86 (32 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86 (32 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7

Download any of the above templates. Once you are done, 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 Oracle Secure Global Desktop install script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may want to refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide to learn more about Oracle Secure Global Desktop and its capabilities.

Thursday Jun 07, 2012

Introducing Oracle Secure Global Desktop for Exalogic!

We're excited to introduce Oracle Secure Global Desktop for Exalogic!  Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and all other enterprise applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides secure access to centralized, server-hosted applications from a wide variety of popular client devices. Watch Mohamad Afshar and Mohan Prabhala from Oracle Product Management talk about what Oracle Secure Global Desktop is, its differentiators, and how it relates to Exalogic.

Friday Jul 29, 2011

Webcast - How Oracle Uses Oracle Desktop Virtualization

Today, we have made available the material for a webcast that we did live on 07/28 regarding 'How Oracle Uses Oracle Desktop Virtualization'.

Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio comprises a number of technologies that can help  simplify access for Oracle's Applications, increase security, and reduce TCO. Oracle leverages the products in its portfolio, including Oracle Sun Ray Clients, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and Oracle Secure Global Desktop, to solve challenges in several internal Oracle deployments. Learn how Oracle desktop virtualization helps Oracle to: 
  • Provide access to CRM applications within a typical call center and support environment inside Oracle 
  • Enable thousands of Oracle's software developers around the world to securely access, centralized development environments. 
  • Enable remote access to Oracle's training sessions
To access the archive for this webcast please go here

Friday Jul 01, 2011

Oracle Virtualization Eases Oracle Application deployment and Access

Oracle Virtualization, through simplified Oracle application deployment and access, is key to understanding the power and value of Oracle's full stack. Last week, I deployed and accessed an Oracle application using Oracle's virtualization products. As part of this exercise, I got to build a simple Oracle 'full stack' from ground up using bare metal servers, Oracle VM, NFS, Oracle VM application templates, Oracle Linux and Oracle Secure Global Desktop. In the end, what struck me is not only how easily I was able to deploy the application, but also how quickly I was able to simplify  problems related to the access of the application by 'publishing' it. 

Oracle VM Templates provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images.I started with the Siebel SIA 8.1.1 application template. Deciding what template you want to use early in the process is key, since it will help determine how many servers (memory), and IP addresses you need. In my case, the Siebel template consists of 2 virtual machines (each needing at least 2GB memory). My Dell servers have only 4GB memory each, so clearly I needed 2 servers and 4 static IPs (2 for the servers, and 2 for the VMs).

I got 2 Dell servers, installed Oracle VM 2.2.2 on them, followed the instructions in the post-installation check-list for Oracle VM 2.2.2 and mounted my storage repositories (NFS). I installed Oracle VM manager on a 3rd machine running Oracle Linux. Using the Oracle VM manager, I created a pool and added the 2 servers into the pool. Once the pool is created - I followed the instructions in the template's installation guide on downloading, and installing the template. There's a bit of an upfront effort to get this going, but becomes much easier over time. Note: In case the template has an expired license key, you can get the latest key here and follow the instructions from the readme on edelivery (search for the Oracle VM template download) on updating the license key.

Once I got the application deployed, I launched it in a supported web browser (IE 7) on my PC and immediately noticed I had to install a Siebel activeX plugin, and fix some of my browser settings before I could start using the application. Imagine what the situation would be if users' PCs didn't have a supported browser or settings in the first place. I then installed Oracle Secure Global Desktop on my Oracle Linux system and added a Windows Server 2003 machine as a hosted application server (this version of Siebel requires IE7). Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop's webtop interface, I accessed the Siebel Application through a published browser (IE 7) that had Siebel's activeX plugin pre-installed and browser settings configured for Siebel . With that, I completed my full stack deployment.

I believe that setups similar to the one above would enable our customers and partners to evaluate Oracle Applications much quicker, and also obtain valuable insights during the evaluation period on how they could use Oracle Virtualization to simplify deployment and access for Oracle Applications.

Friday May 27, 2011

Oracle’s Web Applications Are Certified!

Oracle prides itself in providing a full-stack solution to customers – right from servers and storage, to the middleware and applications. Oracle’s desktop virtualization is a key piece of the full stack solution as it forms the access layer for all Oracle enterprise applications. Today, we are glad to announce a certification statement for Oracle customers who wish to use Oracle’s desktop virtualization products as an access layer for Oracle’s web based applications.

By default, for all current and new Oracle application software releases going forward, any internet browser and operating system combination certified by the application itself is certified for use with Oracle desktop virtualization products. In addition, the support experience for Oracle customers when using any Oracle’s desktop virtualization products is equivalent to the support experience for Oracle customers when using a personal computer/device with local browser execution. Oracle’s customers paying for support today can read the full statement here (Knowledge Base ID - 1325300.1). With this kind of commitment from Oracle – what are you waiting for? Try any of our desktop virtualization products today!

Why Oracle’s Developers Use Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Development Infrastructure Services, a division within Oracle’s Product Development IT group (Oracle PDIT) serves thousands of developers worldwide every day. It manages and supports the infrastructure required for product development teams within Oracle working on Oracle Fusion, Oracle E-Business Suite and various other Oracle Applications. One of the biggest challenges software development organizations face today is how to provide software developers centralized access to their specific developer environments from any location, reliably and with no performance degradation. 

Oracle’s Product Development IT group has addressed these and many other problems with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. This is one of the largest deployments of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. If thousands of Oracle's own software developers use Oracle Secure Global Desktop on a daily basis, there’s no reason why many other large enterprises can't use it as well! Read more here
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