Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Sun VDI 3 (part 3 of 3): Usage

Finally the third (and likely final) screencast about the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3 (VDI 3). The focus this time is how you can use it, and how you can access your virtual desktops.


Again, this builds on top of part 1 and part 2 of this little screencast series.


I hope, of course, that this is useful for people. Bear in mind though of course, actual configuration and therefore usage also depends heavily on your own technical and business decisions.




Thursday Apr 16, 2009

Sun VDI 3 (part 2 of 3): Configuration

This is part 2 of a series of entries (planned are 3) about the new Sun VDI 3.

Part 1 can be found here. It might be useful to watch this one first.


Watch the screencast below to learn about how easy it is to configure LDAP integration, desktop providers, and pools of desktops in VDI 3:



Sun VDI 3 (part 1 of 3): Installation

Recently, I had the pleasure, together with my coworkers Mike and Joost, to have three machines available to install, configure, and play around with the new Sun VDI 3 (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3).


I plan to create three entries for this:

  • Sun VDI 3 (part 1 of 3): Installation
  • Sun VDI 3 (part 2 of 3): Configuration
  • Sun VDI 3 (part 3 of 3): Usage


They way installation and configuration is now implemented in VDI 3 is sweet, and very easy to do.

If you're happy and familiar with using command line, the installation is extremely easy. Still even, if you're not using command line on a Unix based system very often, it is very easy.

Plenty more informtation about VDI 3 can be found here.

See below the first screencast, focusing on the installation:





Thursday Sep 11, 2008

A Lab on Your Laptop

Yesterday, on September 10 2008, we had a great launch here at Sun Microsystems of our new xVM (read virtualization) portfolio. A replay of the ca. 45min live webcast,
with Sun's EVP of Software Rich Green, and VP of xVM Steve Wilson, including several special guests, can be seen here.

These are exciting times for virtualization solutions coming from Sun. To be honest, who would have thought a few years ago that we'd have such offerings, and such a launch, including representation from both Microsoft and Intel ?

As part of this live event, Rich and Steve showcased the "Lab on Your Laptop" capabilities of Sun's open-source and easy-to-use xVM VirtualBox.

Well, I had the fun and pleasure to build this demo scenario for the launch.

The high-level overview, of how this was actually implemented, can be best shown with this diagram:

NOTE: all logos are trademarks of the respective companies.

As can be seen:

  • four guest operating systems or virtual machines have been created on top of the Apple MacBook Pro, running Mac OS X "Leopard".
  • Sun's open-source Java EE Application Server "Glassfish" has been installed in the OpenSolaris 2008.05 guest.
  • The standard welcome page of Glassfish has been modified with some additional text, and a little JavaScript that reads the browser and operating system information of the connecting client.
  • An internal network has been created between the four guests, so they can communicate with each other while being totally isolated from the outside world (although two of the guests have been configured additionally to be able to reach the outside world through VirtualBox's NAT capabilities, to be able to download needed binaries for example)

The idea is to be able to do cross-browser and cross-platform application testing, such as to test how certain web pages or web applications render on those different browser and operating systems.

Although this is a fairly straightforward and actually simple setup, I do believe it highlights the many more possibilities and real-world scenarios, and developer's or SysAdmin's needs, of truly having a "Lab on Your Laptop".

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