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:





Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Intel Developer Forum 2008

IDF 2008 is happening right now, from August 19 to 21 in the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

Sun is a Gold Sponsor, and we have a great booth (#501 - check it out of you are there).

We're showing some new Intel-based hardware,  Java performance on Xeon, developer tools such as Sun Studio 12, and OpenSolaris 2008.05 running Sun xVM VirtualBox.

In addition, we are participating in the Eco Community and Virtualization Community showing the Sun xVM Server and the Sun xVM OpsCenter.

I spent most of yesterday to set up the demo, on an Intel-based laptop, running OpenSolaris 2008.05 (upgraded to built snv_94 though), and Sun xVM VirtualBox.

In VirtualBox, I had created a coupe of guests, one running Windows XP, one Ubuntu Desktop 8.0.4.

It's very easy to showcase great features such as fullscreen mode, seamless mode, amongst many others.

As Shared Folders in VirtualBox are not there yet for an OpenSolaris host, I created a ZFS filesystem on the host, and exposed (shared) it as a CIFS server. It was then very easy to connect to it in the Windows XP guest, using "My Networks".

(more details on this in a later blog entry)

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