Why does Sun VDI 3 mandate a user directory?
By MrDGrobler on Feb 11, 2009
This is a very common question we get these days for the VDI 3. Simple answer to that is, desktops are made for users. And the user data is kept in 99% of the deployments in user directories. So that's the simple reason.
Next question is then:
I want to do a Proof-of-Concept. Where should I get a user directory quickly?
There is a really simple answer to it. Use OpenDS. The open source LDAP server, derived from Sun's Directory server. All built in java. There has been just a new release been done beginning of this month. Perfect for a POC. There are just a few steps to get the install done:
- Go to the download page https://opends.dev.java.net/public/downloads_index.html and launch the quickstep install.
This launches a java webstart installation, very simple and straightforward
- Provide the install path
- Provide the Root User password
- Select standalone server
- Specify the domain
- Import automatically generated sample data
After a few minutes the install is complete. Any administration task can be done through the console <install path>/OpenDS/bin/control-panel. Thereafter you simply point a VDI 3 instance to the server, where OpenDS is running with (LDAP, anonymous access) and you are done for the POC. At least in regard to the User Directory ;-)