Why does Sun VDI 3 mandate a user directory?

Hi folks,

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:

  1. 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
  2. Provide the install path
  3. Provide the Root User password
  4. Select standalone server
  5. Specify the domain
  6. Import automatically generated sample data
  7. Done.

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 ;-)

-Dirk

Comments:

Well that's jolly handy, I was going to ask this question, you've answered it, and to boot I've been playing around with OpenDS for a couple of days trying to get Apache Roller to talk to it :)

Posted by Dave on February 12, 2009 at 05:51 PM CET #

Sounds ideal.

Posted by Kevin McDonnell on August 10, 2009 at 09:22 AM CEST #

i would love for someone to clearly outline what to do to get a demo setup of vdi 3.2.1 and opends ldap working with a sunray and login.

i can setup opends, create a base dn
such as:
dn=example,dn=com

and a user in it.
and i can see it from vdi users section on webgui, but cannot for the life of me get a login to work with the sunray.
what am i missing???

thanks
carl

Posted by Carl on March 18, 2011 at 07:02 AM CET #

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