Oracle Virtual Desktop Client with USB smart card reader

I have my Sun Ray thin client at home which I use religiously, I use a Sun Ray 3i at work as my main desktop and just always take my smart card home and happily continue with the hot desking feature.

We released a software version of the Sun Ray client called Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC). There is a version for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. I have a minimac at home and I installed OVDC on it, which of course works great but since I like to re-connect to my session that I use at work, I wanted to try out the external usb smart card reader feature.

I ordered a cute, low cost device online and tried it out. As expected, it worked out of the box without -any- configuration. I took the device, plugged it into my minimac, started OVDC, plugged in my smartcard and I got the password screen (screensaver) to get into my sun ray session on my server at work.

Nothing new here, this is a feature that's been in the product but I had never tried it before and it works out of the box and is super easy and I just felt like sharing :-)

Here are a few pictures : (1) login screen (2) smart cardreader without card (3) password screen (4) smart card reader with card

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Comments:

Awesome! Oracle is demonstrating incredible momentum for vdi. Thanks for the writeup.

Posted by Jeff Tiemann on January 07, 2011 at 03:39 AM PST #

What is the low cost device you bought? I can't quite figure out what it is in the picture. Also can you point me the card device info. Thanks in advance. Thanks for sharing you experience using the client on a mac.

Posted by Tom on January 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM PST #

I used the SCM SCR 3500 "Smartfold"

Posted by wim.coekaerts on January 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM PST #

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