Using Oracle VDI 3.2 and Oracle VM server for x86
By wcoekaer on Sep 16, 2010
Oracle VDI supports multiple backends hosting the Virtual Desktop Sessions. This is provided through, what is called, Desktop Providers.
There are ways to connect to Oracle VDI as a desktop provider, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vCenter, Microsoft Remote Desktop (Used to be called terminal server) and generic. The Oracle VDI desktop provider built-in is based on the Oracle VM Virtualbox technology.
Next to the desktop providers, there are also 2 ways for sessions to be accessed. The use of standard RDP (the Windows guest is configured for remote access to a specific port running an RDP service) or, in the case of the Oracle VDI desktop provider something called vRDP. Oracle VM VirtualBox has a built-in RDPserver in the hypervisor which can be used as an alternative.
The advantage of using vRDP is that it can work with any guest operating system, whether it be Linux or Windows, because the RDP server is actually running under the graphics device. This is actually quite a unique feature and allows us to be a lot more flexible in terms of choice of guest OS than other VDI solution providers.
The Oracle VDI provider also supports direct RDP access in the case of Windows guests as an option, so here you really have a choice.
Now, we have had some customers ask whether Oracle VM server for x86 can be used as well. so. yes it can.
Microsoft Windows operating systems are supported as guests on Oracle VM and we also provide optimized virtual device drivers for Windows 2008, 2003, XP, 7 etc.
With Oracle VDI 3.2 you can access Windows guests through RDP using the generic desktop provider very easily. All you do is create your guest VM on Oracle VM, installed the optimized device drivers if required and enable remote access in the Config section of Windows (exactly same way as you would do with the other solutions). Then register the virtual Desktop's IP address in the VDI pool and you are all set.
It works great - I was testing this out using a Windows 7 install on Oracle VM and connected to the session from my Sun Ray 3+, great video, audio, worked like charm.