By Laura Hartman on Apr 29, 2008
- Jyothi, OpenSolaris IPG doc writer/presenter, Menlo Park, CA
- Damon, Media Designer, Broomfield, CO
- Mike, Media Designer, Broomfield, CO
The Situation - Record A Screencast Remotely Featuring The latest Build Of OpenSolaris
We received a request to record and produce an OpenSolaris screencast intended to have high visibility at the JavaOne.
As our media resource in Menlo Park was unavailable to perform the recording of the content with the subject matter expert and presenter, we required a solution that would allow us to capture the screencast remotely and make the process convenient for the presenter as well (e.g. no setup required, just show up).
The Solution - VirtualBox
Using VirtualBox, plus an OpenSolaris RC1 ISO image, we were able to successfully meet the computing requirements of the presentation.
This process included:
- Downloading the appropriate version of VirtualBox for system platform (Windows x86 in this case)
- Setting up the desired OpenSolaris environment using the downloaded ISO image
- Configuring the OpenSolaris guest to meet the requirements of the recording
The Result - Mission Accomplished
Once the OpenSolaris guest was setup on our Windows host, we provided Jyothi (the demo presenter) access to the instance through VNC. Joythi was able to present while Damon recorded the full procedure using Windows-based tools ( TightVNC + Camtasia Studio.)
Here's the final outcome of the demo - View the Screencast
The Bottom Line
Using VirtualBox provided several benefits given the situation:
- It allowed us to replace VMware, which has been used in the past.
- We were able to quickly provide a solution to the presenter by installing OpenSolaris RC1 on the host.
- It provided the functionality that we really needed (ISO installation, snapshots, adjustable host configuration, etc.)