VDI Getting Started Guide aims to give first-time users of Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 a simple, and straight-forward guide to building a demo with that solution.
The document includes a comprehensive account of the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, beginning with a consideration of the architecture itself and concluding with a chapter on troubleshooting.
The Table of Contents includes:
- The Virtualization Layer
- The Virtual Desktop Access Layer
- The Session Management Layer
- Managing Desktops
The chapter on the virtualization layer begins with the assertion that the first step of setting up a demo for Sun VDI is to prepare the virtualization layer and includes a description of the setup of both the Sun and VMware scenarios, which is useful because Sun VDI 3.0 supports both Sun xVM VirtualBox and VMware VirtualCenter as virtualization hosts.
The chapter on the virtual desktop access layer consider the three possible means of accessing virtual desktops:
- Sun Ray desktop units and Sun Ray Software (SRS)
- Sun Secure Global Desktop Software
- Any device with an RDP client
In its consideration of the session management layer, the document notes that the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector is the core of the session management layer, which connects the desktop access layer (SRS and SGD) to the virtualization layer. The Virtual Desktop Connector (VDC) is responsible for the assignment and management of virtual desktops (also known as virtual machines). Once the VDC is installed, the VDC Admin GUI or CLI can be used to create pools of users, assign them a flexible or personal desktops, and monitor resource usage of each machine, the document explains.
An important consideration the document brings to light involves the change in the mechanism for accessing desktops via Sun Secure Global Desktop (SGD) that has taken place since Sun VDI 2.0. The My Desktop application object and corresponding expect script is no longer required for Sun VDI 3.0. Instead, SGD now takes advantage of the new RDP broker of Sun Virtual Desktop Connector, which enables users to configure the connection to the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector in the same way as with a standard Windows Terminal Server.
In the section on managing desktops, the document explains that the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 2.0 Admin GUI provides an interface for managing virtual machine assignments and monitoring the state of the hypervisor in the virtualization layer. Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 2.0 can also be controlled via a command line interface (CLI). Basic use of the Admin GUI is explained.
The chapter on troubleshooting addresses a variety of possible issues and provides detailed instructions for dealing with each.
The entire document can be read through this link.
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