1.4. Changes in Release 3.4

Changes to Supported Platforms

The following are the changes to supported platforms for this release:

Sun Ray Operating Software (Client Firmware)

Starting with Sun Ray Software release 5.3, the Sun Ray Operating Software (formerly known as Sun Ray Client firmware) is no longer included with Sun Ray Software and must be downloaded separately from My Oracle Support.

You should update the firmware on your Sun Ray Clients in order to take full advantage of the enhancements in the release of Sun Ray Software that is included with Oracle VDI. Also new Sun Ray Clients might not contain the latest firmware and might need to be updated.

See the Sun Ray Software 5.3 Release Notes for details about the latest Sun Ray Operating Software.

See the Sun Ray Software 5.3 Administration Guide for details of how to update the Sun Ray Operating Software on Sun Ray Clients.

For support-related questions about Sun Ray Operating Software, see knowledge document ID 1448410.1 on My Oracle Support.

Login Dialog and Desktop Selector Changes

The following are the changes to the Login Dialog and Desktop Selector for this release:

Pool Sun Ray RDP Settings

In pool Sun Ray RDP settings, the Global Locale option (-l) has been removed and replaced with the Session Language (-G) and Keyboard Layout (-Y) options.

When you upgrade, the Session Language and Keyboard Layout options are set to the previous value of the Global Locale option.

Removing a Storage From a Desktop Provider

To remove a storage from a desktop provider, the storage must now first be placed into maintenance mode. This enables Oracle VDI to migrate the desktops to a different storage host and, if required, to unmount the storage from the provider host. Once the storage is in maintenance mode, it can be removed. For similar reasons, you must now remove the storage before you can delete a desktop provider.

Sun Ray Kiosk Desktop Provider

By default, Oracle VDI user passwords can no longer be read from standard input when using a Sun Ray Kiosk Desktop Provider. Passwords can only be read from standard input by the kiosk session process if the VDA_SSO_AWARE environment variable is set to true in the kiosk session descriptor.

VirtualBox Guest Additions Version Information

The version of Oracle VM VirtualBox guest additions installed in a desktop is now displayed in Oracle VDI Manager and on the command line, but only while the desktop or template is running.

Multiple Email Domains for Companies

The E-Mail Domain Name setting for a company enables users to log in with their email address. You can now specify a comma-separated list of domain names so that more than one domain name can be associated with a company.

New domain-cleanup Property for Pools

There is a new domain-cleanup property for pools. If this is set to disabled, Oracle VDI does not remove the computer object from Active Directory when a desktop is deleted.

New Properties for Configuring Oracle VDI Centers

There are two new properties for configuring Oracle VDI Centers:

See Configuring the Sun Ray Primary Server in an Oracle VDI Center for details.

SSL Connections to the Embedded Oracle VDI MySQL Server Database

The Oracle VDI service now uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to connect to the embedded Oracle VDI MySQL Server database.

Apache Web Server No Longer Required for Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VDI no longer uses the Apache web server as a proxy for SSL and HTTP authentication to the VirtualBox web service. The VirtualBox web service now supports SSL and authentication natively and this is configured automatically when you install VirtualBox with the vb-install script.

A side effect of this change is that if you select a non-root user as the VirtualBox user, the SSL port number must be port 1024 or higher because of the operating system constraint that prevents non-root users from binding to a restricted port. By default, port 18083 is used.

The vda provider-add-storage Command is Deprecated

As a result of the storage changes in this release, the vda provider-add-storage command is now deprecated. Use one of the following commands instead:

New Commands for Managing Peak Times

It is now possible to manage the peak times for a desktop provider from the command line. The following are the new commands:

The commands are valid only for Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vCenter and Microsoft Hyper-V desktop providers.