1.1. New Features in Release 3.5

Oracle Enterprise Manager Integration

The Enterprise Manager Plug-in for Oracle VDI enables Oracle VDI integration by adding specific targets and a set of custom monitoring pages. Each Oracle VDI resource has its own target page within Oracle Enterprise Manager. However, the plug-in groups targets in a unified hierarchical view, making the monitoring of the Oracle VDI environment a much easier job. See the Enterprise Manager Plug-in User's Guide for Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for details.

Application Virtualization with Microsoft App-V

This release includes support for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V). App-V is an application virtualization solution that enables applications to be deployed to any desktop from an application virtualization server. Applications are streamed or cached locally on demand from the application virtualization server and then run locally on the desktop.

You can use App-V with flexible and personal desktops in Oracle VM VirtualBox pools. App-V version 4.6 is supported.

See Application Virtualization with Microsoft App-V in the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administrator's Guide for details.

New Supported Platforms

The following operating systems are now supported installation platforms for Oracle VDI and Oracle VM VirtualBox:

  • Oracle Linux release 6.3

  • Oracle Solaris 11.1

The hosts in an Oracle VDI Center must use the same operating system, either Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris. You cannot use a mixture of Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 hosts, or Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 hosts, in an Oracle VDI Center.

For Oracle VM VirtualBox desktop providers, the virtualization hosts must use the same operating system, either Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris. You can use a mixture of Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 hosts, or Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 hosts, in a provider.

Oracle Solaris 11 platforms cannot be used as a Sun ZFS storage type because the iSCSI stack is currently not supported.

For Oracle Solaris platforms, there are separate software archives for installing Oracle VDI on Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11. Be sure to download the correct archive.

Recloning Specific Desktops

The new Reclone Desktop action (vda desktop-reclone) enables administrators to select specific desktops for recloning. Personal hard drives and user assignments are preserved and applied to the new clone. This action is particularly useful if a desktop has a corrupted system drive, or if it needs to be updated immediately to the latest master revision. See Recloning Selected Desktops in the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administrator's Guide for details.

Import and Export of Windows User Profiles

When you enable personal hard drives, you can now specify a network share as a location for importing and exporting Windows user profiles. Administrators can specify that user profiles are imported from the network share when users access their personal desktop for the first time and there is a new Export User Profile action (vda pool-profiles-export) for backing up user profiles. This feature is available only for Oracle VM VirtualBox pools and is supported on Windows 7 and later desktops. See About Personal Hard Drives and Windows User Profiles in the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administrator's Guide for details..

New Global Settings for Configuring the Oracle VDI Kiosk Session

There are several new global settings for configuring the Oracle VDI kiosk session. The settings enable you to do the following:

  • Control whether the Desktop Selector screen is always displayed, even if all the available desktops would fit on all connected monitors (client.select.always).

  • Control whether the kiosk session is ended when the user logs out (client.quit.onlogout).

  • Add an item to the More Options menu in the Desktop Login screen that enables users to run a different kiosk session, for example to access a help desk application. See Adding a Helper Function to the Desktop Login Screen for details.

See Global Settings for the Oracle VDI Kiosk Session in the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administrator's Guide for details..

New Command for Reloading iSCSI and Sun ZFS Storage Configuration

The new vda provider-vb-reconfigure command can be used to reload the iSCSI and Sun ZFS storage configuration for Oracle VM VirtualBox providers on Oracle Linux platforms. You might need to use this command if you upgrade the host operating system when you update your VirtualBox hosts. See Reloading iSCSI or Sun ZFS Storage Configuration on Oracle VM VirtualBox Hosts in the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administrator's Guide for details.

Enhancements to the Desktop Login and Change Password Screens

The Desktop Login and Change Password screens have been enhanced to provide more meaningful error messages when users experience login failures or password change failures.