I’m currently working in a project which includes some virtual Linux desktops. The desktop of choice is RHEL6.
How to bring a Linux desktop via WAN to a thin client? VNC -> are you nuts? Remote X11 over SSH -> WAN = no go. NX -> another vendor involved. SPICE -> Spicy! But: Spice over WAN? To be tested…
SPICE is the protocol used by RHEV (Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization). Some time ago I had the chance to test this stuff @Red Hat in Munich. The experience was nice, it is comparable to vSphere, but it only works with MS Internet explorer due to ActiveX and .Net stuff.
The management software needs to be installed on a Windows 2008R2 server. The database to be used is – you guess it – MS SQL. Users are authenticated either by Active Directory (Not generic LDAP!) or local Windows Users. Holy cow!
At first, when I got this product presented by Red Hat I was LOL. Now, it seems that I need to refresh my Windows knowledge because it seems to be the only product capable to provide enterprise ready Linux desktop virtualization. I’m crying 🙁
At least the hypervisor used is not MS HyperV, it is KVM based on RHEL5, to replaced with RHEL6 in the future.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel: Red Hat is working on a replacement of the Windows-bound stuff. It will be replaced with some JBOSS and Java stuff. The database will probably be PostgreSQL. It will take some time to develop it before it will be ready for production.
Since Red Hat is opensourcing all (or most) of its products, it would be great to get in touch with the upstream project (release early, release often).
In meantime I need to build up knowledge about Windows Server 2008R2, Active Directory, MS SQL Server and DotNet.