During an IPv6 training I held last year I was given two Sun Microsystems SunRay 1 thin clients. I give them a closer look, explain why they caused so much excitement when they hit the market, and tell about the problems I ran into trying while trying to get the server side to work.
Table of Contents
00:00:30 How I got hold of the SunRays—and heaps of thanks to the folks at Spirit/21.
00:01:30 History of the SunRay “Ultra Thin Clients”.
00:02:30 A look at the hardware.
00:09:40 SunRays, security, microsegmentation, and IPv6.
00:12:35 Starting up the SunRay clients.
00:16:50 Using smart cards in the SunRays.
00:18:30 The magic smart card feature.
00:20:10 Why didn’t they get more popular? Part I.
00:21:05 SunRay server woes.
00:30:00 Why didn’t they get more popular? Part II.
UPDATE: What I don’t mention in the video: You don’t want to use the latest version of the server software, because it no longer includes the firmware for the clients (which is available as a separate package for customers with a service contract only); instead, use the oldest one you find on the server.
Follow-up video on the strengths and weaknesses, and the eventual obsolescence, of thin clients in general in BIVBlog #35 (http://www.stepladder-it.com/bivblog/35).