Codename ‘Dancing Bear’ – OpenSolaris home-server

I’ve had enough of bloody windows server 2008 – the licensing is doing my head in. As a member of staff at a UK research institute I get a free license for Windows Server 2008 – but not the high end version that let’s me create FC targets and I cannot fathom the licensing for running a terminal server. Also reading the fine print in fact I don’t think I do have a license either because I’m a former employee and my rights have lapsed or because the organisation I used to work for is not academic in the sense of being degree-awarding. Also I’ve run it for a few months and to be honest it’s just not my cup-of-tea.

So I’ve decided to go for an OpenSolaris home-server – here’s what I want…
– A general server (file/DHCP/DNS) for the home network.
– A Sun Ray server – yes I have picked up a couple of sunrays off ebay and I think they’d be great for the kids.
– A virtual desktop server (ideally using proper VDI).
– A Fibre Channel server – to centralise all files onto my monster server!

Codename ‘Dancing Bear’ – the whole sunray thing provides that classic dancing-bear moment as does attaching a machine to a remote FC target rather that a local harddisk.

With this shopping list it would have to be OpenSolaris really with SunRay, VDI/Virtualbox software being developed on it by SUN/Oracle. Also the COMSTAR project means I can create a Open Storage server.

Having decided on my setup here’s the task list (I’ll cross them off as I finish them)…

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