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  1. #1
    dmiller NNTP User

    vmware unidesk edir.


    I don't even know where to post this. But this a question that is vital
    to our operation, and a deal breaker if I can't find a solution.

    Some time ago our school started the process of going VDI with wyse
    devices. And I was assured that Unidesk would work with edir. Not only
    from Unidesk but Dell and others. But when the Tecks from Dell came
    here to setup the VM network. They told me something completely
    different, that the View broker will only work with active directory. I
    contacted Unidesk and they say that they totally support edir. But in
    their process of explaining it to me I noticed that DSFW was mentioned
    in it. Is there a different broker we can use? If I use DSFW will I
    have to re populate the DFSW server every time I create a user?

    Thanks
    Dave.


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  2. #2
    ab NNTP User

    Re: vmware unidesk edir.

    If View does not truly use LDAP and instead speaks the proprietary form
    that microsoft runs in microsoft active directory (MAD) then your bets
    option is to setup DSfW. How you do this depends a lot on your current
    environment and you should probably take this over there since people
    using VMware View with DSfW are likely to know more about this, and the
    DSfW gurus are there too. The DSfW forum is under the Open Enterprise
    Server (OES) forum.

    If you already have a tree with OES in it I believe you can add DSfW to
    that, though you may instead want a dedicated tree/environment with just
    the DSfW server so that you do not end up needing to do odd schema stuff
    in your current tree. Whether or not you can enable DSfW for all existing
    users or not without changing your tree structure is also something with
    which I am not familiar. I think you can, but you should check in the
    DSfW forum and in the docs first.

    Worst case (as I see it), is this:
    Setup a new tree that is non-name-mapped (meaning it's a new eDir tree
    that is made for DSfW).
    Use IDM to synchronize all users to/from this tree. If you have OES you
    are entitled to the IDM Bundle Edition, which comes with the eDir driver
    out of the box with no additional licensing cost besides the OES license
    you already have.
    Point the broken application (View) to DSfW, which emulates the
    proprietary parts of MAD. There is a TID from Novell mentioning that this
    is a supported and tested configuration I believe, at least with current
    versions of View.

    If you already have IDM setup this is really easy. If not, it's still not
    hard and can get you running in a day. If in doubt on any of this, and if
    the forums do not help make you comfortable, maybe try a partner for
    either the DSfW or IDM portions, depending on what your needs end up being.

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  3. #3
    David Gersic NNTP User

    Re: vmware unidesk edir.

    On Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:19:31 +0000, ab wrote:

    > If View does not truly use LDAP and instead speaks the proprietary form
    > that microsoft runs in microsoft active directory (MAD) then your bets
    > option is to setup DSfW.


    I'm going to disagree with Aaron here. If you have OES and eDirectory,
    and a need to support VMWare View, your best bet is to build an Active
    Directory with IDM Bundle Edition, then point View at it.


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  4. #4
    dmiller NNTP User

    Re: vmware unidesk edir.


    This is what the Unidesk support team replied to me with.

    "
    We totally support eDirectory. See our platform support here:

    http://tinyurl.com/nxmkl6g

    We actually don't talk to a directory service with any kind of
    implementation-specific mechanism. We use the generic LDAP interface
    that everybody supports. So when you go to configure an eDirectory
    server in Unidesk, it's the same process as AD, only you put in your
    eDirectory server and credentials and whatnot. At least from the
    Unidesk pespective, it totally should work. I double-checked with
    Engineering and QA and nobody is aware of any eDirectory gotchas.
    "


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  5. #5
    David Gersic NNTP User

    Re: vmware unidesk edir.

    On Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:44:01 +0000, dmiller wrote:

    > This is what the Unidesk support team replied to me with.


    So you need to have a talk with the guys from Dell. Let them and the guys
    from Unidesk argue it out.


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