last week the new gear arrived. A little over a ton (1080kg including packaging) of various equipment was delivered. A few servers, racks, UPSs, SunRays, monitors... After everything was distributed to the final destination we fitted the servers into the cabinets and by 4p.m. my physical exercise for the next month was done ;-)
Over the next two days I installed Solaris 10 on the main servers, added the needed software (SamFS on the fileserver, Sun VDI and SunRay Server Software on the VDI servers).
The xVM servers will be running OpenSolaris and provide different flavours of Linux as compute farm to the users.
Directory services for all platforms will be provided with a Samba AD DC. That serves nicely for the Windows clients and also gives LDAP and Kerberos for the Unix clients. The main goal is to have one central account management and a common password across all platforms without the hassle of synchronising between the worlds.