[Athen] Assistive Technology on VMs with Application Streaming?

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Tue Mar 3 15:23:51 PST 2009

Hi Al, I am currently working with a CC System that is rolling out an
Altiris based system to virtualize all the computers in their multicampus
network. There is one option in the system that allows for the setup of a
physical hard drive space on the local computer and as I have seen it
demonstrated this option allows for the necessary hooks into the base image.
If you like I can see if the details are for public consumption, I did some
testing and the AT that I was working with functioned just fine, but I think
this implementation is not quite as plane jane as what you may be proposing.

Altiris makes the claim that the can virtualize anything and based on what I
have seen so far the claims seem to be accurate. But of course they would
not let me try to break the build J

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Al Puzzuoli
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 2:46 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Assistive Technology on VMs with Application Streaming?

For years, the software image used in all our campus labs has included
assistive technologies such as Jaws, Kurzweil 3000, and Zoomtext. Over the
next few months, the infrastructure of our lab environment is going to be
reworked. All our current PCs will basically be used as Thick clients,
which over time are to be replaced by Thin clients. upon starting, the
clients will boot to Linux, with Firefox running in kiosk mode. Users will
be presented with a simple login web page. After logging in, a Windows XP
VM will be streamed to the client.

The base VM is going to be very vanilla, with most apps being streamed to
the VM as needed. These streaming packages will be built using Altiris
Streaming Composer. Is there anyone else dealing with a similar setup? If
so, I would be very curious to compare notes as to any accessibility issues
you have needed to overcome. My biggest concern is video chaining issues
with apps such as Jaws and Zoomtext.


Al Puzzuoli

Michigan State University

Information Technologist
http://www.rcpd.msu.edu <http://www.rcpd.msu.edu/>

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033


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