Thursday Sep 20, 2012

Focus On Systems Admins and Developers

Even if you're not going to Oracle Open World, you might find it interesting to hear what the different technology groups at Oracle are going to be talking about. And if you are going, here's your Systems schedule:

Note: all links go to PDF files.

Focus On: Oracle Linux

Focus On: Oracle Solaris

Focus On: Oracle Solaris Cluster

Focus On: Oracle Solaris Studio

Focus On: Desktop Virtualization

Focus On: Oracle VM Server Virtualization

Focus On: SPARC Servers

Focus On: Storage

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Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Reaping the Benefits of the Image Packaging System

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One of the promises made about Oracle Solaris 11 was easier installation. Remember?

Do you also remember how involved installing Oracle Solaris Cluster used to be? It was so involved, in fact, that we (when we were Sun Microsystems) wouldn't even let you do it yourself.

How times have changed.

New - How to Automate The Installation of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0

Thanks to the new image packaging architecture in Oracle Solaris 11, you can now automate the installation of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0. Why is that such a big deal? As Lucia Lai explains it:

"Without the AI, you would have to manually install the cluster components on the cluster nodes, and then run the scinstall tool to add the nodes to the cluster. If, instead, you use the AI, both the Oracle Solaris 11 and the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 packages are installed onto the cluster nodes directly from Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories, and the nodes are booted into a new cluster with minimum user intervention."

Lucia goes on to explain how to set up and configure the AI server, how to plan your cluster configuration for the automated installation, how to use the scinstall utility, how to set up the DHCP server, and more. A thorough, well-written article.

- Rick

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