Raiders of the Lost BluePrints

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The Sun BluePrints Program produced technical best practice documents for over a decade. Sun's culture included a strong aversion to throwing anything away, and so we had endless archives of documents that we were afraid of throwing away – just in case someone wanted a specific obscure reference. As we have moved into the Oracle culture, things changed. Published documents have an expiration date, after which they need to be updated or discarded. This is a good thing, but one sure to annoy the pack rats of the World.

Some of these old white papers were classics and are frequently referenced. We have decided to rescue the best of these, on a limited basis, so that we can continue to refer to them. The original PDF has been sandwiched between an Oracle cover and back page and has been assigned a new title that is consistent with new product names: inside, it is the same original paper, including original title.

This issue bubbled up when we received Stefan Hinker's excellent Securing Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which referenced a handful of these papers, the most important of which was Tony Shoumack's Beginners Guide to Oracle VM Server for SPARC, originally titled Beginners Guide to LDoms. Oracle VM Server for SPARC, an important and unique virtualization technology, has steadily evolved since Tony's original paper; Tony promises that an update is imminent. There were several other papers referenced that are classics in the security arena: Glenn Brunette's Integrating BART and the Oracle Solaris Fingerprint Database in the Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System and Enforcing the Two-Person Rule Via Role-Based Access Control in the Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System,and finally a group effort, The Oracle Solaris Fingerprint Database - A Security Validation Tool for Oracle Solaris Environment System File. All of these deserve a look.

Sorry, we can't rescue every single old blueprint, nor should we: most of them belong (at best) in crates in that endless archive. We will, from time-to-time, be rescuing those we find of continuing value. We would like your ideas on which ones deserve this special attention.

- Kemer

Comments:

Good Job!

More Blueprints here:

www.sun.com/blueprints/browsesubject.html

today they're online...

Posted by Kiko on January 26, 2011 at 05:35 PM MST #

Kiko, I'm glad to see a connoisseur of the classic blueprints! Unfortunately, the link you give hasn't been updated in several years, nor will it be in the future. Even more problematic, there is no guarantee that any of this content will remain available.

- Kemer

Posted by Kemer Thomson on January 27, 2011 at 02:48 AM MST #

Kemer,

Thanks, this is a great solution to a long standing problem. While I understood the "never throw anything away" reasoning of the Sun days, I could never fully agree with it.

I would suggest rescuing the three-part NTP series that David Deeths and Glenn Brunette wrote around 2001. The series was very popular (so popular I think there was once talk of a movie adaptation) and perennially among the most accessed/downloaded BluePrints. Even though it was written almost 10 years ago, the underlying technology the series covers is still pertinent.

Posted by John S. Howard on February 11, 2011 at 03:29 AM MST #

PLEASE KEEP THIS ONE:

Ethernet Autonegotiation Best Practices.

http://www.sun.com/blueprints/0704/817-7526.pdf

This is all we have regarding why autoneg is not only important but required by IEEE for Gigabit and up. I have referenced this everywhere and will be very, very sad if it goes away. Please contact me directly if I can help with that.

Could you also please consider keeping:

IPMP Updated
http://www.sun.com/blueprints/1102/806-7230.pdf

Also second the recommendation to save the NTP series of blueprints.

Altho these may seem "old and moldy" to some, the concepts in these docs are still solid.

Thanks for your consideration!

Posted by ML Starkey on February 26, 2011 at 06:01 AM MST #

Weird. As historians (including historians of technology) are getting better at their craft, and the costs of preserving history (storage, bandwidth) are plummeting, people are becoming more aggressive about making sure there's nothing left to study.

Posted by Dave on March 16, 2011 at 06:03 AM MDT #

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