Thursday Jun 02, 2011

Hardware Compatibility List Now on OTN

The Hardware Compability List (HCL), which was previously created for BigAdmin by Robert Weeks, has been re-created on the Oracle Technology Network.

OTN's Hardware Compability List for Oracle Solaris

The HCL lists all the hardware, including servers, desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices, that are compatible with Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 Express.

The HCL includes :

Jack is pleased.

- Rick System Admin and Developer Community of OTN

Friday Apr 29, 2011

OTN's First Sysadmin Day

image courtesy of Shutter Eye

Before winding up at Berkeley, I went to school for four quarters at the San Diego campus of the University of California. I paid the bills by working first as a dishwasher at a restaurant called The Magic Pan, not far from campus. Eventually I made busboy, then host, and finally waiter. The only time I had left to surf was dawn.

So while it was still dark I'd don my wetsuit, grab my board, and head out to the beach. I'd sit on the sand with my board on my lap, waiting for enough light to see the surf. Four of us were there every morning, spread about 25 yards apart, doing the exact same thing. We never spoke, just nodded to each other. San Diego's Dawn Patrol. I never did find out who those other guys were.

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, we enjoyed pristine surf till about 8:00 am, when the waves would get so crowded with surfers we lost the zen of it. That's when I'd ride my last wave in, then head off to class, smelling like seaweed.

So it's kinda cool that our OTN's first Sysadmin Day will be held in San Diego. May 17 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. We're going to have some excellent hands-on labs to make sure you master some of the key Oracle Solaris 11 Express technologies. You can get the details here.

Treat yourself to a vacation day the day after, and spend some time on the beach. I'm going to see if I can't finagle a day off, myself.

By the way, will become over the next few weeks. When the migration is complete, you'll find this blog at You won't see any new content posted until the migration is complete. Once it is, though, we'll pick up where we left off, and might even have a few new technical guys joining the garage.

- Rick
Systems Community of the Oracle Technology Network

Wednesday Mar 30, 2011

Spotlight On Image Packaging System

Not getting enough technical specificity out of "record-breaking?"

How about "industry-leading?"

Not even "performance-enhancing?"


The kind folks in Oracle Solaris marketing have decided to dig a little deeper and unearth the kind of information sysadmins and developers look for. They've put together three technology Spotlights.

Each spotlight provides solid technical info such as podcasts with engineers, how-to guides, quick-reference cards ("one-liners"), technical articles, documentation, training, and more. They're designed to make sure you have all the info you need to start actually using these technologies right now.

These are the current spotlights we have:

Keep an eye out for future Solaris 11 spotlights here. And, of course, on the front page of the OTN Systems Community.

- Rick
System Admin and Developer Community of the Oracle Technology Network

Thursday Mar 10, 2011

Compatibility Checker Now Available for Oracle Solaris 11 Express

Most applications currently running on Oracle Solaris 10 will continue to run unmodified on Oracle Solaris 11 Express, but you wanna be sure. Some applications could have incompatibilities.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express Compatibility Checker allows developers to zero in on incompatibilities and fix 'em. The Checker includes:

  • Source code analysis
  • Static binary analysis
  • Runtime analysis (coming soon)

Checkers are available for SPARC and x86 versions of Solaris. Get the README here.

If you have questions or comments about the tool, send them to the friendly folks at

- Rick

Sunday Mar 06, 2011

Updated Documentation Library for Oracle Solaris 11 Express

image courtesy of Warhamer 40K

The updated Oracle Solaris Express 11 Documentation Library organizes all Solaris 11 Express documentation into one neat stack of books. This library adds the following capabilities:

  • Links to Related Information that we could not easily include on
  • Search within the library
  • Search within individual books
  • A "Feedback" button from content pages so you can help us to improve our content
  • Enhanced navigation within the content pages
  • The ability to return to the Library from within the books
  • Links from the HTML to the related PDF document
  • .

Docs are divided into the following categories:

  • General Information
  • Installation Docs
  • Administration Docs
  • How to Use in a Secure Environment
  • Application Developer Docs
  • Reference Manuals
  • Related Informaton

Localized versions of the library are also available.

We will be using a similar approach to our libraries in the future, but are continuing to refine the customer experience. We've been listening to your requests about the state of Sun product documentation when it moved to OTN. Although we haven't solved all the problems yet, we are making progress.

- Janice Critchlow and the Systems Doc Team


Logan Rosenstein
and members of the OTN community


« July 2016
Blogs We Like