Monday Nov 01, 2010

Anybody Remember Grammar School?

There's a better way to learn System Administration for the Solaris OS - Part I.

It's Oracle University's E-Kit Plus. The E-Kit Plus is a free Apple iPad application you can download from the Apple App Store.

  1. Register for the course at Oracle University.
  2. Download the eKit Plus app from the App Store
  3. Activate the app and begin enjoying the cool multi-media content.

Take your class from the cool comfort of your Apple iPad and start having things your way for a change.

- Rick
Oracle Technology Network System Admin and Developer Community

Thursday Aug 19, 2010

Updates to the Oracle Technology Network (Systems)

picture courtesy of a Peruvian compadre of mine.

Here's a summary of the latest updates to the System Admin and Developer Community of OTN, plus posts to the OTN Garage on Facebook. Give me a shout if you have any other news to share.

New Technical Articles

Using Oracle Solaris 10 to Overcome Security Challenges

How to use the security features of Solaris to combat intrusion and meet requirements for security, privacy, and worldwide internal auditing standards. Privileges, hardening, networking, virtualized environments, certifications, and more.

Increasing Application Availability with Oracle VM Server for SPARC: An Oracle Database Example

How to use the warm migration feature of the technology previously known as LDOMS to increase the availability of an Oracle Database 10g Release 2 single-instance database.

Deploying Web 2.0 Applications on Oracle Servers

Best way to deploy Web 2.0 applications on Oracle Sun Servers and Open Source software. How to use the Olio web 2.0 toolkit to measure the performance and scalability of different deployment configurations so you can choose the best one before you deploy.

New Product Pages

Jimmy Huang, Kemer Thomson, and Vicky Hardman added four new server pages to the Product area.

New From The Community

New Headlines

VirtualBox 3.2.8 Available for Solaris, Linux, Windows, MacOS

Get the latest maintenance release of VirtualBox software, version 3.2.8. VirtualBox lets your system run several OS's simultaneously. Great for testing new features before implementing. See this list of 3.2.8 enhancements.

Download the Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 Virtualbox Appliance Image

The Virtualbox Appliance image of Solaris 10 (10/09 release) is a great way to become familiar with the Solaris 10 OS inside the Virtualbox environment. The appliance image is free, and available in Open Virtual Format. Requires VirtualBox 3.0 and 5 GB free space.

Get 35% Off System Administration Training CD

For a limited time you can save 35% when you purchase the Sun System Administrator Library Self-Study CD course. Study for the certification exam on your own schedule. No travel required. To get the discount, contact your Oracle University Sales Rep and mention promotion code SSCD Promo 2.
- Rick

Tuesday Jul 27, 2010

System Admin and Developer Community of OTN is Live

Four OTN Communities

photo courtesy of Marvel Comics

As Justin just said in the OTN Blog we are now all One:

There's still a lot of cleaning up to do, but with rare exceptions, all relevant content from BigAdmin, SDN, and is now in the Systems Community of OTN.

In future blogs I'll provide tips and ticks for navigating, finding and, if you're so inclined, submitting content.  That's content for developers and administrators of Solaris, Linux, Servers, Storage, and related software, hardware, and tools. I'll also point out the differences in mechanics between the Systems Community of OTN and the Sun legacy sites.

- Rick

Thursday Jul 01, 2010

How to Stay Informed During BigAdmin/SDN Content Migration

Content from BigAdmin,, SDN/Solaris, and SDN/Studio is being migrated to the Oracle Technology Network.  It will appear, along with content about Oracle Sun servers and storage systems (eventually), in the "Systems Admin and Developer Community" of the Oracle Technology Network. 

I will distribute the URL to that community as soon as migration is complete.

In the meantime, keep an eye on (or subscribe) to these channels to stay informed:

For the complete list of OTN communication channels, see Finding it Difficult To Keep Up?

- Rick (Systems Admin and Developer Community Lead)


Rick Ramsey
Kemer Thomson
and members of the OTN community


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