Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

How to Build A Cloud for Family and Friends Using Oracle Solaris 11

image copyright 2013 by Rick Ramsey

When we talk about cloud, we tend to focus on The Cloud. Enterprise. Government. Scalable. Fast. Big. Bigger. Fastest. That's all wicked impressive, but it's not something I can do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Now, I like and use Dropbox. There are other easy-to-use cloud services out there similar to Dropbox. But my Inner Geek wants his own cloud. Something modest and unassuming. Itty bitty, even. Just for fun. Kinda like putting a race cam on my Ducati 748: I don't need one, but I want to see if I can do it. Turns out it's nowhere near as involved as installing a race cam on a Ducati. And you don't need to get your hands greasy. Suk Kim, Oracle ACE Director, shows how.

How to Build a Web-Based Storage Solution Using Oracle Solaris 11

by Suk Kim, Oracle ACE Director

Combine AjaXplorer, Oracle Solaris 11.1, and Apache Web server to build a cloud-based storage service that is similar to Dropbox. These are the main tasks ... Install Oracle Solaris 11.1. Configure ZFS storage. Install the Apache and PHP packages. Set up Security. Connect to the client. Check ZFS compression and deduplication. That's all it takes. Suk Kim provides the instructions.

(In case it's not clear that the link is in the heading, Laura, you can also click here)

Suk Kim is an Oracle Ace Director for Oracle Solaris in South Korea. He is also chairman of the Korea Oracle Solaris User Network, manager of Oracle Solaris TechNet, manager of the Solaris School community, an adjunct professor at Ansan University, and a senior system and security consultant at NoBreak Co., LTD.

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About the Cloud Picture

I took it from my house in Colorado in the summer of 2011 with a cheap Sony camera. 2013 has brought a snowy Spring to Colorado (next storm, on May 1, will drop 6 inches of snow on us), so it's likely we'll see a lot more of these storms in May, June, and July. I need to spring for a better camera so you can see how spectacular these storms are in the high country.

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Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

Silly Developers, VirtualBox Is For Sysadmins!

That's one of my favorite bumper stickers. (Well, along with the sticker placed upside down on Jeep windows that says "If you can read this, roll me over.") I don't object to the "silly boys" sticker because, in my humble opinion, girls look much cuter in Jeeps than guys do. But as Ginny Henningsen points out, a similar sentiment can be applied to Oracle VM VirtualBox.

While writing her other sysadmin-related articles for OTN, Ginny horsed around with VirtualBox so much that she fell in love with it. Not as a developer, but as a sysadmin. Read why she thinks it's such a great sysadmin tool:

My New Favorite Sysadmin Tool: Oracle VM VirtualBox

Here are some of Ginny's other articles:

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Wednesday Jan 26, 2011

Hands On Labs: Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox

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The prolific and well-traveled Brian Leonard, author of the popular Observatory blog, has just finished creating a new hands-on lab:

HOL: Intall Solaris 10 on VirtualBox

This lab is a prerequisite to several upcoming labs. It installs a Solaris 10 10/09 appliance image on Oracle VM VirtualBox on your system. Instructions and prerequisites are provided for Windows, MacOS, Solaris, and Linux. Use this and future hands-on lab to evaluate and become familiar with the operation of several Oracle Solaris technologies. You can find them under the Resources Pages heading in the right column of our Home Page (you might need to scroll down a bit).

You never know. One day it might save you from appearing outclassed by the common household objects of a rival species.



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Wednesday Jan 05, 2011

Resources for VirtualBox 4.0

Virtualbox is geek manna: a bunch of computers in one. As long as you have enough memory, LOL. Version 4.0 was just released. Here are some resources.

Download: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0
Download VirtualBox 4.0 for Solaris 10 5/08 and later, 32- and 64-bit versions of Linux, Windows, and MacOS. Freely available. No license required. Note the license requirements for the operating systems you install on VirtualBox, however.

Blog: What's New in Version 4.0
The Fat Bloke describes what's new in Version 4.0, including the revamped VirtualBox Manager and other usability improvements, increased throughput, virtual appliance sharing, support for new virtual hardware, and more.

OTN Live video: VirtualBox and Oracle's Virtualization Story
Wim Coekaerts describes how the combination of Oracle's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VirtualBox, and Sun Ray systems provide a complete desktop to datacenter virtualization story.

VirtualBox 4.0 User Guide
How to intall, configure, and use VirtualBox 4.0. How to manage virtual storage, networking, and remote virtual machines. API's, troubleshooting, and security.

Blog: Changes to Configuration Files In Version 4.0
The Fat Bloke describes how version 4.0 configuration files have changed, including where virtual disk and snapshot files are saved.

The VirtualBox Community
Virtualbox.org is the VirtualBox community, where you can download source code, contribute code, read documentation, and get the latest news about VirtualBox.


- Rick

Monday Aug 30, 2010

The Fat Bloke Sings About VirtualBox

One of my favorite bike builders is Russell Mitchell, owner of Exile Cycles. He designed and his crew builds bikes like the Fat Bloke pictured above. You can buy the bike already built like the movie stars do, or initiate yourself into the world of old-school motorcycling by building it yourself from parts in Russell's shop.

Here's another Fat Bloke that's got something interesting to offer. Migrating from VMWare to VirtualBox with Oracle Enterprise Linux describes how to move a virtual machine from one virtualization platform to another. Kinda like moving your hard drive from one machine to another, as the Fat Bloke puts it. Or swapping out the engine on Exile's Brown Pearl and dropping it into the Hot Rod. Or, God-forbid, a Honda Gold Wing.

The writeup by Fat Bloke the blogger includes these topics:

  • Preparing to Migrate
  • Exporting the Virtual Machine
  • Importing into VirtualBox
  • Installing the VirtualBox Guest Additions
  • An Alternative Approach for Advanced Users
  • My favorite of Russell's bikes is the Silver Bullet, though the Brown Pearl is a close second.

    - Rick

    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.
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