Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

BigAdmin and Oracle Technology Network (OTN)

Wondering about BigAdmin and Oracle Technology Network (OTN)? Read the FAQ about BigAdmin and Oracle.

A Closer Look at Using OpenSolaris - Don't Blame the Printer

Wondering if a printer will work with OpenSolaris? The Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) on BigAdmin includes a list for printers known to work with OpenSolaris. The Observatory blog explains that we need more HCL submissions from you.

Tuesday Jan 26, 2010

Updated Resources for Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS

The updated BigAdmin resource center has advice for system administrators and others considering an upgrade. Topics include assessment, planning, implementation, and testing of upgrades, as well as post-upgrade support. Example scenarios are given; for example, if your applications aren't available yet on the Solaris 10 OS, you can take an incremental approach to upgrading on SPARC platforms, using Solaris 8 or 9 Containers on the Solaris 10 release.

Monday Jan 25, 2010

Sun's Sysadmin-Related Documentation, or Where Are the Docs?

This blog entry is in response to feedback at the BigAdmin BoF at LISA 09 Conference. We heard that it was getting difficult to figure out where Sun docs were, so we put together a quick summary of all the Sun sysadmin-related docs we could find, whether they were on, wikis, or elsewhere.

Friday Jan 22, 2010

Solaris 10 5/09 OS Receives Security Certification

Solaris 10 5/09 Trusted Extensions have received Common Criteria v2.3 Certification. For details, including evaluated hardware, see the Solaris Common Criteria Certification page.

Community Submission: Backporting the Solaris 10 Failsafe Feature

A member of the sys admin community posted this tech tip on the BigAdmin community wiki. He talks about the Solaris failsafe feature, first introduced in the Solaris 10 10/08 OS, and how to use it with Solaris 9 and earlier releases.

Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

From the BigAdmin Community: Reset the root Password for ZFS in Solaris 10 10/09 OS

This community-submitted tech tip provides examples of different ways to reset the password for user root for a ZFS root file system in the Solaris 10 OS on SPARC platforms.

Friday Jan 15, 2010

From Sun BluePrints: Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software

A new article describes the Sun reference architecture for next-generation data backup using StorageTek Enterprise Backup software. This massively scalable general-purpose archive solution uses Sun CoolThreads servers and the Solaris OS. (Login needed.)

Thursday Jan 14, 2010

System Administrator Documentation for Sun Products

Looking for docs about Sun products? BigAdmin's new Documentation hub can help you find sysadmin docs on and other Sun web sites.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Installing Alfresco With MySQL on Sun Unified Storage Systems

This BigAdmin implementation guide shows how to set up the Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System as a data store for a MySQL database used by the Alfresco content management system, with either NFS or iSCSI protocols.

Tuesday Jan 12, 2010

Sun BluePrints Article on Best Practices for Moving to the Solaris 10 OS

This new Sun BluePrints article describes the technologies and approaches available when upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS -- from a simple system upgrade to a consolidation strategy using built-in virtualization technology. Read about the upgrade options available, issues to consider, planning the upgrade, and strategies for implementation. (Login required.)

LDoms I/O Best Practices - Storage Availability With Logical Domains

A Sun BluePrints article discusses approaches and trade-offs for configuring highly available paths from Sun Logical Domains guest domains to storage. (Login needed.)

Monday Jan 11, 2010

Updated Solaris Cluster Hub on BigAdmin

Interested in using Solaris Cluster (formerly known as Sun Cluster)? You can find updated information and resources here for Sun's high-availability and clustering products.

Friday Jan 08, 2010

Updated: Sun GDD Scripts for Sun Java System Servers

Sun has updated the Sun GDD (Gathering Debug Data) scripts for the Solaris OS and Linux in the BigAdmin Scripts Collection. Scripts have been updated for Application Server, Calendar Server, Directory Server, Messaging Server, and so on.

Thursday Jan 07, 2010

Solaris Tip of the Week: iSCSI Failover With COMSTAR

A new Solaris Tip of the Week from Jay Danielsen talks about experimenting with high-availability iSCSI configurations and using the COMSTAR stack to explore iSCSI failover.


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