Friday Jan 22, 2010

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.

Monday Dec 28, 2009

Using the MilaX Live CD for Failsafe Booting on SPARC Machines

This BigAdmin community tech tip describes how to convert the MilaX Live CD to a failsafe image for a Solaris installation on SPARC machines.

Thursday Dec 24, 2009

Share Your Wisdom, Find Fame, and Get Free Stuff

Submit your technical articles, tech tips, or scripts and get your content published on Or you can just submit a link to someone else's web site or resource that you think is useful. Either way, you can earn BigAdmin Bucks to use toward free gifts. (BigSanta has USB sticks and all-in-one tools with bottle openers for New Year's champagne, etc.)

And by the way, Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 2010! (The BigAdmin team and Sun staff in the U.S. will be off for the holidays and back at work January 4th.)

Friday Dec 18, 2009

Log File Monitor Script on BigAdmin Community Wiki

Ross Moffat posted the Log File Monitor Script on the BigAdmin community wiki. Here is a script that can be used to monitor a log file and run a command (or perform a number of actions if the script itself is modified) when a certain pattern is matched a set number of times.

Tuesday Dec 08, 2009

BigAdmin Blogs About Feedback From LISA 09 Conference

Feedback from LISA 09 in Baltimore introduces some of the input we got at the BigAdmin BoF session at this year's Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference in Baltimore. BigAdmin Blog on LISA Feedback: The Tower of Babel expands on the theme. The blog entry BigAdmin Navigation: Sections and Categories explains BigAdmin's structure in response to questions at LISA.

Wednesday Nov 25, 2009

BigAdmin Community Article: Bare-Metal Restore for Solaris 10 OS

A community-submitted article walks you through a bare-metal restore using Veritas NetBackup by Symantec and an x86 server with the Solaris 10 OS. In this scenario, a ZFS root file system was used on the original system disk.

p.s. BTW, our U.S. team will be off November 26-29 for Thanksgiving holidays. Cheers!

Friday Nov 20, 2009

Community Tech Tip: Using MilaX With the Solaris OS on SPARC Platforms

MilaX, a small Live CD distribution that runs completely off a CD, can be a good tool for troubleshooting a non-booting Solaris installation. In this tech tip, Bernd Schemmer of the BigAdmin community describes how to convert the MilaX Live CD to a WANBOOT image, so it can be used on a WANBOOT server for troubleshooting machines that run the Solaris OS on SPARC platforms.

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

From the BigAdmin Community: Business Continuity With Veritas Volume Manager and Solaris 10 OS

This community-submitted article shows how to configure a business continuity setup for a small IT environment using plex mirroring for Veritas Storage Foundation version 4.1 and the Solaris 10 OS.

Friday Nov 06, 2009

Community Tech Tip on BigAdmin Wiki: Trapping the SIGTERM

A member of the sys admin community posted this tech tip directly on the BigAdmin wiki: How to leave scripts running when you log off (and exit nicely when a script is sent a SIGTERM signal). This page highlights the usefulness of the trap command for trapping the SIGTERM, 1, signal to enable scripts to keep running after the user who started the process logs off.

Wednesday Nov 04, 2009

Community Tech Tip: Bootable DVD or CD for Solaris 10 OS on x86 Platforms

A sys admin from the BigAdmin community posted this tech tip on our wiki. Here is one way to create a bootable DVD or CD for the Solaris 10 OS on x86 platforms, which you can then use for system recovery and bare-metal rebuilds.

Thursday Oct 15, 2009

Over 100 New Translated Technical Articles on BigAdmin

This blog entry links to BigAdmin's new translations of docs from Sun and the sys admin community. The Multilingual hub offers technical information in Spanish, French, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Tuesday Sep 22, 2009

Campus Ambassadors Report on Software Freedom Day

Sun campus ambassadors blog about the recent events for Software Freedom Day.

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Friday Sep 18, 2009

Sun, Social Media, and Communities

The latest issue of Sun Inner Circle newsletter has interviews with industry experts and Sun folks who are active in social media:

\* Embracing Social Communities: A CIO's Crib Sheet. Read about the success of Sun blogs, forums, etc.

\* Social Media and the Enterprise: Inner Circle interviews social media industry analyst Charlene Li. Excerpt from interview: "For many companies, it’s a mixture of excitement and terror."

Thursday Sep 10, 2009

Scripts, Shell Commands, and More

Got scripts? If you're looking for some more, here's the BigAdmin Scripts collection (with input from Sun and from readers). You can also find a collection of Shell Commands, plus other resources submitted by Sun and the community in the What's New and Recently Updated section.


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