Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

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 Sep 29, 2009

Blog & White Paper on Sun and Intel Collaboration

To find out what Sun and Intel have been up to, see the BigAdmin blog. (Hint: Intel has been developing hardware that takes advantage of the capabilities of Solaris, and Solaris has been optimizing its features to run on Intel platforms...)

And you can also download the white paper (PDF): The Solaris Operating System With the Next Generation Intel Xeon Processor, for the Expandable Server Segment (codename Nehalem-EX).

Friday Aug 14, 2009

Updated Hardware Compatibility List for Sun Ray Thin Clients

The Sun Ray Peripherals/Third-Party Component List has been updated, with new pages for USB mass storage and USB barcode scanners.

Tuesday Aug 04, 2009

Interoperability Resources for System Administrators

This updated resource center on BigAdmin has info on topics such as multiple boot environments, running the Solaris OS and OpenSolaris OS on non-Sun hardware, using non-Sun software with Sun gear, and related virtualization and Web 2.0 technologies.

Friday Jul 03, 2009

Resources for Sun Server Hardware Management Using SNMP

A blog entry, The New Sun SNMP Hardware Monitoring Agent, talks about the host-based (in-band) SNMP hardware monitoring agent for Sun servers, part of the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack.

You can download the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.0 from

For more information, see the PDF documentation, Sun Server Hardware Management Using SNMP. You can use the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.0, which consists of Sun Server Hardware Management Agents and associated Sun Server Hardware SNMP Plugins, to monitor Sun x64 server and blade module hardware.

Wednesday May 20, 2009

Running Solaris or OpenSolaris on HP Servers?

Are you running the Solaris OS or OpenSolaris OS on HP hardware? If so, check out the resources we've gathered here to help you. We have links to useful info on both and the HP web site.

Tuesday May 19, 2009

What Is BigAdmin, and How Do I Use It?

This updated FAQ lists the apps and resources BigAdmin has for you, including the Hardware Compatibility List, scripts from the community, and sys admin RSS feeds, such as Patch Reports and the Message of the Day (MOTD). p.s. Wondering who The BigAdmin is? There's a picture of him on our Newsletter page...

Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

Peripherals/Third-Party Component List for Sun Ray Clients

Devices compatible with Sun Ray are now listed on the Hardware Compatibility List. Tables display the list of compatible Sun Ray peripherals and third-party components, including smart card, printing, monitor, and USB devices.

Friday Jan 16, 2009

Sun Device Detection Tool 2.2 for OpenSolaris or Solaris OS

The updated Sun Device Detection Tool checks to see if you can install OpenSolaris or the Solaris OS on your x86 or x64 system. This tool can now be invoked in the default language of the native system. Also, the updated tool supports FreeBSD 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 on x86 or x86_64 systems.

Monday Jan 05, 2009

New Release of Hardware Certification Test Suite Supports OpenSolaris

The HCTS 4.2 release includes new features such as support for hard drives with more than one terabyte capacity. Lots of good info here: Updated FAQ, Getting Started Guide, Release Notes, README, and more.

The HCTS program enables independent hardware vendors (IHVs), system manufacturers, system integrators, and end users to certify their systems and components for the Solaris OS and OpenSolaris. All hardware that passes certification testing is eligible to be included in the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Certification tests for x86 and x64 products cover both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Resources for the Solaris OS on IBM and Dell Servers

Are you running the Solaris Operating System on Dell or IBM hardware? If so, check out these resources for sys admins, including white papers, tech sheets, and FAQs.

Friday Dec 05, 2008

Application Performance for Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers

This Sun BluePrints article discusses how the features and characteristics of Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers, their processors, and their I/O subsystems impact application performance.

Friday Oct 10, 2008

Updated: Sun System Firmware Release Hub on BigAdmin

Sun engineers have updated the Firmware Release hub with firmware FAQs, information about available firmware releases, and other resources to help you manage your Sun systems. Lots of good new info, with download URLs and SunSolve Patch-IDs for UltraSPARC T1 and T2 Based "CoolThreads" CMT Systems, UltraSPARC based Sun Fire Systems, and SPARC64 Enterprise Systems.

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Sun BluePrints Article on Intelligent Power Monitoring

This Sun BluePrints article introduces Sun's pioneering, advanced technologies and services to help companies more effectively measure, analyze, manage, and report power consumption.

Wednesday Aug 13, 2008

Disk Configuration for Sun Blade X6250 Server Module

Here are instructions for configuring disks on a Sun Blade X6250, which holds up to four 2.5-inch SAS or SATA hard disk drives.


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