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.

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.

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.)

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.

Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

Blog on the Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 Release

The Sun Cluster Oasis Blog from Sun Availability Engineering has the latest information on Solaris Cluster and its uses for business continuity, disaster recovery, and application high availability. Read about the latest release, Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09.

Thursday Dec 31, 2009

Re-Blog: Sun's Promise of Compatibility

Malcolm Kavalsky blogs about one of the advantages of using Sun's operating systems and compilers, namely, the promise of backward compatibility for native (C/C++) applications and libraries.

p.s. Happy New Year to us all!

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.

Wednesday Dec 23, 2009

EOL of Certification Exams for Solaris 9 OS

Sun is discontinuing sales of all Solaris 9 Certification exams and practice exams. The last day to purchase exams is January 31, 2010, and the last day to take the exams is March 31, 2010.

Monday Dec 21, 2009

Updated: Analyzing a Patching Failure in the Solaris OS

Enda O'Connor has updated the patchanalysis_gather script for the BigAdmin article Analyzing a patchadd or patchrm Failure in the Solaris OS. The updated script runs a pkgchk on both global zone and non-global zone binaries, and it searches for leftover lock files.

Thursday Dec 17, 2009

VirtualBox Appliance Image for the Solaris 10 10/09 OS

The new VirtualBox image allows quicker, easier installation of the Solaris 10 10/09 OS. The image is only 1.5 GB, in Open Virtual Format (OVF), for the x86 platform. Learn more at the exoteric blog.

Wednesday Dec 09, 2009

Patching With Solaris Live Upgrade: Quick Summary Schematic

A new diagram on BigAdmin provides the steps for using Solaris Live Upgrade to patch a system.

Monday Dec 07, 2009

Training and Reference Guide for Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices

A free course, Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices (WS-2700-S10), can help you simplify your Solaris 10 patching management by using Solaris Live Upgrade and other best practices. (This web-based training class features Sam, the Solaris Sysadmin.) Reference Guide: Patching Best Practices for the Solaris 10 OS is a supplement to the web-based training course. The guide presents the key concepts of the course but it does not contain all the course content. The guide is intended to be used as a reference and refresher after completion of the online course.


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