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.

Monday Jan 04, 2010

Deploying Oracle's PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Sun's Unified Storage Systems

Here is an implementation guide for using Sun Open Storage Systems with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, which is a suite of software designed for higher education institutions. This scenario uses the Solaris 10 5/08 OS, Oracle Database 10g Release 2, and Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System (release 2008.Q4).

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.

Thursday Dec 03, 2009

BigAdmin Tech Tip: Using the Solaris 10 Applications Library

This tech tip describes how to find applications that run on the Solaris 10 OS, and it provides examples of how to search for an application and how to submit an application to the library.

Tuesday Dec 01, 2009

Updated: Firmware Flash Utility for SAS Expanders

This utility allows you to upgrade the SAS expander firmware on Sun Fire T5140/T5240 servers, some Sun Storage arrays, and also some Storage blades. Here is updated info from a Sun engineer. Note: This unbundled product requires Solaris 10 10/08 OS or later (SPARC and x64 platforms).

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!


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