Tuesday May 06, 2008

Workaround for Xorg Server's Failure to Start on IBM x3850 M2 Server

Here's a workaround on the BigAdmin wiki. This workaround helps the Xorg server detect a PCI bus, which solves the problem.

Friday May 02, 2008

Run Solaris 9 Applications on Systems With Solaris 10 OS

Solaris 9 Containers is available for download now. Documentation is on docs.sun.com. Solaris 9 Containers software is functionally similar to Solaris 8 Containers: you can run your existing Solaris 9 applications on the latest SPARC systems running the Solaris 10 OS. 

Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

Enhancements in the Solaris 10 5/08 Release

Docs.sun.com gives an overview of system administration enhancements in "Update 5," including easier administration of Solaris Trusted Extensions, flash update, and PDF management.

Friday Apr 25, 2008

Getting Support After Installing Solaris 8 OS on New Sun Systems

This BigAdmin wiki page has a Q&A describing support options that are available after the Solaris 8 OS is installed on a new Sun system.

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

Solaris Device Driver List Updated With Third-Party Drivers

Check out the latest content on BigAdmin's device driver list. More info, more categories, easier to navigate.

Thursday Apr 10, 2008

Solaris 8 and 9 Containers

Solaris 8 Containers, formerly known as Solaris 8 Migration Assistant, can help you run Solaris 8 applications, unchanged, on the latest SPARC systems and the Solaris 10 OS. The download for Solaris 9 Containers is coming soon. Check out the video webcasts, including an overview and a demo.

Thursday Apr 03, 2008

Blog on Solaris - Which Flavor Do You Want?

"So, maybe you're considering trying out Solaris 10, but then there is OpenSolaris - and what's this new thing called Indiana they keep talking about?" Find out more in a Sun campus ambassador's blog, "Copenhagen Campus Connection". Sidsel Jensen gives you a "cheat sheet" for the various options.

Monday Mar 31, 2008

Wiki: Talking About RAM Disks in the Solaris OS

This BigAdmin community tech tip discusses /tmp and RAM disks in the Solaris OS and provides tips and caveats. Check it out on our What's New page

Friday Mar 28, 2008

Recovering a System to a Different Machine Using "ufsrestore"

Recovering a failed server is one thing ... but what if you need to restore it to a server running on a different platform? This reader-submitted tech tip shows how to recover a server that runs the Solaris 9 or 10 OS for SPARC platforms and Solaris Volume Manager.

Thursday Mar 27, 2008

Access Control and Auditing Features in the Solaris 10 OS

Role-based access control (RBAC), privileges, auditing, and the Basic Audit Reporting Tool (BART) are security features of the Solaris OS. This article links to tutorials about these features that were created by OpenSolaris community members.

Wednesday Mar 26, 2008

Using Kerberos to Authenticate a LDAP Client for Solaris 10 OS


Find out how to configure a Solaris client to use Active Directory in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for authentication and naming services. This article has lots of code examples for you.

Please note: This configuration uses a shell script called adjoin.sh to automate the process of joining the Solaris client to the Active Directory domain and configures Kerberos on the client. This script is not supported by Sun and is not part of the Solaris distribution. (See the "For More Information" section of the article for information about downloading the adjoin script.)

THE SOLUTION DESCRIBED IN THIS PAPER SHOULD BE TREATED AS PROOF OF CONCEPT AND SHOULD NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION. 

Tuesday Mar 25, 2008

Almost 1000 Systems in HCL Running on Solaris OS

Thanks to you, BigAdmin's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) includes nearly 1000 systems that run the Solaris OS. Check it out. And keep your submissions coming!  

If you want to know whether your system runs Solaris, try the Hardware Compatibility Test Suite (HCTS). 

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Differences Between prstat and vmstat Output in the Solaris OS

Here are examples of using prstat and vmstat to check system performance. This community-submitted article also gives an explanation of why these commands sometimes report different information about memory and CPU usage.

Friday Mar 21, 2008

50% Off Solaris 10 OS Certification eLearning Package

Get the training you need to become Solaris 10 certified, at 50% off the regular price. Here's info for the U.S. and for other countries.

Monday Mar 17, 2008

Wiki: Method for Using "which" Command in Scripts

Here's a workaround for the different behavior of the which command in the Solaris OS and Linux. This BigAdmin wiki entry contains a simple method to use the command which in scripts written for /bin/sh for the Solaris OS and Linux.

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