Monday Nov 02, 2009

Sun Booth at LISA (Sys Admin Conference)

News flash: Our BigAdmin guy wasn't able to come out to LISA (Sys Admin Conference this week in Baltimore, Maryland). So please go say "hi" to the Solaris folks at the Sun booth. (p.s. Rumored possibility of BigAdmin swag...)

DTrace Quick Start Guide: Observing Native and Web Applications in Production

A 36-page book shows you how to use DTrace to collect information about your system or application that you can use to improve performance. This guide provides sample DTrace scripts, for example, for AMP stack and Web 2.0 applications. Find a link to the PDF on the Sun wiki.

Thursday Oct 29, 2009

Updated: Resources for Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS

The BigAdmin Upgrade hub has lots of new info on how to move to the Solaris 10 OS. Find out why upgrading is a good idea, what you'll need to know, what to do with your legacy applications, and what resources are available.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2009

Patching the Solaris OS Using Sun Ops Center 2.5

This article on BigAdmin describes methods to patch the Solaris OS using Sun Ops Center 2.5. Sun documentation experts explain how to use system catalogs, baseline analysis reports, black lists and white lists, and more.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Compatibility Between Solaris Releases Is Guaranteed

With the Solaris Application Guarantee Program, Sun maintains binary compatibility between OS releases. With the Solaris 10 OS, Sun guarantees source code compatibility between SPARC and x86 processors, so applications can run across platforms with a simple recompile.

Monday Oct 26, 2009

Sessions on the Solaris OS at LISA'09

Check out the schedule of Solaris related activities at the 23rd Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA '09), Nov. 1-5, 2009.

Updated for New Solaris Release: x86 Installation Check Tool

This tool on the BigAdmin HCL detects whether your x86 system is able to run the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). Solaris Operating System for x86 Installation Check Tool version 1.7 loads the Solaris 10 10/09 kernel.

Wednesday Oct 21, 2009

Hardware Compatibility List for Virtualization Platforms

The new Virtualization HCL on BigAdmin lists virtualization platforms (such as VMware and Sun VirtualBox) that are compatible with the OpenSolaris OS and the Solaris OS. For details, see the BigAdmin blog entry, "Are you bored with the BigAdmin HCL?"

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

Sun Studio Blogging Contest Winner

In his blog entry, Sandeep Koranne, one of our contest winners, describes how Sun Studio 12 compilers are used to engineer a complex, innovative discrete geometry algorithmic application.

Want to Upgrade to the New Solaris 10 Release?

A blog entry by Bob Netherton, "What's New in Solaris 10 10/09," discusses new features in the Solaris 10 10/09 release and talks about improvements in the SVR4 package commands (for example, pkgadd, pkgrm, and pkginfo). Also, sun.com has good info on the Upgrade to Solaris 10 page, plus a list of new features in What's New in Solaris.

Friday Oct 16, 2009

HPC Profiling with the Sun Studio Performance Tools

Sun Microsystems' Marty Itzkowitz and Yukon Maruyama describe how to use the Sun Studio Performance Tools to understand the performance issues in single-threaded, multi-threaded, OpenMP, and MPI applications, and the techniques used to profile them. This paper was originally presented at the Third Parallel Tools Workshop held in Dresden, Germany in September.

Questions About the Solaris 10 OS?

BigAdmin has gathered lots of good info, including the Solaris 10 Resource Collection and the Installation/Upgrade Resource Collection. These collections are built from Sun, third-party, and community submissions. And you can browse through the Solaris
Information Center
, which links to Solaris 10 books, documentation, information on new features and installation, and more technical resources.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2009

What's Not in the Solaris 10 10/09 OS?

The BigAdmin blog entry Features Removed from the Solaris 10 OS links to a list of obsolete features that are no longer supported in the new Solaris 10 10/09 update. See "Solaris EOF Announcements - Solaris 10 10/09 (U8)" on the Solaris Information Center.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Getting Started With the OpenSolaris OS

In this article, OpenSolaris expert Brian Leonard explains how to get started with the OpenSolaris operating system.

Tutorial: DTrace by Example

This tutorial uses DTrace, a powerful diagnostic tool introduced in the Solaris 10 OS, to analyze several applications and shows how its use can improve performance.

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