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.

Friday Nov 20, 2009

Community Tech Tip: Using MilaX With the Solaris OS on SPARC Platforms

MilaX, a small Live CD distribution that runs completely off a CD, can be a good tool for troubleshooting a non-booting Solaris installation. In this tech tip, Bernd Schemmer of the BigAdmin community describes how to convert the MilaX Live CD to a WANBOOT image, so it can be used on a WANBOOT server for troubleshooting machines that run the Solaris OS on SPARC platforms.

Thursday Nov 19, 2009

Booting From SATA DVDs for Solaris 10 8/07 or 5/08 OS on SPARC Platforms

This BigAdmin article shows how to add support for booting from SATA DVDs by installing Kernel Update patch 137137-09 to the SPARC miniroot image for the Solaris 10 5/08 or 8/07 release on SPARC platforms.

Sunday Sep 13, 2009

Sun System Software Stacks

Find out which software is pre-installed and which is supported on Sun's SPARC platforms and servers by visiting BigAdmin's new Software Stacks hub. For more details, see the BigAdmin blog entry, Stacks and Stacks of Software Stacks.

Monday Aug 10, 2009

Monitoring Performance Counters for UltraSPARC T2 Plus External Coherency Hub Architecture

A Sun tech tip shows a way to monitor performance counters for the UltraSPARC T2 Plus External Coherency Hub using the busstat command. This External Coherency Hub architecture (also referred to as "Zambezi") is found on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Servers.

Monday Jun 01, 2009

Resources for the New OpenSolaris 2009.06 Release

This new release offers full support for the latest SPARC and x86 systems. The OS is free and easy to install on 1000+ systems from leading vendors, and it incorporates open networking. The updated FAQs on the OpenSolaris site point to the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) on BigAdmin.

And check out the OpenSolaris Info Center: Lots of good links, including the OpenSolaris 2009.06 resources wiki, as well as info for users, system administrators, and developers.

Tuesday May 26, 2009

Using Host Watchdog Monitoring on Sun SPARC Enterprise Mx000 Servers

In this tech tip, a Sun engineer describes how to enable host watchdog monitoring on Sun SPARC Enterprise Mx000 servers. This feature is also called Alive Check/Monitoring, and it allows the eXtended System Control Facility (XSCF) software on the system controller to detect problems and recover when a domain hangs in the Solaris OS.

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Firmware Flash Utility for SAS Expanders

Sun provides a Firmware Flash Utility for updating the expander firmware on SPARC and X64 based platforms. This unbundled product requires the Solaris 10 10/08 OS or later. Here are installation instructions from a Sun engineer on the BigAdmin wiki.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

Changing the Output of the "uname" Command in the Solaris OS

This community-submitted tech tip on the BigAdmin wiki describes a method for temporarily changing the output of the uname command in the Solaris OS for SPARC or x86 platforms. The author, Bernd Schemmer, uses the sloggi kernel module written by Konrad Rieck.

Thursday Feb 26, 2009

Patching a Miniroot Image on the Solaris 10 OS for x86 or SPARC Platforms

This new article from a Sun engineer describes how to install the latest Kernel Update patch, or any patch, on a SPARC or x86 miniroot image for the JumpStart installation program.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Upgrading From Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 OS (for SPARC Platforms)

This SunSolve article describes the process for using Solaris Live Upgrade to upgrade from Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 or later releases.

The Solaris 10 05/08 release media (and subsequent updates) were compressed using a different compression utility than previous Solaris 10 releases, which all used bzip2 compression. As a result of this, in order to upgrade to Solaris 05/08 (or later releases) using Solaris Live Upgrade, the live system (on which luupgrade is running), must have p7zip installed. p7zip was backported to the Solaris 9 OS in patch format, but for Solaris 8 there is no similar patch available. (For more info on patching, see the BigAdmin Patching hub.)

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

New: SPARC Platform Support for OpenSolaris Development

Build 106 introduces support for SPARC systems in the development package repository. Please recognize that this is a development build and is for testing purposes, not production environments. OpenSolaris discussions give more download and installation details (note: This URL has been changed).

Thursday Feb 05, 2009

Console Operations for the Solaris OS on Sun CMT SPARC Platforms

Read about the console operations for a traditional system console device in a domain, referred to as "host console". This article looks at input and output devices for chip multithreading (CMT) SPARC platforms. Host console use cases are given for OpenBoot Firmware and for the Solaris Operating System.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Upgrading to the Solaris 10 10/08 OS for SPARC Platforms and ZFS Boot

This community-submitted article was written by members of the OpenSolaris community. The authors show how to upgrade from the Solaris 10 5/08 release to Solaris 10 10/08 (for SPARC platforms) using Solaris Live Upgrade. They also explain how to manually create a ZFS root pool, copy the UFS root file system into the ZFS root pool, and activate ZFS mirroring.

Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Configuration Concepts for Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers

This Sun BluePrints article covers basic and advanced configuration concepts and goes through several sample configurations for Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, and M9000 servers.
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