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.

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.)

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 Nov 23, 2009

Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning for the Solaris 10 10/09 OS

The Solaris 10 10/09 Installation Guide on docs.sun.com shows how to save system downtime when upgrading by using Solaris Live Upgrade. This guide includes instructions for creating and upgrading an inactive boot environment as well as upgrading to a ZFS root pool.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

C and Fortran Development and Deployment Tools for Solaris 8, 9, and 10 Releases

Find out about developing, maintaining, and supporting a C or Fortran software product on the Solaris 8, 9, and 10 releases simultaneously, on one machine. (This tech tip was reprinted from the BigAdmin newsletter.)

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Patch Bundle for Solaris 10 10/09 OS Available

The Solaris 10 10/09 (Update 8) Patch Bundle is available for download by customers with a Solaris support contract. Details are in the Patch Corner blog. For more information on patching, see the BigAdmin Patching hub.

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 20, 2009

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.

Monday Oct 12, 2009

Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS?

The BigAdmin Upgrade resource center shows you why upgrading is a good idea, what's involved, what you'll need to know, what to do with your legacy applications, and what resources are available to help you through it.

Thursday Sep 17, 2009

Maintaining the Solaris OS With Live Upgrade and Update on Attach

This Sun BluePrints article explains how to use Solaris Live Upgrade and the Solaris "update on attach" feature, with Solaris Zones, Solaris Cluster, and the ZFS file system. The paper focuses on software maintenance in general and the application of OS patches in particular. (Registration required.)

Thursday Aug 13, 2009

Information on the End of Service Life of the Solaris 9 OS

You can find information on the End of Service Life of the Solaris 9 OS on sun.com. You can also check the EOSL Status for the Solaris OS. For more resources, see Solaris 9 Transition FAQs as well as
Info on Using Solaris 8 and 9 Containers (on BigAdmin's Upgrade hub).

Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Sun Has Announced EOL of the Solaris 9 OS

Sun.com has information on the Solaris 9 Operating System End of Life transition. Life cycle events (Last Order Date, Last Ship Date, End of Retirement Phase 1, and End of Service Life) will occur at the intervals defined in the life cycle model.

With Solaris 9 Containers software, existing Solaris 9 applications can be moved to Containers on the Solaris 10 OS. Here are more resources:

- Solaris 9 Transition FAQs

- Using Solaris 8 and 9 Containers (on the Legacy Applications section of the BigAdmin Upgrade hub)

Wednesday Apr 01, 2009

Upgrading a Zone on an EFI-Labeled Disk in the Solaris 10 OS

This tech tip from a Sun engineer describes moving a zone on an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)-labeled disk to a slice on an SMI-labeled disk. In this way, you can upgrade the Solaris OS and then move the zone back to its original location.

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Updated: Resources for Upgrading to Solaris 10 OS

Wondering how to move up to the Solaris 10 OS from earlier Solaris releases? Our BigAdmin resource center has lots of info for sys admins looking to upgrade, including tools, documentation, blogs, and support options.

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