Friday Jan 23, 2009

Jay Danielsen's "Solaris Tip of the Week": Zone Cloning

An earlier "Solaris Tip of the Week" provided a zone creation script that automates the installation of a set of zones, defined as a list of hostname:ipaddress pairs. This tip provides an updated script that leverages the zoneadm clone option, which can significantly shorten the install time on both UFS and ZFS root file systems.

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.

Monday Dec 22, 2008

Solaris Tip of the Week: ZFS Mount Cleanup

Here is the latest in Jay Danielsen's series of tips for using the Solaris OS. If you have ZFS file systems mounted on other ZFS file systems, you might get error messages because the ZFS file systems mount out of order. This script can help you sort through mount issues associated with large numbers of ZFS datasets.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2008

Deploying Hybrid Storage Pools With Flash Technology and Solaris ZFS File System

By combining Flash technology and the Solaris ZFS file system, you can combine the high performance of enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) with the low cost of high-capacity hard disks. This Sun BluePrints article describes how.

Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

ZFS Docs Updated for Solaris 10 10/08 Release

Docs.sun.com has been updated for new features in the new Solaris 10 10/08 release, for example:
- Migrating a UFS Root File System to a ZFS Root File System (Solaris Live Upgrade)
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-5461/ggpdm?a=view
- Chapter 4 Installing and Booting a ZFS Root File System
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-5461/zfsboot-1?a=view

Tuesday Oct 07, 2008

Provisioning With iSCSI and Solaris ZFS in 10 Minutes

This Sun BluePrints article describes how to quickly provision an iSCSI array with ZFS in both Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris environments. 

Monday Sep 15, 2008

ZFS & Virtualization Enhancements in Solaris 10 10/08 OS

With the Solaris 10 10/08 release, systems running Solaris 10 can boot from ZFS and use ZFS as their root file system. Solaris 10 10/08 also includes enhancements for Solaris Containers and Logical Domains.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

Integrating Symantec Veritas NetBackup With ZFS Snapshots in Solaris 10 OS

An article from the community shows how to integrate ZFS snapshots with Symantec Veritas NetBackup. The snapshot is created before data is backed up, and is mounted in a standard location. Information about the ZFS file system is embedded to make restores easy.

Thursday Aug 14, 2008

Installing HA Containers With ZFS and the Solaris 10 5/08 OS

Here is how to install high availability (HA) Containers with ZFS. The scenario in this community-submitted tech tip uses the Solaris 10 5/08 OS and Solaris Cluster 3.2 software.

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Greetings from network.com: Solaris Tip of the Week

This blog offers cool tips for the Solaris OS. Find out more about using a global zone as a firewall, Solaris search utilities, and file-based ZFS for development and test environments.

Friday Jul 25, 2008

Technology for Sun Partners blog: ZFS and Tracing Tips

Lots of good info in this blog:
 - A Hands-on Introduction to ZFS Pools, Part 1: Getting Started (Pool Creation, Export, Import)
 - A Hands-on Introduction to ZFS Pools, Part 2: Mirrors, Disk Failures and Spare Disks
 - Solaris Performance Primer: Tracing at large

Monday Jul 21, 2008

Configuring Sun Storage J4000 Arrays and ZFS in 10 Minutes

This short Sun BluePrints guide gets you up and running with ZFS and the Sun Storage J4000 array by covering ZFS pools and file systems and different RAID levels, such as mirroring and RAIDZ. The guide also demonstrates hot sparing, snapshots, and online backups.

Thursday Jun 12, 2008

Using ZFS Root in OpenSolaris to Protect Yourself During Upgrades

This tech tip describes how to boot from the clone of a ZFS snapshot and use snapshots to ensure your system remains bootable even when an upgrade goes wrong.

Monday Apr 28, 2008

Sun Fire X4500 Server as Storage Node for Sun StorageTek EBS

You can configure the Sun Fire X4500 server as a disk-cache storage node for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software (EBS). This article also provides examples of configuring the zpool and ZFS file systems on the Solaris 10 08/07 OS.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

Sun Fire X4500 as Media Server for Symantec Veritas NetBackup

How do backup throughput rates of over 1TB per hour sound? You could achieve that configuring the Sun Fire X4500 server as a disk-cache media server for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5. This paper provides an example of configuration, using ZFS on the Solaris 10 08/07 OS.

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