Monday Dec 21, 2009

Updated: Analyzing a Patching Failure in the Solaris OS

Enda O'Connor has updated the patchanalysis_gather script for the BigAdmin article Analyzing a patchadd or patchrm Failure in the Solaris OS. The updated script runs a pkgchk on both global zone and non-global zone binaries, and it searches for leftover lock files.

Friday Jun 12, 2009

BigAdmin Solaris Zones Hub Updated for New Solaris Release

Our friends from the docs.sun.com group explain that the Solaris 10 5/09 release adds support for using ZFS clones when cloning a zone. Find out more on our BigAdmin resource center.

Monday May 25, 2009

Deploying Oracle RAC on Solaris Zone Clusters

Here is a Sun BluePrints paper providing an overview of Solaris Zone Clusters (also called Solaris Containers Clusters), a virtual cluster technology. The article describes how Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) can be deployed on a zone cluster. (Please log in to download.)

Monday Apr 06, 2009

Jeff Victor's Blog: Patching Zones Goes Zoom!

Accelerated Patching of Zoned Systems: This blog entry discusses methods that can be used to reduce application downtime during patching for systems with Solaris Zones.

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.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Managing Solaris Containers Using Sun Ops Center

This article from the docs.sun.com group describes the management of Solaris Containers using Sun Ops Center 2.0, with a focus on global and non-global zones. Topics include discovering, patching, and monitoring zones, as well as provisioning an OS with zones.

Friday Jan 30, 2009

Best Practices for Running Oracle Databases in Solaris Containers

This Sun BluePrints article gives an overview of Solaris Containers, including Solaris Zones and the Solaris Resource Manager, the Oracle License Model for Solaris Containers, creating a Solaris 10 Container, and guidelines for running an Oracle database in Solaris Containers.

Thursday Jan 15, 2009

Community Article on Moving Non-Global Zones in the Solaris 10 OS

A community article from Sudhakar Ramakrishnan explains how to migrate non-global zones from an old LUN to a new LUN in the Solaris 10 OS.

Monday Aug 25, 2008

Setting Up MySQL Cluster Software With Solaris Zones

A new article shows how to set up MySQL Cluster in a Solaris Zones environment, as if it were running on independent physical servers. This can be useful for replicating an environment without using multiple physical systems.

Friday Aug 01, 2008

Installing Solaris 10 Branded Zones From a Flash Archive

Need to move an existing Solaris 10 installation to another piece of hardware? Or run a different release of the Solaris 10 OS inside a zone? This community-submitted article shows how to create a Solaris 10 zone brand for installing zones from a flash archive, and it describes how to fix the zone's faulty services.

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