Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

The Nation of Burundi Approves Oracle-Sun Deal

The people of Burundi have overwhelmingly approved the Oracle-Sun deal.

"We approved the deal because we think BigAdmin's Device Detection Tool is very nice. We use it always."

"And also because the name Solaris is very pretty. In the Batwa language it means 'capacious jug.'"

The men of Burundi agreed.

"We invite all the people of the nation of Oracle to come and play the Burundi drum!"

"They make Version 2.3 of the Device Detection Tool excellent! It now supports new platforms including SPARC Solaris, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and FreeBSD 6.0, 6.4, 7., 7.1 and 7.2. And it collects more system configuration information!"

"This gives us more time to beat the Burundi drum."

"And drink Burundi beer!"

When asked if they knew how to find the improved Device Detection Tool they said "Who doesn't! It's part of the BigAdmin HCL!"

To commemorate the event, the nation of Burundi has declared a national holiday.

"For our great friends, the people of Oracle and Sun!"

- Rick

Friday Dec 04, 2009

BigAdmin Navigation: Sections and Categories

To continue with an explanation of BigAdmin's structure in response to questions raised at LISA Baltimore....

All of BigAdmin's content is grouped into sections, which the home page calls out as "Resources and Sections":

Each section lists all the content of a particular type, such as:

(This is only a partial list. Here is the complete list of all sections).

In other words, if you wanted to browse all of BigAdmin's Feature Articles, you would select 5. Articles and FAQ's:

Here is what you would see:

By default, BigAdmin's most recently published and updated feature articles are displayed in that list, most recent on top. However, you could filter all the Feature Articles by category:

You can see all the categories in a section by "pulling down" the category menu:

When you select a particular category, the list is updated to display only the feature articles in that category.

Next blog: collections.

- Rick

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

Are you bored with the BigAdmin HCL?

Are you bored with the HCL? No longer impressed with the 1277 systems (as in servers, desktops, laptops, and motherboards from Sun and OEM vendors) and nearly 1700 components that run Solaris 10?

Can you barely muster the enthusiasm to raise an eyebrow at the more than 6000 systems and components that run OpenSolaris?

Never fear. We've just added about a hundred (that's 097 for you guys in the camo fatigues) entries for virtualization platforms that run Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris:

Virtualization Platforms That Run Solaris

The virtualization HCL has tabs for:

You can sort the contents of every tab by:

Pretty cool, huh? Now you can go back to being your regular old exuberant sysadmin self.

- Rick

Friday Mar 20, 2009

Working With Gear From Sun and IBM or Other Tech Companies?

We have info for sys admins to help you run the Solaris OS on servers from IBM and other manufacturers.

IBM-specific resources include:

\* Installing Solaris 10 5/08 OS on the IBM LS42 Blade Server
\* Installing Solaris 10 5/08 OS on IBM x3850 M2 Server
\* 6668806: Xorg Server Fails to Start on IBM x3850 M2 Server

Wondering which servers from other companies work with the Solaris OS? Go the Hardware Compatibility List for Solaris OS (the HCL), find the Search feature, and just enter the manufacturer's name.

Also, the BigAdmin Interoperability collection includes info from Sun as well as useful links submitted by the community. (And remember to submit your own links if you find good stuff to share.)


Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

Updated Sun Device Detection Tool for Solaris 10 & OpenSolaris

With this tool, you can check to see whether the Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris OS can be installed on your x86/x64 systems. (If your devices are already shown on the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List or HCL, then you do not need to use this tool.)

The current version of Sun Device Detection Tool is designed to detect and run in the default language on your system. The GUI of the tool and the reports are generated in the corresponding language. The supported languages are English, simplified Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Italian, traditional Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The informational web pages on the tool have been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, and simplified Chinese (see language icons).

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

How Long Will Sun Support Solaris 10 on a Particular SPARC System?

I don't know the answer.

I have heard that Sun will support a version of Solaris on a SPARC system for the life of that Solaris release, but I can't promise that it's true. What I can do is point to some locations that will have the latest information.

To find out which SPARC platforms currently run Solaris 10 (or OpenSolaris), go to the HCL:

BigAdmin HCL

You can also get a quick summary from the Sun documentation:

Solaris 10 Hardware Platform Guide

For general requirements and specifications for Solaris 10, see:

Solaris 10 System Requirements


Friday Dec 19, 2008

Sun's Hardware Certification Test Suite Now Supports OpenSolaris

New features in the HCTS 4.2 release include support for OpenSolaris and support for hard drives with more than one terabyte capacity. Lots of good info has been updated: FAQ, Getting Started Guide (in HTML or PDF), Release Notes, README, and more.

The HCTS program is offered free so that independent hardware vendors (IHVs), system manufacturers, system integrators, and end users can certify their systems and components for the Solaris OS on x86 and x64 platforms. Certification tests for x86 and x64 products cover both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Certification tests cover both the Solaris 10 OS and update releases and the OpenSolaris OS and updated releases. For testing, use the latest release; after March 19, 2009, HCTS 4.1 test results will no longer be accepted.

All hardware that passes certification testing is eligible for the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The HCL shows systems and peripherals that are compatible with the Solaris OS. Currently, there are 1114 systems (1012 x86/x64 systems, 102 SPARC systems) and 1655 components listed. As of today, 3743 systems are listed for OpenSolaris.

Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

Useful Links for OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS

The official launch is today -- you can get it here. Find out if OpenSolaris or Solaris can run on your x86 system. See the 3708 systems listed for OpenSolaris so far on the HCL (on BigAdmin).

Here are some great resources:

Running Trusted Extensions in OpenSolaris 2008.11

Understanding Role Based Access Control or RBAC (The Observatory blog)

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Installation FAQ

Screencasts for upgrading to OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS:

For more info, see the OpenSolaris Ignite newsletter.


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