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 Apr 03, 2009

Resources for OpenSolaris on Toshiba Laptops

By now you've probably heard that you can buy a Toshiba (Tecra M10 and Portege R600) laptop with OpenSolaris already installed. Models available:

  • Toshiba Portege R600
  • Toshiba Tecra M10
To order:
How to Buy an OpenSolaris Toshiba Laptop

For now they're only available in the US, but over the course of this year they'll become available world-wide.

If you provide support for these laptops in your organization, here are some resources to help:

By the way, the software stack included in the Toshiba laptops is:

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


Monday Dec 22, 2008

Solaris Cluster Express in OpenSolaris (SXCE)

You can now get Sun Cluster on Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) build 101a. Many bug fixes for happy clustering. Download SCX 12/08. Docs here. More info in this blog.

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.

Thursday Dec 18, 2008

New and Updated Articles by Sun Engineers

Here's some new information from Sun writers on BigAdmin:

Understanding PCI Express Maximum Payload Size on OpenSolaris: When PCI Express fabrics are configured properly, PCIe protocol efficiency and performance can be improved in OpenSolaris. Consider a device's payload capabilities as one of the performance parameters when configuring each fabric.

Simple Demo for Ruby on Rails With the Solaris 10 OS: This step-by-step guide shows how to set up a Ruby on Rails environment on the Solaris 10 OS and create a demo in about 10 minutes.

Updated: Observability Using Java Platform, Standard Edition 6, and Solaris OS: Recently updated to include the Java VisualVM tool. Find out about Java SE 6 platform observability improvements specific to the Solaris OS.

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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