Friday Mar 12, 2010

Spring Forward?

It's that time again when the working and schooling population of the northern half of the planet begins a mass migration toward the rising sun.

Daylight Savings Time.

The time of year when schoolchildren fall asleep on their marmalade, office workers fall asleep on their desks, and stay at home Moms mutter "make your own damn breakfast" from under the covers.

But it's also the time of year when you still have a personal life after you get home from work. When there's enough daylight and, in some places, heat, to work in the yard or putter in the garage before going inside to answer phone calls from unfriendly people who want to know why you haven't paid them this month.

Spring Forward and Fall Back

It's also the time when about 80% of the American population feels like an idiot.

"Do I get up ealier or later?"

"'Spring forrrrrr....ward.' Right."

"So does that mean I move the clock forward? Or do I move forward against the clock?"

"Does moving the clock forward mean advancing it?"

"But if I advance the clock, doesn't that make me get up later? Shouldn't it be 'Fall Back?'"

"Ahh, 'Fall' refers to, like, October. Leaves turning and all that. Got it."

"Right. November. That's what I meant."

"So what do they do, like, on the other side of the world? You know, like in Peru? Do they, like, 'Fall Forward?'"

"Oh, so it's different because they speak Spanish. Yeah. That makes sense. I guess."

"But I still don't understand how getting up any earlier saves any actual daylight."

Here's how I keep it straight. When Daylight Savings Time begins, I get to leave work an hour earlier. I don't change my watch because it's one of those super complicated electronic ones with an altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, and calculator. Only my daughter can figure it out.

If that doesn't work for you, try this:

On Sunday morning, when your watch says 8:00 am, change it so it says 9:00 am. Then go back to bed. And stay out of Arizona for the next 8 months.

BigAdmin's Daylight Savings Time Hub

If you want to find out which countries start DST at which time of year and how that affects your systems and software, get the latest news in our DST hub. I didn't realize Mongolia had any interest in DST. The way I figured it, if you live in Mongolia, you get up with the dawn and go to bed with the moon, and if somebody shoves a watch in your face, you cut them in half. My kinda place.

Bill Petro's Blog

Bill Petro's blog, always entertaining, provides some background info about DST. And other cultural topics. If you're the curious type, you'll get a kick out of it.

Good luck.

- Rick

Thursday Mar 11, 2010

Master Your Sysadmin One-Liners




For those too young to remember him, Bob Hope was America's favorite comic during the more innocent time in America's history when you couldn't include profanity in the jokes you delivered over the airwaves.

He was particularly popular with US troops stationed overseas or in remote bases.

upon being introduced to a group of amputees...
"Please don't stand up on my account."

At least he could still be politically incorrect.

Thanks to Maxime Corbeau, who sent us the link below, you can be master of your own one-liners.




Photo courtesy of JerryPippin.com


One-Line Sysadmin Commands at Readylines.com

From their website:

"Welcome to readylines.com, the one-liner specialist.

You will find here plenty of one-liner commands that we hope will be useful to you. We currently have one-liners for various utilities such as openssl, grep, sed, tcpdump, ssldump and more. We'll try to add more in the future. The website has been designed to make reading one-liners easier for you."

Thanks, Maxime, for sharing the link with us.


BigAdmin's ShellMe Section

You can also find a large repository of both Solaris and Linux sysadmin commands in BigAdmin's ShellMe Section. It includes both collections of commands and individual command sequences for topics such as:

  • Debugging
  • Disk Commands
  • Driver Parameters
  • Filesystems
  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Process management
  • Search
  • and much more...

Submit Your Command (or Link) to BigAdmin!

If you have a favorite command sequence, tell us about it and we'll add it to the list.

If you'd like to read more of Bob Hope's innocent one-liners, you can find them at www.theage.com.au. I got a special kick out of this one:

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
Bob Hope's one-liners won't give you the gut-busting laughs that some of today's comics will give you, but they'll take you back to another time.

- Rick

Thursday Feb 18, 2010

High Availability for Virtualized Environments





Used to be availability was a big deal.

The product formerly known as Solaris Cluster (then called Sun cluster and now called Solaris Cluster again) was the answer to many a midnight prayer because it did such a great job of keeping your Solaris operating environment available even across geographical boundaries.


(BigAdmin's resource center for Sun Cluster administrators is in serious need of updating, but you can still find some useful links about Solaris Cluster there.)


Over the last few years virtualization eclipsed availability. Everyone's focus was on hardware consolidation. Solaris server? Linux server? Windows server? Who cares. We can run all the software we want on whichever server we like the most. And hardware salesmen can pound sand.

Well, guess what? If in the past you were running Need for Speed on one server and that server went down, you only lost one business critical application. But with Need for Speed running on Windows, Quake 4 running on Linux, and DOOM hosted on Solaris (with voodoo and black magic the way Sun engineers at Rocky Mountain Technology Center used to do it after hours), all part of a virtualized environment created on a Sun Oracle Database Machine without the IT manager's knowledge, you're talking serious unrest in the corner office if anything goes wrong.

So availability is a big deal again. In fact, an even bigger deal than it used to be.

We're working on an update to BigAdmin's virtualization resources for admins that will point you to resources that will help you figure out not only the best virtualization solution, but the best way to make that solution highly available.

In the meantime, you can take a look at how to solve one small part of the availability puzzle by reading this BigAdmin Feature Article by J. Randriam:

Configuring Sun Cluster Software With Oracle RAC/CRS and Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems

It describes how to configure a 3-node Solaris Cluster to run Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) / Cluster Ready Services (CRS) on a Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System. What you get with that is high availability for the database, the OS, and the storage system. Main sections include:

  • How to configure an NFS filesystem from the Storage System GUI.
  • How to mount the new filesystem from the cluster nodes.
  • How to create an iSCSI LUN for each node.
  • How to connect each node to its LUN.
  • How to disable fencing.
  • How to create a quorum device.
  • How to configure the Oracle RAC/CRS device to run on the storage system while taking advantage of the high availability services provided by Sun Cluster.

BigAdmin has some basic publication support, now, so we'll start to publish more content in the next few days.

Thanks for hanging in there with us.

- Rick

Tuesday Feb 02, 2010

Heaven for Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY's)



While listening to National Public Radio (my favorite Bolshevik station), I heard a story that most sysadmins of Solaris and Oracle Sun hardware would probably enjoy.


Right after Haikus of Das Kapital and before Knitting Tips from Madamme Defarge," All Things Considered ran a cool story about The Geek Group.

That's kinda what BigAdmin has been all about: helping Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY's) get the job done. (You'd make your life easier if you took the damn Solaris Sysadmin Training Courses already, but I understand. It's been a while for me, too.)

And that's right in line with what Justin Kestelyn, author of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) blog, is doing with the OTN. Make sure to read his post about the future of BigAdmin (and SDN).

We're going to have a hiccup or two during the transition to Oracle, but please stay with us; in the long run, Oracle's resources will help us get more and better content to you, and provide more interesting ways for us to talk to each other.

Here's what Bob Rhubart, of The Arch Beat blog had to say:

"The combination of the Sun Developer Network (including java.sun.com), BigAdmin, and the Oracle Technology Network will result in the largest, and most diverse, community of Developers, Database Administrators, SysAdmins, and Architects. The richness and diversity of these communities will truly be remarkable."

Where To Find Us

So, just to be clear, here's what's still working and where to find it:

Also be sure to look for BigAdmin under the Communities heading in the left nav bar of the OTN.

Farewell to Close Friends

If you have submitted content to BigAdmin in the past, you have probably spoken to Constance McKenzie. When the advent of online communities brought into question the need for quality standards in technical content, Constance had the unenviable job of keeping BigAdmin's content useful while preserving the voice of the authors, many of whom spoke English as a second or third language. Despite being handicapped by one or more graduate degrees, Constance jumped headlong into all the latest Web 2.0 mediums and promoted BigAdmin's content religously. Constance was also the keeper of our editorial, web, and legal standards. Which means she kept us out of trouble. If you got your BigAdmin goodies, you have Constance to thank. She was the author of the BigAdmin Newsletter, most of our MOTD's (message of the day), and our Twitter Channel, among other things. You can continue to twitter with Constance at the CMacWasHere channel

If you read The History of BigAdmin, Part I, you know that Robert Weeks was one of the founders of BigAdmin. You may also know that he really digs his Mustang Bullit (and that I want to steal it). What you may not know is that he was the driving force behind BigAdmin since its inception. He's the guy who cared the most about treating Sun's sysadmins right, about protecting BigAdmin as a free and open resource. He had a day job as a Sun engineer that took up most of his time, but he never failed to put in the extra hours to post content, test scripts, design new interfaces, update the HCL, and handle so many other things I couldn't begin to list them here. The back-end content management tools he created for us helped a skeleton team work through a large volume of content. Without that, we would have been lined up against a wall and shot long ago. It's because of the dedication of Robert Weeks that BigAdmin and, more importantly, its charter to serve the needs of sysadmins with free and open content and community, was embraced by Oracle.

- Rick

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

Monday Jan 25, 2010

Jesse James Does Not Care About BigAdmin's Upgrade Hub


When I dialed up Jesse James with the news that BigAdmin's Upgrade Resources for System Administrators hub had just been upgraded, he said...


"Whatever, man. Quit calling me."


Well, whatareyagonnado? Not everybody can be a cheerful sysadmin, ya know?

But Ginny Henningsen can! She took what Karen Perkins started with, added some of her own experience and that of her friends, nipped a little here, cut a little there, tossed in a super graphic, and came up with a very nice version of the hub.

Solaris 10 Upgrade Resources for Sysadmins

The new hub has six sections, just like the single-action revolver used by Jesse's outlaw namesake:

We think our new hub is purtier than Sandra Bullock. Check it out and tell us what you think. Then call Jesse.

















- Rick

Thursday Jan 07, 2010

BigAdmin Navigation: Categories vs Collections





This is a perfect wave. If you surf, you'll appreciate how the offshore wind first ruffles the surface of the approaching swells and then sculpts the face of the tube into perfection.

I can almost feel the cold wind on my back.



Photo courtesy of 43 Things.






This is not a perfect wave. I can't tell you what this feels like because even looking at a wave this size scares me half out of my mind.





Photo courtesy of Sean Davey at Surf Photo Art.

The waves are kinda like our use of categories and collections. The perfect wave? That's what we'd like to do. The not so perfect wave? That fits us better on this one. For now.

If you recall, the Sections and Categories blog entry of a few weeks ago explained how sections work. Sections are the main types of content BigAdmin provides, such as Articles, XPerts, Wikis, etc. Categories are simply the way to filter a section by the type of content. In other words, if you want to see all the Articles about Performance, you can go to the Articles section and select the Performance category from the pull-down menu. For example:



In a perfect world, we would also give you the capability to see all the sections for a particular category. In other words, if you were interested in all the content about Performance, whether it was a blog, a wiki, a video, or whatever, you would select the category and from the results, filter the results by blog, wiki, or whatever.

We kinda sorta do that, but in an imperfect way. We use collections. If you want to find all the content that BigAdmin publishes about databases, go to the database collection. It will list all the articles, blogs, wikis, interviews, videos, whatever.

Here are a few other differences between categories and collections:

  • You can see a list of all collections on one page, but you can only see a list of all categories from the pull-down menu of each section.
  • A resource can belong to multiple collections, but to only one category. This is a bit easier to see in the content submission page.
  • There are many more categories than there are collections.

Ideally, categories and collections would be the same thing. For now, they continue to be separate things. Would we like to fix that? Yes. Can we? Not yet. So for now, please bear with us, and:

  • Use categories to filter the content in a section.
  • Use collections to see a list of all content, regardless of section, for a particular topic.






If you'd like to see more excellent surf photography, including a picture of the biggest wave I've ever seen (Outside Sunset, Hawaii), go to www.surfphotoart.com.





- Rick

Monday Jan 04, 2010

Dare To Be Remarkable

The beginning of a new year rocks because it gives me an excuse to ignore that list of things I have to get done, the other list of things I should do, and that crumpled, worn out, stale, and guilt-ridden list of things I know that I'm never going to get done. Instead, I can start a new list with all the things I want to do.








Like make an F-15 (see comments) do this.














Or sneak into Robert's garage and take his AWESOME Mustang Bullit for a joy ride.








If you have teenagers, you probably know that being a teenager today can suck the BigZucchini. No matter what you do, you're WRONG. To keep her sanity, my teenage daughter tacked this quote onto her bedroom wall:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel small around you. We were born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And when we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.




You may recognize it from the movie Coach Carter spoken by the character Timo Cruz.


But according to the website Date to Be Remarkable, it was written by Marianne Williamson and used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech as president of South Africa.

I didn't know that.

I still owe you an explanation of BigAdmin's collections, and that will come this week. But I wanted to begin the new year with a wish that in 2010 you, BigAdmin, and the kick-butt, take-names technologies we play with will dare to be remarkable.

- Rick

Monday Jun 15, 2009

The Lamborghini Murcielago vs The BigAdmin Newsletter

I've had a platonic love affair with the Bugatti Veyron since my younger daughter first showed it to me on the cover of Automobile Magazine a few years ago. But I mentioned it in a recent BigAdmin blog, so I had to use a different car this time. Don't want to bore you by talking about the same old $1.6 million dollar super car over and over.

Photo courtesy of http://americacars.blogspot.com/2008/09/lamborghini-murcielago-lp640-stock.html

The Lamborghini Murcielago is a great antidote for an overload of drag and drop graphical sysadmin tools. Particularly the Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce or, "SV" for the sysadmin cognocenti. According to the recent review by Automobile Magazine...

"Despite its space-age looks, this is actually an old-fashioned car with an old-fashioned engine."

And at only $450,000.00 US, it is well within reach of a well-staffed IT department willing to pool its resources for 1/40th share of this magnificent machine.

At the top-secret BigAdmin track facility we recently had the opportunity to pit the SV against the BigAdmin Newsletter. In spite of our appreciation of the Lambo's mostly manual interface, we are long-time hard-core fans of the BigAdmin Newsletter. So we donned our BigAdmin caps, painted ourselves in Blue and Black (with White shadows), tatooed awk scripts up and down our arms, korn-shell around or necks, and carried these placards in hex:

42696741646d696e20576f6f2d486f6f21

It was no contest. The Lambo blew the doors off the BigAdmin Newsletter by going from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, and to 200 mph shortly thereafter, while the BigAdmin newsletter won't even get off the line until later this month.

But when it does, it'll accelerate from zero to something shy of 186,000 miles per second with a few nano-pauses at switches and servers along the way. And it accomplishes this incredible feat with zero fluff. That's right. Our newsletter simply gives you a quick summary (with links) of all the new resources we published over the last 30 days, plus some events and outside resources we think you'd find useful.

And it arrives in ASCII text! Here's an example:

Three New Articles on Patching:
o Analyzing a patchadd or patchrm Failure in the Solaris OS
  http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/articles/...
o How to Split a Root Mirrored With Solaris Volume Manager
  http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/articles/...
o How to Remove a Solaris Patch While Booted From a Network
  http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/features/articles/...
We only publish it about once a month, and as much as we'd like to deliver it by hand in the Lambo, we can't afford the gas. But you can subscribe for free:

It's Free. Subscribe Here!

Clearly the face-off was was just bad timing for the BigAdmin Newsletter. Unfortunately, we were unable to schedule the Lambo again due to the inability of our newsletter editor, Constance, to curb her enthusiasm for Lambo-donuts in parking lot. We are doing our best to convince Lamborghini to let us keep the SV, shredded tires and all, so we can use it as part of our BigAdmin Bucks program. We even offered to change the name to the BigAdmin Lambo Program, but we haven't received a definitive answer yet.

We'll keep you posted. Or you can ...

Subscribe to the BigAdmin Newsletter!

... and find out for yourself.

--Rick


Monday May 11, 2009

Why Should I Care About CommunityOne?

There you are, confident in the ability of your custom-made melon-peel helmet to protect you from harm, when all of a sudden your boss tells you to go to Community One.

Is that why you became a sysadmin - to put on a shirt and walk around a moribund conference center decorated in inoffensive colors dodging other people who would rather be on Facebook but who like you are forced to listen to clean cut hucksters in gray business suits touting the features and benefits of products that wouldn't interest you even on your best day of manufactured enthusiasm ?

Almost feels like a Tyler Durden moment, doesn't it?

I feel your pain.

I have to be there, too.

So I looked into it.

Turns out that it's relatively suck-free.

There are A LOT of tech sessions that a sysadmin can burrow into. We combed through the event program and highlighted the ones we think you would actually enjoy...

As a bonus, the room will probably be dark.

Sorry we didn't include the time and location, but that sort of thing changes too much. You can see the latest agenda here:

Agenda for Technical Sessions

If you're only interested in the OpenSolaris tracks, see the ...

OpenSolaris Tracks at CommunityOne West

If you want to see the entire events calendar, you can find it on the ...

CommunityOne Page on SDN

Mischief. Mayhem. Soap. See you there.

--Rick

Thursday Apr 23, 2009

Who's Your Daddy, Now?




It's going to be interesting to combine a company that knows how to make great products with a company that knows how to make a great deal of money.

While that's going on, the BigAdmin Crew wants you to know that we're going to keep publishing and aggregating great content and resources. We are convinced that the great products coming out of the hands and minds of our feisty engineers are just as important to you as they ever were.

In fact, they may be even more important. If you search BigAdmin today for Oracle content, you'll get 204 hits (carefully go around Angelina's elbow):





Oracle Content On BigAdmin

Once inside the search results page, use the pull-down menu in the light blue box to sort the results into these categories:

To find out what content we'll be adding in the future, subscribe to...

The BigAdmin Newsletter!

It's loaded with how-to content and resources.

Starting in May we're switching to a text-only version to save money. We're trying to get a feel for how that whole profit-loss thing works.

If you prefer to use your RSS reader, check out...

BigAdmin's RSS Feeds!
-Rick

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Using Zmanda With Sun Gear?

Thomas Hanvey (Sun Microsystems) and Paddy Sreenivasan (Zmanda) show how to quickly configure and deploy Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL, using the Sun Storage J4400 array for disk storage.

The article also explains how to configure a zpool and the ZFS file system. In this scenario, ZRM is running on a Sun Fire X4200 M2 server with the Solaris 10 8/07 OS.

For more tips on using Sun gear with Zmanda products, see these BigAdmin articles by by Thomas Hanvey (Sun Microsystems) and Dmitri Joukovski and Ken Crandall (Zmanda):

- Using Sun Fire X4540 Server With Zmanda Recovery Manager 2.2 for MySQL Database, October 2008
- Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage for Zmanda's Amanda Enterprise 2.6 Software, October 2008
- Sun Fire X4540 Server as Backup Server for Zmanda's Amanda Enterprise 2.6 Software, September 2008

And don't forget the 2009 MySQL Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, CA (April 20-23, 2009), see mysqlconf.com.

Thursday Apr 02, 2009

How to Greet An Englishman

I do email in Mozilla Thunderbird . Its spellchecker (version 2.0.0.21) is wicked smaht. When I type "BigAdmin" it suggests "goldmine." And we didn't even have to pay for the privilege!

Truth is, it's getting that way. In fact, BigAdmin has so many resources for sysadmins that we've got a bit of a navigation problem.

To help find what you're looking for, we created different "entry points" to the content on BigAdmin. You can get to them from the tabs beside the Message of the Day tab:

They are:

Each tab gives you an easier entry point into its respective content on BigAdmin. It's not a complete solution, but it's a start. Check it out and let me know what you think.

By the way, if you use both Linux and Sun, remember that you can submit your favorite Linux-related links and content to BigAdmin right here:

Submit Link or Content to BigAdmin\\

Just tag it with the right selection and category, then check the "Linux" collection. Our Linux collection is right here:

BigAdmin Linux collection

About the Englishman....I was looking for a cartoon of an Englishman saying "We have a bit of a navigation problem," but I found this picture, instead (from www.Kouya.net):
















You gotta love soccer fans.

Monday Mar 30, 2009

Videos on Solaris for the New Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Systems

Check out the new videos about Solaris optimizations for Intel, e.g. the Power Aware Dispatcher that automatically monitors and optimizes your system to maximize performance while minimizing power consumption. Also, Intel's PowerTOP technology works with Solaris DTrace to let you monitor in real time how a system is taking advantage of new processor power-management features like Intel Turbo Boost. See Inside Engineering for more info.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Yo, Students - You Could Save 95% on Sun Certification

Is that a typo? No, I checked, and it's a 95% off deal: student discount on Solaris & Java Certification. These two packages can help you get entry-level certified on Sun Solaris and Java technologies. Student price is US$40.00 (or 95% off country list price), until June 30, 2009, for Sun Certified Solaris Associate (SCSAS) or Sun Certified Java Associate(SCJA).

Oh and BTW, if you are a coder, too: SunLabs is having a JavaFX Contest. First prize will be $25,000 and there is a student category. Up to 100 honorable mention prizes with a $25 Amazon Gift certificate.

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.)

HTH!

Thursday Mar 19, 2009

As the Old Song Said, "I Really Don't Know Clouds At All..."

I know that Joni Mitchell song well, but that's the extent of my cloud expertise. If you, too, are looking for more info, here you go:

- A Guide to Getting Started with Cloud Computing (Free but requires login)
- Sun Cloud Open API project for Developers
- Sign up to receive updates on new cloud computing offerings and to join the community of future Sun Cloud beta testers.
- Sun's main cloud computing page also has a video of the recent Cloud announcement.

Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

New: Solid-State Drives Across Sun Systems Portfolio

Sun is integrating SSDs across the Systems portfolio: Blades, CMT, x64 servers, etc. Try the Sun Flash Analyzer to see how SSDs can accelerate system performance. For more info on improving power and space efficiencies with Sun SSDs, see the Sun Flash Storage page. Or watch Ray Austin, Group Marketing Manager of Open Storage, explain the benefits of SSDs in a Sun Servers video on the Tech Resources page.

Thursday Feb 12, 2009

Sun Guys Updated the Sun System Firmware Release Hub

The Firmware Release hub on BigAdmin has FAQs, information about available releases, and other resources to help you manage Sun systems. Sun engineers recently expanded the FAQ and updated the release history with the 7.2.x patch for Sun Blade T6340 Server Module and XCP 1081 releases (see SPARC64 Enterprise Systems). Thanks, Bruce!

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).
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