Sunday Jul 22, 2007

My favorite ones from last week...


Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. Solaris Express - Kaiwai's Blog, 7/13
Kaiwai recently installed Solaris Express Community Edition and hopes VMWare will be ported to Solaris x86 in the near future.

2. Solaris on Intel is Telecoms' Grade - BladeWatch, 7/17
Martin highlights the recent availability of Solaris on Intel-based rack and blade servers and says it is "great news, and brings more choice for the telecommunications market to choose which platforms they use for their Solaris based systems."

3. Energy Efficient Computer Labs and How IT Can Work to Remove Roadblocks - Mikael Gueck's Little Island of Excitement, 7/13
Mikael discussed the idea of creating a more energy efficient computer lab and identified Sun Ray Client technology as a key solution. He mentioned Sun Ray as an alternative to off-the-shelf computers that "are becoming much more powerful than necessary." Mikael went on to say, "The Sun Ray client connects to your monitor, mouse, USB and Ethernet, and lets you run 10 lab desktop sessions on one computer.13 It's stateless, all the processing happens on the other end. If the Sun Ray desktop client breaks, you just replace it, and you're back up and running where you were before the break."

4. Sun LDOMs on CoolThreads Servers - Outside the Asylum, 7/12
Daniel recently setup LDOMs on a T2000 and advises following the release notes.

Sunday May 06, 2007

My favorite ones from last week...


Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

1. Logical Domains 1.0 Production Release! - Sparks and White Noise, 4/27
    Project Blackbox - Sparks and White Noise, 4/27
    Excellent Flash Video Of LDOM's - 4/27
Octave mentions the release of Logical Domains 1.0, providing links to download the new release, and also links to a flash video demonstrating how 31 logical domains boot independently. Additionally, Octave provides several photos of Sun's Project Blackbox and mentions that "it has a lot of potential in today's market where space, energy, cooling, etc are major concerns."

2. First Thoughts Of Sun Cluster 3.2 - Blog O'Matty, 4/28
    Running Processes In Fixed Time Intervals - Blog O'Matty, 4/29        
In examining the most recent version of Sun Cluster, Matty says it is an "amazing product and has some amazingly cool features." While working with Sun Cluster 3.2, Matty mentions hatimerun, a program that kills a program if it runs longer than the time allotted to it, and queries why such a program is used.

3. Expanding A LUN On Solaris X86 - Fdisk Problems - Nominet Techblog, 4/26
Andy has had recent issues with connecting Solaris 10 x86 servers to a SANS and describes the troubleshooting procedure.

4. Building Loadable Modules For Apache On Solaris - Martello, 5/2
    Upgrading The Firmware On A SunFire T2000 - Martello, 5/2
In preparing to install the newest release of Solaris 10 on a T2000, James Mernin provides steps on how to bring the system to the most recent firmware. In another post, James provides tips for downloading and installing CoolStack and Sun Studio 11.

5. For The Ones Curious About The Upcoming Sun Studio 12 Release - Cypro's Telephony, 5/2
Cypro links to the Sun Developer Network and mentions the upcoming release of Sun Studio 12, which he plans to follow closely as he looks forward to "utilizing Sun's sexy new analysis features in the IDE."

Thursday Apr 05, 2007

How-to articles on Solaris LDOM software from "Sparks and White Noise"


Octave Orgeron, a Solaris/OpenSolaris enthusiast writing under the name "Sparks and White Noise," has been posting a series of very useful articles on Solaris Logical Domain Management Software (LDOM).

The first introduction post describes Logical Domains as, "discrete instances of the Solaris OE running independently within a virtualized environment." The entry goes on to discuss the four types of LDOM's that can be created including Control Domain, Service Domain, I/O Domain and Guest Domain. He mentions that there are two service domains in the Sun Fire T2000, and then distinguishes the the I/O domain is different in that, "none of its devices or services are virtualized for guest domains."

His second post is on installing LDOM. It describes the necessary hardware for the initial installation of the firmware, and mentions the two methods for this installation. The post then relates how to install the LDOM software as the control domain.

In his third post, Octave provides steps for configuring the control domain and reminds users that when all 32 vcpu's and memory are assigned to the domain, "we must free up these resoureces and create the basic infrastructure to support guest domains."

Octave plans to discuss the creation of guest domains in his next post.

Thanks very much Octave for these very helpful how-to articles!!!


Update: The article on building a guest domain is now posted as well.

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