Friday Dec 21, 2007

Web Server 7.0 Update 2 released

We've been working diligently on Update 2 for nearly six months. There's some really substantial behind-the-scenes performance improvements (the most significant of which are applicable to all platforms, not only Solaris) that allowed the T5220 launch to set a new world record SPECweb2005 benchmark:

Web Server 7.0 Update 2 also introduces a PKCS#11 bypass feature to achieve better SSL performance out-of-the-box, more administration options, Solaris Monitoring Framework (SMF) integration, certification on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and the introduction of 64-bit binary support for Linux, NetBeans 6 support, bug and stability fixes, an integrated news feed to keep users up-to-date, and much more!

Be the first on your block to install Web Server 7.0 Update 2! Burn it on a CD/DVD and hand it out at holiday parties. Makes for a great Secret Santa gift.


Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

New Niagara 2 systems announced

The new Niagara 2 systems have been announced. They're sweet boxes. The T5220 is an incredible workhorse, and has just posted world record SPECweb2005 benchmarks.

Read more on the Web Tier blog.

Great job guys! Fricken awesome!

Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

MSIE 6, PNG, and Web Server 7

MSIE 6 handles PNG Alpha Channels really badly. For years now I've not used them because of MSIE 6's poor implementation, and this means modern browsers that can handle them have not been working at their best while I designed with badness in mind.

"Stupid MSIE 6," I'd grumble as I made yet another low bit-depth image, edges aliased to an "average" background color, a single background color. "I was making GIF images like this in 1996. When does The Future start?"

So now I've decided to just present craptacular images to MSIE 6 and let all the rest of the browsers in the world (including MSIE 7) get that Alpha Channel Loving they crave. Here's how I did it without have to modify a single HTML file or PHP application.

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Thursday Aug 02, 2007

sed and white space removal

Several months ago I wrote about an NSAPI Output filter that could be used to strip extra white space from HTML. At the time I also commented that with the release of Web Server 7.0 there would surely be a better (or at least easier) way to do the same task.[Read More]

Friday Jul 20, 2007

More on image link blocking

A long while ago I wrote about blocking external linking to images on Web Server 6.1. That solution has been working really well for me for a long while, but I've found it to be lacking for my Gallery2 install, and I've been wanting to improve on it for Web Server 7.0.[Read More]

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Web Server 7.0, Gallery2, and URL Rewriting

I've been putting off rewriting the Gallery2 mod_rewrite rules for a while for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0. I finally decided to tackle it though, and have been quite pleased with the results so far.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

Just talkin' 'bout Web Server

I've stumbled across two external blogs (well ... one blog and one content aggregation point) with interesting information about Sun Java System Web Server:

Derek Crudgington blogging about his Web Server experiences

Learning Solaris aggregation of Web Server articles

Thursday Apr 05, 2007

Sun on Sun - So shiny!

This just makes me smile:

# telnet 80
Connected to
Escape character is '\^]'.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Sun-Java-System-Web-Server/7.0
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Monday Mar 12, 2007

PHP in a hosted environment

A question was asked on our forums about how to use PHP and FastCGI in a hosted environment. The goal was to give each user their own PHP process in order to protect each user from potential security and performance problems associated with sharing a PHP engine with several virtual servers.[Read More]

Wednesday Sep 20, 2006

Stripping white space from HTML

Igor Popik has written a spiffy output filter for Web Server 6.1 (and it should work with WS7.0 too) that strips unprinted white space from HTML. Nifty idea. Write HTML that is easy to read, deploy it, and let the filter remove all those wasted formatting bytes prior to passing the data off for compression and transmission. Neat!

Wednesday Jul 12, 2006

Web Server 7 Technology Preview 2

Sun Java System Web Server 7 Technology Preview 2 has been released. Lots of bug fixes, particularly in the Administration interface. The Pattern Matching feature is now documented as well.

Update to the latest release and send us your feedback at or on the Web Server forum.

Saturday Jun 10, 2006

And more on PHP

In my original PHP article I documented making PHP v4.x work with Web Server. This blog entry provides information about PHP 5.x, and Web Server 7.x as well.[Read More]

Friday Jun 09, 2006

More on PHP with Sun Java System Web Server

Just a quick note that I stumbled across another article with information about running PHP with our Sun Java System Web Server (née Sun ONE Web Server; iPlanet Web Server; Netscape Enterprise Server). Could offer some more information to the curious administrator:

Thursday Jun 01, 2006

Playing with pattern matching

Early experiments with Pattern Matching in Sun java System Web Server 7.0.[Read More]

Wednesday May 24, 2006

Simple Virtual Server redirects

Several years ago a photograph that I took was used in a documentary. Being conscientious folk they placed in their credits links back to my web site. Unfortunately they didn't have me proof the link before they pressed a couple thousand DVDs, and the URL was wrong.

What to do?

Just create some simple "virtual server" redirects and hang them off my default Virtual Server.[Read More]




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