Saturday Feb 09, 2013

Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Available Now!

Today we released Oracle Solaris 10 1/13, the latest Oracle Solaris 10 update for the #1 UNIX enterprise operating system. It's now been nearly 8 years since the first announcement was made and Oracle Solaris 10 has gone from strength to strength. While there's a new kid on the block with significantly modernized technologies to make life easier in the data center, we have a huge number of customers betting their businesses on Oracle Solaris 10 and we provide best in class investment protection for this release. Customer's application environment investment is protected through the highest level of support from Oracle and by allowing easy consolidation of legacy application environments onto the latest SPARC and x86 based systems with the help of physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migration tools. Check out What's new in Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 and download now!.

Oracle Premier support for Oracle Solaris 10 will be available through 2018, after which the product will enter Oracle's standard 3 years extended and indefinite sustaining support as per the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy.

From a personal point of view, I've been working to revamp the Oracle Solaris 10 pages out on the Oracle Technology Network to be more consistent with what we're doing with Oracle Solaris 11. We've cleaned things up a little to make it easier to navigate and easier to find the things you want - let us know what you think!

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Available Now!

As you may have already noticed, Oracle Solaris 11.1 is now available from the download page. This release marks nearly a year of development with some really exciting new features, hundreds of bug fixes, and another step towards a product that enterprise customers should feel utterly confident in deploying. We've made some great strides in fixing the frustrations that our customers care about - it is now even easier to deploy, update and manage, and our feature set is more integrated than ever to give you a superior experience.

Go download now! If you've got an existing Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 installation you won't need to re-install again. Simply use the packaging tools and follow this useful How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 using IPS guide.

We're also hosting an online event on the 7th November where we'll talk about Oracle Solaris 11.1, some of the new features included in this release, and where we're going generally with the operating system. Come join us!

Monday Jul 30, 2012

Which ISO should I download?

One of the goals for Oracle Solaris 11 development was to reduce the initial download footprint of the installation images for the operating system. What was once several DVDs in size, a single installation image is now less than 1Gb in size. In conjunction with the new network based package management system IPS, it means that administrators can install something quickly, then tailor it with additional software that meets their needs. Not only have we shrinked the install images, but we've also modernized the installation to make it a familiar experience - particularly for those administrators who are used to installing various flavours of Linux.

If you've taken a look at the Oracle Solaris 11 Download page, you'll notice that there are a number of images to choose from. They each provide a very different experience tailored to suit the needs of different scenarios - whether you're installing the operating system to evaluate it within a virtualized desktop environment, installing it on a headless server, or installing across multiple different systems in your data center. So how do you decide? That's easy:

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 in a virtualized environment

One of the best ways to initially evaluate Oracle Solaris 11 is simply to download the Live Media for x86. This experience is very similar to other Linux LiveCD or LiveDVD installations. You can boot directly off the ISO image to a full desktop environment. This not only gives you a chance to see the desktop, but also can bring up a terminal window so you can take a look at various different technologies like ZFS, SMF, IPS or Zones. While you can of course choose to install it onto an x86 system, another great option is to install it into a virtual machine using software such as Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 into a headless server environment

After evaluation, administrators will typically install the operating system onto a headless server (one without a display connected to it). For this, it's recommended to use the Interactive Text Installation for x86 or SPARC. This options contains software that is suited towards a server environment and doesn't contain a graphical desktop or any other graphical applications. The installation itself walks the administrator through a series of simple questions in a text based format before installing itself to the system. Administrators wishing to add additional software after the installation can do so using the IPS command line and from configured network package repositories. You may also find that this option is ideal to be installed into a virtual machine if you're trying to develop a proof of concept environment for later deployment into the data center.

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 across multiple systems

While the previous two installations are suitable to install a small set of systems, many administrators will want to scale to multiple systems in an automated fashion. The Automated Installer for x86 or SPARC provides administrators with the ability to automatically install a system by booting it from the media, installing the minimum software needed to get it up to a point where it can install the rest of the software required automatically over the network from package repositories. Most administrators will choose a slightly different route to install multiple systems - by setting up an installation service instead from an already installed and functioning Oracle Solaris 11 system.

In all cases, there's an excellent set of support documentation available by checking out the Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Systems guide. Good luck!

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