Testing Solaris distributions under VMWare

I spent a couple of days toying around with Solaris distributions under VMWare over the holiday. Parse that as 1.5 days of downloading and .5 days of installing :) In particular Nexenta, Nevada b55 and Solaris 10. I'm old hat at Nevada and Solaris 10, but a complete newbie to Nexenta. Nexenta uses the Debian/Ubuntu packaging/distribution mechanisms on top of the OpenSolaris kernel. Note, I've only toyed with Ubuntu but others I know and respect endorse it. I thought i would give it a try.

On the surface Nexenta looks rather simple, but I haven't had time to dig very deep. I toyed around with package management, which is what Ubuntu/Nexenta are touted most for. Java SE 6 doesn't yet ship with Nexenta I was quite disappointed when I couldn't install the file-based Java SE 6 build on Nexenta:

Unpacking ...
Checksumming ...
The download file appears to be corrupted.

There is additional verbage telling me how screwed I am, but you get the point :) I also ran into a problem with java tools bundle (with NetBeans), although that also required an additional Nexenta package install (can't recall which - sorry). At some point I'll debug the problem (I'll start with sh -x).

In addition to Nexenta, I downloaded Nevada build 55 with a boatload of developer tools. More on that in a future blog entry. The goal with this VM is to test out some new NetBeans functionality, install the NetBeans 6 daily builds, help beta test zonemgr 1.8. FYI, the JDK install works in the Nevada VM, so the downloaded bits are not corrupted.

I'll also be updating my container demo in the Nevada VM. Once I get the installation a bit cleaner, I'll think about where to take the darn thing. Put it up on OpenSolaris.org? Keep it a demo? Make it a tool? Dunno. Thoughts are welcome.

VMWare is a great product for just these situations. It may seem odd to some of you that I am running Solaris containers under VMWare, but the two technologies complement each other. VMWare enables multiple Operating System versions (or different Operating Systems altogether) to run on the same server, and Solaris Containers keep applications under Solaris isolated.

Comments:

If I remember correctly, those Java packages don't work unless you set the environmental variable SUN_PERSONALITY=1

Posted by Mikael Gueck on January 10, 2007 at 04:00 PM PST #

Heh, I perfectly agree with you, I just wonder if and when will vmware release vmware-server for solaris HOST? :') No one seems to know or to care, but to me, it would be so useful! :/

Posted by sickness on January 10, 2007 at 09:14 PM PST #

interested to hear your further thoughts and impressions, John. it's been good to me.

Posted by stephen o'grady on January 11, 2007 at 08:41 AM PST #

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