Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

MacPorts behind a proxy/firewall and some tips to upgrade the ports

Some tips on how to use MacPorts from https://www.macports.org

and its "port" command on your Apple Mac OS X system.

At home or at the offices!

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Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Samba LDAP + SSL support on Oracle Solaris 10

Hello there.

I did it ;)

after more than a year of hard working with this project, and I am glad to announce that Oracle Solaris 10 is now supporting Sun LDAP oDSEE and SSL/StartTLS on Samba >3.6.15 !!!

... as of 21 of August 2013 !!! yes, you read it: Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (formerly SUN Directory Server Enterprise Edition) is now supported by Samba 3.6.x

and also SSL/StartTLS too !! I will publish a blog about it soon with all the instructions. But it´s certainly a more secure setup to deploy ! You will probably need a MOS My Oracle Support valid account. Click the following short links to obtain the patches, SPARC: patch 119757-28 http://bit.ly/19IKOyT X86: patch 119758-28 http://bit.ly/14BKj1C

--> To avoid any problems, make sure to use Solaris 10 update >11.

Note: I have done and run some tests with Solaris u8 and u9 (patched with the latest patchset) successfully.

Friday Sep 28, 2012

How to upgrade your Solaris 11 with the latest available SRUs ?

How to upgrade quickly your Solaris 11 to the latest SRUs ? (Support Repository Update)

Requirement: Make sure you have access to the support repository https://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/support.

You may need a valid support contract. You might have to do reboot the system from 1 to 3 times.

Note: I wrote this doc because I needed to get the latest Samba package 3.6.6 installed. (Repository of the DEV tree)

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Wednesday Feb 24, 2010

How to create a usb pendrive bootable Solaris installation media ?

This article (v0.1) explains and describes the steps to follow in order to create a usb pendrive (usb stick) bootable Solaris 10  operating system install media. This procedure should also work if you need to install Solaris onto your netbook or any laptop/server without a dvd drive.

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Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

how to get your Mozilla Firefox (web) and Thunderbird (email) into the language of your choice ?

Trick : how to localize Firefox and Thunderbird into any other language than English ?

Platform : Sunray, Solaris, Linux etc...

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Thursday Oct 30, 2008

New position... Systems Technologist.

What does mean "Systems Technologist" ? I did not find a proper translation in French or Spanish.

Anyway it sounds cool. I am very happy to be back as a System Administrator and my new manager@SUN seems to be really good.

 He is the kind of guy that makes you love the place where you work, really ! Tons of projects and things to learn. So far so good, here I am ;)

I will visit some of the people of my team in Broomfield (CO) very soon.

Friday Oct 26, 2007

VISTA Business Edition does install fine on a Sun Java W1100z Workstation.

I have tried the 32 bits version.

The only driver which is not available from the installation DVDROM is the Realtek AUDIO AC97 driver.

See http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/134635 from where you can download it.

At the begining before all the Microsoft Updates were installed I had to complain about some performance issues with some "mouse hangs".

In my setup I have also a NVIDIA QUADRO FX 1100 video card which is perfectly installed by the OS installer (WHQL driver!). I have tried to use the official driver installer from NVIDIA website but it does end with error message saying that it did not find any hardware compatible with such driver (???)...

Anyway it does work fine. 

Monday Nov 06, 2006

VMWARE : How to install Solaris 10 u2 6/06

Solaris 10 X86 does boot 64 bits kernel by default on Intel 64 bits CPU System. Freshly installed Solaris 10 VMWARE image does not reboot/boot properly and does hang. This is a know issue which is fixed by upgrading the kernel.

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Wednesday Feb 09, 2005

Solaris Zones

-> What is a Solaris Zone ? How to set it \*\*quickly\*\* ? some output samples...

This article will explain and show you how to install and play with it.
 It's like a quick and small "how to" guide as well. Version 0.2 02/10/05

Note to the experienced and technical readers : I tried to use easy words to explain what could be
very complexe for the public.

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Wednesday Feb 02, 2005

Redhat Distros and specific RHEL 3.0/4.0 packages

Hey guys, If you don't have the user account to access to the Redhat network (RHN), you can fetch the source product from : http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/updates/enterprise/

and compile the product by yourself then make the installation.

Also from this folder http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/updates/ you can update (following same idea) most of the Redhat Distros.

Of course this idea is perfect for a single package...

 What is the Redhat Network ?

It's the single way to download and update your RHEL Distro.

You can download new ISOs, new packages, or use the "up2date" command to update/upgrade your installed operating system.

Note: ISOs and the pre-compiled packages are not available to the public.

This is a comercial product and you'll only have access to the Redhat products by using an official account (eg. licence).

See http://www.redhat.com/software/rhn/ to get an overview about the Redhat Network.

The RPM command

Some comments about my Sunsolve document Infodoc:

"How to Install a Package Under Sun[TM] Linux (LX50), Redhat AS 2.1 and 3.0, Suse Linux ES"

 This is very important to understand that this should apply to all RPM package installer enabled operating systems.

(See the systems we do support : http://www.sun.com/software/linux/)

For example, using any SUSE Distro, you'll probably try to maintain your installation using the GUI tool named YAST/YAST2 but the things to know is that it will manipulate the system packages using the native RPM commands.

That will be the same for "\*drake tools" from Mandiva distro or any Gnome RPM management tools. So if you've got a single package to install, you'll probably save some precious time by using the shell console and the relevant RPM commands. By using the shell you'll start to understand what's going on.




Friday Jan 28, 2005


Who is Jimmy ?[Read More]

Principal Systems Technologist Engineer for Oracle Global IT. Sun Microsystems software and hardware specialist. I am based in Spain but currently manage projects and systems around the world. I am very often involved to mentor the new engineers joining the forces of Oracle. I come from the Linux sysadmin world... and will be definitively thankfulness for all the great things I've been learning the past 15 years...


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