Friday Mar 04, 2016

Friday Spotlight: TechCast Interview with Greg Marsden about UEK

In today's Friday blog, we want to spotlight the TechCast video that our OTN community manager, Logan Rosenstein had recorded. In this interview, Greg Marsden, Software Development Senior Director for Oracle Linux Kernel Development, talks about the development of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, open source maintainers in Oracle and how kernel engineers work with the community. Don't miss this insightful interview.

Watch now. 

Thursday Mar 03, 2016

Training Thursdays: Why You Should Take Advanced Oracle Linux Training

After taking the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course, you will be equipped to use the advanced features of Oracle Linux 7 and so to get the most out of your systems and applications.

You'll learn to:

  • Facilitate the management of a large number of systems by automating Oracle Linux installations and implementing networking and authentication services.
  • Increase your resource utilization by creating secure, isolated environments on a single host by using Control Groups, Linux Containers, Docker, and KVM.
  • Better use your storage resources through advanced storage features such as encrypted file systems, disk quotas, iSCSI, device multipathing, and the OCFS2 file system.

You can take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course in the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones, including 14 March, 25 April, 18 July, 14 and 28 August 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
15 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
29 August 2016 English
Brasilia, Brazil 14 March 2016 Brazilian Portuguese
Sao Paulo, Brazil
23 May 2016 Brazilian Portuguese
Bogota, Colombia
18 April 2016 Spanish
London, England
18 April 2016 English
Munich, Germany
9 May 2016 German
Jakarta, Indonesia
31 October 2016 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25 April 2016 English
Auckland, New Zealand
14 November 2016 English
Wellington, New Zealand
16 May 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
25 April 2016 English
Singapore
25 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
27 June 2016 English
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
17 July 2016 English
Belmont, CA, United States 9 May 2016 English
Miami, FL, United States 27 June 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 29 August 2016 English
Durham, NC, United States 3 October 2016 English
Reston, VA, United States 28 March 2016 English

Those using an earlier version of Linux should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course.

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 26, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Hot off the Press - Oracle Linux Newsletter February 2016

Hi everyone, 

Happy Friday to you all! We want to highlight the Friday issue of our Oracle Linux Newsletter in this Friday blog.

It is full of great news, videos and training information.

Read more. 

 Read and subscribe to newsletter.

Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Training Thursdays: Advance Your Linux Knowledge with Hands-On Experience

The great hands-on experience you get in Oracle Linux courses is the best way to reinforce Linux administration concepts and techniques.

For example, the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course builds your expertise through exercises including using diverse file systems, and doing storage and security administration. This course also teaches you troubleshooting techniques with examples including boot and NFS.

The Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course guides you through concepts and confirms your learning via extensive hands-on practices. You will configure network services and authentication services, configure network storage, shared file system types, and device multipathing. You will also configure different virtualization technologies to better utilize system resources such as CPU, memory, network and I/O bandwidth, and to allocate these system resources to critical processes.

You can take these courses as live-virtual events, attending a live event from your own desk, and so avoiding travel costs, or you can travel to an in-class event. Below is a selection of the live-virtual and in-class events on the schedule for the two course titles.

Oracle Linux 7: System Administration

  • Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 6, 14 and 28 March, 4 and 17 April, and 9 May 2016.
  • In-Class Events on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Bogota, Colombia
4 April 2016 Spanish
Paris, France
6 June 2016 French
Jakarta, Indonesia
25 April 2016 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
18 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
18 April 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
9 May 2016 English
Capetown, South Africa
9 May 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Pretoria, South Africa
11 July 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
7 March 2016 English
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 10 July 2016 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 3 April 2016 English
Reading, United Kingdom 7 March 2016 English
Dallas, TX, United States 25 April 2016 English
Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration:

  • Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 March, 24 April, and 17 July 2016
  • In-Class Events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Bogota, Colombia  18 April 2016 Spanish
Munich, Germany
9 May 2016 German
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
21 March 2016 English
Auckland, New Zealand
14 November 2016 English
Wellington, New Zealand
16 May 2016 English
Singapore
25 April 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
22 February 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand
27 June 2016 English
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 July 2016 English
London, United Kingdom 18 April 2016 English
Reston, VA, United States 28 March 2016 English
Belmont, CA, United States 9 May 2016 English

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux Curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: CVE-2015-7547 - Ksplice solves glibc flaw with zero-downtime and no disruptions

This week we have seen a new vulnerability making the rounds involving glibc. The issue at hand involves a couple of libraries (libresolv and libnss_dns), which are used commonly with tasks like DNS lookups. Using the function getaddrinfo() could generate a stack buffer overflow with larger replies, which in turn could be used maliciously to trigger an exploit through attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers or man-in-the-middle attacks.

The glibc upstream project released a patch for this issue and most distributions (including Oracle Linux) have released updated glibc packages containing this fix.  Since glibc is a core system library that is used by almost every application on a system, updates to the package typically require restarting applications and best practices would suggest a system reboot.  

Oracle Linux customers with premier support have the advantage of our Ksplice services, which makes it possible to install both kernel and user space updates without the need to restart applications or reboot the system.  If you would like more information about Ksplice and Oracle Linux, please visit our website.

Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Training Thursdays: Installing Oracle Linux with Kickstart

Kickstart facilitates automated installation of the Linux operating system. This saves time and effort when the system administrator has to manage a large number of systems.

Kickstart is one of the many topics covered in Oracle's Linux Advanced Administration training. Those using Oracle Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events on the schedule include 14 March, 24 April, 17 July and 18 December 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Bogoto, Colombia
 18 April 2016  Spanish
 London, England
 18 April 2016  English
 Munich, Germany
 9 May 2016  German
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 25 April 2016  English
 Makati City, Philippines
 21 March 2016  English
 Singapore
 25 April 2016  English
 Madrid, Spain
 22 February 2016  Spanish
 Belmont, CA, United States  9 May 2016  English
 Reston, VA, United States  28 March 2016  English
Those using previous versions of Linux should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking a time that suits your schedule to work through hands-on exercises.
  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events on the schedule include 13 March, 11 April, 23 May and 4 September 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 London, England
 11 April 2016  English
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 16 May 2016  English
 Milan, Italy
 6 June 2016  Italian
 Turin, Italy
 12 December 2016  Italian
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 14 March 2016  English
 Capetown, South Africa
 14 March 2016  English
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 22 February 2016  English
 Bangkok, Thailand
 18 April 2016  English
 Belmont, CA, United States  16 April 2016  English
 Jackson, Fl, United States  4 April 2016  English
 Roseville, MN, United States  18 April 2016  English

Taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCP certificate exam.

To register for an event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 12, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Attend Virtual Technology Summit in March and April

Oracle Technology Network welcomes you to join the Virtual Technology Summit from where you are- you don't need to travel. Attend this online event to watch technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE’s, and Java Champions. Choose your technology track below for the full agenda, abstracts, and HOL participation instructions. 

Database: The database track provides latest updates and in-depth topics covering Oracle Database 12c Advanced Options, new generation application development with JSON, Node.js and Oracle Database Cloud, as well as sessions dedicated to the most recent capabilities of Oracle MySQL for Oracle DBAs and Developers. 

Java: In this track, we will show you improvements to the Java platform and APIs. You’ll also learn how the Java language enables you to develop innovative applications using Microservices, parallel programming, integrate with other languages and tools, as well as insight for the APIs that will substantially boost your productivity. 

Middleware: The middleware track offers developers focused on gaining new skills and expertise in emerging technology areas such as Internet of Thing (IoT), Mobile and PaaS. This track also provides latest updates on Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.and Java EE. 

Systems: Designed for System Administrators this track covers best practices for implementing, optimizing, and securing your operating system, management tools, and hardware. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for Storage, SPARC, and Software Development.

  • Attend VTS around the world, register here 
    • Americas  -  March 8, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. BRT
    • EMEA -  April 5, 2016 |9:30–13:30 GMT (UK) / 11:30–14:30 CEST
    • APAC - March 15, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. IST / 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. SGT / 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. AEDT

Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Training Thursdays: What Linux Sys Admins Need to Know

There are some key skills that you need if you want to be a Linux system administrator. The Oracle Linux System Administration courses teach you these skills. The objectives of these courses are to:

  • Install Oracle Linux
  • Load and configure the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
  • Install software packages from Unbreakable Linux Network and other repositories
  • Use Ksplice to update the kernel on a running system
  • Configure system logging
  • Load kernel modules and configure kernel module parameters
  • Perform User and Group administration
  • Create Ext, XFS, and Btrfs file systems
  • Maintain swap space
  • Use Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Configure RAID devices
  • Configure File Sharing services (NFS, FTP, OpenSSH)
  • Perform Security Administration (firewalld, iptables, chroot, TCP wrappers)
  • Prepare Oracle Linux system for Oracle database
  • Troubleshoot problems and perform corrective action

Those interested in Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 14 and 15 February, 7, 14 and 28 March, 4 and 18 April, and 9 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Vienna, Austria
15 February 2016 German
Reading, England
7 March 2016 English
Paris, France
6 June 2016 French
Jakarta, Indonesia
25 April 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
9 May 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
18 April 2016 English
Moscow, Russia
15 February 2016 Russian
Cape town, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Pretoria, South Africa
11 July 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
23 May 2016 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 April 2016 English
Dallax, TX, United States 25 April 2016 English
Those interested in Linux 5 or 6 should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration course. You can take this course as a:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking a time that suits you to perform lab exercises.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 7 March, 4 and 18 April, and 18 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
4 April 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
18 April 2016 English
London, England
14 March 2016 English
Hamburg, Germany
11 April 2016 German
Athens, Greece
15 February 2016 Greek
Milan, Italy
12 December 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
2 May 2016 Italian
Turin, Italy
27 June 2016 Italian
Amman, Jordan
15 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands  11 April 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
27 June 2016 English
Istanbul, Turkey 9 May 2016 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February 2016 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 2 May 2016 English
Reston, VA, United States 15 February 2016 English
The Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam.

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 05, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure Webinar

Hi everyone,

Happy Super Bowl Friday! I live in Santa Clara, California so this week had been a busy one for us and we are looking forward to a great Super Bowl 50 experience. Another great event I want to tell you is the live webinar we are organizing in early March. Don't miss it:

Webinar: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Time: 9-10 AM Pacific Standard Time

Register today

Enterprises are rapidly embracing cloud services to speed innovation and drive cost savings.  Innovative IT organizations are leaping to software-defined ‘virtual data centers’ that enable corporate IT to connect, aggregate, and configure computing resources public and private in unprecedented ways.  For many companies, private cloud infrastructure that can run existing applications as well as cloud-native applications are an attractive alternative to re-writing their existing applications to run in a public cloud.

Join this webinar to hear:
- How to create and agile private cloud infrastructure that can grow with your company
- Strategies and benefits to implement an open source cloud environment
- Benefits of using converged infrastructure in cloud

Robert G. Shimp
Group Vice President, Product Management
Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Bob Shimp has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and hardware, marketing and sales operations, and business planning. He has guided the launch of hundreds of products for Oracle over the years. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds MBA and JD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlie Boyle
Sr. Director
Converged Infrastructure

Charlie is responsible product marketing for Oracle Converged Infrastructure products including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. He had launched Oracle’s first converged infrastructure product, delivering new growth to engineered systems product line. He had been working in IT industry for many years in companies like Sun Microsystems, Voxeo and Digex.

 Register today 

Thursday Feb 04, 2016

Training Thursdays: Are You Ready for Advanced Oracle Linux Training

Are you ready to take your knowledge of Linux system administration to the next level?

If you already have knowledge about:

  • Installing Oracle Linux 7
  • The systemd system and service manager
  • Network interface configuration files and network configuration
  • Disk partitioning and creation and maintenance of Linux file systems
  • Software package installation
  • User and Group administration
  • Security administration using firewalld

You are ready to take the Advanced Administration training in the Oracle Linux curriculum.

If you use Linux 7, take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 14 March, 25 April and 18 July 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this course. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
18 April 2016 English
Munich, Germany
15 February 2016 German
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
22 February 2016 English
Singapore
25 April 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 22 February 2016 English
Cape Town, South Africa 14 March 2016 English
Madrid, Spain 22 February 2016 Spanish
Reston, VA, United States 28 March 2016 English
Belmont, CA, United States 9 May 2016 English
If you use Linux 5 or 6, take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material through streaming video at your own pace and booking time to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 7 and 14 March, 11 April and 23 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
11 April 2016 English
Jakarta, Indonesia
29 February 2016 English
Milan, Italy
5 June 2016 Italian
Turin, Italy
12 December 2016 Italian
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 14 March 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand 18 April 2016 English
Chicago, IL, United States 22 February 2016 English
Jacksonville, FL, United States 4 April 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 18 April 2016 English
Belmont, CA, United States 16 May 2016 English

The Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration Oracle Certified Professional exam.

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jan 29, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux

This Friday we would like to highlight a great new OTN article: Running OpenSCAP compliance checks on Oracle Linux.

Many of you may have heard OpenSCAP, if not here are some details. SCAP is U.S. standard maintained by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SCAP is a multi-purpose framework of specifications that supports automated configuration, vulnerability and patch checking, technical control compliance activities, and security measurement. 

As a part of IT security management, organizations usually define a security policy that standardizes optimal internal practices, processes, and configurations. When a company stores or processes sensitive data (including personal identity, financial data, or healthcare records), the security policy must also reflect relevant government and regulatory standards such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Standards often specify hardening guidelines and IT system requirements as well as required security practices. Many standards also mandate formal security reviews that must be performed by certified auditors on a regular schedule. In addition to these formal compliance assessments, IT departments typically conduct informal security reviews to detect and remedy vulnerabilities that might otherwise result in system or data compromise.

The diversity of data center systems adds to the challenge of developing effective and efficient strategies for IT security management. To help organizations automate compliance checks and implement security policy more universally across heterogeneous data centers, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standard. NIST created SCAP to provide a standardized approach for implementing enterprise system security and baseline profiles for compliance audits. Based on the SCAP standard, the OpenSCAP project supplies open source tools and policies to automate compliance checking and consistently apply security policy across different system types.

To automate compliance checking on Oracle Linux servers, the operating system includes packages containing an OpenSCAP framework and an implementation of the OpenSCAP interpreter, oscap. In addition, Oracle makes SCAP content files available to evaluate Oracle Linux system configurations against a defined security policy, industry-accepted hardening guidelines, and known vulnerabilities. This article can help administrators get started using the OpenSCAP functionality in Oracle Linux. It describes the various SCAP content files available to automate compliance checks, as well as how to obtain and use security advisory content that Oracle regularly publishes. It also discusses how to use Spacewalk, a tool for Linux systems management, to run OpenSCAP audits on Spacewalk-managed Oracle Linux client systems.

Read more in this full article: Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Training Thursdays: UEK in Oracle Linux Curriculum

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) is heavily tested with Oracle workloads and therefore recommended for Oracle deployments and all other enterprise deployments. Learn about the UEK by following the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum.

You will learn how UEK brings you scalability improvements and features including:

  • DTrace for Linux
  • File system improvements
  • Improved support for control groups and Linux containers

Those using Oracle Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 15 February, 6, 14 and 28 March, 4 and 17 April, and 9 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Vienna, Austria
15 February 2016 German
Reading, England
7 March 2016 English
Paris, France
6 June 2016 French
Hamburg, Germany
1 February 2016 German
Jakarta, Indonesia
25 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
18 April 2016 English
Capetown, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Pretoria, South Africa
11 July 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
1 February 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand 22 February 2016 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 3 April 2016 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 7 March 2016 English
Dallas, Texas, United States 25 April 2016 English

Those using Oracle Linux 5 or 6 should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6: System Administration course.

You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lectures through streaming video at your own pace and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live-event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different timezones including 1 February, 6 and 7 March, 3, 17 and 18 April, and 16 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 4 February 2016  English
 Sydney, Australia
 18 April 2016  English
 London, England
 14 March 2016  English
 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
 1 February 2016  English
 Milan, Italy
 12 December 2016  Italian
 Rome, Italy
 15 February 2016  Italian
 Turin, Italy
 27 June 2016  Italian
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 7 March 2016  English
 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
 22 August 2016  English
 Utrecht, Netherlands
 11 April 2016  English
 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
 21 February 2016  English
 Capetown, South Africa
 29 February 2016  English
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 8 February 2016  English
 Pretoria, South Africa  5 December 2016  English
 Istanbul, Turkey
 9 May 2016  Turkish
 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  21 February 2016  English
 Reston, VA, United States  15 February 2016  English
 Atlanta, GA, United States  2 May 2016  English

Taking the Oracle Linux System Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA certificate exam.

For more information about the Oracle Linux curriculum go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jan 22, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Announcing User Space Support for Ksplice on Oracle Linux 6

During Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle released new features for Oracle Ksplice which introduced groundbreaking capabilities to patch user space libraries in Oracle Linux 7 without rebooting. This new feature, plus the extensive zero-downtime kernel patching capabilities already included in Oracle Ksplice, make it an ideal choice for keeping your Oracle Linux infrastructure up to date and secure.

Today, Oracle is pleased to announce user space patching with Oracle Ksplice is now available for Oracle Linux Premier Support customers using Oracle Linux 6. Now you can take advantage of this cutting edge technology to keep key user space libraries up to date on Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7. And, of course, Oracle Ksplice continues to provide critical kernel patches so you can patch both kernel and user space without ever needing to reboot.

Read about the user space patching capabilities of Oracle Ksplice in the updated documentation, and get the latest Oracle Ksplice packages with your Oracle Linux Premier Support agreement from the Unbreakable Linux Network.

Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Training Thursdays: Get Trained on Docker and Oracle Linux

Docker is an open platform management tool for Linux Containers. It provides a means for developers and system administrators to build and package applications into lightweight containers. The container is independent from the host operating system and kernel version. As a result, you can run the same application, unchanged, on laptops, data center virtual machines, and any cloud. You can transfer this container to another machine that runs Docker and run the application without any compatibility issues. The following lists additional advantages of running applications within Docker containers:

  • Docker images contain only the content needed to run an application so they are smaller than virtual machines, which require the entire operating system.
  • A Docker container runs faster than an application that includes the overhead of an entire virtual machine.
  • A Docker container includes its own network interfaces, file system, and memory, which allows the application running in the container to be isolated and secured from other processes on the host computer.

You can learn to use Docker with Oracle Linux, as well as learn about many other topics, by taking the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events on the schedule include 25 and 31 January, 8 February, 13 March, 24 April, and 17 July 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
18 April 2016 English
Paris, France
22 February 2016 French
Munich, Germany
15 February 2016 German
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
22 February 2016 English
Singapore 1 February 2016 English
Madrid, Spain 22 February 2016 Spanish
VA, Reston, United States 28 March 2016 English
CA, Belmont, United States 9 May 2016 English
To register for an event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Customers that Benefit from using Oracle Linux

This Friday spotlight is about customers that implemented Oracle Engineered Systems and used Oracle Linux as their operating system. Oracle Linux is used in all x86 based engineered systems that Oracle offers and optimized for the hardware to provide enhanced performance.

Main benefits listed in the case studies were:

  • Increased performance
  • High availability
  • Reduced cost

Here's just a few selection of the latest customers that implemented Oracle Linux with Oracle Engineered systems:

TeknoSA Boosts Competitiveness with Powerful Sales Analytics on Engineered Business Intelligence Platform 

Company:  TeknoSA

TeknoSA launched a decision support platform using Oracle Business Intelligence on Oracle Exadata to empower executives and sales staff with enhanced sales analytics across nearly 300 outlets and its online store.

Company:  Türk Telekom

Türk Telekom deployed Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine to run Siebel CRM 8.1 with substantially increased availability and performance while reducing total cost of ownership by 68%

Company:  SISPI Sistema Palermo Informatica

SISPI Sistema Palermo Informatica S.p.A. consolidated 12 single-instance Oracle Databases from IBM Blade servers onto Oracle Exadata Database Machine, delivering substantially increased system performance

Company:  National Oilwell Varco

National Oilwell Varco built an enterprise data warehouse using Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence, Enterprise Edition, expanding insight into financial and operational performance.

QIIB Reduces Application Response Time 10x on Average, Saves US$1.5 Million per Year in Database Licensing Costs

Company:  QIIB
QIIB deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-2 to improve the bank’s competitiveness by increasing employee and customer satisfaction, enhancing business agility and continuity, and reducing IT costs.

Secure-24 Ensures Rapid Application Deployment and Cuts Deployment Costs by 90% with Private Cloud Appliance

Company:  Secure-24

Secure-24 deployed Oracle’s Private Cloud Appliance to consistently and securely launch enterprise cloud environments while reducing deployment costs by 90% and acquisition costs by 50%.

Read more customer stories about Oracle Linux. 

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