Friday Jan 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Ksplice SNMP Plugin

Happy Friday!

Over at our Ksplice Blog (which has one of my favorite taglines, "Rebooting is Obsolete"), Oracle's Tim Hill writes about the new SNMP plug-in for Ksplice, which allows the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager or other SNMP-compatible monitoring solution to monitor Ksplice instances. It's very cool stuff, we hope you check it out.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Maximizing Oracle Linux Performance

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic screencast video by Oracle's Greg Marsden. In the video, Greg covers a number of specific tips to help maximize performance of your Oracle Linux deployment. Give it a watch by clicking below:

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Get Trained on the Most Modern and Reliable Linux - Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux brings you the latest innovations and is the best performing, most modern Linux operating system. So why not develop your system administration skills with Oracle Linux training.You can take the training from your own desk through live-virtual events or during in-class events for which some scheduled classes are listed below.

Oracle Linux System Administration

In this 5-day live instructor-led course you will learn how to:

  • Configure systems to use UEK and enable kernel features
  • Keep systems up-to-date using the Unbreakable Linux Network 
  • Apply kernel updates on a running system with Ksplice 
  • Prepare Oracle Linux systems to run the Oracle Database
  • And much more ... 

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 19 May 2014
 English
 Perth, Australia
 10 February 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 12 May 2014
 English
 Mississauga, Canada  24 February 2014
 English
 Ottawa, Canada
 28 April 2014
 English
 London, England
 24 February 2014
 English
 Manchester, England
 27 January 2014
 English
 Reading, England
 12 May 2014
 English
 Bordeaux, France
 10 February 2014
 French
 Athens, Greece
 10 February 2014
 English
 Jakarta, Indonesia  10 March 2014
 English
 Milan, Italy
 31 March 2014
 Italian
 Rome, Italy
 10 February 2014
 Italian
 Seoul, Korea
 3 March 2014
 Koren
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  21 April 2014
 English
 Petaling Maya, Malaysia  21 April 2014
 English
 Makati, Philipinnes  24 February 2014
 English
 Warsaw, Poland
 9 June 2014
 Polish
 Lagos, Nigeria
 2 June 2014
 English
 Bucharest, Romania  14 April 2014
 Romanian
 Ljubljana, Slovenia  2 June 2014
 Slovenian
 Johannesburg, South Africa  17 February 2014
 English
 Bangkok, Thailand
 24 February 2014
 English
 Tunis, Tunisia  31 March 2014
 French
 Istanbul, Turkey  17 February 2014
 Turkish
 Belmont, CA, United States  10 February 2014
 English
 Irvine, CA, United States  12 May 2014
 English
 Chicago, IL, United States  14 April 2014  English
 Roseville, MN, United States  10 Feb 2014  English
 Edison, NJ, United States  10 March 2014  English
 Columbus, OH, United States  14 April 2014  English
 Caracas, Venezuela  10 March 2014  Spanish
When you have taken this course and acquired hands on experience with Oracle Linux, consider proving your skills by taking the new Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator certification exam.

Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration

In this 3-day live instructor-led course you will learn to use:

  • Btrfs to improve file system performance
  • DTrace, which provides a comprehensive look into the software stack and enables you to identify performance bottlenecks
  • The Oracle Cluster File System which provides a high performance and high availability file system when you need a redundant environment
  • New technologies such as Linux Containers
  • And much more ...

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 12 March 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 13 August 2014
 English
 Jakarta, Indonesia  13 May 2014
 English
 Seoul, Korea
 17 February 2014
 Korean
 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia  9 June 2014
 English
 Lagos, Nigeria  26 May 2014
 English
 Taipei, Taiwan  22 January 2014
 Traditional Chinese
 Istanbul, Turkey
 17 March 2014
 Turkish
 Roseville, MN, United States
 17 February 2014
 English
 Edison, NJ, United States  28 May 2014
 English
 Irving, TX, United States  16 April 2014  English
 Reston, VA, United States  17 Feb 2014  English
 Caracas, VE, United States  24 February 2014  English

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

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014

Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight today is a bit unique in that we're putting the same information on both the Oracle Virtualization blog and the Oracle Linux blog. The reason is that we want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux administrators.

On January 28, Oracle is hosting an event called Virtual Sysadmin Day. If you haven't attended one of these before, you're in for a treat. These events let you attend a virtual version of the hands on lab sessions that we run each year at Oracle OpenWorld. So, if you've ever wanted to go to one of those sessions but couldn't get to San Francisco or the other Oracle OpenWorld locations around the world, now is your chance to attend from the comfort of you desk!

The format is really cool. The materials for the lab are provided for you, you just need to have Oracle VM VirtualBox (it's a free download), and download the pre-configured virtual machines for the labs. You should do this ahead of the event, but all the information to help you do it is available to you when you register.

On the day of the event, you login and watch some intro content that sets up the labs, and then you follow the steps for the labs on you own system. Oracle experts will be in the chat area to help with issues you might run into.

Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014
January 28, 2014
9AM - 1PM Pacific Standard Time

Register Now

Virtual Sysadmin Day is one of my favorite events, I hope you have time to check it out! 

-Chris 

Friday Jan 10, 2014

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - January 10, 2014

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a great technical article over at Oracle Technology Network written by Oracle's Christopher Jones titled "How to Set Up DTrace to Detect PHP Scripting Problems on Oracle Linux."

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 3 (UEK) provides built-in support for DTrace. This can help you track down performance problems with your applications or scripts. In this article, Christopher walks through how to enable DTrace for the popular scripting language PHP on Oracle Linux and goes into some detail to how it works, including a simple D script to get information out of a sample PHP script.

This is a really fantastic article, so if you're interested in using DTrace to tune your PHP scrips, give it a read through.

We'll see you next week! 

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Oracle Linux: Free as in Speech AND Free as in Beer

One of the biggest benefits of Oracle Linux is that binaries, patches, errata, and source are always free. Even if you don’t have a support subscription, you can download and run exactly the same enterprise-grade distribution that is deployed in production by thousands of customers around the world. You can receive binaries and errata reliably and on schedule, and take advantage of the thousands of hours Oracle spends testing Oracle Linux every day. And, of course, Oracle Linux is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so switching to Oracle Linux is easy.

CentOS is another Linux distribution that offers free binaries with Red Hat compatibility. Traditionally, CentOS has been used for Linux systems which do not require support in order to reduce or avoid expensive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription costs. Recently, Red Hat announced it was “joining forces” with the CentOS project, hiring many the key CentOS developers, and “building a new CentOS.” This is a curious development given that the primary factors that have made CentOS popular are that it is free and Red Hat compatible.

It would be natural for existing CentOS users to wonder what Red Hat actually has in mind for the “new CentOS” when the FAQ accompanying the announcement states that Red Hat does not recommend CentOS for production deployment, is not recommending mixed CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments, will not support JBoss and other products on CentOS, and is not including CentOS in Red Hat’s developer offerings designed to create “applications for deployment into production environments.”

If Red Hat truly wished to satisfy the key requirements of most CentOS users, they would take a much simpler step: they would make Red Hat Enterprise Linux binaries, patches, and errata available for free download – just like Oracle already does.

Fortunately, no matter what future CentOS faces in Red Hat’s hands, Oracle Linux offers all users a single distribution for development, testing, and deployment, for free or with a paid support subscription. Oracle does not require customers to buy a subscription for every server running Oracle Linux (or any server running Oracle Linux). If a customer wants to pay for support for production systems only, that’s the customer's choice. The Oracle model is simple, economical, and well suited to environments with rapidly changing needs.

Oracle is focused on providing what we have since day one – a fast, reliable Linux distribution that is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, coupled with enterprise class support, indemnity, and flexible support policies. If you are CentOS user, or a Red Hat user, why not download and try Oracle Linux today? You have nothing to lose – after all, it’s free!

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - January 3, 2014

Happy Friday and happy new year! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent webcast from our archives titled "Oracle Linux Management Demystified." It describes the integration between Oracle Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, allowing you to do provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration all from a unified console. This is an on-demand webcast, so it will play as soon as you enter your details. Enjoy and we'll see you next week!

View the webcast

-Chris 

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