Friday May 23, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel

Happy Friday!

The big news this week is the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2. If you use UEK or are interested in it, you'll enjoy reading through the blog entry and release notes.

For those of you in the US, have a great holiday weekend!

See you next week with another spotlight!

Friday May 16, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Very Busy Week with OpenStack, support, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a very busy week here for Oracle Linux, so our spotlight this week will round up several interesting things for you!

There's some material to keep you busy this afternoon!

Have a great week!

-Chris

Friday May 02, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Implement Oracle Ksplice with your Existing RHEL Instances when you have Oracle Premier Support

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week answers a question that we hear often about Oracle Ksplice:


One of the questions we receive from customers migrating from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to Oracle Linux is: "Can I use Oracle Ksplice on my current systems or do I need to install Oracle Linux to use the service?"  

This is an important question for many customers, since migrating between operating systems usually entails months of planning and a large number of complicated steps. But Oracle has really good news for you. Migrating from RHEL to Oracle Linux is a very simple process, requiring just a few steps, and does not require reinstallation of the operating system. 

This simplicity also extends to Oracle Ksplice, which you can begin using immediately, without waiting for a maintenance window. Oracle generates the Ksplice patches needed to update your Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel, as is, the only decision you need to make is whether you want to use the online service or whether you want to implement the offline client.  

Oracle Ksplice has been supporting users with zero-downtime updates for over 8 years, with more than 1 million Ksplice patches created. Our service is backed by experience and we are ready to support your most critical workloads, whether you migrate from Red Hat to Oracle Linux or deploy new Oracle Linux systems.


 We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EBS R12 Pre-Install RPM Available for Oracle Linux 5 and 6

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our Spotlight this week is a particularly good one. Oracle E-Business Suite R12 now has a pre-install RPM available through the Unbreakable Linux Network and Oracle's public yum repository. There are two great blogs that describe in more detail what it is, why it exists, and how to get it. First up, from Wim Coekaerts:

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Pre-Install RPM available for Oracle Linux 5 and 6

And next, from the Oracle E-Business Suite technology blog:

EBS R12 Pre-Install RPM Available for Oracle Linux 5 and 6

Have a great weekend!

-Chris 

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

The April '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The April 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on the new Oracle Linux 7 beta, an Oracle sponsored IDC white paper on Oracle Linux, UEK R3 Update 1, Oracle Linux and Hyper-V, accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux, and much more.

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris 

Friday Apr 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on a brand new technical article that steps you through how to setup an OCFS2 environment on your desktop using Oracle VM VirtualBox.

How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

See you next week!

-Chris

Friday Apr 11, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Easy Access to Java on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent blog post by Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Wim describes the new Java channel on ULN that you can use to easily install Java on Oracle Linux.

Read "Easy access to Java SE 7 on Oracle Linux".

Also, please don't forget that beta 1 of Oracle Linux 7 is now available! If you'd like to try it out, you can get it here.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More Tips for Remote Access with Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

We have an excellent article this week for our Friday Spotlight, written by Oracle's Robert Chase. From Robert's introduction:

"In a previous blog, Oracle Linux Tips and Tricks, I covered alternative ways to use SSH. In this article, I will cover some additional tips and tricks for using SSH for remote access, as well as some other ways to connect remotely to a server. "

Head on over to OTN Garage to read the full article.

Have a great weekend!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

Happy Friday!

One of the things I like about our Friday Spotlight is not only do we talk about new things, it also gives us an opportunity to highlight older material that is still valuable. That's the case with this week's spotlight, which is about an article from 2012 that covers tips for hardening an Oracle Linux server. If you've come to Oracle Linux in the last couple of years, you might not have seen this, and it's just as a relevant today as it was then.

This in-depth article covers minimizing active services, locking down network services, managing users and authentication, and much more. If you're a Linux administrator, you might want to consider adding this article to your Reading List, saving to Pocket or Evernote, or whatever mechanism you use to hold on to good resources.

Read: Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux with Flash

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper that can help you get the most out of MySQL running on Oracle Linux, with the help of Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe card. To give you an idea of the Oracle Linux part of this, here is an except from the paper's intro:

"Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study for several key reasons including its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations, and SSD support and performance features such as SSD detect. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform’s deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the UEK.

Read the white paper "Performance Advantages of Running an Oracle MySQL Replicated Database on Oracle Linux with Oracle’s Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card"

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

The February '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Out!

The February 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on OCFS2, Ksplice, using Oracle Database with Oracle Linux, new customer success stories, and much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris 

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Vitual Sysadmin Day and Hands On Labs

Happy Friday!

If you missed Virtual Sysadmin Day last month, it is available in replay mode. It's not quite the same as the real-time environment where you could ask questions, but you do get recorded versions of the presentations that were given to give you some extra context for working through the Hands On Labs. Also, if you are in EMEA friendly time zones, there is a second live Virtual Sysadmin Day coming up on March 18. You can register here.

Speaking of Hands On Labs, the ones from Virtual Sysadmin Day are hosted on a Wiki page here. But the really cool thing is there are several additional Hands On Labs there that you can work through, too. So, if you're in the mood to learn a lot more about Oracle Linux administration, have a look and see what interests you.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Upcoming In Person Events In EMEA

Happy Friday!

The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!

Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
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Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
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Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
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Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
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Mar 6, Paris, France
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If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: OCFS2 Best Practices Guide

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, "OCFS2 Best Practices Guide". In this paper, Oracle's Robert Chase describes in detail how to get the most from OCFS2 in Oracle Linux.

Read OCFS2 Best Practices Guide.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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 

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