Saturday Apr 19, 2014

The Technical Details: April 29 Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch

You may have already heard that we're going to hold the Oracle Solaris 11.2 launch in New York City in a few days, and that there will also be a live webcast of the event.

One of the things that the webcast will feature that won't be part of the live event will be additional technical presentations where Solaris engineers will go into more detail about some of the new features that are being added. VP for Solaris core engineering Markus Flierl gives a quick rundown:

If this sounds interesting to you, you should register now. The event starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT, with Mark Hurd and John Fowler. Markus then moves on to the more technical part of the in-person event, which will then be followed by the web-only deep-dive presentations.

During the live event, we'll have engineering folks and others on Twitter, tracking hashtag #solaris (apologies in advance to Stanislaw Lem fans).

Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)

Friday Jan 10, 2014

Next OTN Virtual Sysadmin Day: January 28th, 2014

Glynn Foster notes that another OTN Virtual Sysadmin Day is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and talks about what's in store for the Oracle Solaris 11 track.

If you're not familiar with these, they're half-day, online, proctored hands-on labs, so you can learn more about various system administration technologies. They're also free--but you do need to register, and there's also some prep work to be done ahead of the event, so take a look at Glynn's blog post, and sign up today.

Monday Jun 25, 2012

Oracle Solaris Live Chat This Wednesday (June 27, 8-11A PT)

One of the more popular features of last April's Oracle Solaris Online Forum was the Q&A session that ran along with it, so we've decided to do a dedicated chat event.

We'll have senior engineers Bart Smaalders, Dave Miner, Nicolas Droux, David Comay, Darren Moffat and others ready to answer questions.

Register today; we hope you can join us.

Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Solaris Online Forum tomorrow, 9 AM PT

You may have noticed over to the right, there's that red box mentioning the Solaris online forum coming up tomorrow.

 There's still time to register; we'll have Markus Flierl, the head of Solaris core engineering, discussing what's been going on since the launch last November, plus two of his senior engineers, Dan Price and Bart Smaalders, who will be giving their point of view on not only what's cool in Solaris 11 today, but what they're working on for future updates.

Plus, we'll have a live Q&A running throughout the forum, so you can ask questions directly to various Solaris engineers.

 You can find out more on the other blog,  or just go straight to the registration page.

Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11 Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly know, or be reminded about, how to create network configuration profiles in Oracle Solaris 11 ?
How to configure VLANS ?
How to manipulate Zones ?
How to use ZFS shadow migration ?

To have those answers, and many more, neatly in front of you, we created this cheat sheet (pdf).

Originally developed by Joerg Moellenkamp, the author of the very popular blog, and of the "Less Known Solaris Features", some more people at Oracle jumped in and added more and more very useful commands to it.

And it may keep evolving, so keep checking !

The link to it can also be found on our new Oracle Solaris Evaluation page.

Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

You're invited: November 9th, Oracle Solaris 11 Launch, New York City

We're throwing a party, and you're invited.

On November 9th, we're holding the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event at Gotham Hall on Broadway in New York City.  It should not only be a lot of fun, but we're bringing our engineers, our execs, and some cool software and hardware, so it's a chance to learn even more about what we've been doing, and get a jump on the latest release of the #1 enterprise OS.

Register now --- space is limited, and you don't want to miss this event.  It's been literally years in the making.

I'm a West Coast kind of guy, so I hadn't heard of Gotham Hall before. With a name like that, my mind naturally wandered to caped superheroes making their entrance by crashing through ornate skylights.

 Well, guess what?  There's an ornate skylight!

Not an approved entrance

"In the center of the unique gold-leaf honeycombed design sits a one-of-a-kind 3,000 square foot stained-glass skylight."
"The regal granite walls and delicate stained-glass skylight are softened and warmed by the glow of the gold-leaf dome providing an extraordinary experience that leaves you and your guests breathless."

So that sounds pretty awesome right there.  But I checked with our event planners, and they said the contract specifically forbids crashing through the ornate skylight.  (Apparently, they've been asked before.)

But if your mind is more focused on 21st century enterprise infrastructure architecture than historic architecture, this is still the place to go.  Come sit down and have lunch with the Oracle Solaris 11 team.

If you're not in the area, you can register for the webcast, too.  But you'll have to supply your own food.

Tuesday Mar 29, 2011


Leading up to the release of Solaris 11 later this year, the team has picked a compelling feature to "spotlight" each month of 2011. The spotlights include podcasts, screencasts, demos, white papers, cheat sheats, how-to guides, related blog posts and links to the official product documentation. In the very least, it's a great collection of all the material that we have on a given topic.

Thus far we've completed spotlights on:

Keep an eye on the Solaris 11 Spotlights page for updates.

Friday Mar 25, 2011

Online Forum

Set aside 3 hours on April 14th to attend the Solaris Online Forum. The event runs from 9:00 AM to 12:15 AM US Pacific time on Thursday April 14th (click the links to find the corresponding day and time in your part of the world).

The agenda for the forum is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PT
Oracle Solaris Strategy Overview

Bill Nesheim, VP Oracle Solaris Engineering

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PT
An Industry Analyst's View of the Operating System Market

Gary Chen, IDC

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. PT
Manage Your Deployments With Image Packaging System and the Automated Installer

Bart Smaalders, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Dave Miner, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Glynn Foster, Oracle Solaris Product Management
Isaac Rozenfeld, Oracle Solaris Product Management

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT
Get More out of Your Oracle Solaris Environments With Virtualization

Dan Price, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Nicolas Droux, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Duncan Hardie, Oracle Solaris Product Management

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT
Learn How All New Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Raise The Bar For Operating Systems

Markus Flierl, Sr. Director Oracle Solaris Engineering
Liane Praza, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Joost Pronk, Oracle Solaris Product Management

In all sessions you'll be able to participate in a live online chat.

Fair warning my Solaris friends, in pains me to say that the company Oracle contracts to host the event, on24, doesn't include Solaris as a supported platform on their Test Your System page. However, I am told that as long as you're running Firefox 3.x with Flash 9.0.115+, you'll be OK.

Monday Nov 15, 2010

Solaris 11 Express is Here!

After a long, drawn out wait, the latest release of the OpenSolaris distribution, now called Solaris 11 Express, is finally here!

In the 17 months since the last official release of OpenSolaris a lot of new goodies have been added. Some of my favorites:

  • ZFS Deduplication
  • ZFS Encryption
  • Boomer audio subsystem
  • Interactive Text Installer
  • Solaris 10 Zones

For all the details on the new features see the article What's New in Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11.

Key Resources

White Papers

Technical Articles


Product Documentation

Upgrade Note

The Release Notes do include instructions on how to upgrade to Solaris 11 Express from OpenSolaris. If you're still running OpenSolaris 2009.06 (build 111b), you'll first need to update to the never released (until now) 2010.05 (build 134). If you're already on a development build of OpenSolaris, you should be good to go. I also recommend using the command line when running image-update. I've had mixed results when trying to use to the Image Update GUI.

Tuesday Nov 09, 2010

Live Streaming Today from Oracle Solaris Summit

A who's who of Solaris engineers are presenting Solaris 11 Express today at the Oracle Solaris Summit. You can watch a high-definition live stream from the following URL:

If you're unable to watch the live event, it is being recorded and I'll post a link to that when it's available.

Details on the Oracle Solaris Summit 

This FREE all-day event will take deep-dives into each of the major technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 Express that you'll need to understand to deploy Oracle Solaris 11 in the enterprise. Each discussion is led by a Solaris engineering or technical expert.

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 in Ballroom A4/A5, San Jose Convention Center. The summit starts at 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. You can see what time that is for you here.


    \* 9:00 am - 9:30 am - Introduction to Oracle Solaris 11 Express, - Markus Flierl
    \* 9:30 am - 11:00 am - Image Packaging System - Bart Smaalders
    \* 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in the Enterprise -Dave Miner
    \* 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - LUNCH BREAK
    \* 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Advances in Solaris Networking with Crossbow and Beyond - Nicolas Droux
    \* 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris 11 Express - Dan Price
    \* 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - BREAK
    \* 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - ZFS Features in Oracle Solaris Express - Cindy Swearingen
    \* 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm - New Security Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express - Glenn Faden
    \* 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm - Deploying Applications Using SMF and Other Solaris 11 Features - Liane Praza

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

A Busy Weekend for OpenSolaris at Linux Conferences

There are (at least) 2 big Linux conferences this weekend, the Ontario Linux Fest and the Florida Linux Show. The good news is that you'll find OpenSolaris represented at both of them. In Ontario Canada, Toronto OpenSolaris User Group leader Steven Acres will deliver Why OpenSolaris? In Orlando, Florida, I'll be delivering What's So Cool About OpenSoalaris Anyhow?

If you happen to be nearby (or willing to travel), please stop by and say hello.

Monday Sep 28, 2009


Not surprisingly, Sun is a big sponsor at this year's fast approaching Oracle OpenWorld . I used to think JavaOne was a big event, but OOW draws about 3 times the attendance. And with Oracle's renewed focus on Sun, you can bet Solaris has a big presence. For your convenience, we've put together a landing page with all things Solaris at Oracle OpenWorld. At a minimum, if you plan to be in the Bay Area the week of October 11th, consider the Discover package. For $75 ($125 on-site) it gets you access to the keynote sessions as well as the exhibit hall where me and my team will be hanging out all week showing off Solaris.

Friday Jul 17, 2009

Cloning Zones

Installing a zone in OpenSolaris requires a network connection and some patience as a little over 70MB of data is downloaded. Fortunately, after you've got the first zone installed, future zones can be cloned.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Live Video Stream: Kernel Conference Australia, July 15-17

Starting July 15th at 9:00 AM Brisbane time, you can catch a live stream of the Kernel Conference Australia.  Of particular interest to storage geeks is the keynote by Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore on ZFS Deduplication! at 9:15 AM

Monday Jul 06, 2009

Connecticut OpenSolaris User Group Meeting July 2009

About 25 people attended the July meeting of the Connecticut OpenSolaris User Group on July 1st.[Read More]

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