Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Solaris 11 Resources for System Administrators

Have too much to worry about? Let us lighten the load. OTN's job is to filter through all the available resources and take you straight to the content that will help you do your job. For starters ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Documentation Library

Rock-solid instructions and background from the best tech writers in the business. Includes:

  • Getting Started (including What's New and Release Notes)
  • Installing and Updating (includes info about IPS)
  • Administration Guide
  • Security Guide
  • Working With the Desktop
  • Developing Applications for Solaris 11
  • Reference Manuals
  • Important Information from Previous Releases
  • Related Information
  • Legal Notes

Oracle Solaris 11 Training

Oracle University offers training and certification for sysadmins at all levels. If you're familiar with Oracle Solaris 10, these courses are the best way to become familiar with Solaris 11:

These are the education paths for Oracle Certifications on Solaris 11:


Indexes and Feeds of Our Best How-To Articles

We update these indexes and feeds only after we read through the available content and select the best. These are our personal recommendations by topic, product, or audience. We'll be adding content about Oracle Solaris 11 in the coming days and weeks. Keep an eye out.


OTN Systems Community Home Page

Our Home Page is the same as the front page of a newspaper, but without the advertising. Latest articles, latest useful content from the community, plus links to all the other resources available on OTN.


... And If You Want to Be The First To Know

After we select the best content, the first thing we do is hang out at the OTN Garage and talk about it.  Every once in a while we talk about cool cars and motorcycles, too:


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Tuesday Sep 13, 2011

Oracle Technology Network Lights Up Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Oracle Technology Network (OTN) has a long history of adding our own special touches to your Oracle OpenWorld experience. In 2011, we continue that tradition with some of the best ones yet:

OTN Lounge (Howard St. Tent)
Open: 8am-7pm Mon/Tues, 8am-6pm Weds, and 9am-2pm Thurs

For the third year in a row you'll find the OTN Lounge in a new place, but this time it's the best location we've ever had: In the Howard St. Tent, right in front of the Moscone South building entrance. You can't miss us!

As usual, the OTN Lounge is your home away from home at Oracle OpenWorld. Charge up on coffee in the morning (8-10am Mon.-Weds.) and beer and Red Bull late in the day (4-7pm on Mon.-Tues., 4-6pm on Weds.). You'll also find comfy furniture, laptop power, and a whole lot of schwag - from free software, to t-shirts, to flair. Furthermore: we'll be doing live interviews with Oracle engineers and technical executives like Wim Coekaerts, Mike Hichwa, and Sushil Kumar (covering Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware, and Systems/Storage) from our own stage, and hosting interactive "power hours" with Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware product managers. It's a feast for the brain!

(Special treat for Oracle RAC fans: Kick back at the OTN Lounge between 9am and 1pm each day of the show with experts from the IOUG RAC SIG, and work together to get an Oracle RAC cluster database running inside virtual machines on your own laptops.)

Speaking of feasts:

OTN Night (Mon. at 730pm, Yerba Buena Gardens)
OTN Night, always the fiercest party at Oracle OpenWorld, will be on fire this year: literally! We've taken the Burning Man festival as our inspiration, so that means a panoply of food, drink, and visual and aural entertainment you are not likely to have seen before. Prepare to be amazed!

We look forward to seeing you at one or both places the week of Oracle OpenWorld.

JavaOne Full Conference attendees also have access to both the OTN Lounge and OTN Night, and in fact the OTN team will be the heart and soul of the Community Hub at that conference. But that's a post for another day. :)

Photo credit: Alisha Vargas

Tuesday Aug 09, 2011

Developer Day Workshops: Bigger, Better, More!

Developer Day, the free hands-on workshops brought to you by Oracle Technology Network, are bigger, better, and more frequent by popular demand!

For one, the program is now global, with workshops appearing all over the Americas, Europe, and Asia (and we're looking at the ME and Africa). Second, we've expanded the topics involved considerably over the years, with hot fresh new updates - such as Java Development with Java SE 7, Enterprise Java Development with GlassFish Server and Oracle WebLogic Server, and Database App Development with MySQL - now coming online. (Not only that, but you sysadmins now have your own SysAdmin Day, with Linux and Solaris tracks.) Third, most workshops include an Oracle VM VirtualBox appliance that offer you a complete sandbox dev environment.

Maybe best of all, for folks who can't get away from the office, we're running more Virtual Developer Day online workshops as well.

Here's just a few on the calendar in the near future:

..and there are many more examples of planned workshops here (subject to change).

What are you waiting for? They're free, get signed up!

Friday Jul 01, 2011

Oye! Help Build OTN America Latina!/OTN America Latina Tour

You don't often get a chance to shape the direction of a technical comunidad

Well, OTN American Latina is just starting up. If you're a techie who speaks Spanish or Portuguese, or if you just like hanging out with techies latinoamericanos (and who doesn't?), here's how to get in on the fun:

And here are the sites themselves:

If you're not sure which site to visit, just remember that Brazilian Portuguese is Spanish spoken with a little body English.

What's more, in July, Oracle ACE Directors Arup Nanda, Ronald Bradford, Debra Lilly, Muralli Valath, and others will join Oracle-employee database gurus Tom Kyte, Graham Wood, and Kuassi Mensah for a speaking tour of Latin/South America user groups. The whole spiel is organized by ACE Director Francisco Munoz Alvarez, who was instrumental in jump-starting new UGs in Chile and elsewhere in 2009. In Francisco's words:

Three years ago, when speaking in some conferences around the world with some of my fellows Oracle ACE Directors, I discovered that no one ever heard of Latin American OUGs. So I decided to bring international Oracle speakers to the region for the first time (in April 2009), and then on the first OTN Tour in 2010. After this great experience I helped found the LAOUC (The Latin American Oracle Users Community) with the help of other fellow friends and a new dream came to life!

If you are in the region do not miss this great opportunity to network and learn from some of the great experts in the Oracle community. The cities & dates are:

  • San Jose, Costa Rica – July 5
  • Quito, Ecuador – July 8
  • Cartagena de Indias, Colombia – July 11
  • Lima, Peru – July 13
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil – July 16
  • Montevideo, Uruguay – July 19
  • Santiago, Chile – July 22

You can find information about this tour in Spanish and Portuguese.

Friday Jun 03, 2011

Oracle ACEs Invade Kscope11!

Kscope11 (June 26-30, Long Beach, Calif.), ODTUG's annual conference bringing together the best Oracle minds in the industry, will include more than 50 Oracle ACE & ACE Director presentations this year. Not only will Oracle ACEs be presenting technical content, but they will also be leading full-day symposia and and hands-on training, as well as participating in the Kscope special events - such as the OTN-sponsored "Lunch and Learn" on June 28, where ACEs will lead lunchtime panel sessions covering topics such as BI, Oracle Fusion Middleware, APEX and more.

We challenge you to attend Kscope11 and not run into an Oracle ACE! See you there!

Thursday Jun 02, 2011

Hardware Compatibility List Now on OTN


The Hardware Compability List (HCL) that was once on BigAdmin has been recreated on the Oracle Technology Network. For details, see the OTN Garage Blog.

- Rick System Admin and Developer Community of OTN

Saturday May 07, 2011

The Blogs: Rolling on with Roller

The great blogs integration project - in which the blogs.oracle.com and blogs.sun.com instances become one - has completed!

Blogs.oracle.com, previously on the Movable Type platform, has packed its bags and moved over to the Apache Roller platform (on top of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g). And blogs.sun.com blogs have been re-badged as blogs.oracle.com ones.

You should see no impact on links to legacy URLs, although truth be told, there will be a clean-up of abandoned blogs or those that have otherwise fallen into dis-use.

Friday Dec 03, 2010

Hot: Pre-built Developer VMs from OTN

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For those of you who haven't already played with it, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an awfully cool desktop virtualization tool. Even better, it's free.

We OTN-ers like it even more than you will though because it allows us to freeze-dry entire software stacks into VM images. Developers can simply download a few files, assemble them with a script we provide, and then import and run the resulting pre-built VM in VirtualBox. Voila, instant (insert name here) stack.

These VMs are particularly handy in support of in-person workshops, but there's no reason we can't make them available for everyone. Which we have done, in Java, database, and SOA/BPM flavors. (All "ingredients" are listed at the referenced link, and they are extensive.)

Now that we have the kinks worked out, other flavors are sure to become available in 2011.

Now go get 'em!

Monday Nov 15, 2010

Solaris 11 Express Available for Download

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Solaris 11 Express is now available for download. Free for development, evaluation, and testing purposes. Look for resources on the System Admin and Developer Community of OTN over the coming days, or see this summary of sysadmin resources on the OTN Garage Blog.

Tuesday Oct 26, 2010

Downloads Infrastructure Changes

On October 21, we upgraded the OTN Software Download service, download.oracle.com, and moved it to a new CDN infrastructure to:

- improve end-user download speed,
- provide greater uptime,
- give us greater capacity to merge the Oracle and Sun infrastructures.

For most people, this move was transparent and the service continues to work as download.oracle.com.

Within the next week, we will be shutting down the old CDN infrastructure.

We've observed that a limited number of users are continuing to connect to the IP Addresses of the older CDN infrastructure. This happens when the DNS Infrastructure of a company, or country, "caches" older IP Address information.

We'll post again when we've shutdown the older CDN infrastructure. If you have a problem at that time, you may want to contact your local DNS Administrator to have them refresh the entries for:

- download.oracle.com
- download-llnw.oracle.com
- download-uk.oracle.com
- download-west.oracle.com
- download-east.oracle.com

If you continue to have problems, please let us know.