Thursday Aug 20, 2015

Virtual Technology Summit - Spotlight on Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware

Register now for OTN's new Virtual Technology Summit - September 16, 2015. Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions and Oracle Product Experts, as they share their insights and expertise through Hands-on-Labs, highly technical presentations and demos that enable you to master the skills you need to meet today's IT challenges. Chat live with folks and ask your questions as you attend sessions.

Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Spotlight: Implementing Your Cloud - Most IT organizations have roadmaps for cloud infrastructure. Most vendors have some sort of story as to how they can get you to the cloud. Oracle specifically has itself to the idea that you can run your applications identically in our public cloud and your private cloud. The question is: How? In this track we'll roll up our sleeves and show you how to implement your clouds using Oracle hardware, software, and best practices. There are four sessions in the Systems track:

  • Best Practices Building Efficient and Secure Cloud Infrastructure - Learn how to create virtual machines(VMs), deploy VM's using Templates, rapidly migrate those VM's to the Cloud, and deploy Oracle Applications & Databases in minutes on a flexible, secure, Private Cloud Infrastructure. Additionally, experience Oracle's Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle's Enterprise Manager-Cloud Control to automatically provision both Operating Systems and Oracle Databases in a DBaaS model.

  • What's New in Solaris 11.3 - Oracle Solaris 11 is a complete and secure cloud platform. With best of breed technologies for computer, networking and storage, learn how Oracle Solaris can help transform your IT operations to move to the cloud and make it simple to do. In this session we will cover some of the latest innovations engineered in Oracle Solaris 11.3 to manage a secure and integrated, large-scale cloud environment.

  • Optimizing NAS Storage for Secure Cloud Infrastructures - The rapid expansion of secure and reliable cloud capabilities is fundamentally changing IT operations. Over time, an increasing percentage of your data will reside off premise in a public or hybrid cloud. You won't just need fast and efficient storage to accommodate ever increasing information growth. You'll need highly secure storage to assure your critical data is well protected - independent of where it resides. This presentation covers the unique characteristics of Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance and it's cache centric hybrid architecture ideally suited for cloud applications providing fast, efficient and secure data storage for public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure, so you can migrate toward the cloud with confidence.

  • Automate your Oracle Solaris 11 and Linux Deployments with Puppet - Puppet is a popular open source configuration management tool that is used by many organizations to automate the setup and configuration of servers and virtual machines. Solaris 11.2 includes native support for puppet and extends the resources that can be managed to Solaris specific things like zones and ZFS. This presentation will give system administrators that are new to puppet an introduction and a way to get started with automating the configuration of Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris systems, talk about how puppet integrates with version control and other projects and look at the Solaris specific resource types.

Register today!

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are already a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community, you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it: Oracle Community - Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

OTN Virtual Technology Summit – Spotlight on Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware

The Virtual Technology Summit is a series of interactive online events with hands-on sessions and presenters answering technical questions. The events are sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). These are free events but you must register.

Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Sessions:

Designing a Multi-Layered Security Strategy - Security is a concern of every IT manager and it is clear that perimeter defense, trying to keep hackers out of your network, is not enough. At some point someone with bad intentions will penetrate your network and to prevent significant damage it is necessary to make sure there are multiple layers of defense. Hear about Oracle’s defense in depth for data centers including some new and unique security features built into the new SPARC M7 processor.

How to Increase Application Security & Reliability with Software in Silicon Technology - Learn about Software in Silicon Application Data Integrity (ADI) and how you can use this revolutionary technology to catch memory access errors in production code. Also explore key features for developers that make it easy and simple to create secure and reliable high performance applications.

Eliminate Cloud Security Threats with Oracle Systems - Learn and understand about the security threats to your public and private cloud and gain insight into how the Oracle Security Architecture helps reduce risk. This webcast will provide detailed information on the top 20 cloud security threats and how different parts of the Oracle systems stack help eliminate each threat.

Become a member of the OTN Community: Register here to start participating in our online community. Share your expertise with other community members!

NEW REWARDS! If you attend this virtual technology summit and are a member of the Oracle Technology Network Community you will earn 150 points towards our new Rewards and Recognition program (use the same email for both). Read all about it in our FAQ: Oracle Community – Rewards & Recognition FAQ.

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Best of OTN - Week of June 22nd

Happy Friday!  You've probably seen some notices, but can't forget to remind you to register for the the upcoming Virtual Technology Summits coming up July 9th, 10th and 16th.  Something for everyone!  Learn more here

Java Community

Join FishCAT, GlassFish 4.0.1 Community Acceptance Testing
Learn about JavaOne content from the speakers. In an interview, Java Champion and Rock Star speaker Arun Gupta talks about his sessions. Check it out Now!
Parleys Presentation of the day: "What’s New in the Java EE 7 Platform" by David Delabassee

Architect Community 

Kscope 2014 is now history. So can you think of a better time to watch the three most popular Kscope14 preview interviews from the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel? Ah, the memories...

Stewart Bryson on OBIEE, ODI
Oracle ACE Director RedPill Analytics co-founder Stewart Bryson and talks about Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle GoldenGate.

Tim Tow on Java Essbase API and ODTUG Community Service Day
Tim Tow, an Oracle ACE Director, founder and president of Applied OLAP, and an ODTUB board member, previews his four Kscope 2014 sessions and talks about ODTUG Community Service Day.

Shay Shmeltzer on Mobile App Development with Oracle ADF Mobile
Oracle Development Tools Director of Product Management Shay Shmeltzer talks about mobile application development and Oracle ADF, the core subjects of his presentations as part of the ADF and Fusion Development track at ODTUG KScope.

Friday Funny
For you World Cup fans, here's a little something of questionable taste from Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Systems Community 

Helping Your Compiler Handle the Size of Your Constants - If you type the constants in your code incorrectly, your compiler will return an error. Darryl Gove explains why, and how to avoid the problem.

Playing with ZFS Shadow Migration- If you need to migrate data from a server running Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 to one running Oracle Solaris 11.1, use Shadow Migration. It's easy, and allows you to migrate shared ZFS, UFS, or VxFS (Symantec) file systems through NFS or even through a local file system. Alexandre shows how.

Database Community-

Register for the Virtual Technology Summits taking place July 9th (Americas 9am to 1pm PT), 10th (EMEA 9am to 1pm BST) and 16th (APAC 10am to 2pm IST) and be blown away by the Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques track content - In this track Oracle ACEs and product team experts will present advanced features and management methods that will help you master your Oracle Database capabilities and drive greater performance, agility and manageability of your IT implementation. This track will build upon your skills with data management, migration, and performance.

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Best of OTN - Week of December 15th

This is our last BEST of OTN for 2013.  We all are so lucky to have such a GREAT group of members that are engaged with us in the Oracle Forums,, and on our social media handles/channels (listed at bottom of post).   Happy Holidays from the Oracle Technology Network team. See you in 2014!

Sysadmin Community -

Next Virtual Sysadmin Day is On Jan 28 - 
OTN's next virtual sysadmin day is on January 28. It's four hours long, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT. (Time converter here.) This time we have a whole new set of hands-on labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Proctored, of course, which means you can ask questions. The labs in our previous virtual sysadmin day on the basics. These focus on using these technologies in real-world scenarios. Click on the Agenda tab in the registration page to see the labs.

Article: Performance Analysis in a Multinenant Cloud Environment - Performance analysis in a virtualized multitenant cloud environment is difficult because of the abstraction layers. How do you find the physical resources that are overloaded? Explore four examples that overcome that limitation with the built-in Oracle Solaris 11 tools. By Orgad.

Architect Community -
Podcast: Oracle SOA B2B Integration - Part 3 - EDI remains in wide use among old-guard companies, but newer companies are embracing ebXML and other alternatives. Listen to the final segment in this series as panelists Krishnaprem Bhatia, Alan Perlovsky, and Scott Haaland discuss the future of SOA B2B integration.

Video: Matt Brasier on Oracle SOA Suite Performance Tuning  - C2B2 consultant Matt Brasier, co author of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook (2013, Packt Publishing) discusses performance tuning challenges and best practices.

Article: SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture
Authors Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio describe a strategy for achieving a global enterprise architecture vision that provides mechanisms and tools to enrich the information required for application, process, and project portfolio management

Friday Funny from Bob Rhubart, Architect Community Manager: "I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays." -- Henny Youngman

Java Community -
A Case Study of JVM HotSpot Flags - Java performance expert Kirk Pepperdine encountered an application that used 26 JVM flags! He untangles the mess of JVM options and warns against "jumping blindly into all that configurability."

Tech Article: RESTful GlassFish Monitoring and Management - Java EE expert Adam Bien shows you how to xxploit the built-in monitoring and management capabilities of GlassFish to automate application deployment and gain insight into application performance.

Friday Funny: The Taxonomy of Terrible Programmers, shared by Justin Kestelyn.

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Thursday Jun 20, 2013

Play it Again - Virtual Sysadmin Day - July 15th

Rick, OTN's Systems Community Manager, posted just a bit ago about ANOTHER Virtual Sysadmin day coming up July 15th.  To read his post please go here - he talks about Albert Einstein it is priceless!  But here is some info as well...

When - Monday, July 15 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. (Time converter here.)

Register here

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Top 10 OTN Tech Articles for 2012

It takes a special kind of IT pro to risk additional carpal tunnel damage to pound out a technical article after spending the day wrestling with a keyboard in dealing with other duties. That kind of dedication is noteworthy, even more so if people actually take the time to read the resulting article. So if you know any of the authors listed below, skip the handshake and give them a congratulatory slap on the back for all that time spent torturing their tendons. Their hard work has earned a place on this list of  the Top 10 most popular OTN articles published in 2012. 

  1. Getting Started with Java SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi
    by Bill Courington and Gary Collins
  2. How Dell Migrated from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux
    by Jon Senger, Aik Zu Shyong, and Suzanne Zorn
  3. Exploring Oracle SQL Developer
    by Przemyslaw Piotrowski
  4. Getting Started with Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2
    by Lenz Grimmer
  5. How to Get Started (FAST!) with JavaFX 2 and Scene Builder
    by Mark Heckler
  6. How to Use Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates
    by Yuli Vasiliev
  7. How to Update Oracle Solaris 11 Systems From Oracle Support Repositories
    by Glynn Foster
  8. Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server
    by Lenz Grimmer and James Morris
  9. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server
    by Abhijit Patil
  10. How to Create a Local Yum Repository for Oracle Linux
    by Jared Greenwald

Of course, OTN has a great many articles covering a broad range of topics of interest to Java developers, DBAs, sysadmins, solution architects, and everybody else who works keeping the IT world running. You'll find them here. If you have suggestions for topics or technologies you'd like to see covered, please let us know.

And if you have insight and expertise to share, why not write your own article? Click here to learn how to get published on OTN.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Next OTN Sysadmin Day is on August 23rd

Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization.

The event is on Thursday, August 23rd.  It's free.  And lunch is included.  See the OTN Garage blog.

- Rick

Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Next OTN Sysadmin Day

The next OTN Sysadmin Day is April 10 in Santa Clara, California. If you can make it, bring your laptop and walk through our hands-on labs for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux. We'll help you perform routine sysadmin tasks with the ZFS, virtualization and security features of Solaris 11, and the package management, service and run levels, and volume management of Oracle Linux, plus the Btrfs filesystem. We'll include an overview of Ksplice, Ops Center, and the Oracle Solaris Studio IDE. Santa Clara, California, USA.

More information on the OTN Garage Blog.

- Rick

Friday Nov 11, 2011

How to Find Out Which Devices Are Supported By Solaris 11

One of the things you'll have to consider as you install Solaris 11 on an x86 system is whether Solaris has the proper drivers for the devices on your system. Find out how to do that before or during installation, in this blog post on OTN Garage.

How to Find Out Which x86 Devices are Supported by Solaris 11

- Rick Ramsey

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:

- Rick Ramsey