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, java.net, 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

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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 06, 2011

Favorite Bloggers of OTN Latin America

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By now you've probably heard of OTN Latinoamerica, the Spanish- and Portuguese-language version of the Oracle Technology Network. It provides resources similar to those on the English-language version, but in the local languages. And it focuses on the needs of Latin America's OTN members.

They just had an update worthy of noting: their list of favorite bloggers. It categorizes Spanish- and Portuguese-language bloggers by application and region. If you live or work in Latin America, or just want to read something in your native language. Check it out.

And, if you're interested in Oracle Solaris, be sure to check out Apuntes de Solaris, Diego Aguirre's blog. Diego brought this list of bloggers to my attention.

- Rick
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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