Sunday Oct 11, 2009

Solaris 10 10/09

The new update for Solaris 10 Operating System is released. The press release is here. Click here to know what's new in Solaris 10 10/09. Check this out to know what's removed from Solaris 10 10/09 release. Go here to read the release notes or visit this page for a set of documentation on Solaris 10 10/09. Get it NOW.

Get more information about Solaris OS at the Oracle Open World.

Saturday Oct 03, 2009

Sun Microsystems is No.1 in ASTD Seventh Annual "Best Awards"

The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) announced the list of 39 organizations from different nations in the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards competition. Sun Microsystems holds the No.1 position in ranking. Read the ASTD official blog here or download the pdf version of their press release from here.

Tuesday Sep 29, 2009

Sun Identity Manager Deployment Training at Chennai

Just over a week back or so, I had an opportunity to meet up with folks in the photograph below for a Deployment Training on Sun's provisioning tool.



Already familiar with Sun Identity Manager? Go get certified!

Want A Better E-mail, Calendar & IM?

Sun, today, announced the release and availability of Sun Java System Communication Suite 7. Click here for more details.



Saturday Sep 12, 2009

OpenSSO Enterprise 8 Deployment Training at Bangalore

A couple of days forward to the announcement about the availability of OpenSSO Express 8, I met up with the folks in the photograph below at our Learning Center in Bangalore for a five day session on OpenSSO deployment. Thanks to David Goldsmith for developing a near perfect OpenSSO Deployment Labs, employing the powerful features of Solaris 10 OS like Solaris Containers and ZFS, giving the audience of this program an experience close to a real time OpenSSO deployment.



Since the course used a number of software components like Glassfish, WebServer, 'OpenDS', Directory Server EE and of course OpenSSO, I requested all participants to help me do a quick review of the entire course on the last day by doing a teach back. Thanks to each of them for doing a good job reviewing the topics well, helping each other gain considerably good clarity on the overall contents of the course.



For me, the bygone week was nothing less than immensely satisfying.

Sunday Sep 06, 2009

OpenSSO Express 8

OpenSSO Express 8, an interim release of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise is now available for download. Check out Sidharth's blog to have a quick look at the new and exciting features in OpenSSO Express 8 (Yippee, support for MySQL as User Data Store). Should you wish to have a detailed study on the OpenSSO Express 8, click here.

It's a Hat Trick

The batch photograph published below is my third consecutive batch on an MX000 Server Administration Course this quarter. Boy, doesn't that say how popular these machines are!



Tuesday Sep 01, 2009

Happy Onam

Wishing all a very happy Onam.

Monday Aug 24, 2009

ES 411 Training in Bangalore

Published below is the batch photograph of MX000 Server Administration Training concluded in Bangalore last week:



Good week ahead to all of you!

Sunday Aug 02, 2009

MX000 Server Administration Session at Hyderabad

On a week, when the legendary thinker J R D Tata's 105th birth anniversary was celebrated, it was my privilege to find myself delivering a program on SPARC MX000 Server in one of his several institutions. The below batch photograph comes to you, courtesy a participant of this program. The date on the photograph is a "bug".



Wishing all a happy friendship week.

Monday Jul 20, 2009

Farewell, Kingston!

I have come home. It always feels nice to be back home. It feels nicer to have come home with loads of good memories; memories about a very short period of my life in an Island, far from my home, its people, its culture and many many other things. Like every other human, I also long to keep all joyous memories safely and dearly. And as long as I can retain the memories of wonderful days of my life at Kingston in Jamaica, I know it always carry a potential to bring smile on my face. It's adorable; largely because of some kind hearted people.

Let me be frank: I badly wanted to get back home. This was on day one. I began counting days. But soon I got used to the environment, the people, their dialect, the music by the pool side of my hotel, the courteous staff in there, the strange and weird gestures by the street walkers, the hot climate, the sight of beautiful lush green mountains, but not certainly the food. As such I'm notorious for my poor eating habits. So the last thing that I want to discuss in here is about food. Barring that, I have only very fond memories of my journey to a Caribbean Island.



The tall man standing next to me is Devindra Sharma. People call him Dev. He was one of the first two people, whom I met at Fujitsu. That he is an Indian is painted all over his face. But it surprised me to discover that he was born vegetarian. To snatch from him some information around the secret vegetarian food outlets in Jamaica stood high on my priorities. Thus began my company with Dev that may have started with a very casual conversation around Vegetarian food or probably around the details of his favourite chauffer at Kingston, but went on to several other topics: some personal, some historical, some geographical, some cultural and what not. If I know that Lignum Vitae is the National Flower of Jamaica, that's because of him. I wouldn't have known that the consumption of unripe fruit called The Ackee, also the Jamaican National Fruit, invites disaster, but for Dev's detailed explanation. A few hours of conversation with him seemed like a quick flip through the pages of an Encyclopedia! Does anyone here needs more explanation on why I love exposure to the people the most. I thank Dev for all the wisdom that he shared, for all the time that he gave me in shopping around, hanging out in Indian restaurants, driving me around and lastly for his drop at the Norman Manley International airport in Jamaica during very early hours on a fine Saturday morning. I admire him for his linguistic capabilities and several other qualities.

Dev introduced me to Conrad, his colleague. Together we had some fun at a couple of Indian Food Outlets in Jamaica in the evenings.



On the other hand, during the daytime, empowered by the energy and enthusiasm of a youthful audience, I sailed through my assignment at Fujitsu rather smoothly. There weren't any hiccups in the program that I can think of. Well, if there were any that I am now unable to recall, I believe one among the group in the picture would show up and comment loud and clear. I thank each of them for all learning and fun in the class.



On the final day of the Boot Camp, they very kindly offered me a drive to the famous University Of West Indies. I found it difficult to turn down such an offer, especially when a visit to the UWI was always on my 'To Do' list while at Kingston. Consequently, I found myself taking a stroll in the huge campus of UWI, accompanied by some of its alumni. They would have had a stream of memories about their college going days while taking me around the beautiful University Campus. By the time we drove out of the UWI, I had just over a dozen hours left in Kingston.



Again, I am happy to be back home. I'm happy also to have got an opportunity to spend two weeks of my life in a beautiful Island, spending some quality time with some wonderful people, the memories of which, I hope, shall take a very long time to even fade. Farewell, Kingston!

Monday Jul 13, 2009

From Kingston, Jamaica

It has been exactly a week since I landed at Kingston in Jamaica. The stay so far has been very pleasant. The days have been quite busy and that coupled with an element of laziness kept me away from blogging for a full one week. Honestly, I haven't been able to see much of Kingston yet. But whatever I managed to see and experience in the last six days or so, I found this city interesting. Perhaps there are problems here, like every other city, that doesn't quite seem visible to a stranger like me, settled in the comforts of a luxurious hotel situated in the heart of New Kingston. Whatever it may be, the fact that many major Corporates have their presence in this part of the world and that the city caters to the need of all its visitors fairly well makes it appear a very good destination to me. And like I said, I have been enjoying my stay in this City so far.

The trip to Kingston from India was rather long. I had to hop a couple of flights before I finally landed at the Kingston airport. Visa is stamped on arrival at Kingston. En route, I halted at Miami for a day and seized that opportunity to see the South Miami beach. On the day when US celebrated its Independence Day, a long stroll through the beach roads exhausted me and I was left with no energy for any other activity except sleep. Luckily, flight from Miami to Kingston was scheduled only on the next day and it was the shortest leg in my whole journey with a flying time of just about 1 hour 25 minutes.

And thus I landed in the Norman Manley Intl Airport at Kingston, located so close to the sea that while landing, for a moment at least, I thought the flight was landing in water!!!

I was charged USD 25 for transportation from the airport to the Hilton Kingston and that I felt was reasonable considering the distance covered. It was water on either side of the road for a good distance from airport to the Hotel and I really enjoyed that sight. Like me, if you also carry a misconception that it's beaches and beaches all over this Island, please be clear that no one comes to Kingston to see beaches. There aren't many beaches in this part of the world. For beaches, there are other exotic destinations within the Island.

Being a strict vegetarian has always thrown some challenges during overseas trips. On my arrival at my hotel in New Kingston, one of the things that I did was to walk around the place to spot an Indian restaurant named 'Akbar," which always stood prominent whenever Google fetched me the results for 'Indian Restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica'. I did drop in there a couple of times for my dinner. It's a decent Indian restaurant worth trying while in this part of the world. They have hotel pick up as well, but yours truly hasn't made use of that facility yet, as 'Akbar' is a just few minutes walk from 'Hilton Kingston', where I am stationed. On one another day during last week, one of my friends took me to another Indian restaurant near by. 'Jewel Of India,' as it is named is also worth a visit. Most of the afternoons last week, I got into the Earls Juice Center to fetch some fresh fruit juice and strict vegetable meals. Not very tasty, but certainly healthy.

I love the beaches. Since Kingston offered no famous ones and because I had a weekend at my disposal I followed a friend's advice to book myself on to the Knutsford Express that carried me from Kingston to Montego Bay, an exotic tourist location in Jamaica, on a Saturday, dated 11 July 2009. I came back to Kingston the same day evening in the same bus.

On reaching Montego Bay from Kingston, after a good three hour drive (approximately) with one stop of ten minutes at Ocho Rios, I went and spent some time at the Doctors Cave Beach and then shopped around for a while. To kill some time, I walked around the streets in Montego Bay. It was crowded with Music floating all around the place. I could even spot a DJ standing on the street and playing music for the public! Some street walkers produced weird noise and actions to grab my attention and my response to all of it, as advised in this website, was to just IGNORE them. It works.

And here I'm resting on a Sunday in my hotel at Kingston. Oh yeah, before I forget, I'm here for a very serious reason, not to enjoy a vacation. A two weeks Boot camp around Sun's Software and Hardware Products at Fujitsu is what really brought me here to this Island. How well I managed to take care of the business purpose of this visit is for the folks in the photograph to comment. May be, their happy faces would well be a positive indication of a good Phase I of the Boot Camp.



Tomorrow I'm starting the Phase II of the program and I am looking forward for a wonderful experience full of learning and fun!

Sunday Jun 28, 2009

The Fast Moving MX000 Servers

A back to back course on MX000 servers in two different location across the Nation is some kind of indication on the rising popularity of those servers, especially in the Banking sector. With me in the photograph (by the way, I'm on the front wearing a dark blue shirt) are gentlemen from two very popular banks in India, who turned up for a course on MX000 Server Administration at Mumbai last week. Well they use High End MX000 Servers in their data center to run some critical banking applications:



Friday Jun 19, 2009

Sun SPARC Enterprise MX000 Server Administration Course At Bangalore

A course on MX000 Server Administration concluded here in Bangalore yesterday and following is a moment from the class.



Monday Jun 08, 2009

Taming Sakila

Just under two months ago I decided to embark on a journey through the Certification roadmap of the Worlds most Popular Open Source Database. They say, Certification isn't a substitute for real world experience. Who says it is? But it certainly has the element to motivate someone to go after a new technology, just the way it occurred to me. This morning, the journey that I've mentioned above completed rather satisfactorily, leaving me in possession all possible titles from the MySQL Certification roadmap viz CMDEV, CMDBA and CMCDBA. I'm happy is an understatement.


My entry into the world of database has nothing to do with any recent announcement from Sun, but does have a connection with an announcement from our CEO, published well over a year ago. Since then, MySQL came up in all serious conversations at Sun and that perhaps is one main factor that encouraged me to go after a technology with such a massive installation base. I regret to have taken some time before finally going for it, but the learning curve was extremely smooth and exciting.

In general, I spend a lot of time reading books (not necessarily technical) and there are some books (read technical) that I value more than others which includes Practical Unix and Internet Security, Learning Perl, Mastering Regular Expressions, Perl Cookbook to name a few. The book MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide easily falls into the aforesaid category for its simplicity, clarity and richness in content. Thanks to Safari Books Online, I could thoroughly utilize an online copy of MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide to prepare for MySQL 5.0 DBA and Developer Exams. To make it curt, this one is strongly recommended.

A similar material is available for candidates preparing for the Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA exam and its details are available here.

So if any of you feel it's time for you to tame Sakila and then show up for a test to prove you have done so, please make use of the resources as mentioned above, or find a training program at a suitable time and location, read the faqs, create a VUE ID\* , register for an exam and GO FOR IT with no second thoughts. Oh yeah...don't forget to check out these sample Questions before the test. Good luck!

\*Beginning on July 31st, 2009 MySQL Exams will no longer be delivered by Pearson VUE. For more details click here.

Monday Jun 01, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is being released today. Download it from here. If you are looking for an official press release about the same, that's here. Learn everything about the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release here.

Friday May 22, 2009

Solaris 10 Administration Course

After a rather long period of time, I chanced upon a Solaris Administration teach this week at Bangalore. It was a quick revision of one of my favourite topics.



Good weekend to all!

Wednesday May 20, 2009

Project Vector

Read Jonathan's blog to know more about Project Vector. After reading it, you would agree with MaryMary for sure. So have a look here and be prepared!

Friday May 15, 2009

Sun Hardware Training @ Bangalore

This evening, I parted with the folks in the snap below, concluding a five day session around Sun Fire Midrange Servers. Felt nice to be a part of such an enthusiastic and jovial set of people and I also wish to thank them for the free (as in beer) lunch they offered me this afternoon .



It's a busy weekend here in India with the General Elections 2009 verdict to be out tomorrow. And while that happens, I'm going to journey towards a peaceful destination for spending a restful weekend. To all those who intend to follow the India 2009 Election Bulletins closely, here's wishing a very interesting weekend!

Sunday May 03, 2009

Solaris 10 Update 7

Solaris 10 5/09 a.k.a Solaris 10 Update 7 is available for download. Click here to get it. Check out Joerg Moellenkamp's web logs summarizing the new features in Solaris 10 5/09. Also read Scott Davenport's blogs to know about the bug fixes and enhancements in Solaris 10 FMA with this new release. The PDF of 'Solaris 10 5/09 What's New?' is here.

Friday May 01, 2009

Sun Fire Midrange Servers Training in Bangalore

On a May Day, upon mutual agreement, I'm meeting up with the folks in the picture below for the closing sessions of a course on Sun Fire Midrange Servers at Sun Office here in Bangalore. They are all Field Engineers and the course they are completing today covers topics somewhat close to the ones listed here, but with some additions and omissions.



Wishing all a long restful weekend!

Friday Apr 24, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 (code named Jaunty Jackalope) released yesterday. Download location is here.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

Solaris Containers Training at Gurgaon

Meet my new friends from CSC, Noida. I met them for a training on Solaris Containers at Gurgaon.



Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Sun Open Network Systems

Today Sun is launching the Intel Nehalem based family of x64 blades and rack mount servers. Tune into live webcast and get more details about the same here. Read the press release here.

Monday Apr 13, 2009

Happy Vishu

Wishing all a happy Vishu.

Thursday Mar 26, 2009

Internet Archive

Want to see how your favourite websites appeared in the past? Thanks to Internet Archive, it's now possible to travel back in time, all the way to the Year 1996, and take a look at how a website looked at a particular point in time. Well, I went to the Internet Archive, keyed in "www.sun.com" in the 'Wayback Machine' search box, selected the date October 20 2006 and got to see this. It's fun; it's informative.

And guess what, this massive amount of data (talk about billions of pages and growing) is hosted in a Sun MD and employs Sun OpenStorage. Read more about the 'Internet In a Box' here.

Wednesday Mar 18, 2009

Sun Unveils Open Cloud Platform

Referring to the title of this post, read the press release here. Watch the live webcast here.

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Solaris Cluster 3.2 Training at Hyderabad

As I write this note, I am sitting at Hyderabad airport awaiting the boarding call for my flight to Bangalore. The flight is delayed by more than two hours. That leaves me with ample time to introduce my new friends, whom I met for Solaris Cluster 3.2 training (ES 345) here in Hyderabad They are all from Big Blue:



I'm tempted to remind all that there exist a certification exam for Solaris Cluster, the details of which can be found here. Good weekend to all.

Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Integrating GlassFish Web Space Server with OpenSSO

Last week I was engaged in bringing up a demo set up at Sun Solution Center in Bangalore, employing a number of components from Sun Software Stack, including IDM (Sun's provisioning tool), OpenSSO (Sun's Access Management Solution), DSEE (User Data Store), MySQL (Sun's database), GlassFish (Sun's Application Server) and Glassfish Web Space Server (Sun's portal solution) installed in Solaris Containers.

For reference, the deployment scenario is depicted in the diagram below:



The phase I of implementation involved integrating Sun's IDM with OpenSSO. The following was the objective:

[\*] Configure OpenSSO Enterprise to protect Identity Manager, and to allow single sign-on login to the Identity Manager user and administrative interface.
[\*] Configure Identity Manager to provision users and roles to OpenSSO Enterprise.

To achieve the above,there is a neat documentation available here.

Once I got the above integration of IDM and OpenSSO functional in our set up, users could be provisioned from Sun Identity Manager to the 'idm' realm in OpenSSO (which finally gets stored in the DSEE 6.x configured as the User repository for OpenSSO).

The actual reason for adding an entry on my blogs around this set up is to express my excitement on discovering the ease of integrating GlassFish WebSpace Server with OpenSSO. I'd reiterate those steps performed to make the GlassFish Web Space Server (installed in one zone of Solaris 10 OS) contact OpenSSO (installed in another zone) for authentication. I presume, this exercise can be performed in a matter of few minutes. So set your stop watch and get going:

Acquire Glassfish v3 prelude. Then click here and download OpenSSO. For instructions on installation, read my friend David's blog. You would remember him to be the author of free training on OpenSSO. Create a realm, if needed (say 'idm').



Download Glassfish WebSpace Server 10.. To install WebSpace Server, you would also need Ant 1.7 or higher from here. Now follow the steps (the following example uses WebSpace Server bundled with Glassfish):

[1] Unzip Ant and GlassFish WebSpace Server.
[2] Set ANT_HOME variable to point to the directory location of new version of ANT.
[3] Goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2 directory and run the following command:
ant -f setup.xml
[4] Once the above step is completed, goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2/bin directory and start domain:
./asadmin start-domain
[5] Upon successful completion of above step, open a browser and access the following URL:
http://webspaceserver_host:8080

If any of the above steps seems ambiguous, please read the installation instructions here.

Once the GlassFish WebSpace Server page is up on the browser, login using the credentials of Administrator (admin@example.com/admin), click on the Control Panel -> Settings -> Authentication -> OpenSSO. Following page is what you would see on your browser.



On the page as displayed above, following is the information filled in to make the WebSpace Server contact the 'idm' realm in OpenSSO for authentication of users. Not only that, on successful authentication with OpenSSO, WebSpace Server populates the user information from OpenSSO in its database (HSQL by default)!

Login URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Login?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/c/portal/login

Logout URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Logout?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/web/guest/home

Service URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso

Glassfish WebSpace Server installation,configuration and integration with OpenSSO is such a pleasant experience that I invite you to try it and experience it for yourself.

Wednesday Feb 25, 2009

Sun and HP Announce Partnership Around Solaris

"Sun and HP announced an expanded multi-year partnership agreement that enables HP to distribute and support Sun's Solaris 10 OS. The top five x86/x64 based system vendors now all ship Solaris with their systems. HP is responding to customer demand for expanded OS support on HP ProLiant server and blade platforms. Sun now becomes a strategic HP ProLiant OS distribution partner and Solaris is elevated to the lineup of key operating environments for the ProLiant platform."

Listen to the audiocast here. View the Sun and HP Presentation Slides here .Watch Sun Execs discuss HP and Solaris. And here's the press release.
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