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!

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.

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 "" 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.

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:

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 (, 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:

Logout URL:

Service URL:

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.

Saturday Feb 21, 2009

Sun Learning Services Session @ Sun Tech Days 2009

On the concluding day of this years edition of Sun Tech Days in India, Sun Learning Services (SLS) offered two Hands On Tracks - one on JavaFX and another on Solaris Containers - for its Customers, Partners and Community, and the response was simply overwhelming. Thanks to all delegates who made it for this event.

I'm glad to have got an opportunity to speak to a larger audience on a grand occasion as Sun Tech Days and that too on a very useful Solaris 10 feature, one among several Virtualization Solutions from Sun. To know more details about a training on Solaris Containers, click here. In another location within the Sun Tech Days 2009 venue, my friend Stacy delivered a full day seminar on the new and exciting JavaFX technology. Detailed description about a JavaFX course can be found here.

How well I performed my job is for the delegates of my session to judge and comment. For me, speaking to an audience comprised of employees of various organizations (IBM, Wipro, UBS, TCS, BOA, HCL,CSC, Reliance to name a few), students and lecturers from several Engineering Colleges around and faculties from our partner Educational Institutions was an immensely satisfying experience.

Due to several last minute onsite registrations, the Student Kits, containing several materials including OpenSolaris and Netbeans DVD went out of stock and some delegates had to go back without it. While we arrange for its shipment to delegates who didn't get a Student Kit during the event, we would wish to remind all that OpenSolaris and Netbeans could be downloaded from the website as follows for immediate use: (i) OpenSolaris (ii) Netbeans .

Like all previous editions of Tech Days, the one that concluded yesterday also offered me several fond memories. The photograph below is just one of it:

Thursday Feb 19, 2009

Cloud Computing

If you were there this morning at HICC, Hyderabad listening to Matt Thomson's keynote on second day of Sun Tech Days 2009, you probably got to know what cloud computing is. Press talked about its prospects already in todays edition. Matt managed to throw clarity on the definition of cloud computing, demonstrated some of the powerful offerings from Sun and also talked about a couple of key projects at Sun. It was a fluent presentation, packed with lot of information.

As cloud computing takes the center stage, it'd be interesting to follow Matt here to hear from him, directly and promptly, the developments on Cloud Computing at Sun. On one of his slides this morning, Matt listed the attributes of cloud (One Service Fits All, Virtualized Physical Resources, Self Provisioning, Easticity, Pay Per Use,Programmatic Control), in another he talked about Cloud as: (i)Software as Service (SaaS), (ii) Platform as Service(PaaS) and (iii)Infrastructure as Service(IaaS) and finally he explained how developers could utilize the power of cloud for developmental activities,scaling up and down the hardware that they need, as and when they need, build their project on cloud and collaborate with their project mates sitting across different Geographical location. In a stunning demonstration, within a matter of few mouse clicks, all of us got to see a Solaris Desktop - sitting somewhere in a public datacenter- popping up on a Windows laptop. It was exciting! No wonder, the demonstration invoked a loud applause from the audience.

In addition to talking about how a startup company could rely on Cloud rather than building their own data center, Matt also introduced us to Project Kenai and Zembly.

S D Shibulal, COO of Infosys and Prof Deepak Phatak were felicitated by James Gosling in the presence of Anil Velluri, VP and Managing Director of Sun India. When invited to speak, Prof Phatak said, "I'm a teacher. My few minutes could span several hours." Prof Phatak said in his speech how excited was to see so many developers paying fees for an event like Sun Tech Days and gathering under one roof. He also mentioned that in the past, India had more number of downloads than uploads (in terms of contributions to the OpenSource community) and that he's seeing a change in that trend off late. Prof Phatak's speech was short, but inspiring and touching.

I've already talked about the 'Java Jacket Give Away' event at Sun Tech Days here. The tradition continued this time around as well with a difference that two Jackets were given away instead of one. Looks like over the last three years the weirdest talent that someone could display was singing a song!!

All right, while you try and figure out a weird talent that you possess and probably start polishing it to try and gain a Java Jacket next year at Sun Tech Days, let me hit my bed and sleep, for I have a lengthy speech to make on the last day of Sun Tech Days 2009, tomorrow.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Gosling Steals the Show on Day One of Sun Tech Days 2009

Java is everywhere. It's perhaps everyday that this technology touches us in one way or the other. But it's certainly not everyday that you get to hear the Father of Java speaks out his thoughts, live. James Gosling's presence for the Sun Tech Days 2009 at Hyderabad is undoubtedly the main highlight of this edition of the event, kick-started today at Hyderabad International Convention Center.Day one was very informative and it promises to get better in the next two days.

At Tech Days, you would see anchoring at its best. This morning it wasn't any different. With a really cool MC on stage, boredom failed to find its place. "Namaste India," we screamed loud and clear, all of us standing up, as instructed by the Master of Ceremonies, whom you see on left. That set the tone for the rest of inaugural proceedings. And when the youngest drummer of India showed up on stage, producing some magical moments with his tender hands for minutes at stretch, our energy levels went rather high. It was superb!

What followed then were some useful demonstrations on technologies like OpenSolaris, JavaFX and Java TV.

Anil Valluri,VP and Managing Director of Sun India, gave the inaugural address, briefing about Sun, its business model and other related topics, and concluded his speech by inviting James Gosling on to the stage. It wasn't surprising to hear a loud round of applause as Gosling walked his way up on to the stage.

Gosling covered a wide range of topics: the evolution of Java from a slow interpreted language in the mid 1990s, its performance improvement over a period of time, the latest release in the form of Java 6 Update 12, the new JavaFX technology, the Glassfish, the Netbeans 6.5 and much much more.

He mentioned the staggering statistics of 15 million downloads of JRE a week, talked about the Java enabled Oyster cards (he pulled out one from his pocket while talking about this) being used in the London Underground by every single train passenger, his work with the rocker Neil Young on the Java-enabled, hybrid-electric Lincoln convertible, why a virus free Java is a preferred choice for applications that require secure transactions over the network and performed a number of demos on JavaFX.

It was quite a charm when he said he was the guilty party behind developing Emacs editor 32 years back or so, which later became GNU Emacs, but urged all present day Emac users to stop using it, as things are not the way it was three decades back and that present day IDEs are intelligent enough to know a lot about the programs that programmers write. Well, here is an IDE worth trying: Netbeans.

Gosling's keynote, needless to say, was an absorbing session.

Several break out sessions on various Sun Technologies followed James Gosling's keynote. It was a good first day and it's only going to get better.

Sunday Feb 08, 2009

My Never Ending Misery with Laryngitis

This is Sreekanth Reddy from CSC. I owe him one. As I was approaching the finishing stages of my session on Solaris Cotainers at Hyderabad, my companion Laryngitis showed up with no mercy. My request to Sreekanth then was to perform a demo of an important concept that we had managed to discuss in the class. With no hesitation he stepped forward and not only performed a neat demo, but lectured fluently about it to rest of the audience. Do I need to tell how much helpful this act of his was to me! Thanks Sreekanth

Below you would see the entire audience who dropped in for the SA 355 S10 course concluded at Hyderabad on Saturday, the 7th February 2009:

I know I would need a few days voice rest to recover from this temporary voice loss. At times like this, I tend to rely a lot on pictures and writings to communicate. So if I've to tell you now, what I spoke at Hyderabad before my voice vanished on the last day of training, perhaps the picture below will speak out for me. Click on it to know more:

Have a good week ahead!

Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Four More Folks in the IDM 345 Club

Today I concluded a small batch on IDM 345 here in Bangalore. Published below is the batch photograph:

To know more details on Sun Java System Identity Manager, click here. In case, if you are looking for details on Identity Manager Certification, this is the place to go.

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Sun Fire Midrange Server Training at Hyderabad

This evening I'm leaving a city where the father of Java would enlighten thousands of Java aficionados a couple of days forward to the Valentine's day this year in a grand event that's expected to bring a record number of developers under one roof. Well I'm no James Gosling to address an audience of thousands, but came to Hyderabad to teach half a dozen folks some lessons on Sun Fire Midrange Server . The course concludes today and I'm off to Bangalore, hoping to hit Hyderabad soon to find myself seated among a huge audience ,listening to James Gosling and several other distinguished speakers. My dear reader, while you make up your mind to plan and attend this years Sun Tech Days in India, I'll leave you with the batch photograph of this weeks batch at Hyderabad, concluding today.

And yeah, if you decide to take up the rare opportunity to see James Gosling and other visionaries of Sun share their thoughts, live, register for Sun Tech Days 2009 right here.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Weekend Session on Solaris 10

A weekend session on Solaris 10 covering a Virtualization feature, SMF, Least Privilege model, ZFS and DTrace concluded in Bangalore last evening.

For those who haven't got hold of a copy of OpenSolaris 2008.11 Live CD, it's probably the time to do so. Click here and get one.

Friday Jan 09, 2009

First Batch in CY '09

I'm glad to have kicked off this New Year with one of my favourite training programs:

I'm flying back to Bangalore from Mumbai tonight for a weekend session on Solaris

Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Sun Acquires Q-Layer

Sun announced the acquisition of Belgium based company Q-Layer, thereby expanding its cloud computing offerings. Read the full story here.

Tuesday Dec 30, 2008

Sun Fire HES Training at Trichy

Published below is the batch photograph of the Sun Fire HES Training conducted at Trichy during the Christmas week:

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Five Days with FSEs

What a week, this bygone week! After four weeks of continuous training on Sun's software solutions, this week I met up with a group of Field Support Engineers for a discussion on Sun Fire Midrange Servers. When I started this class on 08th December 2008, Monday, I never imagined that it would turn out to be a unique experience in my teaching career. What it is, you would know from the following paragraph.

On 8th, I felt slight weakness in my voice. By evening, I could speak nothing. I still had four days of training left, when an ENT advised me for a complete voice rest. Calling off the batch was an easy option, but not the best one. Hence on Tuesday, my training participants found in the classroom a whiteboard full of instructions, conveying to them clear and loud about an 'Instructor Led Voice-less' training that they were about to face! With a hope of some divine intervention, I continued from where I left on day one and it began to work in my favour. I have never written so much continuously on a white board ever before and I have never played such lengthy dumb charades either . For three full days (almost), I took sessions, without uttering a single word! Occasionally, someone would volunteer to explain to the whole class, concepts that required repeated explanations. It was tough, but it was immensely satisfying. I am not saying that I would ever want to have an experience like this in future, but then this would stand as one of my memorable sessions for obvious reason. I extend my heart-felt gratitude to folks in the picture below for their extreme cooperation in helping me complete this session on a very satisfying note. Thank you folks!

Those who aren't Field Engineers, but administrators of Sun Fire Midrange Servers and are on the look out for a Sun Training, check out this course. Wishing you all a restful weekend!

Wednesday Dec 10, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11

If you are wondering, where to look for the newly released OpenSolaris 2008.11, I suggest you go here NOW. Interested in watching the launch event? It's right here at 9:00 A.M. PST today.

Sunday Dec 07, 2008

Sun IDM Training No. ... Don't Know!

It has been frequent, it has been popular and it has been well received as one of the best offerings from SLS - the course on Sun Java System Identity Manager. Ask me for a count and I'd disappoint you because I've lost track of it, for IDM 345 happened aplenty in this part of the world. All the same, let me put up the batch photograph of last weeks IDM class in here:

Through a teach back session, in a matter of an hour, I got to hear from them, all that they learned in five days time. Their performance was captured and that's what you see below:

I'm certain, some day or the other, there'll be a part 2 for this story.

Friday Dec 05, 2008

Seminar on JavaFX

In continuation to my earlier post about JavaFX 1.0 launch, I would wish to guide my readers to the details of a JavaFX seminar made available by Learning Services at Sun: It's here.

Friday Nov 28, 2008

Directory Server 6.x Training in Bangalore

Published below are the batch photograph and the photographs taken during the teach back sessions of DIR 2340 training, concluded on 27/11/2008, Thursday:

Sunday Nov 23, 2008

A Small IDM Batch

Last week I completed the smallest ever batch on Sun's provisioning tool, course coded IDM 345. My Master at times says words along these following lines: it doesn't matter how many people come to listen to you, you have to speak what you have to speak. And so I spoke, to an audience of three, whom you see in the photo below:

Good week ahead to all of you.

Friday Nov 21, 2008

Sun MD D20 is in India

Sun MD has arrived. Check this out to know more.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2008

Netbeans 6.5 has announced the availability of NetBeans IDE 6.5! Should you feel interested in knowing more about this IDE, there are vidoes here. Or download it and start using it straightaway.

Tuesday Nov 18, 2008

StarOffice 9 Released

StarOffice 9 is available now (including Mac OS X version). Press release is here. To know more about this office productivity suite, visit this page.


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