Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

As mentioned earlier, we're going to have some very interesting Oracle Solaris-themed Hands-On Labs (HOLs) at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.  These just became live in Schedule Builder, so attendees can now pre-enroll for the HOLs, and any other sessions that interest you.  And remember, you can see which Oracle Solaris sessions might interest you in the Focus on Oracle Solaris document, found at:

Here are the six labs:

Monday, September 23rd

4:45 PM - Oracle Solaris Integrated Load Balancer in 60 Minutes

(HOL10181, Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6)

Did you know that Oracle Solaris 11 includes a built-in Layer 3/Layer 4 load balancer?  This lets you turn any Oracle Solaris 11 server into a cost-effective yet powerful load balancing system.

In this lab, you'll get an overview of how to enable, configure and use the Integrated Load Balancer, using the concrete example of setting up an Apache Tomcat web application in multiple zones, then exploring different load-balancing scenarios.

Tuesday, September 24th

10:30 AM - Using DTrace to Troubleshoot Java Native Memory Problems on Oracle Solaris 11
(HOL10194, Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6)

Memory leaks are one of the hardest issues for Java developers to solve. Here the presenters will demonstrate how to use DTrace to identify problems such as those caused by malloc'ed native memory.

The lab will go over the basic concepts of DTrace, then provide exercises that use it to identify common native memory problems in Java applications, such as direct buffer overflow, Deflater memory leak, and thread stack overflow.


Wednesday, September 25th

10:15 AM - Oracle Solaris for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Users
(HOL10163, Marriott Marquis - Salon 10A)

Administrators experienced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux can learn the basics of Oracle Solaris 11 administration. This lab walks through system configuration, including users and roles; automatic and manual networking; managing storage with the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system; implementing virtualized application isolation with Oracle Solaris Zones; and, managing services with the Service Management Framework. The presenters will also discuss the software life cycle and how administrators can install and update software using the Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System, including the fail-safe update capabilities of Oracle Solaris ZFS boot environments.

3:30 PM - Oracle Solaris in the Cloud
(HOL10148, Marriott Marquis - Salon 10A)

Go hands-on to deploy a cloud infrastructure, as the instructors take you through setting up an application, leveraging the intrinsic features of Oracle Solaris: Oracle Solaris ZFS for storage, Oracle Solaris Zones for virtualizing cloud layers, adding network virtualization capabilities, using the sophisticated new software provisioning capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11 to rapidly deploy the application, and then easily securing and protecting the deployment using the powerful features of Zones.

3:30 PM - How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster with Oracle Solaris
(HOL10182, Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6)

Sorry, you're going to have to pick one only! At the same time as the above session, we'll have another lab showing how to use Oracle Solaris Zones to deploy a Hadoop cluster. This lab will go through the building blocks of Hadoop, then show how to set up a Hadoop cluster with a NameNode, a secondary NameNode, and three DataNodes, using Oracle VM VirtualBox. In addition, you will learn how to load data into the Hadoop cluster and run a MapReduce job.


Thursday, September 26th

11:00 AM - Oracle Solaris Packaging for Administrators
(HOL10149, Marriott Marquis - Salon 10A)

Finally, wrap up your week by learning the many advantages of Oracle Solaris 11's new package management system. This lab will not only cover how to use the Image Packaging System to search for, install, and update packages and create your own local package repository, you'll also create a package for an application and publish it to your repository.  Most importantly, you'll learn how to integrate your applications with the rest of the operating system, which will improve its resilience and provide high levels of security by restricting administrative user behavior.


Don't miss these opportunities to get practical experience with the powerful features that Oracle Solaris 11 offers, with experts in the room to give you guidance in real time.

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