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Provisioning Sun Cluster using Sun N1 Service Provisioning System

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The Sun Cluster product comes with various utilities that help you manage
a single instance of a cluster. That includes a tool to install the Sun
Cluster software and various data services, a GUI to manage Sun
Cluster configuration details and status etc. However if you are planning
to deploy many clusters in your datacenter you probably will feel the
need of a tool that can ease the pain of planning and deploying multiple

The Sun Cluster framework plugin for N1 SPS is designed to be a solution
to fill that gap. If you are not very familiar with the N1 SPS technology,
take a look
Essentially, this is a free to download software that can perform
provisioning of OS and deployment of applications. The N1 SPS software
allows developers to build customized models for specific applications
that can be integrated with the main SPS infrastructure. The Sun Cluster
plugin for N1 SPS is one such plugin which seamlessly integrates
basic Sun Cluster deployment scenarios in the SPS framework.

The main functionality provided by this plugin is to create Sun Cluster
configurations. In addition, you can do the following:

    o delete Sun Cluster configurations
    o add nodes to existing cluster configurations
    o remove nodes from existing cluster configurations
    o install or uninstall Sun Cluster framework software
    o install or uninstall Sun Cluster agent software
    o manage quorum disks.

Once you import the Sun Cluster framework plugin in the SPS framework
and perform a few setup tasks (refer to the readme file available in
the plugin itself), you should be able to map your planned cluster
configurations. The software will provide you a view of the available
hosts and will allow you to define variables specific to a cluster or a
host. With a few more clicks, your brand new clusters will be ready to

The software is being made available as a free, unsupported download
here. Documentation for the software can be found

Happy deploying!

Asit Chakraborti
Solaris Cluster Engineering

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Piotr Jasiukajtis Monday, September 29, 2008

    Sun Cluster Plug-in (Page Not Found)

  • SC Oasis Administrator Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    This blog has been updated with the most recent "Sun Cluster Framework Plug-In" link. The wiki location was apparently changed per its author. Thanks for your feedback, Piotr and Anon.

  • Uwe Sunday, March 8, 2009


    I'd like to check this out, but

    your download direction leads to a very general page for downloading whatever software from sun. Could you be a bit more specific?



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