Friday Jun 07, 2013

Instant Automated Installer Zone for Oracle Solaris 11.1

One of the biggest differences between Oracle Solaris 11 and previous releases is how provisioning tasks are handled.  It's safe to say that just about any installation or update function you can think of has gotten at least an order of magnitude faster, easier, safer, smarter and more powerful -- but still, there's that word "different" ... .

The key new provisioning technology, as you may already know, is the Image Packaging System (IPS). It's the framework for installation, maintenance and removal of software on an Oracle Solaris 11 system. Another significant new technology introduced in Oracle Solaris 11 is the Automated Installer (AI), which replaces JumpStart for hands-free installation of large numbers of systems.

We've just introduced something new to make it easier to start working with AI, so you can get past that "different" part and start reaping the (major) benefits. The name's kinda long:

Oracle Solaris Zone with Automated Installer and Repository

...but that's because there's a lot it's doing for you in one shot. As the name implies, it sets up a new zone on your system, with a local Oracle Solaris 11.1 package repository for both SPARC and x86 deployments, and a DHCP server which you can optionally turn on, configured to act as an AI server.  It's pretty much "install and go" and you can immediately start to explore the extensive feature set of AI.

(A vocabulary note: this is what we call an "Oracle VM Template" -- specifically, it's an Oracle VM Template for Zones, meaning it installs in an existing Oracle Solaris 11 instance rather than in a hypervisor. If you haven't heard the term "template" in this context before, you might think that means it's just a setup checklist of some kind -- nope, this download includes all the necessary software.  In this case, almost 6 GB worth! There are other Oracle VM Templates for Zones you might want to check out as well.)

See the Installation Notes section in the Readme to make sure you're running at the proper Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU levels; there are also notes about installing this in a Logical Domain.

Friday Feb 08, 2013

Introducing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13

Solaris 10 sculpture, San Jose Tech MuseumWhen Solaris 10 was released in 2005, it reset expectations for what an open systems enterprise OS should be. Groundbreaking new features such as DTrace, ZFS, Solaris Containers (aka Zones) and Predictive Self Healing not only caught the attention and fired up the imaginations of developers and businesses around the world, it sent a message to our competitors that maybe they were a little short sighted in putting their UNIX distributions to bed (and in just a few short years, they were able to start responding).

Of course, there have been a few happenings since then, most notably the release of Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1, where we continue to stay at least a generation ahead of the competition -- but given the huge number of systems out there running Oracle Solaris 10, we want to make sure we're providing investment protection in as many ways as we can.

Today we're releasing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13. This update provide supports for new systems and additional devices, some enhancements to existing features, as well as performance and stability improvements.


Some highlights:
  • Oracle Configuration Manager: reduces time to resolution for support issues, improves system health monitoring, and simplifies access to best practices and Oracle's knowledge base
  • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Zones Preflight Checkers: allowing for dry runs ahead of a live upgrade or moving applications from a physical or virtual system to Oracle Solaris 10 or 11
  • iSCSI boot support has been expanded to include system installation, with CHAP and SNIA support for increased security and interoperability

Oracle Solaris 10 provides both guaranteed binary compatibility, plus application environment compatibility with previous releases, as well as comprehensive virtualization support via Oracle Solaris Zones and Oracle VM Server. To make it easy and cost effective for customers to support their existing environments and deploy new applications, Oracle not only offers leading-edge support for the current Oracle Solaris 11 release, but also offers the highest level of support for Oracle Solaris 10.  This gives customers even more choices and confidence when consolidating legacy application environments on the latest SPARC and x86 based systems, including physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migration tools.

With the integration of the latest Oracle Configuration Manager, My Oracle Support customers can now view Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 system configurations, asset inventories, and change history on the support portal.  Customers can view the results of continuous system health checks and easily obtain system and software component certification information.  This is the foundation for a range of new support capabilities for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems customers.

Along with the new release, we're also announcing that Oracle Premier support for Oracle Solaris 10 will be available through 2018, followed by Oracle's standard three years extended and indefinite sustaining support.  See the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for more information.

Learn more:

Watch the original Solaris 10 launch video:



Thursday May 24, 2012

Cool NEW Content - Oracle Solaris 11 Simplified Installation

Customers moving from earlier versions of Oracle Solaris will discover that Oracle Solaris 11 facilitates the transition process by providing tools for infrastructure migration, as well as application workload transition. Enterprise-class automated installation and provisioning is an important area for Oracle Solaris customers.


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Check out the latest and greatest content Oracle Solaris 11 Installation content:

You can find all this and more on the Simplified Installation page.


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