Monday Jul 13, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Blog Posts, Part Two

We've got another wave of blog posts related to last week's beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3.  (If you haven't seen the first round of 30+ posts, feel free to take a look at those, too.)


Systems Management

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Here's Your Oracle Solaris 11.3 List of Blog Posts

Following this morning's beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3, we've got a new crop of informative posts about its new crop of features.

(UPDATE: and there's more, in a second wave of posts!)

(If you feel like this isn't enough, or you just want to make sure you've done your homework before diving in, you could check out about 100 earlier posts about Oracle Solaris 11.2 -- see list part 1 and part 2).

Thanks as always to Glynn Foster for his valiant efforts in finding and tracking all the posts. 





Security and Compliance

Systems Management



To find out who's who in the Oracle Solaris blogosphere, see the blogroll (which is also conveniently linked to over in the righthand column).

Oracle Solaris 11.3: Securing and Simplifying the Enterprise Cloud

This morning, we’ve opened up access to the beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3.  If you’ve been following along (and if not, why not?), you know there have been some big advances in Oracle Solaris 11, including lightning-fast intelligent provisioning and maintenance, and some key additions to our already highly-regarded “defense in depth” security.

Most notable for the latter is the work we’ve done to simplify compliance checking and mitigation, making it possible for administrators to quickly and easily check system security configurations against industry standards, and get a “report card” showing compliance, with guidance for any areas that may need addressing.

Oh, and did I mention fully-integrated OpenStack?  This is a win in two ways: it not only brings access to the fastest growing open cloud platform to Oracle Solaris users, it brings the incredible breadth of Oracle Solaris enterprise capabilities to the fingertips of OpenStack users.

…and that of course brings to mind some of the above-mentioned Oracle Solaris 11 features, such as built-in, zero-overhead virtualization, a new and super-powerful Unified Archive capability for rapid, safe, compliant deployment, and all the things we’ve done in terms of performance and administrative ease to make Oracle Solaris the best platform for deploying both Oracle’s own and 3rd party software.

So what’s left to do?  In this beta release, you'll find we're taking those capabilities and making them even better.

OpenStack: We’ve moved forward to the OpenStack Juno release, and also done some behind-the-scenes work to make it easy to continue to bring you new OpenStack goodness quickly and reliably.

Virtualization: In Oracle Solaris 11.2, we introduced “Kernel Zones”, making it possible to deliver hypervisor agility while still maintaining the low overhead and ease of administration you expect from Zones.  In 11.3, we introduce secure live migration for Kernel Zones,  live zone reconfiguration, and verified boot.

And, we’ve extended the new Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS) capabilities.  You can now place zones on FC-SAN, iSCSI, or NFS devices.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is all about “more”, so now you have more flexibility and more security in your virtualization.

Database: If you’re an Oracle Database fan, you know we’ve been giving you “more” for years: more observability, more performance, more flexible administration.  Now we’re also giving you “less” — less down time.  We’ve slashed database startup and shutdown times.  These are not only faster than it’s ever been on Solaris; it’s faster—a lot faster—than on any other platform.

Security: We’ve extended the compliance capabilities mentioned above, so that you can more easily tailor compliance policy configurations to suit your site’s requirements.  Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio are also ready for Software in Silicon application data integrity (ADI).  To learn more about this and start working with it today, visit the SWiS Cloud.

Data Management: You've already come to know and love what Oracle Solaris brings to the table with the first 21st century filesystem, ZFS.  In Oracle Solaris 11.3, we extend its built-in compression capabilities to include LZ4 support, we give you the ability to compare snapshots recursively, and have introduced a wealth of scalability and performance improvements to make it faster than ever. We’ve also enhanced its monitoring features, and upgraded its built-in SMB support.

There’s more than this, but this should give you a taste of what we’ve got in store for you today.  You can download it now, and take a look at the “What’s New” document to see what we’re doing to make your data center cloud-ready, secure, fast, and simple.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Preflight Checker Makes Sure Your App is Good to Go

If you're a developer who's still building your application on Oracle Solaris 10, you should be aware that there are a lot of significant advantages to you and your customer base in supporting Oracle Solaris 11 -- especially now that Oracle Solaris 11.2 is out.  It's the easiest, most cost-effective way I can think of for your customers to modernize their data center while preserving their organization's investments in hardware, software and training.

 And you don't want to be the folks developing "that app" -- the one that keeps your customers from the good stuff, by it not being supported on the current release.  (Which has been out for almost three years now -- you knew that, right?)

The good news is that Oracle Solaris is known for preserving application compatibility between releases. Solaris was the first operating system to literally guarantee application compatibility between releases and architectures... but there are always ways to accidentally break compatibility when you're developing an app, and even get away with it for a while.

That's where the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker tool comes in.

With this tool, 3rd party developers and in-house developers have a way to test if an application that's currently working on Oracle Solaris 10 has any hidden pitfalls that will keep it from working on Oracle Solaris 11.  You can use it on your existing Solaris 10 systems; and, it's just been updated to include new features and tests.

The Preflight Checker and the Guarantee are a potent combination, yet another way we keep it easy for Oracle Solaris developers and customers to keep moving forward.

Get the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.2

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Web Forum, August 7: Oracle Solaris Update

We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams.

Register today -- it looks like it should be another great session.

Web Forum: Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems: The Best Platform for Oracle Software
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET

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.

Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.1

This morning, we announced Oracle Solaris 11.1, the first update to Oracle Solaris 11.

This builds on all the things we've done to make Oracle Solaris the best operating system for enterprise cloud computing, so no surprises on what we've focused on: enhancements for cloud infrastructure, extreme availability for enterprise applications, and continued payoff from our co-engineering work with the rest of the Oracle software portfolio.

You can learn more by visiting, and our Oracle Technology Network Oracle Solaris 11.1 page.

If you're at Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to attend Solaris engineering VP Markus Flierl's general session at 10:15 today, in Moscone South 103, where he'll be going into detail on Oracle Solaris 11.1 .

And, be sure to sign up for our online launch event on November 7th, featuring Markus, fellow engineering VP Bill Nesheim, and a deep bench of Solaris engineers.

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Solaris 2.0 first shipped -- stay tuned for the next 20!

Monday Aug 13, 2012

Register today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day - Thursday, Aug 23rd

Join Us at the OTN Sys Admin Day – Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux

Register today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day in the Broomfield Oracle Campus on Thursday, August 23rd.

Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization. Which we hope to expand into a third track in the future. As usual, Pavel Anni opens our OTN Sysadmin Days with a talk about Oracle's dual OS strategy. He explains why Oracle offers two operating systems, and summarizes the main features of each one. Then we split off into two different groups to get our hands on each OS.

One group gets their hands on the ZFS filesystem, virtualization capabilities, and security controls of Oracle Solaris.

The other group gets their hands on the package management tools, services, and runs levels of Oracle Linux, plus its volume management tools and the Btrfs filesystem.

Both groups learn by doing, using the hands-on labs similar to those on OTN's Hands-On Labs page. Why attend an event in person when you could simply work the labs on your own? Two reasons:

  1. Since you are away from the obligations of the data center, you get to focus on working the labs without interruption.
  2. You get help from Oracle experts and other sysadmins who are working on the same labs as you.
The event is free. Here's the agenda:
Time Session
8:00 am System Shakedown
9:00 am Oracle's Dual OS Strategy

Oracle Solaris Track

Oracle Linux Track

10:00 am HOL: Oracle Solaris ZFS HOL: Package Management and Configuration
11:30 am HOL: Virtualization HOL: Storage Management
1:00 pm Lunch / Surfing OTN
2:00 pm HOL: Oracle Solaris Security HOL: Btrfs filesystem
3:00 pm Presentation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
3:30 pm Presentation: Oracle VM Manager
4:00 pm Discussion: What are the most pressing issues for sysadmins today?
5:00 pm Get lost in the mountains.

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

Don't Forget ! Ask Your Oracle Solaris Questions !

This Wednesday, June 27, 8am to 11am Pacific, ask your Oracle Solaris questions directly to senior engineers and product managers.

For more info, check this previous entry.

Register now.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

Questions About Oracle Solaris 11 ? Join The Expert Live Chat !

Our recent Oracle Solaris Online Forum was quite popular, especially in the number of questions that have been asked, and answered.
In case you missed it, make sure to watch the replay(s).

Considering that the sheer amount of questions we got during this event, we decided to listen to you again, and give you direct access to several senior Oracle Solaris engineers and product managers, by joining our

Oracle Solaris 11 TechTarget Live Chat - June 27, 8am - 11am PT

Register Today !

Senior engineers confirmed so far are: Bart Smaalders, Dave Miner, Nicolas Droux, David Comay, Darren Moffat

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.

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

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

Monday May 07, 2012

DTrace in Oracle Solaris 11

Webcasts, webinars, online forums, podcasts, etc. often deliver quite high-level information, such as strategy or product updates, or roadmaps. And that's very important to many people.
However, take advantage of this rather technical webinar series, designed for Solaris developers, but certainly also useful and informative for system administrators, or anyone interested in technical aspects of Oracle Solaris 11.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, the topic will be DTrace. And previous topics are now also available for replay, in case you missed them.
More info and registration here.
Enjoy !

Thursday Apr 26, 2012

Solaris 11 Online Forum is Now Available On Demand

For those of you who missed any of the sessions yesterday, or if you'd just like to play them over and over again, we've now got them all available on demand.

Thanks to Markus, Dan, Bart, John, our panel of customers, and our partners MSC and SAS for their participation in this, thanks to everyone who deluged us with questions, thanks to our fast-fingered Q&A team for responding to them, and thanks to everyone behind the scenes who made this work.

Thursday Apr 19, 2012

Update on Next Wednesday's Oracle Solaris Online Forum

John Fowler on stage at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch, NYC, November 2011Some updates on next week's forum (Wednesday, April 25th): we've now added John Fowler, EVP for Oracle's systems group, to our list of participants.

We'll be kicking off at 9 AM PT with Markus Flierl, head of the Solaris core technology group.

He'll be followed by Dan Price and Bart Smaalders from Solaris engineering. I met with them yesterday (I get to be the interviewer during this one) and I think this is going be an informative and fun session. They'll be talking about not only what's in Oracle Solaris 11 today, but some of the things they and the rest of the Solaris team have in mind for Solaris 11 updates.

Then we get to hear from some of our customers who have already moved to Oracle Solaris 11, and what features made it interesting to them and compelled them to jump on it right away.

Finally, John will wrap up with what Oracle Solaris means to Oracle's overall systems strategy, including "building block" systems, engineered systems such as Exadata, Exalogic and SPARC SuperCluster, and our storage offerings (you'll find Solaris 11 at the heart of our Sun ZFS Storage Appliances).

During the session, we'll have a live Q&A running, so you can ask about anything you're hearing as it's going on.

Register today!

Online Forum: Oracle Solaris 11: What’s New Since the Launch
April 25th 9:00 a.m. PDT – 11:30 a.m. PDT

Friday Apr 13, 2012

Oracle Solaris at OpenWorld SF 2012

Oracle OpenWorld will be from Sep 30 to Oct 4 in San Francisco this year.
Register paying early bird prices, plan for your travel, and plan for your hotel !
Get ready to learn about the latest of Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster, and Oracle Solaris Studio.

The external Call For Papers just closed, which means many people will work hard over the next few weeks to make sure you will get the best possible sessions, demos, hands on labs, etc.
Early signs show that we will have great Solaris coverage, similar to last year. Read this nice recap about it, or to refresh your memory of what we managed to cover last year even more, check out the 2011 Focus On Oracle Solaris document (pdf).

So stay tuned. As it's true for all other Oracle products, we will keep you posted on OpenWorld 2012 news as they become available.


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