An Introduction to Creating SMF Services

A while back I wrote an entry on how to access Windows shares. One limitation I ran into was the inability to mount the windows share at boot. A comment to my recent post on Startup Programs got me thinking about alternative solutions.I presume I'm unable to mount the windows share at boot via the /etc/vfstab file because the smb client SMF service that is required hasn't started yet. Well then, why not create my own SMF service, that's dependent on the smb client, to...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Installation FAQ

I wrote an FAQ which answers many of the common questions people have when installing OpenSolaris. It also tells you how to avoid some common pitfalls (e.g. avoiding usage of extended partitions, how to recover from overwritten boot manager, etc.). If you have any additional questions or you spot any incorrections please let me know at roman dot strobl at sun dot com. http://wikis.sun.com/display/OpenSolaris/OpenSolaris0811InstallationFAQ

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Solaris IPv6 tunnel setup

If you have IPv6 enabled, www.kame.net shows a kame anime (animated tortoise). If you just have IPv4, the kame won't move. IPv4 Internet addresses, 32 bits in length, are running out. The replacement is IPv6 addresses, which are 128 bits. Ten years ago, IPv6 was in an experimental stage for several operating systems. On Linux, experimental patches, modules, and binaries were available, which I cobbled together to enable IPv6 on my home network. To testmy old IPv6 setup,I...

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Startup Programs

A friend of mine recently asked me how to have Pidgin start when OpenSolaris is started. With some poking around it's pretty easy to figure out, but to save you the poking... First, get the information on the program you want to run at startup. You can easily find this from the Menu Editor, which you can open by right-clicking the Menu and selecting Edit Menus: Browse to the program you want to run at startup: And double-click (or right-click) it to view its properties: With the...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

OpenSolaris Ignite Newsletter Volume 2

Check out the latest edition of the newsletter here.. http://www.sun.com/emrkt/opensolaris/ignite/1108/index.html It points to a nice preview of time slider coming in 2008.11.  To subscribe to the newsletter you need to click the subscribe button and fill out all that information.  But, it is worth it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | Technologies | Read More

Sharing Folders from VirtualBox on a Mac OS Host

As of VirtualBox 2.0.4, shared folders are still not supported for Solaris guests. However, you can still share data with your host operating system using SMB. In this example I'll explain how to set up the share on Mac OS and access it from OpenSolaris. Step 1: Configure Mac OS to share files Open the Sharing system preference and set File Sharing to On: Click the Options button and select Share files and folders using SMB: Note down your Mac's IP address, which you can find...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | Technologies | Read More