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13 Aug 2009
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As of August 13th, 2009

New Tech Tip About Running the Solaris OS on IBM Servers

"Installing Solaris 10 5/09 OS on IBM HS22 Type 7870 Blade Server" is the latest Sun tech tip on the BigAdmin Resource Center for IBM Servers. This tech tip provides advice for using the GUI during boot or installation. The Resource Center also links to workarounds for running the Solaris 10 OS on other IBM hardware (listed under the Sun Wikis section).

Sun.com: A Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Reference Deployment

This article describes the system architecture and configuration for the sun.com web site, which runs on Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 update 4. Sun.com site administrators describe some of the configuration tweaks added to the various Web Server instances to fulfill business requirements.
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07 Aug 2009
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As of August 5th, 2009

Monitoring Performance Counters for UltraSPARC T2 Plus External Coherency Hub Architecture

You can use the "busstat" command in the Solaris 10 OS to monitor performance counters for the external coherency hub on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server. This tech tip provides references for further information on the UltraSPARC T2 Plus Crossbar coherency hub architecture (also known as "Zambezi").

Community-Submitted Content on BigAdmin

Recent submissions from BigAdmin readers cover sys admin and developer topics. For example, "Using Java Stack Trace as an Aid During Development Tasks" shows how Java stack trace can be used for more than debugging tasks. Another tech tip ("Using Sun QFS File System in a Disaster Recovery Setup") describes mounting Sun QFS at a disaster recovery site from a replicated or cloned disk.
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01 Aug 2009
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As of July 30th, 2009

CommVault Simpana Data Archiver and CIFS With Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

This quick start guide by a Sun engineer shows how to set up a Sun open storage system to use CommVault Simpana Data Archiver with the Common Internet File System protocol. This example uses a Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System and a Sun Fire X4140 server running Microsoft Window Server 2003.

Deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

Volumes on a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System can be published to a server running Microsoft Windows Server software. This article outlines the steps for this scenario, using CIFS or iSCSI with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 databases.
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25 Jul 2009
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As of July 23rd, 2009

Using Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System With VMware ESX Server

This Quick Start Guide shows how to quickly set up a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System to use with a VMware ESX Server. Both the NFS (NAS) and iSCSI protocols are addressed.

Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System as Storage Target for Symantec Enterprise Vault

Learn how to quickly configure and deploy the Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System as a vault store target, and see how to set up a file system archive (FSA). In this scenario, one Sun Fire X4140 server runs on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 32-bit, and another server is running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit.
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17 Jul 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [22121]
As of July 16th, 2009

Community Submission: Configuring the DHCP Server for the Solaris OS or OpenSolaris OS

This procedure can help get you started configuring a DHCP server by using the bundled DHCP server provided in the Solaris OS or the SUNWdhcs package for the OpenSolaris OS. The tech tip discusses configuring the DHCP server with some static entries for specific hosts, and also with a small pool of addresses for random users.

Sun Storage J4400 Array as 6000-Mailbox Solution for Microsoft Exchange 2007 With CCR

The writer, a Sun engineer, built this scenario using the Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP). This storage solution was designed for a Microsoft Exchange 2007 implementation with Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR), a high-availability feature that combines asynchronous log shipping and replay technology.
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11 Jul 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [22098]
As of July 9th, 2009

Enabling Host Watchdog Monitoring on Sun SPARC Enterprise Mx000 Server

Sun SPARC Enterprise Mx000 servers have a domain watchdog monitoring feature that is disabled by default. The feature is also called Alive Check/Monitoring and allows the eXtended System Control Facility (XSCF) software on the system controller to detect problems and recover when a domain hangs in the Solaris OS. Find out more in this tech tip from a Sun engineer.

The Zones Update on Attach Feature and Patching in the Solaris 10 OS

Read about the 'update on attach' command (the -u argument to the zoneadm attach command), available since the Solaris 10 10/08 release. Topics include: Determining Which Packages Are Updated, Update on Attach vs. Regular Upgrade, Patching and Zone Update on Attach, Whole Root Zone vs. Sparse Root Zone, Interim Diagnostic Relief (IDR) Patches and Special Patches, and Steps for Running Update on Attach.
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