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Archived BigAdmin Articles
04 Jul 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [22076]
As of July 2nd, 2009

History of BigAdmin (Part One)

This blog describes the origins of Sun's sys admin community site as a user kiosk. Robert Weeks, a BigAdmin founder and the builder of applications like the HCL, shows how the web site dates back to the development of a new type of installer for the Solaris 8 release.

MySQL 5.1 Database Deployment Over CIFS Using Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

In this scenario, MySQL 5.1 RDBMS was deployed on a Sun Fire X4200 server running Microsoft Windows 2003 Server, with a volume of a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System mounted using CIFS as a repository for database files. This is one of several updated articles on Sun open storage systems that Sun engineers have posted on BigAdmin
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25 Jun 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [22032]
As of June 25tth, 2009

BigAdmin's Sys Admin Resources for the OpenSolaris OS

Are you running OpenSolaris or thinking about running it, and wondering what the advantages might be? You can find lots of good links for OpenSolaris here, including resources on getting started, helpful Web sites and communities, relevant BigAdmin tools and applications, documentation and how-to information, plus training and support.

Recovery Solutions for Oracle Databases Using Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems

Two updated guides by Sun Systems engineers look at using Oracle technology with Sun open storage systems (AKA "Amber Road"). These two scenarios demonstrate the replication, snapshot, clone, and rollback features on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems:

- Disaster Recovery Solution for Oracle Databases Using Remote Replication

- Backup and Recovery for Oracle Databases With Snapshot Feature
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20 Jun 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [22007]
As of June 18th, 2009

Updated Hardware Certification Program Lets You Test on More Platforms

The new version (4.3) of the HCTS test suite enables you to certify systems and components for the Solaris OS on x86, x64 and SPARC platforms. You can also test the Solaris 10 OS or the OpenSolaris OS running as a guest OS on virtual platforms.

Community Tech Tip: Using the MilaX Live CD for Failsafe Booting

Bernd Schemmer, a big contributor to the BigAdmin community, has posted a new tech tip on the wiki. Find out how to create a failsafe image from the MilaX Live CD, from which the Solaris OS can boot.
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11 Jun 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [21977]
As of June 11th, 2009

Firmware Flash Utility for SAS Expanders

Sun provides a Firmware Flash Utility for updating the expander firmware on SPARC and X64 based platforms. This unbundled product requires the Solaris 10 10/08 OS or later. Here are installation instructions from a Sun engineer.

Community Tech Tips on the BigAdmin Wiki

Anyone is free to post on our wiki, and contributors update their docs on the basis of reader comments. Posts from the community include:

- Disaster Recovery in Veritas Volume Manager 4.x

- Changing the Value of Kernel Static Strings (Using the mdb Command)

- How to Change the Output of the uname Command in the Solaris OS
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05 Jun 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [21949]
As of June 4th, 2009

CPU Power Management Features for SPARC CMT Systems

Want to save power by automatically turning off power to unused cores on CMT chips? This article describes CPU power management (PM) features in the Solaris 10 10/08 OS. Topics include how to enable PM, PM requirements, and PM messages in the LDoms log.

Can the Solaris 10 OS Can Run on Your x86 System?

The newly updated Installation Check Tool detects whether your x86 system is able to run the Solaris 10 OS. Version 1.6 loads the Solaris 10 5/09 kernel. Also, the driver database has been updated with new Solaris device drivers.
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29 May 2009
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What's New on BigAdmin [21919]
As of May 29th, 2009

Using ZFS Snapshots With ZRM for MySQL on OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS

This article from a Sun engineer shows how Zmanda Recovery Manager 3.0 for MySQL can be deployed on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS. See how ZRM performs on a Sun Fire X4500 system using the ZFS file system.

Using Amanda Enterprise 3.0 on Sun Fire X4500 Server With OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS

This paper describes how to deploy Amanda Enterprise 3.0 from Zmanda on a Sun Fire X4500 system. Find out how using ZFS snapshot technology can improve overall backup performance.
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