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27 Nov 2011
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Solaris 11 Launch Blog Roundup [24939]
If Not Everything, then much of What You'd Like to Know about Oracle Solaris 11

Contantin Gonzalez has compiled what he terms the "Solaris Launch Blog Carnival Roundup," where blogs pertaining to the Oracle Solaris 11 launch are grouped into helpful categories such as:

  • Getting Started/Overview
  • Automatic Installation and the Image Packaging System
  • Networking
  • DTrace
  • Security
  • Developers-
  • Desktop and Graphics
  • Performance

A lot of Oracle and non-Oracle bloggers contributed helpful and informative blog articles.
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25 Nov 2011
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Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 (Overview) [24968]
A Guide to the Process

"Transitioning from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 (Overview)" is a guide that provides answers to some of the questions likely to arise in the course of the transition. The guide also includes, when applicable, information about transitioning from Oracle Solaris 11 Express to Oracle Solaris 11. Most Oracle Solaris 10 applications are known to work on Oracle Solaris 11, and supported applications can be run as is. One can even run applications that rely on features excluded from Oracle Solaris 11 in an Oracle Solaris 10 virtual environment.
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21 Nov 2011
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Installing Oracle Solaris 11 in Oracle VM VirtualBox [24935]
Using Oracle Solaris 11 Image to Get Up and Running Quickly

In the first of a series of hands-on labs dealing with Oracle Solaris 11 readers will find the steps involved in using the Oracle Solaris 11 Image for Oracle VM VirtualBox to get up and running quickly with Oracle Solaris 11. The lab is divided into four exercises, as follows:

  • Exercise 1: Download the Oracle Solaris 11 VM for Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Exercise 2: Import the Oracle Solaris 11 VM into VirtualBox
  • Exercise 3: Start the Oracle Solaris 11 Express VM
  • Exercise 4: Take a snapshot

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15 Nov 2011
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The IPS System Repository [24919]
IPS All But Does Everything for Users Installing Oracle Solaris 11

In earlier OpenSolaris releases, after each global-zone update, each non-global zone had to be updated by hand, attaching and detaching each zone, Tim Foster blogs. During that detach/attach the ipkg brand scripts determined which packages were in the global zone and updated the non-global zone accordingly. In Solaris 11 each zone is installed as a linked image, connected to the parent image, which is the global zone. During packaging operations in the global zone, IPS recurses into any non-global zones to ensure that packages are kept in synch between the global and non-global zone.
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15 Nov 2011
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Before you Download Solaris 11 Find Out Which Devices Are Supported [24924]
A How-to Using the Hardware Compatibility List

Before a user installs Oracle Solaris 11, it would be helpful to know which devices the solution supports. In a recent blog post, Rick Ramsey explains how this can be determined. Consulting the x86 Device List (part of the Oracle Solaris Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) will reveal that information, Ramsey writes, listing the steps to access the table that will list all the devices of that type that are supported by Solaris 11, including PCI ID and vendor.
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14 Nov 2011
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Taking Your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11 [24895]
An Installation Guide Using 'Live Media'

Since Oracle Solaris 11 is distributed with several different installation options, Brian Leonard and Glynn Foster have created a procedure to guide users through the interactive graphical installer, officially known as "Live Media." With the graphical installer, Oracle Solaris 11 can be booted into RAM, causing zero impact on an existing operating system, the authors explain. After it is loaded, users are free to experiment with Oracle Solaris to determine whether it is something they would like to install on their systems. The blog post contains the necessary code samples and illustrative screen shots to render a complex process manageable.
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