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25 Jan 2014
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How to Identify Solaris Processor Cores [34581]

Lingeswaran R writes,"For hardware inventory, we may need to provide the Processor details like number installed physical processors , number core per processor on Solaris SPARC and X86 system.

SunMicro system doesn't make any complication to identify the CPU information on Solaris Operating system.To list the physical processor and core,we have the binary called "prsinfo" to pull the information. We can also look at the prtidag command to identify number of physical processors and cores. Here we will see some examples..."
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13 Jan 2014
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Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Database Performance from Oracle Solaris Systems [34488]
Presentation Available

Oracle Solaris systems running Oracle Database are ideal for mission-critical database applications requiring high performance, best-in-class availability, and unmatched scalability. This session provides an overview of Oracle Solaris servers' unique capabilities and how to optimize your configuration for the best-possible performance. It presents tuning tips for reliable performance in a consolidated environment as well as insights into tighter integration of Oracle's SPARC hardware and software, which leads to optimal performance.
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30 Dec 2013
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Five Solaris Presentations from Oracle Week 2013 [34220]
Topics: Clouds, DevOps, Advanced Resource Management, DTrace, Hadoop

Orgad Kimchi reports that the recent "Oracle week 2013" was the largest paid IT event in Israel with 140 technical seminars and 1800 participants.

Further, "Oracle ISV Enginerring ran two seminars Built for Cloud: Virtualization Use Cases and Technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 with two Oracle partners Grigale and 4NET Plus and Hadoop Cluster Installation and Administration - Hands on Workshop

I am posting here presentations and link to the Hadoop hands-on lab, for further reading on Hadoop and Oracle Solaris:..."

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29 Nov 2013
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Presentations from Solaris Day, Nov 27th, Moscow [33800]
Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap, Consolidation Tools, Optimization Tools

Frederic Pariente writes, "Thanks for attending the Moscow Solaris Day on Wednesday! I am posting here presentations from the event, as promised. I am also pointing you to the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 keynote presentations from John Fowler and Markus Flierl, for further reading on Solaris Sparc roadmap, and to the dimSTAT tool, if you are looking for a powerful monitoring solution for Solaris systems."

  • Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap
  • Solaris 11 Consolidation Tools
  • Oracle Solaris Optimization Tools

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25 Nov 2013
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Oracle Solaris 11 in the Cloud [33801]
Hands-On Labs of the System Admin and Developer Community of OTN

This lab demonstrates how Oracle Solaris can provide the best cloud environment by setting up a multilayer application environment, effectively creating a "cloud in a box."

  • Lab Introduction
  • Prerequisites
  • The Environment
  • Lab Outline
  • Lab Goals
  • Exercise 1: Configuring the System and Setting Up the Network
  • Exercise 2: Configuring the Storage Layer
  • Exercise 3: Configuring the Web Layer
  • Exercise 4: Configuring the Database Layer
  • Exercise 5: Configuring the WordPress Application
  • Exercise 6: Monitoring Zones
  • Exercise 7: Performing Resource Management
  • Exercise 8: Ensuring Availability
  • Exercise 9: Securing the Environment
  • Conclusion
  • For the Adventurous

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21 Nov 2013
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How to Limit Upgrades Beyond a Prescribed Version of Oracle Solaris [33716]
by Bart Smaalders and Alta Elstad

An article by Bart Smaalders and Alta Elstad begins, "The Oracle Solaris 11 Image Packaging System (IPS) provides various methods to control the operating system version to which a server can be upgraded. One method is to provide a custom incorporation package.

An incorporation package specifies the versions of other packages that can be installed. An incorporation package ensures that if you install an incorporate dependency package of that incorporation package, only the prescribed version of the dependent package can be installed. You can create your own custom incorporation package to specify the constraints you want. Using a custom incorporation to control the version of software that can be installed enables you to easily maintain different versions of Oracle Solaris on different machines without maintaining multiple package repositories. Each image can install a different version of the custom upgrade control incorporation package. All systems share the same package repository that contains all versions of software needed by any of the systems.

In the example in this article, a system has been newly installed with Oracle Solaris 11.1. The solaris publisher origin is the Oracle Solaris support repository, which includes many updates since Oracle Solaris 11.1 was released. The IT department in the example company has not yet qualified the most current support updates, and they want to limit administrators to upgrading to only the latest update that is qualified for their environments, not the latest update that is available from the package repository..."
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