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03 Oct 2012
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Oracle Solaris 11.1 [27910]
Best Performance, Availability and I/O Throughput of any UNIX Platform Running Oracle Database

Oracle Solaris is now available in version 11.1, which features the newest round of enhancements for the latest database technology, delivering the best performance, availability and I/O throughput of any UNIX platform used to run the Oracle Database. Improvements include:

  • Oracle Real Application Clusters lock latency improved by 17%
  • Ability to resize the Oracle Database SGA without a reboot
  • Use DTrace to observe and understand database I/O bottlenecks
  • Send system audit results to the Oracle Audit Vault to simplify compliance reporting
  • Create compliance reports quickly to meet auditor requirements with OpenSCAP
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20 Sep 2012
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Automating the Installation and Setup of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 [27722]
Using the Automated Installer in Oracle Solaris 11

Lucia Lai has written a procedure that leverages the Solaris 11 Automated Installer (AI) to automate the installation and configuration of an Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 cluster. The AI enables the installation of both Oracle Solaris 11 and the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 packages onto the cluster nodes directly from Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories, and the nodes are booted into a new cluster with minimum user intervention. Only cluster nodes that use IPv4 addressing can be configured using the automated installation method. Nodes that use IPv6 addressing must be installed using the standard (manual) IPS installation method.
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06 Sep 2012
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'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference' [27522]
First Solaris 11 Book now Available for Readers

"Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference," a book written by Michael Jang, Harry Foxwell, Christine Tran and Alan Formy-Duval for Solaris admins, Linux admins and developers, and even those somewhat unfamiliar with UNIX, is now available. Co-author Foxwell explains that the book covers the Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 release. Content is not expected to change much as a result of the next Solaris 11 release. Foxwell also writes that the book complements the extensive Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library, and covers the main system administration topics of installation, configuration, and management.
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04 Sep 2012
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20 Solaris 11 How-To Articles [27512]
Links to Solaris 11 White Papers, Solaris 11 Spotlights Pages

In one handy page on Oracle.com readers will find links to 20 papers on managing Solaris 11 that range over such topics as installation; system configuration; data management; networking; software management; virtualization; and development. The page also includes links to the Oracle Solaris 11 White Papers page and to the Oracle Solaris 11 Spotlights page.
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15 Aug 2012
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Pre-Flight Checker for Solaris 11 Now Available in New Version [27245]
Free Download at Solaris Download Page

The Pre-Flight Checker tool designed by Stefan Schneider, et al., at Oracle Systems ISV Engineering, is now available in a new version. The tool, which is available for free download from the Solaris Download page, lets users know whether a particular app will work on Solaris 11 without modification. Included in the latest version are such features as: Fully globalized product, currently with support for English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese; detectors for issues due to static linking of system libs and mutex alignment; kernel checker to reveal usage of private kernel interfaces (binary as well source scanner)
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02 Aug 2012
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No More Jumpstart: Automated Installer Is the Tool to Use [27102]
Integration with Oracle Solaris 11 Technologies Enables a Truly 'Automatic' Installation

The new software deployment architecture feature automated installer in Solaris 11, capable of everything Jumpstart could perform while also able to create, configure and install Oracle Solaris Zones; install onto a root ZFS pool; install software with automatic dependency checking from remote-network-based package repositories -- all as a result of its tight integration into the various technologies in the operating system itself -- frees admins from the labors Jumpstart required. Glynn Foster recommends Isaac Rozenfeld's guide "How to Set up Automated Installation Services in Oracle Solaris 11" as a starting point for readers new to the automated installer feature.
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