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03 Jul 2012
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Unraveling Thread Placement Policies on NUMA Systems [26783]
There's Been a Change since Solaris 10

Blogger Dave Dice takes issue with the view that initial thread placement onto resources is process agnostic. He describes an experiment that suggests it is not thread creation time, but rather process membership that determines thread placement. Dice continues, reporting that the Solaris team explained that the kernel is no longer using a simple maximum dispersal policy, but instead thread placement is now process membership-aware. Even with a policy that allows process-aware packing, however, placement reverts to spreading threads onto other nodes if a node becomes too saturated, he points out.
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20 Jun 2012
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Summary of the Solaris 11 Webcast's Livechat Q&A session [26663]
Post Selects Most Relevant, Most Frequently Asked Questions

The recent webcast on what's new in Solaris 11 since the launch featured a Q&A session that has been edited and summarized in a post by Karoly Vegh, who has selected the most relevant and most frequently asked questions and includes them and the answers delivered. This post is the first part, covering the Q&A of Session I and II of the webcast. If sufficient requests are made for a look at the rest of the sessions, Vegh suggests they will be provided in a subsequent post.
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28 May 2012
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Oracle Solaris 11 Simplified Installation [26450]
Links to Tools that Ease Migration from Solaris 10

Customers moving from earlier versions of Oracle Solaris will discover that Oracle Solaris 11 facilitates the transition process by providing tools for infrastructure migration, blogs Terri Wischmann, as well as application workload transition. The post also includes a number of links useful to migrating users. Among them:

  • How to Guide: How to Set-up Automated Installation Services for Oracle Solaris 11
  • Cheat Sheet: Installation and Deployment Administration
  • How to Guide: How to Live Install from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
  • Podcast: Oracle Solaris 11: Tools For System Archival and Image Creation

You can find all this and more on the Simplified Installation page.
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23 May 2012
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How to Upgrade to Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 [26378]
Using Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Software

The path to Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition software to upgrade from an Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11 and Oracle Solaris 10 cluster to a platform based on Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 with minimum downtime is outlined in a post by Tim Read, who has prepared an eight-part map to the process. Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition enables manual initiation of an automated sequence of steps that control application start and stop commands and the direction of data replication, Read explains.
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23 May 2012
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Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c to Deploy and Manage Solaris 11 OS [26385]
Post Outlines the Benefits to Users

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c provides the ability to define Solaris 11 OS and Software Profiles comprised of Oracle Solaris 11 packages, user-supplied custom packages, scripts, and other files. Leon Shaner posts on how users can benefit from using this solution to create a Solaris 11 Software Update Library containing Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) content that is synchronized with the main Oracle repository at pkg.oracle.com. The Ops Center managed Solaris 11 repository becomes the package (pkg) publisher for downstream Solaris 11 deployments and updates on all Solaris 11 systems being managed by Ops Center.
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21 May 2012
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What's New with Solaris 11 since the Launch? [26315]
Oracle VP for Software Development Provides Update

"What's New with Solaris 11 Since the Launch" is a summary by Karoly Vegh of the recent online forum that featured Oracle VP for Software Development Markus Flierl. Vegh provides a link through which registered users can view a rebroadcast of the webinar that includes the session Q&A. Vegh also provides links to the slide set used by Flierl and to the public SPARC/Solaris large-scale roadmap.
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