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09 Nov 2012
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'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference' [28398]
Co-author Harry Foxwell Discusses the New Title for SysAdmins

Harry Foxwell, co-author of "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference" (the others are Michael Jang, Christine Tran and Alan Formy-Duval) discusses the book in a video announced in a post by Glynn Foster. The book itself leads readers to the ability to manage a highly scalable, cloud-based computing platform and deliver unmatched performance levels at every layer of the IT stack. The book also shows how to deploy Solaris from scratch and provides up-to-date details on installation options, device configuration, virtualization techniques, network security, file encryption, and Web services. NFS, Samba, and Apache are fully covered in this Oracle Press guide.
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08 Nov 2012
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Clustering Basics and Challenges: A Primer [28395]
Post on Clustering Installation Is Promised

Providing working definitions of clustering, cluster agents, quorums, voting, fencing, and split brain condition was the aim of Karoly Vegh in writing his blog post entitled "Clustering Basics and Challenges." His post includes discussion of the following aspects of clustering:

  • Cluster, HA, failover, switchover, scalability
  • Cluster architecture, interconnect, topologies
  • Cluster resource types, agents, resources, resource groups
  • Voting, Quorum, Split Brain Condition, Fencing, Amnesia

Vegh promises a future post on cluster installation.
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03 Nov 2012
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Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 Now Availabile [28308]
Includes Virtual Cluster Capabilities, Expanded and Faster Disaster and Application Recovery Features

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 is available with the following new features:

  • New Oracle Solaris 10 Zone Clusters: customers can now consolidate mission critical Oracle Solaris 10 applications on Oracle Solaris 11 virtualized systems in a virtual cluster

  • Expanded disaster recovery operations: Oracle Solaris Cluster now offers managed switchover and disaster-recovery takeover of applications and data using ZFS Storage Appliance replication services in a multi-site, multi-cluster configuration

  • Faster application recovery with improved storage failure detection and resource dependencies management

  • New labeled security environment for mission-critical deployments in Oracle Solaris Zone Clusters with Oracle Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions
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03 Nov 2012
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Some Advice on Updating to Solaris 11.1 [28309]
Changes to Included FOSS Packages Require Special Attention

Before upgrading from Oracle Solaris 11.0 to 11.1, Alan Coopersmith advises users to have a look at "How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using the Image Packaging System" by Peter Dennis. Still, Coopersmith writes, updating Solaris 11 is much easier than updating Solaris 10. Coopersmith includes a detailed side-by-side list that shows most of the changes to the FOSS packages between Solaris 11.0 and 11.1. Some were excluded for clarity, he notes, or to reduce noise and duplication, adding that the FOSS packages whose version numbers did not change in their packaging info are not included.
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31 Oct 2012
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Getting Started with Automated Installer in Oracle Solaris 11 [28292]
Hands-on Lab by Isaac Rozenfeld from Oracle OpenWorld

The slide set is now available online for Isaac Rozenfeld's hands-on lab at Oracle OpenWorld on Large Scale Installation and Deployment of Oracle Solaris 11. Rozenfeld writes that the lab was designed to build awareness and instill confidence in users facing the challenges of rolling out and maintaining traditional Solaris installations across the enterprise. He covers recently introduced package management innovations and reviews the built-in tools provided for transitioning to Oracle Solaris 11, commenting along the way on the specific technical projects in Oracle Solaris development that have become the foundation for solidifying the installation and lifecycle management capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11.
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26 Oct 2012
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Download Oracle Solaris 11.1 [28191]
Links to Resources Also Available

Oracle Solaris 11.1 is in GA and available for download, Oracle has announced, bring such improvements as the following:

  • 8x faster database startup and shutdown and online resizing of the database SGA with a new optimized shared memory interface between the database and Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Up to 20% throughput increases for Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Expanded support for Software Defined Networks (SDN) with Edge Virtual Bridging enhancements
  • 4x faster Solaris Zone updates with parallel operations shorten maintenance windows
  • New built-in memory predictor monitors application memory use and provides optimized memory page sizes and resource location

Existing customers can quickly and simply update using the network based repository.
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