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14 May 2012
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Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker [26242]
Evaluate a Solaris 10 host for migration into a Solaris Zone

Duncan Hardie posts about Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker, which is built into Solaris 11 and to which Hardie provides a download link for Solaris 10 users. Using Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker, according to Hardie, enables migrations to an Oracle Solaris Zone on both Solaris 10 and 11. In addition, the following capabilities become available:

  • Analysis of the Oracle Solaris configuration, including networking, storage, and Oracle Solaris Operating system features in use and of application binaries and running applications.
  • Generation of a template Oracle Solaris Zone configuration to use on the target host.
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30 Apr 2012
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How-to Use LiveInstall Solaris 11 from Solaris 10 [26094]
Booting Back to Solaris 10 Is an Option

The oracle.com blog "Isaac's musings" features a how-to article that allows customers to follow a LiveUpgrade-like methodology in getting their existing Oracle Solaris 10 system to Oracle Solaris 11 while minimizing risk and still being able to boot back to Oracle Solaris 10 if they so choose. This is particularly of interest to those who have grown to appreciate the value that LiveUpgrade delivers.
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17 Apr 2012
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Updating Oracle Solaris 11 Systems Using Support Repository Updates [26022]
Letting the Image Packaging System Do the Work It Was Designed to Do

In a lengthy, detailed procedure for updating an Oracle Solaris 11 system with software packages provided by an active Oracle support agreement, Glynn Foster also includes information on how to determine whether the update is both successful and safe. Image Packaging System is a new package management system in Oracle Solaris 11 that provides a much-improved and automated way of maintaining system software across the data center. IPS integrates package and patch management into a single interface and provides for safe system upgrades by utilizing boot environments and ZFS snapshot and clone capabilities coupled with a support agreement.
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04 Apr 2012
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April 25th Online Forum -- Oracle Solaris 11 [25877]
What's New Since the Launch

Oracle Solaris 11 since the launch is the subject of an online forum, featuring Markus Flierl, the VP for Solaris core engineering, as well as engineers, customers and partners. During the forum, Markus and his crew will give an update on the release, recap Oracle's OS strategy, and give you a peek at what the engineers are working on for future updates. Once again, that's April 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m. PDT to 11:30 a.m. PDT. Registration is required.
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26 Mar 2012
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How to Install Solaris 11 Automated Install Server [25752]
Method Considers Live Text Installer and LiveMedia Installer as well

Unixman has written a post that reviews the methods available for installing Solaris 11 Automated Install Server. These include:

  • A Text installer
  • A LiveMedia installer
  • An Automated Installer (successor to JumpStart

The post focuses on the last method. In the most basic of scenarios the roles required to complete the elements needed for the setup of an Automated Install server would be performed by the following services: a DHCP server; an Automated Install server; and an Image Packaging System (IPS) repository server. When creating Automated Install services, a bundled ISC DHCP server is instantiated automatically
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19 Mar 2012
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Transitioning Existing Oracle Solaris 10 Applications to Oracle Solaris 11 [25731]
Use the Tools and Procedures Oracle Furnishes

In his post on how to transition existing Oracle Solaris 10 applications to Oracle Solaris 11 using a standard process and tools from Oracle, Stefan Schneider notes that most applications will not cause issues to be reported by the scanning tools such as Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker, and they most likely will not face the issues discussed in the "Oracle Solaris 11 ISV Adoption Guide" or the Oracle Solaris 11 EOF page. While most applications will likely work out of the box on Oracle Solaris 11, some will report problems because they use outdated and deprecated frameworks and APIs.
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