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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most applications will likely work out of the box on Oracle Solaris 11, some will report problems because they use outdated and deprecated frameworks and APIs.
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19 Mar 2012
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Solaris 10 Features in Common with Solaris 11 Ease Migration [25734]
Users of Solaris 10 will Find Many Familar Features

By way of facilitating customer migrations from Oracle Solaris 10 to Solaris 11 Karoly Vegh has posted a number of features the two versions have in common. Users of Solaris 10 will find the migration less intimidating (and time consuming) when they realize the commonality that Vegh outlines, and the listed features should improve the administration experience. The post recommends Joerg Moellenkamp's PDF "Less Known Solaris Features" and provides a link to the document.
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19 Mar 2012
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Joerg Moellenkamp's Oracle Solaris 11 Cheatsheet [25735]
Author of 'Less known Solaris Features'

Joerg Moellenkamp's Oracle Solaris 11 Cheat Sheet covers a lot of ground. Among the categories for which he provides guidance are:

  • Installation
  • System Configuration
  • Users and Groups
  • Boot Environments
  • Packaging
  • File Systems: Basic ZFS Administration
  • Service Management Facility
  • Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Networking and Manual Administration
  • Networking and Automatic and Advanced Administration

Look out for updates!
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16 Mar 2012
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Solaris Automated Install and Repository on One Image [25679]
Procedure and Code from Andrew Watkins

Andrew Watkins shares the steps and the code he used to enable Solaris 11 Automated Install with no network (Standalone), along with his subsequent creation of a new 6.7GB ISO that can boot a VirtualBox client and install Solaris 11 with NO network. With Solaris Automated Install and Repository now combined on one image, he writes, the next effort is to get it all onto an 8GB USB stick.
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16 Mar 2012
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Mobile Tornado Adopts Oracle Solaris Cluster, ZFS File System, Solaris Zones [25685]
Improves RAS and TCO

The adoption by Mobile Tornado, a provider of instant communication services for mobile devices of Oracle Solaris Cluster, the ZFS file system and Solaris Zones enabled the company to improve the high availability of its application, provide better workload distribution for scaling the application and reduce its application's TCO on the Oracle hardware and software stack, Frederic Pariente posts. "The usage of Solaris Zones in combination with advanced SPARC T4 CPUs allows Mobile Tornado to consolidate its IPRS PTT server and Oracle database in same machines, reducing TCO with higher level of performance," says Mobile Tornado R&D Manager Shlomo Birman.
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