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26 Aug 2013
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Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1 [32462]
By Jeff Savit

Jeff Savit says his "previous blog entry described new features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1, and I commented that it was "really easy" to upgrade. In this blog I'll show the actual steps used to do the upgrade.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 is delivered in Solaris 11.1 SRU 10.5, and includes device driver improvements used in service domains and guests, so the primary task is to update each domain to the new SRU..."
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15 Aug 2013
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Exploring Installation Options and User Roles [32349]
by Alexandre Borges

Alexandre writes that this is ,"Part 1 of a two-part series that describes how I installed Oracle Solaris 11 and explored its new packaging system and the way it handles roles, networking, and services. This article focuses first on exploring Oracle Solaris 11 without the need to install it, and then actually installing it on your system...

In this article, my approach will be to show you how you can explore Oracle Solaris 11 before (or instead of) installing it. Then, I help you install it, and I will describe the Oracle Solaris 11 desktop, how to use the root role, and how to get some basic information about the system.

In Part 2 of this series, I will explain several of the important features of Oracle Solaris 11, such as networking features, the Service Management Facility, and the Image Packaging System.

Along the way, I will also share a bit about my experience installing, configuring, and administering Oracle Solaris 11 and what kind of problems I faced when I tried to use it..."
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26 Jul 2013
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Video: Oracle Solaris 11 for ISVs [31964]
Why Port to Solaris 11?

Why certify your application on Oracle Solaris 11? John Shell, Sr. Director of Partner Enablement, invites Mike Mulkey, Sr. Manager of Solaris Partner Adoption, to understand the value to ISVs of certifying their applications on Oracle Solaris 11.
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19 Jul 2013
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IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide [31868]
Preparing for the Move to Oracle Solaris 11

Aimed at technical IT managers, IT architects, and system administrators tasked with moving - or evaluating the move - to Oracle Solaris, this guide compares the key tools and technologies commonly used in AIX 7.1 environments with those used in Oracle Solaris. Different concepts, processes, and technologies that are essential to successful Oracle Solaris platform deployment are identified. For each topic area, AIX features and tools are mapped to their Oracle Solaris 11 counterparts, with discussion centering on similarities and differences in functionality to help technical staff quickly identify where appropriate, equivalent resources (product and technology information, manuals, and training) are needed to support deployment.
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17 Jul 2013
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The Case for Running Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Solaris [31863]
By Rick Ramsey

Rick writes, "You may have already seen some of these individually, but here are several resources that explain why Oracle Database 12c runs so well on Oracle Solaris and SPARC..."

Rick provides links under the headings:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 + SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Stack
  • Article: How Oracle Solaris 11 Makes Oracle Database So Fast
  • Screencast: Outliers

These interviews "with experts, videos, architectural papers, technical articles, and other resources to help you understand the optimizations between the OS and hardware layers that make Oracle Solaris and SPARC such a winning combination..."
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20 Jun 2013
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How the OS Makes the Database Fast [31492]
by Ginny Henningsen

Ginny Henningsen writes, "Is choosing an operating system all that's important any more? After all, virtualization lets sysadmins choose the OS that best matches the workload they plan to put on each virtual machine. And Red Hat Linux on Intel is cheap and ubiquitous enough to work for most anything. Right?

We don't think so.

Operating systems were once the glue between the hardware and the applications, parsing out the underlying hardware resources to the application. Over time they evolved to support the entire Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stack, including server and network virtualization, resource management, advanced file systems, and storage management. While operating system capabilities have broadened in many respects, one aspect has remained the same: the OS can still have a dramatic impact on application performance. Whether deployed on bare metal or in a virtual environment, the OS is a critical factor in boosting or impeding application performance and data center resource efficiency..."
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