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11 Jun 2015
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Patching Solaris Systems [43365]
Presentation by Gerry Haskins

Gerry Haskins (Director, Software Lifecycle Engineering. Revenue Product Engineering, Systems), has posted a 15-page slide deck that share the best practices around the Solaris Operating operating system.
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08 Jun 2015
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Solaris 11.2 proves to be a cloud-worthy Oracle OS [43379]
Oracle's Solaris 11.2 includes cloud-ready features such as a complete OpenStack distribution, kernel zones, Unified Archives and Elastic Virtual Switch.

Robert Sheldon writes in SearchOracle, "When Oracle released Solaris 11, the company hawked its operating system as the first OS built for the cloud. Oracle continued its cloud-centric pitch with the release of Solaris 11.2. Yet such pronouncements tell us little about what makes Solaris so cloud worthy. Fortunately, we don't have to look far. Solaris 11.2 includes four important technologies that can be instrumental in an effective cloud implementation: OpenStack, kernel zones, Unified Archives (UA) and Elastic Virtual Switch (EVS)..."
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19 May 2015
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How to setup a HA OpenStack environment with Oracle Solaris Cluster [42799]
By Glynn Foster

"The Oracle Solaris Cluster team have just released a new technical whitepaper that covers how administrators can use Oracle Solaris Cluster to set up a HA OpenStack environment on Oracle Solaris.

In a typical multi-node environment in OpenStack it's important that administrators can set up infrastructure that is resilient to service or hardware failure. Oracle Solaris Cluster is developed in lock step with Oracle Solaris to provide additional HA capabilities and is deeply integrated into the platform. Service availability is maximized with full orchestrated disaster recovery for enterprise applications in both physical and virtual environments..."
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27 Apr 2015
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Solaris Running Mission-Critical Applications: Real Life Examples [42274]
113 examples

Giuseppe Facchetti writes, "The majority of Oracle's top enterprise customers run their most mission-critical applications on Oracle Solaris today. Solaris is the vehicle by which Oracle customers leverage the power of the SPARC microprocessor - delivering world-record performance, maximum scalability, and continuous reliable service.

There are 113 examples of this on the Oracle customer & partner success portal. Take a look! ..."
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24 Apr 2015
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Better ways to handle crash dumps in Solaris [42105]
Chris Beal

Chris W Beal writes, "For some time now we've realised that system crash dumps in Solaris are getting larger, and taking longer to preserve. A number of us have been working on projects to help speed these up, and reduce the size.

The first of these was "Crash Dump Restructuring". Implemented by Sriman and Vlad, this went in to Solaris 11.2, and allowed the administrator to remove certain portions from the crash dump via the dumpadm(1m) command..."
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24 Apr 2015
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Deferred dump in Solaris [42106]
Store dump in memory, reboot the system and extract the dump to disk

Vlad writes, "Kernels of even most robust operating systems do crash from time to time and getting crash dump image of kernel and process memory is usually indispensable for root causing the problem. With growing memory sizes (the M6-32 SPARC server can have up to 32TB of RAM) the amount of data which needs to be written to disk in order to store a crash dump can be pretty big - for larger systems uncompressed crash dumps with tens of gigabytes in size are not exceptional... To overcome this limitation I've been working with my colleagues Sriman, Brian, Nick and Chris to store dump in memory, reboot the system and extract the dump to disk. This technology is called Deferred dump..."
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