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Archived Solaris Articles
27 Feb 2015
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Last Solaris 8 and 9 patches released [41060]
Solaris 8 and 9 Extended (a.k.a Vintage) Support finished at the end of Oct 2014.

Gerry Haskins writes, "Solaris 8 and 9 Extended (a.k.a Vintage) Support finished at the end of Oct 2014.

We've flushed the queues of any fixes which were still in-flight from that time and released the final set of Solaris 8 and 9 patches have been released to MOS.

Solaris 8 and 9 patches will continue to be available to customers with appropriate Sustaining Support contracts, as will telephone support, but no new Solaris 8 and 9 patches will be created..."
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25 Feb 2015
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New Solaris articles on Oracle Technology Network [41059]
OpennStack and Oracle on Solaris 11

Glynn Foster writes, "I haven't had much time to do a bunch of writing for OTN, but here's a few articles that have been published over the last few weeks that I've had a hand in. The first is a set of hands on labs that we organised for last year's Oracle Open World. We walked participants through how to create a complete OpenStack environment on top of Oracle Solaris 11.2 and a SPARC T5 based system with attached ZFS Storage Appliance. Once created, we got them to create a golden image environment with the Oracle DB to upload to the Glance image repository for fast provisioning out to VMs hosted on Nova nodes..."
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19 Feb 2015
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How to Install and Use Oracle Solaris 11.2 for x86 from an ISO in VirtualBox [40939]
by Erik Benner

Rick writes, "I ran into Erik Benner, founder of the SPARC/Solaris SIG group for IOUG, at Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days yesterday. He has been busy. Not only is he working on some labs and demos for OTN's upcoming Virtual Technology Summits, but he's taken the time to write a three-part blog to show you how easy it is to install and play with Oracle Solaris 11.2 for x86 on VirtualBox..."
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16 Feb 2015
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Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus - application-awareness in the cloud [40938]
By Mike Mulkey

Mike Mulkey writes, "Talk to any executive of any leading enterprise company and they will tell you that they are embracing cloud computing for the future of their business. And with the rapid growth of turnkey cloud computing solutions, the network fabric carrying the application packets is emerging as a key focus to drive greater performance, reliability, and efficiency of the application. Networks need to be able to prioritize packet flow according to the importance of the application. So if an application is of high importance to their business, the network fabric should be able to know that, and provide the necessary resource to ensure high performance of that application is delivered..."
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31 Jan 2015
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10 at 10 [40580]
By Larry Wake

Larry Wake writes, "Can it have been so long already? Today is the 10th anniversary of the first release of Solaris 10. This was a breakthrough release for Solaris, Sun, and really, the industry -- it breathed new life into a class of systems software that some companies had written off long before. How did it do that? By including a wealth of groundbreaking new features that raised the bar for what an enterprise operating system should be. To use one of my favorite phrases: innovation matters, and the operating system is too critical a place in the application delivery stack not to innovate..."
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08 Jan 2015
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Best Practices for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones [40299]
by John Levon

"Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones, available as of Oracle Solaris 11.2, are the newest type of Oracle Solaris Zone. Kernel zones provide all the flexibility, scalability, and efficiency of Oracle Solaris Zones while adding the capability to have zones that have independent kernels. This capability is highly useful when you are trying to coordinate the updating of multiple zone environments that belong to different owners.

With kernel zones, the updates can be done at the level of an individual kernel zone at a time that is convenient for each owner. In addition, applications that have specific version requirements can run side by side on the same system and benefit from the high consolidation ratios that Oracle Solaris Zones provide.

This article discusses general best practices for deploying kernel zones..."
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