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23 Jul 2014
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Understanding Oracle Solaris 11 Package Versioning [37487]
by Glynn Foster

"Oracle Solaris 11 uses a new network-based packaging system called the Image Packaging System to manage the complete software lifecycle - including the installation, upgrade, and removal of software packages. This article summarizes how to interpret package versioning using Oracle Solaris 11 so you can better understand the state of software installed on your systems..."
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21 Jul 2014
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Ops Center Version 12.2.1 Released [37488]
Performance and Feature Improvements

"There are a number of improvements in this version. The big ones are:

  • Support for discovering x86 64-bit Oracle Sun X4-8 servers through the ILOM SP.
  • Additional options for adding users from an external LDAP, using characteristics like full name or email addresses as Ops Center user names.
  • Audit logs let admins track Ops Center jobs, user logins, and changes to a user's roles.
  • A generic CPU architecture lets you migrate logical domains between systems with different architectures.

We've also made a number of performance enhancements - cutting the start-up times for several parts of Ops Center - and a number of bug fixes. You can find the full listing of what's new here..."
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17 Jun 2014
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Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter [36986]
June Editions

The June issue of the Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter is now available here.


  • Accelerate Private Cloud Adoption with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 Introduces Groundbreaking Database Management Capabilities
  • Latest Oracle Enterprise Manager Release Includes Major Enhancements for Managing Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c

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03 Jun 2014
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Oracle Delivers Latest Release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c [36750]
Richer Service Catalog for Database and Middleware as a Service

IT organizations are adopting private clouds as a stepping-stone to business-driven, self-service IT. Successful implementations hinge on the ability to efficiently deploy and manage cloud services at enterprise scale. Having a complete cloud management solution integrated with an enterprise-class technology stack is a fundamental requirement for IT. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 meets that requirement by helping businesses become more agile and responsive, while reducing cost, complexity, and risk.

New capabilities provide advanced technology stack management, secure database administration, and enterprise service governance, enabling Oracle customers and partners to maximize database and application performance and drive innovation using self-service IT platforms.
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28 May 2014
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Solaris 11.2: Time based access limitations [36631]
Lesser known facts about Solaris

"Let's assume you want to limit ssh login for user junior to a certain timespan, let's say weekdays between 13:10 and 17:00. With Solaris 11.2 it's really easy to limit access to certain services based on times.

To enforce this, you can set access_time for certain PAM services for the use junior like this. The limitation is done by the module and the man page states: ..."
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25 May 2014
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DNS client configuration steps in Oracle Solaris 11 [36630]
By Gurubalan Thangapandian

This guide covers Quick how to configure DNS client on Solaris 11.

DNS client configuration in Solaris 11 is based on SMF service rather than file based. When you configure a system as DNS client, you will be performing the following two configurations.

I. DNS client setup

II. Configure Name service switch to use DNS

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