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Various Upgrades Offered for Sun Fire X4100/X4200 Server Line
Includes ILOM, BIOS, Firmware
Several firmware solutions for the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 1.2 servers are available from Sun. The products include the ILOM service processor firmware 1.0.5, BIOS 34 (0ABGA034), LSI MPT SAS firmware 1.10.00 and MPT BIOS 6.06.06A and new tools for the Windows package.
UltraSPARC IV+ Upgrade Available for Sun Fire E2900 Server
Increases Throughput, Memory; Processor Mix and Match Possible
Sun is offering upgrades to its midrange Sun Fire E2900 Server line that include the 1.8GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processor, PCI-X I/O assembly, 146GB 15K RPM disk and support for 2GB memory DIMMs. With this upgrade, the Sun Fire E2900 Server can deliver more than five times the throughput of earlier servers equipped with the UltraSPARC III processor and more than twice the throughput of servers equipped with the UltraSPARC IV processor.
Sun Offers Upgrades for High-end Sun Fire Servers
Kit Includes hsPCI-X I/O Assembly, Power Supply
There are new upgrade options available for the Sun Fire E20K, Sun Fire E25K, Sun Fire 12K and Sun Fire 15K systems that include the hsPCI-X I/O assembly and a power supply upgrade kit. The hsPCI-X I/O assembly is a hot swappable, high bandwidth I/O assembly that provides improved performance and increased throughput over the existing hsPCI+ I/O assembly.
Get More Out of the Sun Fire E4900 and E6900 Servers
UltraSPARC IV+ Processor, Memory Upgrades Available
Sun is producing new configurations of its Sun Fire E4900 and Sun Fire E6900 servers, which now come with the 1.8GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processor, PCI-X I/O assembly and support for 2GB memory DIMMs. This configuration makes these two midrange Sun Fire servers capable of more than five times the throughput of the UltraSPARC III processor and over twice the throughput of the UltraSPARC IV processor-equipped servers.
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Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
Vol 102 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four issues. The top articles from the last issue - Vol 102, Issue 4 - were:

  • Free Course on Solaris 10 OS [16868]
  • Process Tools in Solaris OS Explained: From prstat to DTrace [16870]
  • Sun Fire V490 UltraSPARC IV+ Beats IBM POWER5+ p5 505Q and p5 550 on SAP-SD 2-Tier ECC 5.0 Benchmark [16901]
  • The Sun Geeks Guide To Native LDAP: A Native LDAP Blueprint [16869]
  • IDC Shows Sun Gaining Market Share in Worldwide Server Market [16907]
  • Flexibility of Sun StorageTek 6540 Array Mixes and Matches SATA and Fibre Channel Drives [16875]
  • Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Technical Details [16882]
  • Anonymous FTP Ends: Changes to Sun Software Updates & Patches [16888]
  • Sun Upgrade Advantage Program for Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ Servers [16873]
  • Overcoming the Data Center Cost Crunch with the UltraSPARC IV+ Processor [16864]
    Service
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    New Features of SunSpectrum Service Plans
    Includes Sun Net Connect 3.2, Sun System Analysis

    Sun has enhanced its SunSpectrum Service Plan coverage, without adding to the cost. What's new? A complementary library of Solaris OS web courses available now; on-demand software update capabilities for the Solaris OS; Sun Net Connect 3.2 and more.

    Sun i-Runbook Service, Service Pack Edition
    Customizable Content Modules - No Web Server Required

    Sun introduces a new global service edition of the the Sun i-Runbook Service: the Service Pack Edition. The new edition is a customizable, web-based central repository of streamlined and accurate technical how-to information based on Sun preferred practice. It is designed to help customers manage their data center operations more effectively.

    Developer
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    OpenSPARC Community Website Offers CoolTools and More
    Source Code Available for OpenSPARC T1 version 1.2
    The OpenSPARC community's new web site is up and running. It offers a chance for developers and OpenSPARC community members to participate in processor architecture development and application design. Available on the site are links to projects such as the open book wiki and documentation on the OpenSPARC T1 version 1.2.
    Getting Familiar with REpresentational State Transfer (REST)
    Another Useful Web Services Tool

    In his article "RESTful Web Services," Sameer Tyagi explains that REpresentational State Transfer (REST) is a key design idiom embracing a stateless client-server architecture that permits viewing web services as resources that can be identified by their URLs. As such REST is an example of the "software architectural style," which typically refers to "a set of design rules that identify the kinds of components and connectors that may be used to compose a system or subsystem."

    Free Web Services Online Courses
    Of Interest to Developers, SysAdmins, Consultants
    Two free web services courses are available online for system engineers, professional services consultants and application developers. Aspects of web services include such concerns as web services infrastructure, web services models and organizations such as W3C, WS-I, OASIS and JCP.
    Sysadmin
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    Solaris Files and File System Framework; Podcast and Chapter Available Online
    Chapter 14 of "Solaris Internals" by McDougall, Mauro and Gregg
    Solaris Internals, Second Edition: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture, whose publications was reported in this newsletter [16373], now has a chapter that can be read online, Chapter 14, File System Framework. Authors Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro and Brendan Gregg discuss the implementation of files in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and the framework for file systems.
    BigAdmin Feature: Solaris ZFS: Data Management from Micro to Macro
    In Part 1 Amy Rich Examines Integrity, Security and Scalability
    Sun designed its 128-bit general-purpose Solaris Zettabyte File System (ZFS) to span the range between the desktop and the data center. ZFS is the subject of a BigAdmin System Administration Portal feature by Amy Rich entitled "ZFS, Sun's Cutting-Edge File System (Part 1: Storage Integrity, Security, and Scalability)."
    Brief Tech Tip: Determine Speed and Duplex Settings in Solaris OS
    Setting NIC Speed and Duplex

    This brief tech tip links to a Bourne shell script to determine the speed and duplex settings for all plumbed network interfaces on a Solaris system.

    Java Technology
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    "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition" Updates on Scripted HTTP and XML Manipulation
    AJAX Ushers in a New Era for JavaScript Programming Language
    When JavaScript became the backbone of Ajax and began to figure prominently in web development, it was clear to David Flanagan that his book "JavaScript: The Definitive Guide" was due for a revision. Hence, the 5th edition of this guide for JavaScript programmers, which O'Reilly has released.
    Short Course on Monitoring and Managing Java SE
    Mandy Chung Shows How to Make the Most of Platform Features

    There are three aspects to the short course called "Monitoring and Managing Java SE 6 Platform Applications" developed by Mandy Chung. Inasmuch as the Java SE 6 platform provides several monitoring and management tools that allow users to diagnose common problems in Java SE applications in production and development environments, Chung has created this course to familiarize users with these features.

    Java BluePrints Solutions Catalog for Java EE 5
    For Building an AJAX application on the Java EE Platform

    The "Java BluePrints Solutions Catalog for Java EE 5" covers key issues and solutions for common problems when designing and building an AJAX application on the Java EE platform (formerly called the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)).

    Security Enhancements in the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5 (Java SE 5)
    A Detailed Look at the Many Improvements in the New Architecture

    Many security enhancements have been introduced in the J2SE 5 release of the Java 2 SDK over the 1.4 version, including an SSLEngine, support for Kerberos ciphersuites, support for Time-Stamp Protocol (TSP) and more. An online site provides a list of resources all related to security issues.

    Free Web-based Course on Java Application Security
    Describes Basic Security Concepts, Services, Technologies
    A free web-based course " "Overview of Java Application Security (WJO-1113)" offers users a description of basic security concepts, services and technologies. The course explains the security challenges in the application, transport and message layers of applications. It also instructs students in the use of the security features provided by Java technologies, as well as how these features can be used in the web-tier, in tiers based on Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology and in web services.
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