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Two New OpenSolaris Projects: CIFS Server and CIFS Client for Solaris
To Aid File Sharing With Microsoft Windows
Sun has donated server software source code that implements the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol, also known as Server Message Block (SMB), to facilitate Microsoft Windows interoperability. CIFS is the standard for Windows file sharing services. Two OpenSolaris projects have been launched to promote file-sharing between Windows and OpenSolaris, and improve the usefulness of OpenSolaris in data environments that serve NFS and CIFS clients.
OpenSolaris Project Runs Solaris as an SCSI Target
The Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target (COMSTAR) Project
The OpenSolaris Project: COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target) is a software framework that allows a server running OpenSolaris to look like a SCSI storage array to another server. It features extensive LUN masking and mapping functions, multipathing across different transport protocols, multiple parallel transfers per SCSI command, a scalable design approach and works with generic HBAs.
New ZFS Packages Offer Snapshots 0.9 and Backups 0.2
Additional GUI Integration, Zenity Tools Are New Features

Two new packages for ZFS -- Snapshots 0.9 and Backups 0.2 -- are available on Tim Foster's blog. The changes include additional GUI integration and some simple zenity tools that will allow users to configure services without having to use the command line. These will be found in the GNOME menu under "Administration" after install, Foster writes, including further instructions that some users may require in order to see the change.

Updated Version of Solaris Package Companion, v0.7
Tags Item Descriptions, Adds New Folding Option

Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette has published an updated version of the Solaris Package Companion (SPC), version 0.7, which is a small Korn shell script that helps users define relationships between Solaris metaclusters, clusters and packages, and their respective dependencies.

The Fault Management Architecture Demo Kit
Execute FMA Demos for CPU, Memory and PCI I/O Errors

The OpenSolaris Fault Management Community is hosting the Solaris Fault Management Architecture (FMA) Demo Kit, consisting of a set of PERL and Korn shell scripts which implement an automated harness for executing FMA demos. A downloadable tarball is available for interested readers and can be extracted anywhere on the system. Additionally, Scott Davenport has added support for the UltraSPARC T1 and UltraSPARC T2 processors to the kit.

Jim Grisanzio on Japan's OpenSolaris Community
Cites Importance of Project Indiana in Getting Developers Involved
Jim Grisanzio, Tokyo-based OpenSolaris engineering community manager, identified the release of Project Indiana as OpenSolaris Developer Preview as the biggest current news for the community. He shared this information with Sun's Carolyn Wong. Project Indiana is also credited with having made the developer involvement easier through downloads of "Slim Install."
Software
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Jim Laurent on Solaris Swap Space
Myths, Suppositions, Facts: Putting Things Right

Yet again, Jim Laurent hefts his broadsword and resumes his now familiar dragon-slayer role, this time in the myth-busting blog,"Solaris FAQ: Myths and facts about Solaris swap space." He undertook this combat, he writes, because of the frequent questions put to him in his Sun OS Ambassador travels.

Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.1 Download Now Available Free
Based on Open MPI 1.2.4
Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.1 is an update release of the integrated toolkit that allows developers to create and tune Message-passing Interface (MPI) applications that run on high performance clusters and SMPs. This latest version includes Sun's MPI library for Solaris x86/x64 and SPARC, Intel 32- and 64-bit support, improved parallel debugger support, PBS Pro validation, improved memory usage for communication and other bug fixes by the Open MPI community.
The New Sun Management Center 4.0
Download and Physical Media Kit Now Available
Sun Management Center (MC) provides in-depth monitoring and management capabilities for Sun enterprise servers on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Linux. Its newest release, version 4.0, provides a better user experience, an improved and simplified installation experience, a seamless experience on SPARC and x86 hardware and more.
Sun Shines in Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management 2H07
Gartner Finds Appeal in Java System Identity Management Solutions
Gartner places Sun in the Leaders Quadrant for Web Access Management, 2H07. Companies earn this distinction based on strong products and strong year-over-year growth, ability to execute and completeness of vision.
CoolTuner 1.0.6 for UltraSPARC T1 and T2-based Systems Tuning
Download Free from Sun Download Center
A free download of CoolTuner 1.0.6 is accessible from the Sun Download Center. This software tool is designed to automatically tune an UltraSPARC T1- and now UltraSPARC T2-based system, applying patches and setting system parameters to bring these systems up to best practice recommendations.
Servers
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White Paper: Sun Netra ATCA Product Family
10 Gpbs Ethernet Delivers Bandwidth, Parallelism Needed for IP Packet Processing
The Sun White Paper "Enabling End-to-end 10 GB Ethernet in the Sun Netra ATCA Product Family" provides an overview of Sun's 10 Gbps Ethernet-enabled ATCA System Platform and blade offerings, outlining the company's new ecosystem of products and discussing how Sun's 10 Gbps Ethernet ASIC integrates deeply into its ATCA blades. The paper provides an architectural-level overview of the UltraSPARC T2 and AMD Opteron processor-powered ATCA blades, the 10 Gbps Ethernet ATCA switch, 10 Gbps Ethernet System Platform, Advanced Rear Transition Modules, and the carrier-grade software that can be used to enhance and manage the platform.
Sun Blade T6320 SPARC Server Module with UltraSPARC T2 Processors
Sun's Next Evolutionary Advance in High-Efficiency Server Platforms
As of November 14, all Pick-to-Order (PTO) Assemblies of the Sun Blade T6320 SPARC Server Module have been made available. The T6320 offers extreme blade density, high I/O performance, many other key features and beneficial service plans.
Sun Fire X4450 Intel Xeon-based x64 Server
Standard and XATO Configurations Now Generally Available
Standard and XATO configurations for the Sun Fire X4450 are now generally available for what Sun calls the best enterprise class 4-socket x64 server in terms of performance, density and power efficiency. See a list of this server's features, key highlights, services as well as the supported processors, new features in Intel's core microarchitecture and Front Side Bus architecture.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 116 Issues 4 and 5; Volume 117 Issues 1, 2

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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 117 Issue 2, were:

  • Sun's Q1 Report Seen from Jonathan Schwartz's Perspective [18975]
  • Sun to Acquire Vaau, Inc. [18992]
  • Solaris OS/OpenSolaris to be Offered on Dell Rack and Blade Servers [18999]
  • Shareholders Approve 1-for-4 Reverse Stock Split at Sun [18977]
  • New Version of Cool Stack 1.2 Now Available for Download [18955]
  • Sun's HPC Portfolio Adds Sun Constellation System and Sun StorageTek 5800 System [18961]
  • Oracle Optimized Warehouse For Sun [18988]
  • Sun Netra Multi-Core and Multithreaded 10G ATCA Portfolio [18993]
  • New Array Configurations for Sun StorageTek 6140 and 6540 [18924]
  • Get 28 Percent Off Sun Fire X4600 M2 Servers [18964]
    Developer
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    Setting Up PostgreSQL 8.2 on SXDE 9/07 to Work With NetBeans 6.0
    Identified as the 'Perfect' Combination
    For a how-to on quickly setting up PostgreSQL 8.2 on Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 9/07 to make it work with NetBeans 6.0., click the link in the online version of this article for a two-command procedure that will give you what the blog calls the "perfect" combination.
    A Look at Object-Based Storage Device Support in the Solaris OS
    Sun Software Engineer Sees Great Benefit to High Performance Computing
    Readers of Ramana Srikanth's Sun Developer Network blog will find an article that focuses on object-based storage device (OSD) support in the Solaris OS. Following a comparison of traditional file systems and OSD, Srikanth turns to an examination of the architecture of OSD in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
    Deploying PHP5 Runtime Within Java System Web Server 7
    Taking Advantage of Fast CGI Support in PHP5

    Sun Web Server team member Sriram Natarajan voices a preference for PHP5 runtime bundled with Cool Stack 1.2, which now includes FastCGI. Having this support within PHP5 runtime, he notes, allows PHP applications to be deployed on top of web servers like the Sun Java System Web Server 7 or Apache 2 worker MPM. His blog includes a quick run through on the steps involved in deploying the Cool Stack's PHP runtime within Sun Java System Web Server 7.

    Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days Conference
    January 23-24, 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.
    The next Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days Conference is scheduled for January 23-24, 2008, in the Sun Santa Clara Campus Auditorium. VP and Sun Fellow James Gosling will be the keynote speaker. Register before November 30 and save $50.
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    Encryption Strategies: The Key to Controlling Data
    When Deleting a File Will No Longer Do
    Though it has become a truism, the Sun White Paper "Encryption Strategies: The Key to Controlling Data" does not hesitate to pronounce that, in the current and future digital era, deleting a file is not a viable means of controlling data. The focus in the paper is controlling access to data, rather than the data itself. The paper further outlines Sun’s encryption strategy, discusses the pros and cons of three possible encryption methods, and discusses the challenge of key management in an encrypted world.
    Hack-Fu? Gesundheit, Glenn Brunette, and Watch Your Back
    Blogger Takes on the Deconstruction of Solaris 10 OS Security Capabilities
    Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette leads the interested reader on a four-part journey through the undergrowth a determined hacker would have to penetrate in order to attain root access inside a Solaris 10 OS non-global zone. He calls the trip "Hack-Fu - Deconstructing the Security Capabilities of the Solaris 10 OS."
    The UltraSPARC T2 Cryptographic Activation CD or Download
    Required to Enable IPsec Cryptographic Operations in T5120/T5220 and Sun Blade 6320

    The UltraSPARC T2 IPSec cryptographic operations performed by the crypto hardware accelerator on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and the Sun Blade 6320 need to be activated by either downloading the activation file or ordering a CD. Under current U.S. export control laws, the activation file enabling IPSec is restricted.

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