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Solaris Costs Less, Does More, and Runs More SPARC, X86/X64 Platforms than Red Hat
Head-to-Head Comparison Chart of the Two Operating Systems
Sun Microsystems Federal's Jim Laurent sets out to prove that the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) does more, costs less, and runs on more SPARC and x86/x64 platforms than Red Hat EL 5, in a head-to-head comparison between the operating systems.
Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 2
Full Product Install Features Performance Improvements and Much More

Download for free the full product installation of the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 2 that comes with a PKCS-11 bypass feature to achieve better SSL performance out-of-the-box, more administration options, Solaris Management Framework (SMF) integration, certification on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, and much more.

Two New Application Server 9.1 Update 1 Downloads
One Includes HADB - Zip/File Based
The Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 has two free new downloads: Update 1 and Update 1 with HADB - Zip/File Based. Based on Project GlassFish, the Sun Java System Application Server is a Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 compatible platform for developing and delivering server side Java applications and web services.
Sonac Speeds up LSI Design Verification Time
Uses Sun Solaris 10, Sun Grid Solution on x86
Sonac, a Japanese venture of Nitta Group's Electronics Division, has found a way to reduce LSI design verification time from 17 hours to 30 minutes with Sun Solaris 10 and Sun Grid Solution on x86. This is no small gain, since 70 percent of development time is typically spent on simulating and verifying logic.
Getting Mathematica 6.0 and 6.0.1 to Work on Solaris x86
Support for AMD, But Install Illustrates Workaround for Intel CPUs
If you'd like to run Mathematica 6.0 and 6.0.1 on Solaris x86, then you will find this how to install article from genunix OpenSolaris Wiki helpful. Before you begin, however, note this limitation: Mathematica from Wolfram Research is supported on Sun's Solaris x86 operating system, but only on AMD 64-bit CPUs, not any Intel CPUs. On Intel, Mathematica will crash immediately. The article discloses a workaround.
The Basics on Solaris Patch Types and Dependencies
Sun Docs Article Offers an Overview

A Sun Docs article considers Solaris patches providing an overview of the various types of patches, patch characteristics, patch dependencies, and the basic interrelationships between patches.

Servers
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"Installing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 on Sun x64 Servers"
Workarounds Detailed for Windows Server Pre-Release Version on Sun Fire, Sun Blade Servers
A new Sun BluePrints article, "Installing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 on Sun x64 Servers," demonstrates that Sun is a serious vendor of x64 hardware with the company now supporting Microsoft Windows in addition to the Solaris OS and Linux. The BluePrint details the workarounds needed to install pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008 on Sun Fire and Sun Blade servers.
UltraSPARC IV+ Servers For Performance and Virtualization
Sun Net Talk Webcast: Covers the Features of this Server Family
Senior Product Manager Lisa Federico in Sun's Systems Marketing highlights the features of the Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ server family, from the V490 to the E25K, in an eight-minute webcast. The UltraSPARC IV+ servers can scale up to 72 processors, and with the 1.95/2.1 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors, systems can go even faster.
Prices Reduced for Remanufactured 1.2GHz-based Sun Fire V480 & V880 Products
Significant Cost Savings Offered Due to Material Cost Decrease
Customers interested in Sun Fire V480 and V880 servers and their associated products are in for significant cost savings. Sun has reduced the price for all remanufactured 1.2GHz-based V480 and V880 products since recent material costs for these products have dropped.
Updated XCP Firmware Release for M4000/M5000/M8000/M9000 Servers
Security Enhancements, Bug Fixes, and More Included

Customers of the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000/M5000/M8000/M9000 servers should download the updated XCP firmware release hosted on the Sun Download Center. This free download comes with 129 changes, bug fixes, security enhancements, revised timezone information, and BUI support for Capacity on Demand.

New Capacity on Demand X-Option Lowers Cost for Sun Streaming System
Purchase Line Card With One Enabled Port Now, Activate More As Needed
Sun has lowered the entry point for buying its Sun Streaming System by offering a new Capacity on Demand (COD) X-option, giving customers the option to purchase a Sun Fire X4950 Streaming Switch line card with only one port enabled. Additional ports can be enabled as needed via licenses. There is a four port maximum per line card.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 117 Issue 4; Volume 118 Issues 1, 2 and 3

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 118 Issue 3, were:

  • SNI Blog Recap [19080]
  • Sun Announces Backline Support for OpenOffice.org [19149]
  • New Java.net Project Hosts 100% Java PDF Renderer/Viewer [19159]
  • The Future for Government and Web 2.0 [19057]
  • New Senior Vice President Appointed to Sun's EMEA Region [19163]
  • Solaris Zones and memcached [19129]
  • Navy Lab Cuts Costs, Adds Efficiency with Sun Ray Thin Client Implementation [19051]
  • Sun Seeks Bigger Mainframe Storage Market Share [19130]
  • Benchmark Comparisons of Java SE 6 Performance vs. Java SE 5 [19010]
  • Get Veritas Storage Foundation 5.0 from Symantec Free [19091]
    Sysadmin
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    "Setting Up a Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance on Microsoft iSCSI Initiators"
    5320 iSCSI Shows Itself to be a Strong Performer
    Ryan Pratt's Big Admin white paper "Setting Up a Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance on Microsoft iSCSI Initiators" describes how to attach and use iSCSI targets from the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance using the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator software. This is possible since Microsoft supports iSCSI software for Microsoft Windows client/server environments.
    Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance and Microsoft Exchange 2007 Mailboxes
    Great Price/Performance Ratio Found in this MS Environment
    Ryan Pratt has written two Big Admin papers on the development of a Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance Storage Solution. One is for 1200 Exchange 2007 mailboxes and the other for 3000 Exchange 2007 mailboxes. Of both Ryan writes, "Not only does the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Appliance provide a great performance/price ratio in a Microsoft Exchange environment, it can also serve the needs of any NFS, CIFS, file, print, or iSCSI attached application."
    Increasing Application Performance on NUMA Architectures
    How to Achieve Expected Scalability Results
    It has been seen as a problem that certain applications seem not to scale easily on Non-Uniform Memory Architectures (NUMA) since the addition of CPU cores does not proportionately increase application performance. Rickey C. Weisner has written an article, "Achieving Near-Linear Scalability Using Solaris OS on NUMA Architectures," that presents his success at increasing the performance on two different applications, one on a Sun SPARC E6900 and the other on an AMD Opteron X4600 machine.
    Cookbook Shows How to Build Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Demo
    Employs Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 (Beta)
    In Dirk Grobler's Big Admin article "Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Demo With Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0 (Beta)" readers will find a cookbook for building a demo using Sun's new desktop broker, the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector 1.0, currently in beta.
    Technical Questions About Solaris Trusted Extensions Answered
    Didn't Find the Answer You Were Looking For? Post Your Own Query

    If you've had questions about Solaris Trusted Extensions, there are answers at Solaris Trusted Extensions Technical FAQ, where Sharon Veach puts a number of possibly nagging queries to rest.

    Security
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    Examining the Benefits of Identity Federation
    Daniel Raskin Explains by Example
    The multi-titled Daniel Raskin (product line manager, access manager, and federation manager at Sun), provides examples of how enterprises can benefit from the use of identity federation in his article "Identity Federation: The Inside Story (Literally)".
    Configuring OpenSSO Applications for Access by Authenticated Users
    Part 2: Authorization; Includes Section on Troubleshooting
    The second installment of the article by Lakshman Abburi, Aravindan Ranganathan, and Marina Sum on "Securing Applications With Identity Services" shows how readers can configure an example client application built with the NetBeans IDE. It shows as well how to configure OpenSSO to allow authenticated users to perform authorized tasks. A troubleshooting section is included.
    "The Craft of System Security"
    Explains Not Only Which Security Tools Are Used Today, But Why
    "The Craft of System Security Released" provides a evolutionary look at the history of computer security taking readers up to the modern day where each tool in today's security practitioner's toolkit is examined and its use is explained in solving real-world problems.
    New Monthly Podcast Launched on Federated Access Management
    FAMTalk Invites Suggestions from the Community
    A new monthly podcast called FAMTalk is dedicated to the discussion of federation and access management (FAM). Launched in December, FAMTalk's goal is to host a podcast once a month covering FAM-related topics. One of five hosts, Terry Sigle invites participation in the form of emails, comments, and suggestions, stating, "...if you have a project to share, join us live on an episode. Even send us an audio file of your questions and we'll try to include that in the show."
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