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Solaris 10 10/09 Released
Adds ZFS User and Group Quotas, L2ARC Support, Faster Patching, and More

Sun released Solaris 10 10/09 with new and enhanced features, such as up to two Tbytes disk support for installing and booting the OS, ZFS and Flash installation support, updates to setting ZFS user and group quotas, support of L2ARC, power management capabilities to leverage the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, a "P2V" (Physical to Virtual) method, faster patching and parallel zone patching, etc. There are many more system administration, installation, system resources, device management, system performance, driver, and freeware enhancements included.

Four Optimized Solutions from Sun and Oracle
There's More to the Portfolio Than Just Exadata Version 2
With all the publicity surrounding the September launch of the Exadata Version 2 solution based on Sun hardware and Oracle software, Sun Microsystems Federal CTO Mark Perkins decided to remind readers that the two companies also have three other Sun/Oracle optimized solutions: Sun Optimized Oracle CRM Solution, Oracle Optimized Warehouse Solution, and Enterprise Grid Solutions from Sun and Oracle.
Reducing Downtime on Updates of the Solaris OS
Using Solaris Live Upgrade and Solaris Update on Attach
"Maintaining Solaris Systems with Solaris Live Upgrade and Update on Attach," a Sun BluePrints Online paper, explains how to use Solaris Live Upgrade and the Solaris Update on Attach feature, with Solaris Zones, Solaris Cluster, and the ZFS file system for software maintenance in general and the application of operating system patches in particular.
Solaris News Bites
Short Items of Interest for Solaris Users
  • Using mdb to View Process Stack
  • Interrupt Resource Management Feature
  • Solaris Release Naming Matrix
  • Logical Domains 1.2 Documentation Collection
  • Manage ZFS Snapshots (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly)
  • Solaris Multimedia
  • Performance Visualization with Perfbar on Solaris
  • Solaris Crash Analysis Tool 5.2
  • Perl 5.10.1 with DTrace Support
  • Replication of an Entire ZFS Storage Pool
  • The Solaris Boot Process

MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release
Find Out What's New from Core Developers
Andy Bang, founder of Sun's MySQL Enterprise Tools team, and Mark Matthews, architect for the MySQL Enterprise Tools team, answered some questions about their area of responsibility and expertise for the MySQL Developer Zone feature, including a preview of the MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 release.
Cloud Computing
Why Businesses May Find Subscribing to the Cloud Beneficial
Sun India CTO Explains the Basics of Cloud Computing
Get some insight on whether cloud computing is right for your business from Santhosh D'Souza, CTO, Sun Microsystems India, who explains more about the cloud model and if it is necessary for businesses to subscribe to it in an interview with CXOtoday.
White Paper: Extreme Scalability using Sun Grid Engine Software
Best Practices on Tuning the Software for Maximum Effect in Large & Super Scale Environments
Several best practices for building super scale clusters utilizing Sun Grid Engine software are shared in the Sun white paper "Extreme Scalability Using Sun Grid Engine Software," which also reveals practices to avoid. The 27-page paper authored by Daniel Templeton explains distributed resource management (DRM) systems, of which the Sun Grid Engine is a part, and focuses on the Sun software's features and architecture.
Sun Role Manager 5.0 and Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0
Updated Tools to Intelligently Manage Identity Portfolios

New versions of Sun Role Manager software and Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition have been announced. Version 5.0 of Sun Role Manager software offers a 360-degree view of assigned user access to data and applications, enabling more intelligent governing. Version 7.0 of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition improves performance by more than three times and improves authentication and modification performance by 60 percent, Sun reports.

OpenSolaris Security Summit
November 3rd in Balitmore
The OpenSolaris Security Summit is set for November 3, 2009, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. Coordinated to run during the Large Installation System Administrator Conference (LISA) '09, the free day-long event will be focused on security in large system installations with speakers from CTO, technical leaders, customers and community members.
Sun Storage 7410 Configurations Based on Six-core AMD Opterons
Increases Maximum RAM Support to 256GB Per Node
New configurations for the Sun Storage 7410 offer six-core AMD Opteron processors for up to 256GB RAM per node. The Assemble-to-order (ATO) option provides a choice of three base configurations consisting of a fixed number of processors and RAM. With this announcement, Sun plans an end of life for the existing configurations using the four-core AMD processors.
VMware ESX Server With Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
Methods for Performing Array-based Backup and Recovery
The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System comes with snapshot, clone, rollback, and replication features. Learn how to use these components of Sun's open storage system in array-based backup and recovery operations for VMware ESX Server and VMware vSphere virtual machine environments in a BigAdmin feature article by Ryan Arneson.
Shadow Migration
Integrated Way to Migrate Data from Existing Systems to New Systems
Fishworks team member Eric Schrock defines shadow migration - one of the major new features in the Sun Storage 7000 2009.Q3 software release. Schrock explains this project's conception, development, and birth in a blog entry that outlines the feature's choice of migrating via interposition versus synchronization, and provides an overview of how shadow migration works.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 139 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 138 Issues 2, 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 138 Issue 5, the top 10 articles were:

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Large, Complicated ODF Documents Exchange Easily with Windows
    Danish Hospital Reports Key is Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office
    Exchanging ODF-based documents with users of Microsoft Office 2003 has proven to be not only easy but a real cost saver for the Danish Arhus University Hospital in Risskov. An facility for the past five years, the hospital has experienced the improvements the open source software suite has made in the exchange of ODF documents with Microsoft's proprietary alternative and reported in a recent article that the free Sun ODF plugin has solved any issues.
    Using SecureSpan XML Gateway to Enforce Access Control Rules
    Employs Native OpenSSO Integration Agent at Runtime
    In their Sun Developer Network paper on "Delegating XML Gateway Runtime Authorization to OpenSSO" Francois Lascelles and Rick Palkovic describe how access control rules defined in OpenSSO can be enforced at runtime by SecureSpan XML Gateway through its native OpenSSO integration agent. XML Gateways, they explain, are dedicated applications that enable a centralized approach to security and identity enforcement.
    Sun Datacenter Infiniband Switch 72
    Aggregate up to 72 QDR 4x Ports into a Single 1RU Switch
    The Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 72 joins the Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 648 and Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 in Sun's third generation family of InfiniBand (IB) switches. The one rack unit (RU) switch is a complete, ultra-slim, ultra-dense switch fabric solution for Sun server clusters up to 72 Quad Data Rate (QDR) IB nodes. Most importantly, the switch integrates with the Sun Blade 6048 InfiniBand QDR Switched Network Express Module, scaling up to over 576 end nodes.
    Download OpenSSO Express Build 8
    Interim Release of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise
    Sun OpenSSO Express 8 is an interim release of Sun OpenSSO Enterprise. This release allows users to try out new features without having to wait for the next full OpenSSO Enterprise release. OpenSSO Express Build 8 is available with multiple new features, including one-time password capabilities, Fedlet support for .NET applications, MySQL user data store, Entitlements Service, task flow for federation with, an administration console (beta), plus much more.
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