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"Deploy Oracle 10g or 11gR1 ASM Using iSCSI on Sun Unified Storage Systems"
Configuring iSCSI LUNs in Solaris, RHEL to Deploy Oracle ASM
The Internet SCSI (iSCSI) protocol allows a client system (initiator) to send SCSI commands to targets on a remote server over an existing IP network infrastructure, thus providing a low cost alternative to a Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure. Learn how to configure the volumes in the Sun Open Storage system so they can be exported as iSCSI targets, and then configure those iSCSI LUNs at the database server to be used for Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM).
Sun/Oracle Solution Ups Transaction Capacity by 52x for StubHub
Just the Ticket for Rapidly Growing Company
StubHub, an eBay affiliate, and the world's largest ticket marketplace, upgraded a mission-critical, online transaction processing (OLTP) database from Oracle 9i Real Application Clusters (RAC) to Oracle 10g RAC. To take advantage of high scalability and mainframe-class performance, StubHub also moved the database from a 32-bit platform to a 64-bit platform with Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System.
Java Technology
Deep Dive Video: Java Warehouse and Java Store
Instructions on Submitting Applications and Purchasing Available Products
A three-part video deep dives into the Java Store and the Java Warehouse. The Java Store is a JavaFX-powered storefront that provides an easy and secure way to discover and acquire compelling Java and JavaFX applications. The Java Warehouse is the repository for applications submitted for distribution through the Java Store. Bernard Traversat, director of Engineering for the Java Store at Sun, discusses and demonstrates how to use the two with Sun Senior Information Engineer Ed Ort.
Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference - Replay Available
Registration for Java EE 6 One-week Online Codecamp Underway

A replay of the Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference, which took place on Dec. 15, is available. There are 16 individual sessions, all of which can be accessed separately so viewers can pick and choose the topic(s) of interest to watch. Also, anyone interested in learning even more about Java EE 6 may want to sign-up for a one-week online codecamp, which begins Jan. 12.

Solaris Auditing (BSM): Dispelling Some of the Myths
The Chief One Being Its Difficulty

Difficulty is an argument that won't wash with Ben Rockwood when it comes to skeptics on the issue of Solaris Auditing (BSM). It is truly a simple process, he argues. The difficulty is that most of the tutorials available on the subject fail to deal adequately with exactly how to make use of auditing data. In a recent post, Rockwood discusses how to make intelligent use of the audit trails that result.

"Creating a Solaris 10 x86 OS Bootable DVD or CD"
Requirements and Procedures for Making Your Own Bootable CD/DVD

Having a bootable DVD for system recovery and bare-metal rebuilds is essential to many system administrators. Ross Moffatt has shared his approach for a full install onto a 16G virtual disk using a zfs root file system. Moffatt's work begins with a system that runs the Solaris 10 OS for x86 platforms within a Sun VirtualBox.

Securing MySQL in a Chrooted Environment: A How-to
Zone and Crossbow Deliver a Higher Level of Security
Chrooting, a technique commonly used with MySQL at the file system level, is typically achieved by creating a separated and minimal operating system disk-image to improve system and application security by providing them with a higher degree of isolation. Thierry Manfe has written a how-to that goes a step farther, utilizing the zone and Crossbow virtualization technologies that come with OpenSolaris to get to the next level in terms of isolation.
Cloud Computing
"Building Customer Trust in Cloud Computing With Transparent Security"
Implementing Security Standards, Principles Delivers Confidence
A 25-page Sun white paper introduces the concept of transparent security and makes the case that the intelligent disclosure of security design, practices, and procedures can help improve customer confidence while protecting critical security features and data, thereby improving overall governance. Written for prospective cloud computing customers, the paper presents a model leveraging the ISO 27000 series standards as a commonly understood framework for disclosure.
Sun Java Web Server 7.0 Update 7 Released
New Capabilities, Fixes for Critical Security Vulnerabilities Included

Released in Dec., Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 7 is a full multi-language product installation. It comes with performance and stability improvements, plus support for Kerberos via Simple Protected GSS-API Negotiation (SPNEGO) authentication and more. The Sun Java System Web Server delivers a single, secure infrastructure for all web technologies and applications.

Sun Fire X4140, X4240, and X4440 Server Architecture White Paper
Details Systems Architecture, Key Software Components
Get details on the systems architecture of the Sun Fire X4140, X4240, and X4440 servers, and learn more about their key software components in a 52-page PDF. Sun Fire X4140, X4240, and X4440 servers provide a range of dense and scalable systems based on the latest quad- and six-core AMD Opteron processors.
A Brief Look at Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Blog Provides Overview of its Benefits, Design, Use, Architecture
A Sun blog considers the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array with an overview of the business and technology environment leading up to the development and release of the database accelerator, and highlights its benefits, design, use, and architecture. "This blazing fast storage is a trail blazer in its category and way ahead of traditional storage that would need over 3000 disk drives to put up an equivalent performance," the writer notes. "With the full array consuming only 300W, it is a big saving on space and power - a hundred times over."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 142 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 141 Issues 2, 3; 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 142 Issue 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • The Relevancy of Sun in the IT Industry
  • The Clock Is Running for RAID-6
  • White Paper: "Practicing Solaris Cluster Using VirtualBox
  • Solaris 10 Security Essentials
  • Sun Java Enterprise System 7
  • Toshiba OpenSolaris Laptops
  • Sun ZFS Plus Intel SSDs Equal Hybrid Storage Pools
  • Deploying Oracle Databases Using NFS on Sun Open Storage Systems
  • MySQL Performance in Virtualization Environment on xVM Hypervisor
  • Sun Ops Center: Changing the Economics of Datacenter Operations

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

    Aligning Flash Modules for Optimal Performance
    Tech Tip Explains Partition Alignments for Solaris SPARC and Linux Systems

    Methods for aligning flash modules for optimal performance are the subject of a tech tip in the System and Application Performance, Monitoring, and Tuning wiki that outlines how to take advantage of the solid state flash devices (SSDs) for Solaris as well as Linux. Both Solaris and Linux methods are explored with this wiki tech tip offering up examples for each. The Solaris example works with SMI and EFI Labels, while the Linux lesson shows the use of fdisk and parted.

    Sun Labs Technical Report on Hardware Transactional Memory Experimentation
    Progress Shown in Results from Prototype Multicore SPARC Processor Based on Rock
    Sun architects are making groundbreaking progress towards sophisticated synchronization support for multicore systems, find Dave Dice, Yossi Lev, Mark Moir, Dan Nussbaum, and Marek Olszewski. In their research for a Sun Labs technical report on commercial hardware transactional memory (HTM), the men report on a number of promising results using HTM to improve performance in a variety of contexts, in addition to lessons learned on more effectively using the feature.
    Step-by-step Intro to iSCSI Booting for x86/x64 Platforms
    A Skeptic Changes His Mind about the Viability of the Procedure

    Sun's Federal Services Chief Technologist Peter Colson has written a post entitled, "Introduction to iSCSI Booting for x86/x64 Platforms." Initially a skeptic about iSCSI booting, Colson is now a convert, having realized that the technique offers better storage utilization, economy, and easier, less risky disaster recovery.

    Details on NetBeans 6.8
    Specifics on Features & Benefits, Supported Platforms & OSes, System Requirements
    To help developers get the most out of Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3, the NetBeans IDE 6.8 is the first IDE to provide complete support for the Java EE 6 specification, including support for JSF 2.0 (Facelets), EJB 3.1, and GlassFish v3. This latest version of the integrated development environment also upgrades its support of dynamic languages with PHP 5.3 support and support for the Symfony framework, along with new improvements and features in several other areas.
    A Guide to Using NetBeans IDE with Kenai Projects
    Creating Projects from Scratch or Joining Projects Already in Progress
    Developers in search of an integrated development environment that offers an opportunity for working as part of a team should have a look at "A Guide to Using NetBeans IDE with Kenai Projects." This tutorial demonstrates how the collaborative tools in the IDE enable users to take advantage of the services offered by the infrastructure and facilitate communication and sharing among developers who are working on a project hosted on The combination of Kenai services and the integrated support in NetBeans IDE provides a complete development environment.
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