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Oracle
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Free eBook: Guide to Oracle 11g and Database Migration
Overview of New Features, Issues to Consider Before Making the Move
Internet.com is offering an eBook on the Oracle Database 11g which highlights the latest features of the solution along with an overview of the issues to consider when making a database migration. Registration is required to download the eBook, which also comes with the "Oracle Database 11g Product Family Guide" for an overview of the Oracle Database family of products.
Virtualization
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InfoWorld Reviews Sun VirtualBox 3.1
Declared a Winner by Every Consideration
Sun's VirtualBox 3.1 has definitely made a big hit with InfoWorld's reviewer Randall C. Kennedy, who writes, "This is one freebie that breaks the mold and delivers more, not less, than you're expecting." In Kennedy's opinion, VirtualBox 3.1 should give VMware something serious to worry about. " ... after years of wallowing in obscurity, VirtualBox, the desktop virtualisation solution of choice for FOSS groupies and similar anti-establishment types, is causing quite a ruckus," he continues.
Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.3 Released
New Features Add Speed and Administration Ease
Logical Domains (LDoms) provides built-in virtualization capabilities for Sun Chip Multithreading (CMT) Servers at no cost. The latest free release of LDoms is version 1.3, which now features CPU dynamic resource management (DRM), domain mobility performances improvement, crypto unit dynamic reconfiguration and migration support, link-based IPMP for virtual network, large virtual disk (>1TB) boot support, and more.
Java Technology
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Java News Bites
Short Items of Interest for the Java Community
  • Java Portlet Specification 2.0 (JSR 286)
  • Java SE 6 Update 18 and Java EE 5 SDKs Refreshed
  • GlassFish Loadbalancer Configurator
  • GlassFish Podcast Covers EJB 3.1
  • Portable Web Servers with Java Card 3.0
  • Java ME SDK 3.0 for Mac OS X
  • GlassFish ESB v2.2 Released
  • GlassFish v3 Security Features
  • Resources and links for GlassFish v3

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Solaris
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Using Live Upgrade for Veritas Volume Manager and/or Solaris OS
A Detailed How-to Explains the Procedures
This blog post presents the detailed procedure for upgrading Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) and/or Solaris using Live Upgrade. Gerry Haskins explains that Solaris Live Upgrade is the feature that performs an operating system upgrade with no downtime. The upgrade is done on an alternate disk using the current boot environment (BE). After the Live Upgrade, the alternate disk has all the information from the current BE and just one reboot will bring the system up on the alternate disk with the upgraded Solaris Version.
Best Practices Guide for Moving to Solaris 10
Sun BluePrints Provides Overview of Technologies, Approaches to Upgrading
A best practices guide to upgrading to Solaris 10 OS provides an overview of the technologies and approaches available for those aiming to bring the latest innovations from Sun's OS into their datacenters. Brian Down, Ken Pepple, and Jeff Savit discuss the upgrade options available, issues to consider, planning the upgrade, and strategies for implementation.
Software
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Dynamic Resource Reallocation and Apache Hadoop with Sun Grid Engine
Latest Release Takes Sun Solution to the Next Level -- the Cloud
In its latest iteration, Sun's Grid Engine comes of age -- the cloud age, that is. According to Steve Wilson's blog the new version both enables dynamic resource reallocation and the ability to use on-demand resources from Amazon EC2 as well as deep integration with Apache Hadoop at the enterprise level.
Storage
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Sun BluePrints: "LDoms I/O Best Practices"
Configuring Highly Available Paths from Sun LDoms Guest Domains to Storage
The Sun BluePrints article "LDoms I/O Best Practices - Storage Availability with Logical Domains" by Peter A. Wilson discusses the approaches and trade-offs for configuring highly available paths from Sun Logical Domains (LDoms) guest domains to storage. Topics include I/O availability, multipath I/O with Solaris OS MPxIO, multipath I/O with virtual I/O failover, virtual I/O failover and network file storage, and multipath I/O to network file storage with virtual I/O failover.
"Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software"
The Logical Choice for Enterprise Archival Storage
The need to develop data archiving capabilities is a challenge that every enterprise faces these days for any or all of several needs: whether to accommodate explosive data growth; to respond to the pressure to meet promised service levels and backup windows for users; to provide archive data retention and retrieval requirements; and to better manage rising energy costs. Dean Halbeisen's Sun BluePrints Online paper "Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software" details the openly architected, intelligent and massively scalable general purpose archive solutions Sun is developing to assist enterprise users in meeting these challenges.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 143 1, 2, 3; Vol 142 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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:

  • Choosing SPARC or Intel Processors
  • EU Approves Sun Acquisition by Oracle
  • Packaging and Patching, ZFS Enhancements in Solaris 10 10/09
  • A Better Benchmarking Tool: vdbench vs. dd(1M)
  • Hybrid Storage Pools With Sun Flash Technology and Solaris ZFS
  • To Move or Not to Move Applications to the Cloud
  • 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) Run on Sun
  • New Enterprise Software and Business Application Store, GetApp.com
  • OpenSolaris News Bites
  • A Solution for Sprawling Datacenters: Sun Fire X4640 Server

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

    Sysadmin
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    SugarCRM with MySQL on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems
    Technical How-to Guide
    Praneet Tiwari sets out to prove the feasibility of using the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System as a repository for the MySQL database with the SugarCRM application. This technical BigAdmin feature article uses Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System release 2008.Q4 and a Sun Fire X4540 server configured with Ubuntu 8.1.0, MySQL 5.1.30 Community Server Edition, and SugarCRM Community Edition.
    ZPool Splitting
    A Less Risky, Less Error-prone Approach

    What's a user to do, faced with needing to back up all the data for a business application stored in a zfs pool without that backup causing an impact on the application itself? Mark Musante presents a solution in his blog "Seven Years of Good Luck: Splitting Mirrors," where he writes of an alternative to the traditional risky and error prone practice of mirroring the data locally, breaking the mirror and moving the fragments to a new machine for backup. ZFS will do this for you, he concedes, but not easily.

    Security
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    Using the Service Management Facility Feature of OpenSolaris
    Paper Recommends It as a Building Block for System Security

    "Using the (Open) Solaris Service Management Facility as a Building Block for System Security," a paper by Christoph Schuba, examines how the Solaris Service Management Facility (SMF) can be used as a fundamental building block to improve system security. The Service Management Facility is a backwards-compatible extension to the traditional way UNIX services are managed with the rc (run command) utility command scripts.

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