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Instructions on Installing Oracle DB
For Demonstrations Purposes

A set of instructions or CliffsNotes for installing Oracle DB has been posted on the Oracle Wikis Page. Authored by Brian Leonard, the set up is meant for those wanting to install Oracle DB to use for other demos. Oracle Solaris 10 update 8 is supported.

Hardening and Maintaining Security in a Mixed Operating Systems Data Center
Issues, Tips, and a Solution for Automated OS Lock Down
Securing a mixed operating systems (OS) environment can be quite challenge, particularly since the hardening process differs from OS to OS and from system to system. Automated tools can greatly reduce the number of resources required and maintain consistency. One solution that can provides these types of services, among others, is Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) Security Blanket. As the only tool designed to automatically configure operating systems to meet industry standards, Security Blanket also allows for the easy creation of customized security lock down profiles and reduces the lock down processing time from hours to minutes.
Running SSH in Single-user Mode
Blogger Offers Technical Tip

Giovanni Tirloni wants to help readers save time by demonstrating how to have sshd start in single user mode. He begins by showing what is needed to add sshd as a dependency to single-user, and then displays the code needed to have sshd start earlier in the boot process (multi-user) by dropping some of its dependencies. Visit his March 30 blog entry for full details.

White Paper on the Oracle Solaris Operating System
Focus on Optimization of OS for the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 and 7500 Series
"Oracle Solaris Operating System—Optimized for the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 and 7500 series," an Oracle white paper, is intended as a technical guide for developers and system administrators who require an understanding of the precise details on how Oracle Solaris and the Intel Xeon processor 5600 and 7500 series can improve the application solution environment.
MySQL Cluster 7.1
Introduces MySQL Cluster Manager; a New Connector for Java; Real-time Status and Usage Statistics
The recent release of MySQL Cluster 7.1 brings with it a new solution that simplifies and automates the management of the MySQL Cluster database and enables administrators to respond quickly to changing market conditions and stringent service level agreements, Oracle contends. Introduced as MySQL Cluster Manager, this new feature is designed to allow users to easily manage a cluster of many nodes. Its automated management reduces the risk of database downtime resulting from manual configuration errors.
Oracle Solaris Studio Exploits Parallelism Capability of Intel's Newest Processors
Offering 16 Hardware Threads in 1 Socket With a 1U Box Presenting Up to 8 Sockets

In the white paper "Oracle Solaris Operating System -- Optimized for the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 and 7500 series," the processors' Hyper-Threading technology and its parallelism capability is the highlight of the 45-page paper for Vijay Tatkar. The Hyper-Threading technology provides two hardware threads per processor core and is capable of executing threads in parallel within each core. This means an 8-core Intel Xeon processor provides a total of 16 hardware threads. "That packs a walloping SPECint_rate of 1250 and SPECfp_rate of 887," Tatkar writes in his April 2nd blog entry.

Live Webcast on Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g
Register for April 22 Launch
Oracle Enterprise Manager is touted as a single, integrated solution for testing, deploying, operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and resolving problems in complex IT environments. A new version of Oracle's management software is set to be launched on April 22 via a live webcast. Oracle President Charles Phillips and Oracle Senior Vice President Richard Sarwal are expected to present Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, highlighting its newest capabilities.
Licensing for Sun Ray Clients Under Oracle
Simpler Approach Offers Customers Two Choices
Simpler licensing is the goal with the new software licensing model set for Sun Ray clients, or so states Oracle's Edward Moffat. In light of the latest release from the desktop virtualization product suite, namely the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client, Moffat outlines the new licensing choices for customers interested in this product line.
Proof-of-Concept Setting Reveals Best Practices for Network Backup
Oracle's Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software Shows Its Strengths
"Best Practices for Network Backup with Oracle’s Sun Systems for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software" describes the Oracle reference architecture for next-generation data backup using Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup software. Author Dean Halbeisen writes that the Oracle reference architecture for next-generation data backup, powered by Oracle’s Sun CoolThreads servers with chip multithreading technology and using Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup 7.5 software, provides an excellent backup solution for heterogeneous networks. His paper discusses the architecture itself, its implementation and configuration and describes performance characterization and sizing.
New Version of the Sun Unified Storage Simulator
Adds Support for VirtualBox
A new version of the Sun Storage 7000 simulator, now known as Oracle's Sun Unified Storage Simulator, is available with support changes. This release of the simulator provides support for VirtualBox and drops its support for VMware, reports Fishworks Engineer Adam Leventhal. This freely downloadable simulator is a way for users to install and manage a virtual storage system on any laptop or desktop and experience the Oracle-Sun Open Storage.
Minor Update to Sun Storage 7000 2009.Q3 Released
Some Clustering and I/O Issues Fixed

Sun Storage 7000 2009.Q3.5.0 is a minor release that contains fixes for several clustering and core I/O issues, writes the Fishworks engineering team on its blog. Release notes have been posted as has the download. It is recommended for all customers running 2009.Q3 who are unable to upgrade to 2010.Q1. However, the 2010.Q1 release supersedes all releases of 2009.Q3, and it is strongly recommended to upgrade to 2010.Q1 instead of any 2009.Q3 release, including this one, if possible.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 146 Issue 1; Vol 145 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 144 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 141 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle's Hardware and Systems Support Policies
  • Sun Ray 3 Plus Client
  • Java SE 6 Update 19 Released
  • The Latest Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron Processors
  • Oracle's Sun VirtualBox 3.1.6
  • Intel CPU/Memory HotPlug for OpenSolaris
  • DTrace GUI Plugin for NetBeans and Oracle Solaris Studio (formerly Sun Studio)
  • Best Practices for Solution Providers to Successfuly Engage Customers
  • Integrating Sun Role Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
  • The Evolution of Oracle Data Mining

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

    Auto Service Request and Network Services for Sun Systems and Storage
    Helps Improve System Availability, Save Time, and Reduce Costs
    Auto Service Request (ASR) is a secure, scalable, customer-installable software feature of warranty and SunSpectrum support that provides auto-case generation when specific hardware faults occur in Sun systems. For Sun storage, network services can be induced so specific services can be performed remotely in order to increase service availability, reduce administration time, maintain storage system performance, and manage data center environments more efficiently. To check which Sun products qualify, there is a wiki page for ASR Systems (servers) and a general product information page on network services for Storage products.
    HTML5 Server-Push Technologies
    HTTP, AJAX, Comet -- Milestones Along the Way
    A recent article in details information on two important components of the upcoming HTML5 specification, Server-Sent Events and WebSockets. Author Gregor Roth begins his piece, which is Part 1 of a series, with a review of the technologies that have served web users over the years, beginning with Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and then moving to both AJAX (useful for pulling data requests from the server) and Comet or "reverse AJAX" (which defines the architecture for pushing data from the server to the client).
    Sun Blade X6275 Outperforms IBM Power6 on Weather Research and Forecasting Benchmark
    Sun Blade Cluster is 28% Faster than IBM POWER6 Cluster
    The Sun BestPerf blog "WRF Benchmark: X6275 Beats Power6" written by Paul Kinney reports that, on both the 12 km CONUS data set and the 2.5 km CONUS data set, the Sun Blade X6275 cluster beat the IBM POWER6 cluster.
    "Exadata Smart Flash Cache and the Sun Oracle Database Machine"
    Breaking Out of the Enterprise Storage Bottleneck
    The Oracle white paper "Exadata Smart Flash Cache and the Sun Oracle Database Machine" claims that the Sun Oracle Database machine, comprising Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software and the Exadata Smart Flash Cache, is capable of meeting the extreme demands for performance and scalability required for in Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Data Warehousing (DW) and consolidated, mixed database workloads.
    "Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials"
    Upcoming Book Will Cover All Forms of Virtualization Associated with the OS
    The forthcoming book "Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials" will go beyond hypervisors and present information on all forms of server virtualization that is provided by Solaris 10 as well as those that the OS can use, writes one of its authors Jeff Victor. Areas to be covered are expected to include Solaris Containers (also called Solaris Zones), VirtualBox, Oracle VM (x86 and SPARC; the latter of which was known as Logical Domains), and Dynamic Domains. Jeff Victor's blog entry provides a few more details, noting that the book is available for pre-order at
    Oracle Enterprise Ops Center 2.5 Update 3
    Offers Performance Gains, Support of IPMP Networking, Over 50 Bug Fixes
    Update 3 of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center was released on April 7. Steve Wilson reported on his blog that this release adds substantial performance improvements, support of IPMP networking with Solaris Container management, and more than 50 bug fixes. Another change worth mentioning is this upgrade will turn Sun Ops Center into Oracle Enterprise Ops Center. Wilson warns all former Sun Ops Center users not to fear, and offers a screen-shot preview as reassurance. This latest release can be used to update all Ops Center 2.5 software versions.
    Java Technology
    GlassFish Version 3 Exceeds Performance Expectations
    Inside Look at Early Testing Shows Excellent Performance Characteristics
    The work that was put into GlassFish Version 3 shows. With a completely new architecture, major rewriting of some code sections, and the implementation of the Java EE 6 specification, this latest version has exceeded the performance expectations of even the GlassFish performance team. Scott Oaks shares results from the basic servlet operations of the web container along with some scalability testing to show the difference between Version 3 and Version 2, as well as JBoss and Tomcat.
    JavaFX and the Enterprise: A Good Match?
    Java Champ Adam Bien Says It's a Go
    Java luminary Adam Bien -- both a Java Champion and a Java Rock Star -- answers affirmatively the question he poses in a recent blog "Is JavaFX Ready for the Enterprise?" On his way to "yes" Bien poses 11 questions and provides answers that bolster his conclusion.
    April 2010 Critical Patch Update
    Now Includes Security Fixes for Sun Products
    Oracle's April 2010 Critical Patch Update includes sixteen new fixes for the Sun product line, including Solaris, Sun Cluster, Sun Convergence, Sun Java System Access Manager, Sun Java System Communications Express, Sun Java System Directory Server, Sun Ray Server Software, and Sun Management Center. Sun product users can now expect security bug fixes to be addressed through this quarterly release unless a severe critical flaw is found. Then, a Security Alert will be dispatched.
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