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Oracle
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Learn How to Search Oracle's Documentation
An Oracle ACE Shares a Simple Method

Anyone new, or even perhaps not-so-new, to Oracle and interested in finding documentation related to the Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server and Fusion Middleware, Oracle Beehive and Collaboration Suite, and others, may want to take a suggestion from Tim Hall. On his The ORACLE-BASE Blog, Hall states that the most important skill any Oracle DBA/Developer needs is knowing how to search the Oracle documentation. He offers a basic but key method that may assist.

Features
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IBM X-Force 2010 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report
Shifting Statistics Produce Differing Conclusions
IBM, by its own account, according to Forbes writer Andy Greenberg, indicts itself in the current semi-annual "X-Force 2010 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report" as the enterprise that left the greatest number of unpatched vulnerabilities in its software. An early version of the report -- later quietly revised and reissued -- had cited Sun and Google as the two companies most guilty of leaving vulnerabilities unpatched, Greenberg notes.
Virtualization
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"Oracle Database 11g Release 2 RAC On Linux Using VirtualBox"
A Less Expensive Solution for Providing Storage
A detailed treatment is provided by Tim Hall on installing Oracle Database 11g release 2 RAC on Linux (Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 64-bit) using VirtualBox (3.2.8) with no additional shared disk devices. The installation he describes circumvents the expense of providing shared storage with either SAN or high-end NAS devices or by using a FireWire disk enclosure to allow two machines to access the same disk(s), recommending instead a third option, which is to use virtualization to fake the shared storage.
Java Technology
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8th Annual JCP Program Awards
Recognizes Innovations and Leaders of the Java Community Process
Winners of the 8th annual JCP Program Awards will be announced Sept. 22 during the JavaOne evening event at the Intercontinental Hotel. This year there are three categories: JCP Member of the Year, Outstanding Spec Lead, and Most Innovative JSR.
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Released
Along with Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 is out, along with Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2. The Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 update includes new features, fixes, and hardware support, and preserves full compatibility with over 11,000 third-party products and customer applications.

Start Enjoying the Benefits of Solaris 11 Now
11 Suggestions on Preparing to Take Advantage of the Upcoming OS
To prepare for the major upgrade of Solaris 11, whose preview release is expected later this year and its general release is planned for 2011 availability, Oracle Consultant Constantin Gonzalez outlines 11 suggestions interested users can do right now to begin to enjoy the benefits of the upcoming OS.
Cloud Computing
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Cloud Computing: Not Always a Silver Lining
Assess Your Needs Before Deciding Only the Cloud Will Do

Citing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of "cloud computing," Oracle's Principal Technologist for Cloud Computing, Public Sector division, Harry J. Foxwell, Ph.D., suggests that not every enterprise clamoring for a cloud of its own has a genuine need that can only be met with cloud computing facilities rather than with legacy resources or with in-house technology.

Software
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Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite 7 Update 1
Formerly Sun Java Communications Suite
The former Sun Java Communications Suite is now the Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite and has been updated to Version 7 Update 1. Multiple suite products and components comprise the Communications Suite to support distributed communication and collaboration applications. There have been considerable changes made to many of these individual components in this update.
Servers
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Script to Check CPU Cores Ownership
For T-series Servers Running Oracle VM Server for SPARC
ISV Engineer Roman Ivanov offers a script specific to T-series servers (T2 and T2 Plus processors) running Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly Sun Logical Domains). The script verifies if any CPU core is shared between two or more logical domains. The relevancy is if CPU threads from the same CPU core are assigned to different logical domains, then there can be a reduction in efficiency of these CPU threads. Ivanov explains why this occurs and how his script works.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 151 Issue 1; Vol 150 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 149 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 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Two New Sun Netra Servers Introduced
  • Security Configuration Benchmark for Solaris 10
  • GlassFish Security
  • Solving a Zone Attach Fail During a Zone Upgrade
  • The Line-up of Partner Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2010
  • San Francisco JUG Gets Two Day Session on Java EE 6 & GlassFish
  • Sun Storage 6180 Array Outperforms IBM DS5020
  • Oracle's Exadata Storage Server Software Version 11.2.1.3.1
  • DDRdrive's X1 Proves Itself a Useful Device in Non-clustering ZFS Roles
  • InfoWorld Announces Its Bossies Awards for 2010

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

    Top 50 Articles on Web Site This Week
    August 29th to September 11th
    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

    • Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Accelerates Java Development (2010-08-25)
    • Two New Sun Netra Servers Introduced (2010-09-02)
    • Security Configuration Benchmark for Solaris 10 (2010-08-31)
    • Sun Storage 6180 Array Outperforms IBM DS5020 (2010-09-03)
    • Solving a Zone Attach Fail During a Zone Upgrade (2010-08-31)

    • DDRdrive's X1 Proves Itself a Useful Device in Non-clustering ZFS Roles (2010-09-03)
    • Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Released (2010-09-09)
    • Oracle's Exadata Storage Server Software Version 11.2.1.3.1 (2010-09-01)
    • 'GlassFish Security' (2010-08-31)
    • Takes on the Upcoming Oracle Solaris 11 (2010-08-27)

    The longer version of this article has list of top 50 articles for this last week.

      Developer
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      "Build an Enterprise-Grade PHP Stack with Zend Server and Oracle Database 11g"
      An Easy Way to Create this Stack in the Absence of an Install Wizard
      The quick way, contends a recent blog from Oracle, to create an Oracle/PHP/Apache/Linux (OPAL) development and deployment environment is to Build an Enterprise-Grade PHP Stack with Zend Server and Oracle Database 11g. In the absence of an automated means of setting up such an environment, Blogger Vikram Vaswani suggests using Zend Server, which enables the quick configuration of a PHP environment since it comes out of the box with a high-performance, enterprise-ready OPAL stack that makes it possible to add PHP middleware to existing corporate installations with ease.
      Sysadmin
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      A Terabyte by Any Other Name Is Really Only a Tebibyte
      Understanding What Constitutes Usable Capacity
      When we buy storage media, it is essential, writes Ryan Matthews in a recent blog, to keep in mind that computers think in binary (base 2) math while storage media vendors market their wares in decimal (base 10) math. This does make a difference if you are attempting to place 555 MB of data on a 760MB disk and discover there is insufficient room. Part of the problem, Matthews explains, stems from the difference in reckoning file size; the rest stems from the space consumed by meta data in the course of loading the disk.
      Security
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      "Hardening Oracle Database with Oracle Solaris Security Technologies"
      How to Protect Network-facing Services
      "Hardening Oracle Database with Oracle Solaris Security Technologies" is an Oracle white paper that explains how commodity Oracle Solaris OS security features can be used to lock down network-facing services in order to protect from internal and external threats. The paper uses Oracle Database Server 11g Release 2 executing on Oracle Solaris 10 /10/09 throughout to illustrate the concepts under discussion.
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