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Eco-friendly Oracle
Solutions that Minimize Environmental Impact
With the addition of Sustainability Sensor Data Management -- a new solution that helps organizations monitor their environmental performance -- to its Manufacturing Operations Center solution, Oracle has taken a big further step toward enabling its customers to monitor, manage and advance environmental programs, and, as a result to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, protect the environment and ensure regulatory compliance.
Virtualization
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How to Set Up Kerberos Authentication
Gives User Access to to the Active Directory
A handy seven-step process on "How to Set Up Kerberos Authentication" is Stephanie Lewellen's gift to readers of the Oracle Wikis Home blog site. Readers can get some idea about the gist of this piece from a prefatory note the author includes: "To get the full functionality offered by Kerberos Authentication, it is necessary to provide the credentials of a user that has 'write' access to the Active Directory. This user will be used to read users and delete computer entries from the directory."
Java Technology
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More on GlassFish 3.1
Have a Look at GlassFish on YouTube
Look to YouTube for the latest details on GlassFish 3.1 in a five minute video, the gist of which is that there's more to the release than just clustering. A link to a planning document details the JDBC content of the screen cast, and a further link, Shalini's Weblog, reviews the new features in GlassFish v3.
Back on the Map: Java SE 7, 8, 9
Oracle Announces Release Schedules
In case you missed the news, Markus Eisele takes the occasion of his blog entry on current Java technology developments to remind readers of what Mark Reinhold said about Java SE 7, 8 and 9 at JavaONE, which was, "7 has moved to 2011. 8, we can expect in 2012. I won't make any guesses about 9, but the current hint is to have releases on a more regular cadence every 18, 24 or maybe 36 months at the outside. A platform like Java, in order to stay alive, needs to keep moving. We are going to keep it moving."
Free and Open Source S/W
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OpenDJ from ForgeRock
Based on Sun's OpenDS Project
Do you remember Sun OpenDS project? Good. Then perhaps you will be happy to learn that it has been resurrected as OpenDJ, a new member of the ForgeRock product family. Simon Phipps reports this information in his Wild Webmink blog "New ventures: OpenDJ, FossAlliance."
Solaris
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Keep Up with the Latest on Oracle Solaris
Oracle Podcasts Share Details
The new podcast series about Solaris called "Oracle Solaris: In A Class By Itself," hosted by Dan Roberts, Bill Nesheim and Chris Armes, provides an update of what's been happening over the last few months and furnishes details on why Oracle Solaris is the best OS for x86-based servers. The podcast also includes a brief overview of the new support offering for Oracle Solaris on third party x86 hardware.
Preparing for Solaris 11 Installation
What's New, What's Better than JumpStart
In a half-hour video, Dave Miner, architect for Solaris Installation, describes the changes to the installation process and tools for Solaris 11. Miner explains how much easier Solaris 11 Install will be to use than JumpStart was.
MySQL
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Europe's AlSego Employs MySQL to Develop Financial Applications
Performance, Strong Tech Support, Replication Monitoring Were Strong Selling Points
AlSego developed a financial business application, MiddleOffice Control, a BI reporting and integration solution that runs on AlSego's Core platform XL-Groupware and used MySQL to do so, said CEO Marc Van Oost in an interview. AlSego chose MySQL, he said, for its high level of performance and for its automated monitoring feature via MySQL Enterprise. AlSego also purchased MySQL Enterprise subscription services to take advantage of replication monitoring and strong vendor technical support. "MySQL is one of the best RDBMS available," says Van Oost.
Servers
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"Deploying Oracle Database on Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series Systems"
Combining Virtualization Technologies for Enterprise Deployments of Oracle Database.
The Oracle White Paper "Deploying Oracle Database on Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series Systems" provides technical information on the Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series systems and the mainframe-class RAS features and resource management capabilities that they offer. The white paper also explores the virtualization capabilities provided by Oracle Solaris and the Oracle Sun Enterprise M-series Systems, and offers as well several recommendations on how to combine virtualization technologies for enterprise deployments of Oracle Database.
Storage
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Could Oracle Be Losing Its Lustre?
Perhaps Ony Larry Ellison Knows for Sure
This much is known: Lustre 2.0.0 is now GA and available for download but in a community-only release. Upgrades to 2.0.0 are not supported for production 1.8.x sites. Lustre 2.0.0 provides support for OEL 5, RHEL 5, SLES 10 and 11 (client only), and Fedora 11 (client only). This release offers a number of significant features and enhancements, including Changelogs, Commit on Share, Lustre_rsync, and Size-on-MDS (preview). Lustre 2.0.0 supporting documentation includes the Operations Manual, Release Notes, and Change Log 2.0. As to Lustre's ultimate future ... more will be revealed.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 152 Issue 1; Vol 151 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 150 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Buying Passlogix
  • The Upcoming Oracle Cloud Office
  • Major Software Update for Sun ZFS Storage 7000 Series Appliances
  • Slide Presentation: "What is My Unix Doing?"
  • Optimize Solaris Zone Performance and Increase Server Utilization
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster Essentials"
  • Sun Resellers to Go Under Contract with Oracle
  • Gartner Identifies Many Aspects to Virtualization Process
  • IT 2020: Technology Optimism: An Oracle Scenario
  • Mapping to be Included in Future Solaris CPU Patch Documents

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

    Developer
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    The Developer Days Appliance for VirtualBox
    Hands-on Database Application Development Hands-on Lab
    The Oracle Technology Network Developer Day document describes the installation of a virtual guest appliance that provides pre-configured Oracle software to use while working on the Hands-on Database Application Development hands-on lab (HOL). The authors state that the subject Database Development Appliance is necessary for completing the Hands on Labs in the Java, Apex and Database Development tracks; it is not necessary for the .Net Track.
    "How to Build Better Applications with Oracle Solaris DTrace"
    PDF Slide Presentation Spells the Process Out
    The slide presentation "How to Build Better Applications with Oracle Solaris DTrace," prepared by Oracle's Brendan Gregg, Principal Software Engineer, and Jim Mauro, Senior Principal Software Engineer, approaches the subject from four aspects: What is DTrace?; Using DTrace; Application Analysis; and USDT Probes. Concluding supplemental example slides include code for Which ZFS file?; Running zfs.d; Measuring ZFS file write latency; Time-based user-mode profile; and User stack trace for mutex_trylock () call.
    Sysadmin
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    Where Are the Real Savings in Unix vs Wintel/DP
    Paul Murphy Identifies the Source of the Savings
    "What counts at the enterprise level are the operating costs, risks, and limitations imposed by whatever infrastructure is used - not the start-up cost of that infrastructure." So writes Paul Murphy in his blog "Unix vs Wintel/DP: the cost/benefit issue."
    Hard Drive Space and ZFS
    Learn How to Keep Time Slider Humming Along Smoothly
    Searching for extra space on his laptop, Brian Leonard writes in an article jam-packed with code about coming to terms with file space consumed by snapshots. Parsing the situation with zfs list output, Leonard identifies the particular snapshot files that need to be deleted in order to give him back the space he requires and make Time Slider happy once more.
    OTN Interview with Brendan Gregg on Strategies for Using DTrace
    This One Is for Sys Admins
    Follow the link to a 23+ minute video featuring Rick Ramsey interviewing Brendan Gregg on the topic of DTrace for System Administrators. The focus is on the strategies to employ in using DTrace. This is not a nuts and bolts view.
    Security
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    White Paper on High Performance Security
    For Oracle WebLogic Applications
    The Oracle white paper "High Performance Security for Oracle WebLogic Applications Using Oracle SPARC Enterprise T-series Server" details the high performance security strategies for Oracle WebLogic server based applications and XML Web services using the on-chip cryptographic acceleration capabilities of Oracle SPARC Enterprise T-Series Servers. The white paper also presents the technical pre-requisites, configuration, deployment and verification guidelines for Oracle WebLogic server, Java runtime environment and Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework for supporting the cryptographic operations involved with encryption/decryption, digital signature, key management functions of SSL and WS-Security application scenarios.
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