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Best Way To Update Software Using IPS in Oracle Solaris 11
Three-part Tutorial on Keeping Software Current without all the Mumbo Jumbo

Software Management Best Practices with IPS in Oracle Solaris 11 is a three-part tutorial by Ginny Henningsen. Part 1, Best Way to Update Software with IPS; Part 2, Best way to Automate ZFS Snapshots and Track Software Updates; and Part 3, Best Way to UpdateSoftware in Zones. The SVR4 packaging and patching systems in earlier versions of Solaris were designed by the Chosen for the Faithful. Ginny invites readers to put away their magic tricks bag and follow her suggestions on the best way to use the new tools.

Best Way to Automate ZFS Snapshots and Track Software Updates in Oracle Solaris 11
Part 2 of 3 in Ginny Henningsen's Series
Part 2 of Ginny Henningsen's series on Best Practices in Software Management for Oracle 11 Express addresses how Oracle Solaris 11 Express uses automated snapshots to deliver Time Slider services, a new feature in the GNOME desktop. Time Slider enables users to take periodic snapshots of the active Boot Environment (BE), capturing the software state at regular intervals. This approach might prove useful if you forget to explicitly create a BE when you update software, she suggests.
Replacing the System HDD by a Larger One on Solaris 11 X86
ZFS Mirroring Does the Trick

A recent blog post on The Observatory demonstrates the replacement of the system HDD with a larger one on Solaris 11 x86. The x86 in question is a Toshiba Tecra M10, and the drive is an 80 Gigabyte (GB) that is replaced with a 500 GB drive. Important to use ZFS on the system HDD on Solaris 11 Express x86, which is the OS involved in this operation. According to the post, ZFS mirroring is the simplest approach to replacing an HDD.

Cloud Computing
Six-Part Oracle Series on Cloud Computing: Data Integration for Private Clouds - Part 1 of 6
Webcast Series - Discover the Cloud Advantage for Database starts
Oracle's six-part series on Discover the Cloud Advantage for Database includes a number of programs that prospective and active cloud users will find instructive. The archived and forthcoming series includes:

  • Data Integration for Private Clouds August 18, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Database Consolidation onto Private Clouds September 8, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Managing Databases in Private Clouds October 13, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Maximum Availability on Private Clouds November 10, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Database Consolidation: Better Data Security at Lower Cost On-Demand (Webcast was originally broadcast on June 16, 2011)

  • Storage Management in Private Clouds On-Demand (Webcast was originally broadcast on July 21, 2011)

Registration and log in are required for each webcast.

Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack Delivers Cost Effective Scalable Capacity
Augments any Oracle Exadata Database X2-2 and X2-8 Machine
Oracle's Exadata Storage Expansion Rack creates a new, economical way to add extreme performance storage servers to an Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Up to eight Oracle Exadata Database Machine racks and Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Racks can be easily connected to achieve a single storage grid with a raw disk capacity of more than 3 Petabytes, according to the Oracle press release. Customers can choose from full rack, half rack, and quarter rack configurations. Using Oracle Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression feature, more than 10 Petabytes of user data can be stored.
Oracle's SPARC T4 Chip Called Twice as Fast as SPARC T3
Expect a Hot Property in this Chip, Timothy Prickett Morgan Writes
In the view of Timothy Prickett Morgan, writing in "The Register," "The SPARC T4 processor that Oracle expects to ship before the end of December ... is probably the most important chip that either Sun or Oracle has put into the field since the dual-core UltraSPARC-IV+ 'Panther'...." The new SPARC T core has a feature called the critical thread API that allows a high priority application to grab one thread on a core and hog all of the resources on that core to significantly boost performance of that single thread. The SPARC T4 will have double the per-thread performance of the T3 chip it will replace, according to Prickett Morgan, quoting Oracle sources.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 162 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 161 Issues 1,2, 3 and 4; Vol 160 Issue 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Awk One-Liners Explained
  • Gartner Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies 2011
  • Patching Not The Time Hog It Used to Be
  • Setting Up Unison File Synchronization Between Two Servers
  • SATA Group Creates New High-speed Storage Spec
  • Get into the Cloud but Stay Out of Trouble
  • Sun Blade X6270 M2 with Oracle WebLogic Sets World Record on 2-Processor SPECjEnterprise 2010 Benchmark
  • Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms)
  • Storage Strategies NOW Survey Finds 70% of Respondents Planning to Deploy SSDs

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

    Developing Enterprise Applications for Oracle Solaris
    The Perfect Platform for Oracle's Applications
    Oracle Solaris is a versatile powerhouse of an operating system that provides a robust, scalable and secure platform for the development and delivery of mission-critical enterprise and ISV applications. Solaris offers investment protection and such solutions as Oracle Solaris Studio and the Oracle Solaris Ready program from Oracle PartnetNetwork. Users will find enormous benefit in the integrated testing and patch verification that has been performed across the Oacle hardware and software stack.
    Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup Tutorial
    Installation via Network on x86 Machines

    In his tutorial "Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup" Brian Leonard is careful to caution readers that the material does not apply to Solaris 11, which has a different mechanism for bulk installations over the network. The procedure focuses on Solaris 10, Update 9 for x86 machines. In the subject example Leonard writes that he assumes all clients have the same hardware configuration, and the task is to configure Solaris 10 on them similarly. Leonard provides all the code necessary to complete the 11-step procedure in his article.

    Oracle VDI 3.3 Overview: 70-slide Presentation Covers Four Aspects
    VDI 3.3 Architecture; Desktop Access Layer; Session Management Layer; Virtualization and Storage Layer; VDI Center.
    Matthias Muller-Prove has assembled a 70-slide presentation on an Overview of Oracle VDI 3.3 that covers Oracle VDI 3.3 Architecture; Desktop Access Layer; Session Management Layer; Virtualization and Storage Layer; and Oracle VDI Center.
    Sun Ray Primer Part 1
    VDI Architecture on Unix-based Desktops
    Klaus Ruehl helpfully summarizes Sun Ray architecture into a single page overview and then proceeds to a discussion of how that architecture is used to serve Unix-based desktops. Since most end-users actually want a Windows desktop and typically do not want to get in touch with any different operating system, however, part 2 of Ruehl's article series will explain how to connect Sun Ray clients with the Windows world.
    Oracle VM 3.0: More Scalability, Less Cost than VMware
    Four X Less Expensive than VMware vSphere5 Running RHEL VMs
    Oracle VM 3.0 is four times more scalable than the latest VMware offering, and it supports up to 128 virtual CPUs per virtual machine, at a fraction of the cost. Oracle VM 3.0 has demonstrated support for up to 160 physical CPUs and 2TB memory using Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers. Furthermore, when compared to VMware vSphere5 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux guest VMs, Oracle VM 3.0 running Oracle Linux guest VMs is four times less expensive. Oracle VM is free to download, has zero license cost, and affordable, enterprise-quality support.
    Oracle VM 3.0 Launch Webcast
    A Solution that Outperforms Its VMware Competition
    "In a nutshell" is an expression that applies neatly to the hour-long presentation made at the recent launch of Oracle VM 3.0, application-driven virtualization. The webcast is hosted by Oracle board member and Stanford Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Hector Garcia-Molina of Stanford who introduces in turn Edward Screven, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect, Wim Coekerts, Oracle Senior VP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Tim Frazier, Associate Project Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (representing the user's point of view), and Hasan Rizvi, Oracle Senior VP, Fusion Middleware & Java. Each presenter enlarges a viewer's understanding of the "more for less" quality of Oracle VM 3.0 as they share their views on the impact and evolution of virtualization and unveil Oracle VM 3.0.
    Oracle VM 3: Architecture and Technical Overview
    White Paper Lays Out the Benefits of Oracle's Solution for Application-driven Virtualization
    Oracle VM 3.0 is a solution designed to deliver application-driven virtualization at 4 times the speed and at significantly less cost than VMware. Virtualizing with Oracle VM 3 and capitalizing on its integration with both Oracle hardware and software will enable an enterprise to realize the advantages available in Oracle tools and to realize as well lower total cost of ownership, increased IT flexibility and greater corporate agility. The Oracle white paper "Oracle VM3: Architecture and Technical Overview" explains it all.
    Maintenance Release for Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.2
    Fixes Problem on AMD Fusion CPUs, Adds Linked Clone Support to VirtualBox Manager
    Blogger Fat Bloke reports that Oracle's recent release of a maintenance release for Oracle VM VirtualZox 4.1.2 that included fixing a problem on AMD Fusion CPUs and adding Linked Clone support to the VirtualBox Manager (GUI). The entries on the ChangeLog are too extensive to list here, so readers will have to scan them for themselves.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 44: SpiceLabs Hardware and Software Platform Based on JavaME
    SpiceLabs' Solutions Are Found from Ivory Coast to Indonesia
    SpiceLabs execs Siddhartha Jain, Head of Product Development, and Pradeep Kumar Singh, Vice President of Enterprise Mobility (Engineering), discuss the company's development of a hardware and software solution from the Ivory Coast to Indonesia using JavaME on Episode 44 of Java Spotlight. Regular Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, is part of the Java All Star Developer Panel.
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