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IT - CxO
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The Winds of Change
TechRepublic (October 25, 2011)
"Gartner analyst Ken McGee has a radical assessment of IT and what CIOs need to do about. Read his principles of the 'new CIO manifesto.' ... "

IT is no longer a bastion of skills sets that supports the business, IT must become an enable of business strategies. To that end, one Gartner analyst has "15 IT Best Practices to Kill" in order to facilitate this change. Some of these have been around a long time and will meet resistance; never the less, changes are afoot.

Relieving Stress
CIO Insight (October 31, 2011)
"Do you find that some of your IT workers always think in worst-case scenarios, even when thereís no indication that the worst will happen? Or, do they they lash out over relatively minor setbacks? ..."

Anyone in a management or leadership position has to deal with personal and organizational stress. Knowing how to recognize the signs and make changes is key to being effective. Here are "Five Ways to Help Your IT Employees Deal with Stress"; and don't forget to look in the mirror occasionally.

Don't Let Stress Become Life Threatening
DataCenterEdge (November 11, 2011)
"A survey that the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)_ conducted back in 2006 showed that even then, workplace stress was a problem. ... If things were that bad before the recession, imagine what theyíre like now. So ADAA has identified some helpful tips for managing stress at work ..."

Any one will tell you that a high level of stress over a prolonged period can be dangerous. These "Fourteen Tips for Managing Work-Related Stress" will go along way to getting your life back. Pay special attention to 11 and 13, the life you save may be your own.

    Board Prepared
    DataCenterEdge (November 9, 2011)
    "As CIOs increase their interactions with the board of directors, it is vital that they improve their knowledge of this unique and independent audience, according to Gartner, Inc. Only 16 percent of board directors have any IT background or experience ..."

    Sooner or later the CEO is going to ask you to present to their boss. These "Seven Points CIOs Must Know About the Board of Directors" will help you navigate the mine field. Two thing to remember; don't step in anything and don't surprise your boss in front of the Board.

    Features
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    Creating a Solaris 10 Branded Zone in Solaris 11
    A Speedy, Low-effort Procedure Jeff Savit Attests
    Jeff Savit recounts his experience of building what he terms "a low effort way" to create a virtual Solaris 10 zone on Oracle Solaris 11. With the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Solaris 10 Zones now available, Savit says, one can download a complete Solaris 10 install in a guest virtual machine that can run on any host OS that supports VirtualBox. Both sets of downloads (and he includes the link in his blog) provide a quick - and extremely easy way to set up a virtual Solaris 10 environment.
    SPARC
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    The Future of the SPARC M4
    Under Which Roof? Oracle or Fujitsu
    Timothy Prickett Morgan speculates on the future of the SPARC M4 processor and the respective roles Oracle and Fujitsu might be expected to play in its manufacture. "Speculates" is the operant word because Morgan concedes that neither company is being particularly vocal about the M4. The piece concludes with the opinion that the Oracle-Fujitsu collaboration might well be viable, with Oracle concentrating on entry- and mid-level systems and Fujitsu on HPC interconnects and SPARC chips tuned for massively parallel supercomputers. Given Oracle's reticence on the subject, the author is pursuing Fujitsu for details. More later ... or not.
    Virtualization
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    Migrating from Hyper-V and vSphere to Oracle VM (Oracle's Virtualization Blog)
    A Simple Three-Step Procedure

    In three simple steps it's possible, according to Ronen Kofman's blog, to migrate from Hyper-V and vSphere to Oracle VM. Those steps are:

    • Package your VM as an OVA (on vSphere simply export it as an OVA)
    • Import it to the Oracle VM manager as an Assembly
    • Treat this like any other assembly; create a template and clone it as often as you wish

    No dedicated tools or converters, Kofman claims: simplicity in itself.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox Gains a Fan
    Ginny Henningsen Is Won Over
    Oracle VM VirtualBox has become the new favorite tool of Ginny Henningsen, who writes that, in testing database installation procedures, she discovered how simple it was to create multiple OS installation test cases as well as snapshot her progress at various points along the way. "Oracle VM VirtualBox turned my simple x86 system into a non-production sandbox, [and] ... taking Oracle VM VirtualBox snapshots along the way let me return to a known working operating system state," she writes. Oracle VM VirtualBox benefits system administrators familiar with one OS who are learning to perform tasks in another, new OS.
    IT - Storage
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    Sub $5K NAS Shootout
    InfoWorld (October 19, 2011)
    "Five- and six-bay NAS cabinets from Iomega, Netgear, QNAP, Synology, and Thecus compete on speed, ease, and business features ..."

    Looking for an inexpensive NAS filer? Here are the results as "5 Storage Servers Battle for Business". Even if one of your choices is not of the list you can compare the guidelines and results with you choice to determine if you choice makes sense.

    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 57: Live From Devoxx 11
    Ben Evans and Martijn Verburg of the London JUG with Yara Senger of SouJava
    Java Spotlight Episode 57: Live from Devox 11 features an interview with Ben Evans and Martijn Verburg from the London JUG along with Yara Senger from the SouJava JUG. Under discussion are the JCP Executive Committee Elections, JSR 248, and Adopt-a-JSR program. Host Roger Brinkley points out that both the London JUG and SouJava JUG are JCP Standard Edition Executive Committee Members. He identifies some new faces on the Java All Star Developer Panel as well: Geertjan Wielenga, Principal Product Manger in Oracle Developer Tools; Stephen Chin, Java Champion and Java FX expert; and Antonio Goncalves, Paris JUG leader.
    Java Spotlight Episode 56: Stephan Janssen
    Java Champion Discusses Devoxx and Parleys

    Java Chamption Stephan Janssen joins Roger Brinkley on Java Spotlight Episode 56 for a discussion of Devoxx and Parleys. Janssen is the CTO of the Java Competence Center at RealDolmen and has been involved with developing and implementing real world Java solutions in the finance and manufacturing industries. Server Side has named him as one of the 54 Who is Who in Enterprise Java 2004. Sun recognized him in 2005 for his efforts in the Java Community and has engaged him in the Java Champion project. Seated on the Java All Star Developer Panel are Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    84 Open Source Companies Ranked By Momentum Index
    Two quarters full of progress for many open source software companies
    MomentumIndex.com has ranked 84 open source companies with Acquia at the top of the list, followed by talend and Jaspersoft. Others include
    • Automattic - WordPress.com
    • SugarCRM - Customer relationship management
    • Engine Yard - PaaS for Ruby on Rails and PHP
    • Appcelerator - For rapidly developing native and HTML5 mobile web apps
    • Kaltura - Open Source Online Video Platform
    • Alfresco - Enterprise CMS
    • Nexenta - Open source enterprise class storage solutions based on Solaris

    MomentumIndex identifies exposure to cloud computing as responsible for those companies exhibiting the fastest growth.

    Open Source Is Not a One Man Band
    And Innovation is the Payoff for Having Many Hands Writing Code
    Open source is about very much more than avoiding licensing fees, Simon Phipps contends in his blog Open Source Nurtures Innovation. He argues cogently that absence of the need for an individual or a small group of developers to maintain code libraries (a must with proprietary software) frees writers of software to concentrate on new applications. In the world of open source, " ... instead of being solely responsible for the sustaining of every innovation they add, innovators can contribute their work to the shared code commons and have the sustaining shared by everyone," according to Phipps.
    Solaris
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    Installing Oracle Solaris 11 in Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Using Oracle Solaris 11 Image to Get Up and Running Quickly
    In the first of a series of hands-on labs dealing with Oracle Solaris 11 readers will find the steps involved in using the Oracle Solaris 11 Image for Oracle VM VirtualBox to get up and running quickly with Oracle Solaris 11. The lab is divided into four exercises, as follows:

    • Exercise 1: Download the Oracle Solaris 11 VM for Oracle VM VirtualBox
    • Exercise 2: Import the Oracle Solaris 11 VM into VirtualBox
    • Exercise 3: Start the Oracle Solaris 11 Express VM
    • Exercise 4: Take a snapshot

    Enjoy!

    Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 (Overview)
    A Guide to the Process

    "Transitioning from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 (Overview)" is a guide that provides answers to some of the questions likely to arise in the course of the transition. The guide also includes, when applicable, information about transitioning from Oracle Solaris 11 Express to Oracle Solaris 11. Most Oracle Solaris 10 applications are known to work on Oracle Solaris 11, and supported applications can be run as is. One can even run applications that rely on features excluded from Oracle Solaris 11 in an Oracle Solaris 10 virtual environment.

    IT - Cloud
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    Plan Before You Leap
    InformationWeek (November 8, 2011)
    "Cloud Technology Partners execs share advice on avoiding common traps as you move from legacy enterprise infrastructure to the private cloud ..."

    The cloud sounds so good; reduce costs; improve performance; react faster; and the list goes on. The problem is that the cloud is not all cream and cookies. Before you start, address these "Six Big Questions for Private Cloud Projects"; and these are only the beginning of the due diligent process.

    Consultant Translator
    CIO (October 26, 2011)
    "Consultants have been a mainstay of IT departments forever. But in the cloud the commercial language is filled with a new set of euphemisms you need to understand. Here are some to look out for ..."

    Ever have a talk with a consultant, walk away and then come to the conclusion you don't have the foggiest idea what just went on. Here's What Your Cloud Consultant is "Trying to Tell You" when you hear any of these statements.

    One Step At A Time
    Baseline (November 8, 2011)
    "Virtualization and cloud computing increase efficiency and flexibility in providing data and applications to users, yet managing performance of applications and transactions in the cloud is neither simple nor easy ..."

    Getting your apps into a cloud is like herding cats; there are a few issues along the way. These "10 Steps to Moving to the Cloud" should allow you to make a document detailing what needs to be done, who needs to be involved and when each step needs to be completed. Like any project document, the cloud plan is not engraved in stone but evolves with real time information.

    IT Is Not Being Consulted
    CIO (November 11, 2011)
    "Cloud computing rapidly gained traction because of its ability to manage the complexity of multiple legacy environments while consolidating infrastructure. But as organizations move forward with various cloud initiatives, many CIOs are now wrestling a sprawl of clouds that seems to be spinning out of control ..."

    One of the problems IT is facing daily are the number of end users that are signing up for cloud services without any input from IT and then expecting IT to support their choices. IT is looking at solving this issue through "Federated Cloud Strategies"; What CIOs Need to Know when addressing both the cloud and the users.

    Hardware
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    Technical Product Guide for Sun Ray Clients
    Covers Sun Ray 3; Sun Ray 3 plus, and Sun Ray 3i
    On Jaap's VDI Blog Space readers will find a link to the new technical guide for all three Sun Ray clients: Sun Ray 3, Sun Ray 3 plus, and Sun Ray 3i. The online documentation provides detailed information about the similarities and differences between the three Sun Ray client hardware models. The "Sun Ray 3 Series Clients Product Guide" lists the features and technical specifications of the Sun Ray Client such as number of ports, chassis, graphics, network interfaces, power supply, operating conditions, MTBF, reliability, and other standards. The guide also contains a separate chapter about environmental data.
    IT - Security
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    No One is 100% Secure
    eWeek (October 14, 2011)
    "Data breaches are inevitable. Ask Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who called security a 'never-ending process' ..."

    Hacking and data breaches are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Taking data, network, server and access security lightly is a sure path to big trouble. Here are "10 Tips for Fortifying Network Security". The bottom line is that constant vigilances, testing, analysis and training are the only ways to stand a chance of discovering a problem.

    Itís the Little Things that Eat You Alive
    TechRepublic (October 15, 2011)
    "IT administrators are often so busy just trying to keep up with the obvious security threats that many more problems fly under the radar. ..."

    Mosquitoes are amazingly annoying little pests and they can wreck havoc on you weekends and you health. Likewise these "10 Security Problems You Might Not Realize You Have" can wreak havoc on you and your company; As always itís the little things that eat you alive.

    Small issues Cause Big Problems
    Dark Reading (October 26, 2011)
    "Sometimes it's the unknown or overlooked little mistakes that leave an organization wide open to attack: a missing hash mark in a server configuration, a long-forgotten PBX user account, or an embedded Web server in an office printer ..."

    Security follows life in a lot of ways, often times we worry about big things when in fact little things cause the most problems. Take a look at these "Six Deadly Security Blunders Businesses Make" and then take a look at your own environment to see how man exist/

    IT - Careers
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    Solve DARPA Puzzle and Win $50k
    NetworkWorld (October 27, 2011)
    "If you like puzzles and think you could make shredded or severely damaged documents whole again in a particularly cool way, then the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have a challenge for you ..."

    Shredded documents are a little difficult to reconstruct; to find innovative outside solutions "DARPA Offers $50,000 Prize If You Can Figure Out These Shredded Puzzles". There are five documents that have been individually shredded, then mixed together with some pieces missing or pieces added. Should be very interesting.

      Pay Attention During the Day
      silicon.com (October 25, 2011)
      "We've all been there: you've got a million things on your to-do list and yet somehow you find yourself reading about a man who ordered a giant monster slipper or watching a video of a skateboarding dog ..."

      Have you ever stepped back and looked at where you spend you time during the day; or do you wonder at the end of the day where the time went? If you are in the later here are the "Top 10 Ways to Avoid Distractions at Work". Will this make you immediately more productive, who knows, but one thing is for sure, you can be proactive instead of reactive to the distractions during the day.

      Employee Firing Errors
      CIO (November 2, 2011)
      "Terminating an employee is one of the hardest things a manager will ever have to do. Because firing someone can be so emotionally charged and logistically complicated, it's an easy process to mess up. Here are six more common mistakes managers make ..."

      No doubt that tiring an employee is tough; even when deserved. Here are "6 More Mistakes Managers Make When Firing Employees"; watch out for these in this litigious era.

      Top10
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      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 165 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Vol 164 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 163 Issue 3
      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:

      • Recent Benchmarks Using Oracle Solaris 11
      • Taking Your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11
      • Building a Solaris 11 Repository Without Network Connection
      • Completely Disabling Root Logins on Solaris 11
      • Building an Infrastructure Cloud with Oracle VM for x86 + Enterprise Manager 12c
      • Solaris 11 Resources for System Administrators
      • Before you Download Solaris 11 Find Out Which Devices Are Supported
      • The IPS System Repository
      • Java Performance: New Title by Charlie Hunt and Binu John
      • Solaris AESNI OpenSSL Engine

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

        Developer
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        15x Performance Improvements Without Really Trying?
        Learn to Optimize, Dr. John Feo Urges
        Dr. John Feo summarizes his findings on two dozen personal codes: those written by single users or small research groups for their own use and not otherwise distributed. For all but two of these programs, Feo writes, it was possible to improve single processor performance by margins of from 2x to 15.5x with a simple average of 4.75x. Feo concludes that personal scientific research codes are highly inefficient and not running parallel chiefly because developers are unaware of simple optimization techniques. His recommendation is to require graduate students to take a semester length course in optimization and parallel programming.
        Sysadmin
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        Oracle Solaris 10 Compared to Oracle Solaris 11
        Feature-by-feature Comparison with Links to Additional Details

        There is a feature-by-feature comparison of Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 on the oracle.com site. The comparison is in tabular form that includes a column with links devoted to additional information concerning all the features under discussion, some of which are listed below:

        • Booting from a root device
        • Booting from the network
        • Booting (recovery)
        • Desktop environment
        • Installation (graphical)
        • Installation (interactive text)
        • Network configuration (manual and automatic)
        • Network configuration (DHCP)
        • Network configuration (wireless)
        • Packaging (software management)
        • Security management
        • System configuration and reconfiguration
        • User account management

        Much is the same, but much has also changed.

        New Shell In Oracle Solaris 11
        Details on Handlng Compatibility Problems

        The new shell in Oracle Solaris 11, "Korn Shell 93," replaces both the Bourne Shell (/usr/bin/sh or /sbin/sh) and Korn Shell 88 ((/usr/bin/ksh), reports Rick Ramsey, noting some incompatibilities between the shells and where to find them described. In addition, Ramsey includes a list that tabulates "If this doesn't work"/"Use This" instances that enable users, in cases where scripts have compatibility problems, to use the legacy shell by changing the she-bang line.

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