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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.
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


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.

Creating User Home Directory Encryption with ZFS
Darren Moffat's How-to
In the blog "User home directory encryption with ZFS" Darren Moffat demonstrates how to exploit the ability of ZFS encryption to delegate key management to individual users, combined with a PAM module he wrote, to provide per-user encrypted home directories. All the necessary code is included in Moffat's post.
Oracle Solaris 11 ZFS File System on Oracle Solaris 11
Three-part Hands-on Lab
In the post "Oracle Solaris 11 ZFS File System on Oracle Solaris 11" readers will find a multi-part hands-on tutorial on the basics of Oracle Solaris ZFS that describes how devices are used in storage pools and considers performance and availability. It also looks at the various types of Oracle Solaris ZFS datasets that can be created and when to use each type. Participants will learn about file system snapshots, cloning data, allocation limits and recovering from common errors. The exercises take participants through creating some zpools and exploring different types of virtual devices (vdevs).
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.
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.
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.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    84 Open Source Companies Ranked By Momentum Index
    Two quarters full of progress for many open source software companies has ranked 84 open source companies with Acquia at the top of the list, followed by talend and Jaspersoft. Others include
    • Automattic -
    • 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.
    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.
    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 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.

    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.
    Java Technology
    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.

    Richard Bair on JavaFX 2.0 Architecture and Programming Model
    From JavaOne 2011: Follows on Nicolas Lorain's 'Introduction to JavaFX 2.0'
    In his JavaOne 2011 presentation on JavaFX Architecture Richard Bair's program agenda covers architecture, observable collections, properties, events, callbacks, and threading. Rather than concentrating on the JavaFX Public APIs and Scenegraph, Bair focuses his presentation of the implementation on the toolkit interface, the quantum toolkit, Prism, and Glass. Blogger robilad provides links to both Nicolas Lorain's Introduction to JavaFX 2.0, which he recommends as an introduction, and to Bair's above mentioned presentation. Both talks are on and both are one hour plus in length.
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