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ZFS
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ZFS Shadow Migration: Migrating Files in the Background
One of the Less Known Features of Solaris 11
In his recent post on Less known Solaris 11 features, Joerg Moellenkamp discusses the shadow migration feature of the ZFS Storage Appliance, which enables users to do migrations of data in the background. For example, Moellenkamp writes, imagine you want to replace a RAIDZ with RAID10. Shadow Migration is the perfect tool for this procedure, as Moellenkamp illustrates in his how-to. With the Shadow Migration feature, he writes, you can migrate the data from one local or remote filesystem to another, while you are already accessing the new one to get the data on the old ZFS filesystem.
xVM
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Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Newsletter
February 2012 Edition Now Available
The February edition of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Oracle Database Lifecycle Management
  • Enterprise Management Online Forum
  • Database as a Service

Subscribe to receive the Oracle Enterprise Manager Newsletter.

SPARC
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Destination: SPARC
Oracle Magazine Article by Davd A. Kelly
From the March/April 2012 Issue, "In 2010 Oracle committed to delivering new SPARC chips and server hardware every 12 to 18 months. Over a five-year period, this SPARC roadmap called for improvement of 4 times the cores, 32 times the threads, 16 times the memory capacity, 40 times the database transactions, and 10 times the Java operations per second. So far, on-the-ground results exceed those commitments.

Instead of what was promised on the SPARC and Oracle Solaris roadmap, Oracle is delivering more. The driving time to major SPARC milestones has gotten shorter, and with the recent release of the SPARC T4 chip, Oracle is providing better-than-promised performance."

Windows
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CIFS Sharing on Solaris 11 to Enable Windows Clients to Access Files
Procedure Includes Start-to-finish details

Blogger Paul Johnson posts on how to properly set up a CIFS server on your Solaris 11 machine so that Windows clients can access files. He provides a like to documentation but, as well, shares the necessary instructions for the procedure from beginning to end.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 168 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 167 Issues 1,2,3 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • Mac OS X Gets ZFS from Ten's Complement
  • Resizing a Mirror with ZFS
  • Live Migration Uses Oracle VM for SPARC (LDoms)
  • Solaris and SPARC Virtualization Management Features of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Oracle Posts SPEC SFS Benchmark
  • InfiniBand Building Blocks
  • Oracle Linux Support Lifecycle Extended to 10 Years
  • Oracle Database 11g Delivers Significant Savings over Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle Security Inside Out Newsletter
  • Enterprise Single Sign-on ROI Calculator

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

    LibreOffice
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    The bright future of LibreOffice
    By Simon Phipps
    February 2012 was a coming-of-age for the LibreOffice open source productivity suite. Multiple announcements show the project is well-supported and thriving. But what of the future?

    Formed out of Oracle's neglect of the OpenOffice.org project by a community uprising in 2010, LibreOffice quickly gathered a critical mass of developers to work on it, drawn from a diverse set of backgrounds and motivations. They hunkered down on the tasks that had been hard to address while the project was in the hands of Sun Microsystems (where I was once employed), such as removing unused code from the project's two-decade legacy or making it possible for a beginner to get involved through Easy Hacks. A year and a half later, there's much to show for their efforts, yet so much more to do.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Coverity Study Find Open Source Holds Its Own Against Proprietary Code
    Linux, PHP, PostgreSQL Cited as Exemplary Solutions
    In its third annual report, Coverity concludes that the quality of open source code is equal to, or even better than that of proprietary software. Coverity analyzed more than 37 million lines of open source code from 45 major open source projects and over 300 million lines of proprietary software code. The open source projects were found to have an average defect density of 0.45, based on the number of defects per 1,000 lines of code, and the proprietary code was found to have 0.64 defects in every 1,000 lines of proprietary software code.
    Sysadmin
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    Procedure for an Automated Install without Network Boot for Solaris 11
    Blog Shows how to Install from a Local Device
    In a post on Solaris 11 Automated Install without a Boot Andrew Watkins explains that one need not boot the client with DHCP but can instead boot it from a local device (CD or USB). On the download page for Solaris, he writes, you will see Automated Installer can be downloaded as an ISO or USB version. He then cites the various options that come up on the boot and notes that one can choose between Solaris 11 Automated Install Custom and Solaris 11 Automated Install (plain and simple). His post covers the install procedure step by step.
    Solaris 11 Automated Installer Quick Setup Guide in a Zone
    Post Labels this Install "Very Easy"

    Andrew Watkins presents a how-to for a quick setup guide to automated installation of Solaris 11 in a zone. Watkins writes that this automated install is a "very easy" procedure.

    Shall I Use Zones or LDOMs?
    Here's the Rationale
    A user asked, "We are running/migrating to T2/T3/T4 servers, and considering for our setup the virtualization possibilities. What shall we go for, zones or ldoms?" and Karoly Vegh writes, "Zones and LDOMs are not rivalling, but complementary technologies. If you need kernelspace separation, use ldoms. But run your applications in zones within those ldoms anyway!" Especially with Solaris 11, with Crossbow, the new network virtualization technology and the possibility to run Solaris 11 native zones and Solaris10 branded zones on top of Solaris 11, you have two quite powerful technologies to really get your server's worth.
    Virtualization
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    Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite
    Webcast Replay Available
    A replay is now available of "Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite." The webcast features Ivo Dujmovi&#263;, Director, Applications Development, who discusses virtualization and cloud deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite, covering topics such as why clouds and virtualization matter to you; Oracle Cloud and Virtualization technology; E-Business Suite cloud capabilities; and your cloud action plan.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 71 Features Alex Buckley on the Java Language and VM Specifications
    Java All Star Developer Panel Joined by Dalibor Topic
    Java Spotlight Episode 71 features an interview with Alex Buckley on the Java Language and VM Specifications. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, takes his customary chair on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    14 Compatible Java EE 6 Implementations Now Available
    Java EE 6 Full Platform Product Support Growing
    With addition of JBoss's Java EE 6 Full Platform product, there are now 14 compatible servers available, writes Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine. The choices are between vendor (open source or not) and platform (web or full). He predicts that, with all the new JSR's following the JCP 2.8 modus operandi, such public pages of compatible implementations should become the rule. This will of course apply to Java EE 7, but also to individual specifications.
    JavaFX
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    New Docs and Updates with JavaFX 2.0.3
    PDFs Given New Book-like Appearance
    Along with the update for JavaFX 2.0.3 are both articles and improvements in the documentation. Among these are:
    • Concurrency in JavaFX
    • JavaFX Interoperability with SWT
    • Tree View, a new chapter of the JavaFX UI Controls tutorial
    • Handling JavaFX Events
    • Getting Started with FXML In addition, the PDF downloads that are linked from each JavaFX article have a new book-like appearance.
    Security
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    EAL4+ Certification Process Underway for Solaris 11
    Highest Level Typically Achievable for Commercial Software
    Solaris 11 has been submitted for certification by the Canadian Common Criteria Scheme in Level EAL4+. Certification will be against the protection profile "Operating System Protection Profile (OS PP)" as well as the extensions Advanced Management (AM); Extended Identification and Authentication (EIA); Labeled Security (LS); and Virtualization (VIRT). According to Oracle, EAL4+ is the highest level typically achievable for commercial software. Completion of the certification lies in the hands of the certification authority. Readers can follow the status of this certification (as well as other certified Oracle software) on the page Oracle Security Evaluations.
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