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illumos Hardware Compatibility List
From Robert Mustacchi's Musings on Technology Blog
One of the challenges when using any Operating System is answering the question 'Is my hardware supported?'. To track this down, you often have to scour Internet sites, hoping someone else has already asked the question, or do other, more horrible machinations – or ask someone knowledgeable. If you're running on an illumos-based system like SmartOS, OmniOS, or OpenIndiana, this just got a lot easier: Robert Mustacchi has created the list. Better yet, he has created a tool to automatically create the list.

The List

illumos now has a hardware compatibility list (HCL) available at

This list contains all the PCI and PCI Express devices that should work. If your PCI device isn't listed there, don't fret, it may still work. This list is a first strike at the problem of hardware compatibility, so things like specific motherboards aren't listed there.

How to Size Main Memory for ZFS Deduplication
Will Save You Disk Space Without Reducing Performance
In his post on "How to Size Main Memory for ZFS Deduplication" Dominic Kay explains that, prior to using deduplication, one must first determine whether that operation is worthwhile by finding out the deduplication ratio and the memory requirements. Fortunately, ZFS itself provides a means to assist with this determination: the ZFS debugging tool, which will tell users whether deduplication will result in storage space savings. Establishing the memory available for deduplication can be accomplished by multiplying the number of allocated blocks by 320 bytes (the size of each in-core deduplication table).
Using MySQL Enterprise Backup with Symantec NetBackup.
Performs a Full Range of Backup and Restore Operations

The paper "MySQL Enterprise Backup and Symantec NetBackup" focuses on how Symantec NetBackup and MEB interact with each other. MySQL Enterprise Backup delivers online "Hot" database backup, whether full, incremental and partial backups, or Point-in-Time Recovery and backup compression. MySQL Enterprise Backup can interface with media management software (MMS) to execute backup and restore operations via System Backup to Tape (SBT) interface. SBT is the Oracle API implemented as shared library ( in Linux and orasbt.dll in Windows) to backup /restore data via 3rd party software vendors. Registration and log in are required to access the document.

Meet The MySQL Experts Podcast: Managing Scalability of MySQL Enterprise Edition
MySQL Thread Pool Is the Tool
On this episode of Meet the MySQL Experts Podcast, Mikael Ronstrom, senior MySQL Architect, discusses how the MySQL Thread Pool improves MySQL Scalability. Ronstrom summarizes the typical problems that commonly crop up when scalability is called for, one of them being MySQL Thread Pool itself, which was resolved in a later version. Ronstrom also notes the best use cases for MySQL Thread Pool, which are for sorting out active connections and managing long-running queries. Finally, he points out that, even with more than 64 active connections MySQL Thread Pool can produces results up to 20x better than MySQL Enterprise alone.
A Linux Command Line Primer
Some Helpful Advice for the Linux Novice
Users new to the command line feature of Linux can find a sympathetic ally in David Cardinal whose post on provides a helpful introduction to their structure and function. He begins with an explanation of the abbreviations commonly used in Linux, which can be fragmentary. One of the most helpful pieces of information Cardinal offers is his explanation of the wildcard as a shortcut in typing a Linux filename. This is a time- and keystroke-saver for sure. He also stresses the utility of the Linux control key sequences that, used improperly, have the potential to undo a user's intentions.
Building an Appliance? Oracle Enterpise Linux is the OS of Choice
Avoid Licensing Restrictions and Costs; Get the Support You Need

Companies that are building appliances with some Linux distro as the embedded OS can do better, argues Wim Coekaerts, than rely on community-based and/or community-maintained versions or even those commercial Linux distros that come with distribution and access restrictions. The alternative, Coekaerts suggests, is Oracle Enterprise Linux. Customers have complete access to the code and are able to use Oracle Enterprise Linux as they choose, without contract restrictions, nor even any license or activation key. This is one distro that can manage across all the use cases, says Coekaerts.

Accelerate Linux Deployments with Oracle Validated Configurations
Eliminates the Need for Customer Testing

Using Oracle Validated Configurations is strongly urged in a post by Durgam Vahia, who describes the program as offering " ... pre-tested, validated architectures, with documented best practices for software, hardware, storage, and network components. This integrated approach helps improve the performance, scalability, and reliability of solutions, with faster, lower-cost implementations." The Oracle integrated stacks free the customer from the burden of testing a stack in their respective environments. They simply choose the Oracle Validated Configuration certified for their situation. Support is available for any and all components of each of the Oracle Validated Configurations.

Oracle Updates Its Publication on Oracle Solutions Certified for SAP
Users Can Download 'Oracle for SAP Technology Update'
Each year, Oracle releases its publication "Oracle for SAP Technology Update," as it has just done. Like its predecessors, the 2012 issue provides updates and information about Oracle products and services for SAP customers. The publication features content about running SAP on the Exa stack, including technical articles and customer cases. Users can download the 2012 issue as a PDF.
Oracle Offers SPARC T4 Servers Interactive e-Book.
18-Page PDF Available as a Download
Oracle has created an interactive e-Book on the new SPARC T4 servers and SPARC SuperCluster. The e-Book, available as a PDF, includes such content as the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 launch webcast; customer success stories; and 3D demos and detailed product information on all SPARC Servers.
IOPS, Capacity, Bandwidth: Finding the Right Balance
Make Sure the Folks in Purchasing Understand, says Moellenkamp
As one of the comments on Joerg Moellenkamp's note concerning IOPS, storage capacity and bandwidth there is more to " ... storage than capacity, particularly IOPS and bandwidth." Moellenkamp pithily explains how the uneven progress among these three aspects of storage makes it essential to consider storage in as wide a context as possible in order not to wind up with massive storage on the other side of a bandwidth bottleneck.
Second-annual OpenStorage Summit EMEA
In-depth look at OpenStorage, Nexenta certification, Top-class Speakers and Exhibitors
Nexenta is hosting the second-annual OpenStorage Summit EMEA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Much like last year's EMEA Conference, this year's event will feature a who's who in the OpenStorage industry participating in panels, case studies and technical vendor presentations.

Three Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • In-depth look at OpenStorage
  • Nexenta certification = free conference
  • Top-class Speakers and Exhibitors

Classes offered include NexentaVSA for View (22nd -23rd), Architecture and Design of Nexenta Solutions (22nd -23rd) and Installing Nexenta Appliances (1 day class on 22nd and 23rd)

Space is limited. Sign up now!

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 171 Issue 1; Vol 170 Issues1, 2 ,3 and 4; Vol 169 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Introduces Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle Engineered Systems
  • How-to Use LiveInstall Solaris 11 from Solaris 10
  • Building a Virtual Data Center with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
  • Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: An Overview
  • Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance Achieves 2-Node World Record SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
  • ZFS feature flags update
  • NexentaVSA for VMware View Certified for Deployment
  • Microsoft Clarifies Licensing Policies for VDI, VDA, and RDS
  • Standing up SmartDataCenter
  • TLC for Your Backup Tapes

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

    LibreOffice 3.4 Writer Guide
    By LibreOffice Documentation Team
    Users of LibreOffice (and prospective users) can now purchase "LibreOffice 3.4 Writer Guide," which documents the use of LibreOffice's, a freely-available, full-featured office suite that runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The book is for beginners to advanced users of Writer, the word processing component, which covers setting up Writer to suit the way you work. This book was written by volunteers from the LibreOffice community. Profits from the sale of this book will be used to benefit the community. Free PDFs of this book and its individual chapters are available from the LibreOffice site.
    Oracle Improves Its Desktop Virtualization Portfolio
    Releases Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4; Sun Ray Software 5.3; and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1.

    Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio now includes three new releases: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4; Sun Ray Software 5.3; and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1. Among the improvements delivered by these releases are the up to 720p High Definition (HD) video playback on Oracle Sun Ray thin client devices; the new security features including support for 802.1x identity-based network authentication enhance security; expanded storage options; and the ability to copy and paste between local applications on the client device and remote virtual desktops, new HD multimedia capabilities, and enhanced integration of smart card authentication provided by Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1.

    Java Technology
    How do You Spell "Sesame"?
    The Smartphone as Room Key
    Combining Java JE2 ME and Open Ways' Crypto Acoustic Credential (CAC) is sufficient security for Hinkmond Wong, whose recent post links to a HotelChatter, which announces plans by a Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites property to use guests' smart phones as room keys. "OpenWays uses ... CAC and text messaging to securely deliver a unique acoustic key to the guest anywhere in the world. CAC can be retrofitted to the major electronic locks on the market. It is compatible with all 6 billion mobile phones in the world, ... and ALL Mobile OS standards [including] JAVA J2ME .... "
    Java Spotlight Episode 81: Henrik Ståhl on Java 7 Update 4
    Dalibor Topic and Arun Gupta are Java All Star Developer Panelists
    Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Henrik Stahl to Java Spotlight Episode 81 to discuss Java 7 Update 4. Stahl is Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle and has extensive experience in many aspects of IT, including support, network engineering, systems development, IT security, performance engineering and product strategy. Dalibor Topic and Arun Gupta are the featured members of this episode's Java All Star Developer Panel.
    JavaFX 2.1: Update on New Documentation and Tutorials for
    Live Links, Including a Download for JavaFX 2.1
    The Java Tutorials' Weblog brings readers up to date on the documentation and training materials available for JavaFX 2.1. These include the expanded Getting Started Guide; the Tree Animation Example; Working with Layout in JavaFX; Getting Started with FXML; JavaFX for Swing Developers; JavaFX for Mac; and JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0 Developer Release.
    T4 Crypto Cheat Sheet
    Lists Changes in T3; T4/Solaris 10; and T4/Solaris 11
    An update on T4 crypto acceleration for Oracle TDE is available in tabular form in a post from Stefan Hinker. He posts the changes that have occurred while the patch for Solaris 10 has been in the works. The changes are listed in terms of T3 and earlier; T4/Solaris 10; and T4/Solaris 11.
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