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Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11: Tools For System Archival and Image Creation
Podcast also Considers Distro Constructor Feature
Isaac Rozenfeld, Principal Product Manager for Oracle Solaris, and Jesse Butler and Drew Fisher, both Senior Software Engineers on the Oracle Solaris team join host Charlie Boyle for a discussion of new system archival and recovery procedures for Oracle Solaris 11, using built-in ZFS filesystem capabilities in this episode of the "Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself" podcast series. Discussion also covers the distribution (or distro) constructor, a new tool that allows you to built deployable Solaris 11 images and media fairly easily.
MySQL
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NoSQL Java API for MySQL Cluster: Q&As
Webinar Followup on Building Java-based Services
During the recent webinar conducted by the MySQL Cluster Engineering Team on ClusterJ and ClusterJPA NoSQL APIs for MySQL Cluster and how these can be used in building real-time, high scale Java-based services that require continuous availability, some insightful questions were raised that Mat Keep has now compiled for consideration. The webinar itself is available on demand. Keep precedes the Q&A with a brief account of why the team developed these APIs and why they are interesting to Java developers.
Linux
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New Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Certifications on Linux 6 Platforms
Oracle Linux 6 32-bit; RHEL 32- and 64-bit; Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 64-bit
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.1.1 and higher) is now certified on not only Oracle Linux 6 but on these additional Linux x86/x86-64 operating systems as well, John Abraham reports: Oracle Linux 6, 32-bit; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 32- and 64-bit; and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit). Abraham adds that new installations of the E-Business Suite on these operating systems require version 12.1.1 of the Release 12 media, and that cloning of existing 12.1 Linux environments to this new OS is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process.
Events
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Register for the Oracle Optimized Storage Launch
Features Unveiling of StorageTek SL 150 Tape Library
Register now for the Oracle Optimized Storage Launch - July 18, 2012, to join Mark Hurd and John Fowler as they unveil the latest advances in Oracle optimized storage. Cinzia Mascanzoni announces the event, which will include:
  • The unveiling of "Oracle optimized storage" messaging - storage that helps customers cut IT cost and complexity so they can unleash business innovation
  • A roundtable discussion with Oracle's NAS, SAN &Tape VPs of Engineering
  • Four new customer testimonial videos
  • The announcement of the new StorageTek SL 150 Tape Library
  • Live Q&A chat throughout the event with Oracle experts

Register for the event.

SPARC
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Four New Podcasts Available on SPARC T4
Featuring Rob Ludeman, SPARC Product Management; Thomas Ressler, WWA&C Alliances Consultant
Four new podcasts that focus on SPARC are announced by Cinzia Mascanzoni, who provides a list by topic:

  • How SPARC T4 Servers Open New Opportunities
  • SPARC Roadmap and SPARC T4 Architecture Highlights
  • SPARC T4 For Installed Base Refresh and Consolidation
  • SPARC T4 – How Does it Stack up Against the Competition?

Read on.

What's up with LDoms: Part 2
Creating a first, simple guest
In part one of his LDoms series Stefan Hinker discussed the basic concepts of LDoms and configuring a simple control domain. In part two Hinker creates a simple guest domain, creating the network port by attaching a virtual network port to the vswitch that was created in the primary domain. For the boot disk, we'll need two things: A physical piece of storage to hold the data, called the backend device in LDoms speak. And then a mapping between that storage and the guest domain, giving it access to that virtual disk using a ZFS volume for the backend.
Windows
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Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition by Joseph Davies
The Essential Guide to Deploying IPv6 on Windows Networks
Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition by Joseph Davies has just been released by O'Reilly, which describes the title as a source of in-depth technical information for putting IPv6 technology to work—including networks with hardware running Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Davies, a networking expert, explains IPv6 features and benefits, and provides detailed information to help you implement this protocol. Readers will learn best practices for using IPv6 services in your Windows network, whether you’re an IT professional, a network administrator, or an IT student.
Storage
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MLC SSD Reliability Deep Dive
Getting More Life out of MLC with Controller Technology
George Crump of Storage Switzerland and Scott Switzer of STEC conduct a YouTube deep dive on MLC SSD Reliability that illustrates using controller technology to make MLC SSD devices more reliable and enterprise ready. STEC has extended the cycle life of MLC technology through "cell care" to the neighborhood of 60K cycles. The key to this extension is the controller, Switzer maintains, which STEC had designed to talk to the inside of the FLASH chip through multiple channels, enabling higher throughput rates. STEC employs fine grained control of individual cells that economizes erase-write-read activity, thereby lengthening cell life.
Sun Tape
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Tape Storage Technology Comes of Age
10 Impressive New Developments

The resurgence of new tape storage technology is the subject of Karoly Vegh's post that contains information he garnered by trailing Oracle/StorageTek Tape Specialist Christian Vanden Balck around Vienna and overhearing the questions posed to him by customers, to many of whom the new developments in tape storage came as a welcome surprise. Vegh writes about the top 10 items that were of interest to users in Austria.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 173 1; Vol 172 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 171 Issues 3, 4 and 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:

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    What's the Truth about Open Source
    Sorting out the True from the False in Current Thinking
    On mission to dispel (or confirm) some of the current myths concerning open source, Wenjia Zhao of Forbes tackles the subject with sufficient candor to admit his own level of misinformation. Zhao consulted Karl Fogel of Open Souce Initiative, to whom he put these questions:

    • Open source means that the source is open to view
    • Open source software is free
    • Open source software cannot be commercial
    • Open source software is crowd-sourced and vice versa

    Fogel confirmed that one of the "myths" is true, the other three false. Test your open source belief system against the expert.

    Sysadmin
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    Delegation of Solaris Zone Administration
    Enabling Management of Distinct Zones by Particular Admins

    In Delegation of Solaris Zone Administration, Darren Moffat blogs that, with the Zone Delegation feature built in to Solaris 11, users delegate management of distinct zones. Moffat uses the example of zones named zoneA through zoneF and three admins to each of whom it is necessary to grant a subset of the zone management. One can either add the admin resource to the appropriate zones via zonecfg(1M) or store data directly in the RBAC database, showing all three admins and zones. One can also create an RBAC profile that then assigns the appropriate degree of administrative responsibility to each admin.

    Virtualization
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    Using the VBoxHeadless Tool to Run Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 4.1
    Installed on a Headless Ubuntu 12.04 Server
    In the post "VBoxHeadless: Running Virtual Machines with VirtualBox4.1 on a Headless Ubuntu 12.04 Server" Falko Timme explains the use of the VirtualBox tool VBoxHeadless, enabling management of the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection that overcomes the inability to manage a server through the VirtualBox GUI. It is necessary to install the extension pack that supports remote desktop connections in VirtualBox4.1. Timme then shows how to create a VM on the command line using the VBoxManage command. This done, one can then either import an existing VM or create a new one and then start it with VBoxHeadless.
    Amazon AMIs and Oracle VM Templates
    Similarities and Differences
    Oracle VM templates and Amazon Machine Images (AMI) are compared in a post by llaszews, who finds striking similarities in their functionality and capabilities. AMI is a special type of pre-configured OS and virtual application software, the post continues, used to create a virtual machine within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Oracle VM Templates offer pre-installed and pre-configured software images for deploying a fully configured software stack, thus eliminating installation and configuration costs and reducing ongoing maintenance costs. Finally, the post notes that a further advantage of both is that there are hundreds of MySQL AMIs (AWS MySQL AMIs).
    Choosing the Best Tool to Manage Various Virtualization Technologies
    Recommendations for an Informed Choice

    Recommendations on the appropriate interfaces and tools for setting up and managing Oracle resources for virtual compute, memory, operating system, network, and storage are provided by Ginny Henningsen. She frames the post in terms of: what does the virtualization product or technology do; what administrative interfaces can you use to implement and manage virtualized resources; and where can you go to learn more? Henningsen cites Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and suggests users become familiar with the Oracle utility OCDoctor that can qualify systems to see whether they meet the necessary prerequisites for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center installation.

    Java Technology
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    Available on the Java YouTube Channel
    Low-Latency Applications, JavaFX on Raspberry PI, and More
    If you have not logged in recently to the Java YouTube Channel, then you've missed some interesting features, including:

    • Understanding the JVM and Low Latency Applications (picture)
    • JavaFX on the Raspberry Pi
    • 55 New Java 7 Features: Part 3 – Concurrency
    • Properties and Binding with JavaFX 2 Intro
    • Java @ Maker Faire 2012
    NetBeans
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    Download NetBeans 7.2 RC1
    Many New Features Including Support for PHP 5.4, Symfony2
    NetBeans 7.2 is now available and can be downloaded. Ondre Brejia outlines the new and improved features, which are:

    • Support for PHP 5.4
    • PHP editing: Fix Uses action, annotations support, editing of Neon and Apache Config files and more
    • Support for Symfony2, Doctrine2 and ApiGen frameworks
    • FTP remote synchronization
    • Support for running PHP projects on Hudson
    JavaFX
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    JavaFX 2.1.1
    Documentation
    Along with the release on June 12 of JavaFX2.1.1 was the simultaneous publication of updated documentation that includes the Concurrency in JavaFX article revised to include a discussion of how to cancel a task, with a code sample to illustrate that procedure. A new section describes the WorkerStateEvent class and how to use the convenience methods such as cancelled, failed, running, scheduled, and succeeded, which are invoked when the Worker implementation state changes. The documentation is available for download.
    The Enterprise Side of JavaFX: Part Two
    Learn How to Implement the LightView UI dashboard with JavaFX 2

    "The Enterprise Side of JavaFX," by Adam Bien can be read on the front page of otn/java, reports Janice J. Heiss. Bien's article shows developers how to implement the LightView UI dashboard with JavaFX 2, explaining that the RESTful back end of the LightView application features its own rudimentary HTML page that can be used to start/stop the monitoring service, set the snapshot interval, and activate/deactivate the GlassFish monitoring capabilities. According to Bien, "the configuration view implemented in the org.lightview.view.Browser component is needed only to start or stop the monitoring process or set the monitoring interval."

    Security
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    Oracle ESSO Reduces Videotron Help Desk Call Volume
    Enterprise Single Sign-On Enables Customers to Manage Their Own Passwords
    Videotron deployed Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus across its entire enterprise. Now, with Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On, Videotron’s users have access to all of their authorized applications through a single authentication event with an initial network login that also provides self-service password management. Within just four months, Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On was implemented across more than 75 applications for Videotron’s 6,000 users, and within two months of completing its deployment, Videotron realized significant improvement with more than 29,000 passwords authenticated per day by Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On instead of individual, manual entries.
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