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On-demand Password Synchronization
Unique to the Sun Java System Directory Server
Sun is the only directory vendor to offer non-intrusive synchronization with Microsoft Active Directory as part of its directory offering. In an interview conducted by Sun Inner Circle, Don Bowen, director of Directory Services Enterprise Edition in Sun's Identity Management software group discusses the Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition.
Integrating Sun Java Studio Creator into a Business Environment
One Company's Shared Experience

Dick Wall of NewEnergy Associates has published the first of three articles advising readers first-hand about integrating the Sun Java Studio Creator into a larger development process within a business environment. Hosted on developer.com, Wall reveals how his company implemented this next-generation tool for Java application development.

Free Sun Java Studio Creator Tutorials
Sun Unlocks 24 Instructional Guides for this Development Environment
The Sun Java Studio Creator Web site has released 24 tutorials that were previously available only to logged-in subscribers. Topics range from components to page navigation, databases to web services up to deploying the applications. These tutorials are designed to help teach various aspects of the Sun Java Studio Creator development environment.
Software
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N1 Grid Service Provisioning System 5.0, Update 1
Sun is Offering a Free Software Trial
The recently released N1 Service Provisioning System 5.0 Update 1 software has three new features designed for businesses requiring rapid deployment and access to heterogeneous application services. This updated software is ideal for customers who need to provision applications to a heterogeneous environment with ease and flexibility.
N1 Grid Engine 6 Update 4
Adds Execute Nodes for Microsoft Windows
Update 4 of the N1 Grid Engine 6 has new optimized binaries for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) x64 platform and the ability to connect Microsoft Windows desktops as execute hosts. Additionally, a new module interoperates with Sun Control Station 2.2.1 to administrate a grid from a single graphical user interface.
Solaris Security Toolkit 4.1
Automates the Process of Securing Solaris Operating Systems

The Solaris Security Toolkit 4.1 release is available now with full support of the Solaris Software Support Service Plans or the SunSpectrum Service Plan contract. Formerly known as the JumpStart Architecture and Security Scripts (JASS) toolkit, the new Solaris Security Toolkit provides a flexible and extensible mechanism to harden and audit Solaris Operating Systems.

Download USB Security Script
Enables USB Device Access Control

Sun has released a USB security script to ease concerns regarding unauthorized access to USB devices. The usbsecure.pl script allows users to implement USB device access control, enabling the disablement of all USB devices or only those devices that are currently connected to the system.

Workstation
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New Standard Configurations for Sun Blade Workstations
With Solaris 10 and 8 Operating Systems Preinstalled
Standard configurations have been released for the Sun Blade 150, Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 workstations with the Solaris 10 and 8 Operating System (Solaris OS) preinstalled. Part numbers for these current workstations that support the Solaris 8 and 9 OS on the preinstall image have reached their end of life.
New Sun Ray 1G Monitor Bundles
Now Offers 24- and 19-Inch Flat Panel Displays
Sun has released new Sun Ray 1G Monitor bundles that come with a Sun Ray 1G Ultra-thin client and either a Sun 24-inch digital LCD or a Sun 19-inch digital LCD. Ideal for customers looking for high quality digital LCD displays to expand an existing Sun Ray deployment or for pilot purposes.
Sun Java Workstations Promotion Extended
For Microsoft Certified Engineers, Red Hat, SuSE, Solaris SysAdmins
Microsoft Certified Engineers and Red Hat, SuSE and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) system administrators now have through June 30, 2005 to take advantage of lower pricing on specific configurations when they purchase a Sun Java Workstation W1100z or Sun Java Workstation W2100z.
Servers
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Sun Fire E20K Beats IBM P5-590 in Manugistics Benchmark
Demonstrates Sun's Chip Multithreading Technology Innovation
A new Manugistics Fulfillment v7.1 benchmark world record has been set by the Sun Fire E20K server running the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). This Sun Enterprise class UltraSPARC IV-based server demonstrated leading performance by beating IBM's newest 32-way POWER5 server, the IBM P5-590, by 23 percent.
IDC Reports Continued Growth in Worldwide Server Market
IT Spending Remains Strong in First Quarter of 2005
The first quarter of 2005 recorded year-over-year volume server revenue growth of 15.6 percent in the worldwide server market, representing the primary growth area for the overall server market, reported IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Factory revenue grew 5.3 percent during this period, amounting to USD$12.1 billion.
Service
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Newly Enhanced SunSpectrum Service Plans
Available Free to Current SunSpectrum Service Plan Customers

SunSpectrum Service Plans are taking advantage of the company's new integrated, secure Sun Connection service to enhance its service offerings and fulfill customers' requests for a holistic solution that provides value to their businesses. These new services are immediately available at no additional cost to customers with SunSpectrum Service Plan coverage.

The Evolution Toward Managed Services
Sun Services EVP Shares Perspective on Channel's Future

Sun's Executive Vice President of Services, Don Grantham, says his services strategy involves delivering proactive/preemptive services and expanding Sun's footprint in the managed services space with the acquisition of SevenSpace, a managed service provider. In an interview with CRN Editor-In-Chief Michael Vizard, Grantham outlined his perspective on the channel's future in managed services.

Try Sun Update Connection For 30 Days Free
Promotion Includes 60 Days of Sun's eLibrary

Sun is inviting customers to preregister for a free 30 day subscription to the Sun Update Connection services. Through notifications and intelligent updates, the Sun Update Connection services keep users of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on track by informing them of the latest available security fixes, recommended and featured updates.

Invest in a Solaris Service Plan, Receive Free Solaris Migration Book
Offer Valid Through June 30, 2005
Purchase any of the three subscription-based Solaris Service Plans by June 30, 2005, and receive a free copy of the book "Migrating to the Solaris Operating System: The Discipline of UNIX-to-UNIX Migrations." These software support plans are available at varying levels of need, including Premium, Standard and Basic.
Java Technology
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Desktop Java Client Technologies Prepping for Mustang
Engineering Team Shares List of Possible Features for J2SE 6.0

The Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 6.0 is in mid-development, and the Desktop Java engineering team has published an article highlighting a few client technologies and their related features that may be in this platform's next release. These include Swing, Java 2D, internationalization, AWT and deployment.

Uncommon API Features of J2SE 5.0
Java Author Cites Top Five Lesser Known But Compelling Features

Author of "Java in a Nutshell" David Flanagan has chosen his five favorite API features of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 in an article hosted on O'Reilly's ONJava.com Web site. He explains, with examples and methods, why these APIs -- which may be less well-known -- are beneficial to J2SE programmers.

Become a Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE
Take the Next Step in the Java Technology Certification Learning Path
Sun Certified Programmers for the Java platform, who specialize in the application of JavaServer Pages (JSP)* and servlet technologies used to present web services and dynamic web content using the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) may be interested in becoming certified in web components for the J2EE platform.
"Killer Game Programming in Java"
Create Cool, Adrenaline-fueled Games with Java
Author Andrew Davison has written a comprehensive new book entitled, "Killer Game Programming in Java" debunking the myth that the Java programming language isn't designed for game development. This comprehensive guide is a practical introduction to the latest Java graphics and game programming technologies and techniques.
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