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10 Mar 2015 Maintaining Configuration Files in Solaris 11.2 [41314]
By Jeff Victor

Jeff Victor writes, "Have you used Solaris 11 and wondered how to maintain customized system configuration files? In the past, and on other Unix/Linux systems, maintaining these configuration files was fraught with peril: extra bolt-on tools are needed to track changes, verify that inappropriate changes were not made, and fix them when something broke them.

A combination of features added to Solaris 10 and 11 address those problems. This blog entry describes the current state of related features, and demonstrates the method that was designed and implemented to automatically deploy and track changes to configuration files, verify consistency, and fix configuration files that 'broke.' Further, these new features are tightly integrated with the Solaris Service Management Facility introduced in Solaris 10 and the packaging system introduced in Solaris 11..."
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13 Feb 2015 Master Linux service management on System V and systemd [40875]
SearchDataCenter, February 13th, 2015

"Managing services on Linux is an essential task for administrators. Learn to work with either System V or systemd.

If you're a Windows administrator with a few Linux servers, or a new administrator starting out on Linux, you need to learn how to start, stop and check services. Recent changes have made Linux service management more complicated.

Several items used on Linux were invented in the old days of Unix. One of these is the System V procedure for starting services, which has been the dominant Linux service management method until recently..."
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09 Feb 2015 Real pros and cons in the COTS server decision [40898]
SearchDataCenter, February 9th, 2015

"Weed out the truth about COTS servers and legacy hardware and see why fear of change in the data center is a major hurdle to overcome.

The debate over COTS server versus legacy hardware is sometimes acrimonious and almost always blurred by myths, half-truths and good old-fashioned FUD.

The debate started by mainframe versus Unix servers is three decades old. Fundamentally, the issue reflects the useful life of existing legacy hardware and software against the opportunity of low-cost commercial/commodity off-the-shelf (COTS) servers and storage based on Intel, AMD or ARM processors..."
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19 Jan 2015 FreeBSD Gains Ground With Small Cloud Providers [40549]
Information Week, January 19th, 2015

"Can this 30-year-old version of Unix help DigitalOcean and other cloud startups compete with the likes of Amazon? DigitalOcean has started offering FreeBSD, an open source version of Unix, as an option on its cloud infrastructure. It is the second cloud supplier to do so, staking a spot in which smaller services can compete against Amazon and other giant cloud providers for customers, particularly developers.

FreeBSD is having a moment in the spotlight in certain circles, in part, because a few developers noticed that it's used to run the backend of WhatsApp, a mobile services platform acquired by Facebook in October 2014 at a final price that topped $21.8 billion..."
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05 Jan 2015 15 Unix tricks to get your new year off to a good start [40295]
IT World, January 5th, 2015

Sandra Henry-Stocker writes, "The Unix command line provides numerous ways to make our work easier. Here are 15 'tricks' that I use often to make quick work of various tasks..."
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