ORACLE Solaris

Consolidate Oracle Application on Oracle Exadata

Oracle Exadata WebCast


  • Why Consolidate on Exadata?
  • Steps to Successful Consolidation
  • Findings from Our Internal Case Study
  • Key Takeaways

Oracle Exadata WebCast to download pdf file for more information to this WebCast

Advertisements Close

Oracle related blog closure is that of Joerg Moellenkamp who has closed his Solaris oriented blog, which was home to the “Lesser Known Solaris Features” (LKSF) tutorial. Moellenkamp, an Oracle employee, says the offlining of the blog is not because of health issues, that there were no technical problems and no copyright issues, but beyond that he will not say why he has taken the decision. The LKSF tutorial has been saved from the shutdown and is available to downloadPDF. The closure of the c0t0d0s0 blog does though reduce the already meagre number of Solaris blogs further.

It is worth noting that Oracle, as a company, has never been comfortable with employee blogging. Oracle appears to regard blogs as mostly a function of its public relations department and it is said that the complexity of working with the PR department to approve postings is sufficient that many either give up or don’t try.



Solaris 10 9/10 on 08Sep10 it’s Available

Solaris 10 9/10

After nearly a year since the last release of Solaris 10 (10/09), the latest release – Solaris 10 9/10 (aka update 9) is now available for download and it includes quite a lot of new features and of course the new Oracle branding. At this time it hasn’t actually been announced, but I suspect it will be in this webcast later today.

I’m not going to list all of the new features, you can read the What’s New guide for yourself, but some of the new features are worth noting:

  • Oracle Solaris Auto Registration: whilst not a feature, it’s worth pointing out as it WILL affect all those that use jumpstart to install their systems. This new functionality is part of the installation process and requires the use the new auto_reg sysidcfg tag to prevent installations going interactive.
  • Physical-to-virtual (P2V) to zones: yes folks, you can now use a flash archive from a physical machine to install a NGZ.
  • Faster and smaller crash dumps: crash dumps are now saved quicker and are compressed by default so in the event your machine panics, it’ll be up and running quicker and it’ll be considerably easier to send your crash dump (vmdump.# – a compressed archive containing vmcore.# and unix.#) to Oracle for analysis.
  • Sendmail has been updated to 8.14.4, the client is now a separate new SMF service (svc:/network/sendmail-client:default) and the configuration can now automatically be regenerated, though this isn’t the default behaviour. Watch out for this one if you insist on customising your Sendmail configuration by modifying the or files directly. You should be modifying the .mc files and this change will enforce this.
  • BIND 9.6.1
  • ZFS has seen a lot of enhancements (now equiv to snv_132) and can now autoexpand (new pool property) when an underlying LUN is expanded, RAIDZ3 has been implemented, snapshots functionality has been improved, and a new logbias property has been introduced to improve performance with Oracle databases.

As I said above, this is only a snippet of the new features. Be sure to check out the What’s New guide for the full details and links to further details on the above and other features.

Go grab Solaris 10 9/10 now and take note of the new license agreement – you need to accept this in order to download.