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Oracle Solaris, Solaris 10, Solaris 11 Express, Solaris 11, Oracle VM for SPARC and Illumos resources, news, and support articles.

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance backup white paper

The white paper Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Backup Guide has been published.

This document reviews Virtual Compute Appliance architecture, describes automated internal system backups of software components, and describes how to backup to external storage Oracle VM repositories, database, and virtual machine contents, and how to perform recovery of those components.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 now available for Solaris 10 control domains

Oracle has released Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 packages for Solaris 10 control domains. The package can be downloaded from

MacOS X 10.10.3 Update is *TOXIC*

As a PSA (public service announcement), I'm reporting here that updating your Yosemite system to 10.10.3 is incredibly toxic if you use WiFi.

I've seen other reports of this, and I've experienced it myself.  What happened is that the update for 10.10.3 seems to have done something tragically bad to the WiFi drivers, such that it completely hammers the network to the point of making it unusable for everyone else on the network.

Spring at the Ranch

This spring is bringing new changes to the ranch. This vine surprised us with lavender-colored flowers.

vtprint - blast from the past

I recently decided to have a look back at some old stuff I wrote.  Blast from the past stuff.  One of the things I decided to look at was the very first open source program I wrote -- something called vtprint.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 - Enhanced Virtual Disk Multipathing

Last month, Oracle released Oracle VM Server for SPARC release 3.2 which includes numerous enhancements. One of these is improvement for virtual disk multipathing, which provides redundant paths to virtual disk so that disk access continues even if a path or service domain fails.

Multipath groups are arranged in an active/standby pair of connections to the same physical media. In case of a path or service domain failure, I/O activity continues on a surviving path.

Triton: Docker and the “best of all worlds”

When Docker first rocketed into the nerdosphere in 2013, some wondered how we at Joyent felt about its popularity. Having run OS containers in multi-tenant production for nearly a decade (and being one of the most vocal proponents of OS-based virtualization), did we somehow resent the relatively younger Docker?

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 - Live Migration

Oracle has just released Oracle VM Server for SPARC release 3.2.

This update has been integrated into
Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 8.4. Please refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2
Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]. 

Is Google server nodes the new Mainframe

A friend mentioned that small/middle companies are using mainframes, but I think an argument could be made that Google and Facebook and friends are really creating the new mainframe with there various server nodes that are often made up of custom tasked designed hardware/servers.

First new post after a long rest...

Well time to wake up this blog, will be posting stuff again, beware.

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