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

Virtual Disk Performance Improvement for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

A new Solaris update dramatically improves performance for virtual disks on Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Prior enhancements improved
virtual network performance,
and now the same has been done for disk I/O.
Now, Oracle VM Server for SPARC can provide
the flexibility of virtual I/O with near-native performance.

How to prevent an IPS package from being upgraded

Recently I had a situation where some incorporating package depends on a package, say foo, version 3.1 and I had to wait for the update exactly to 3.2 and do not allow 3.1.1, 3.1.2, ...
"Freeze" option doesn't help here (may be should?) but it's a possible to use some versioning tricks in incorporating  manifest.
First option is to ensure that required version of 'foo' is published with trailing zero:


Setting up SSL for Solaris 11 LDAP client (changing AD password from Solaris)

I have been using LDAP for years for our authentication and using LDAP Active Directory for about 3 years, but this was always using ldap so I thought I would start looking at SSL.

This blog entry will look at the initial setup and how you can talk to the AD server over SSL. The information here is nothing new and is all covered in the references but hope this shorter version helps.


Win Free Copies of Implementing Samba 4

Readers would be pleased to know that Marcelo Leal has teamed up with Packt Publishing and we are organizing a Giveaway for you to celebrate the release of his book and three lucky winners stand a chance to win an e-copy of Implementing Samba 4. Keep reading to find out...
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From VP of Engineering to CTO

If you search for “cto vs. vp of engineering”, one of the top hits is a presentation that I gave with Jason Hoffman at Monki Gras 2012. Aside from some exceptionally apt clip art, the crux of our talk was that these two roles should not be thought of as caricatures (e.g.

Implementing Samba 4 Book

Samba 4 Book

Wow! That was a long journey… From lights out to the finish line, from the first blank page to the credits… yes, it was a long journey! In the end, the most important part is that it was worth every word, chapter, and every script. And I would like to...
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SP protocols improved again!


As a result of some investigations performed in response to my first performance tests for my SP implementation, I've made a bunch of changes to my code.

First off, I discovered that my code was rather racy.  When I started bumping up GOMAXPROCS, and and used the -race flag to go test, I found lots of issues. 

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Webcast on April 16

You may have heard of the
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, an Oracle Engineered system for running virtual machines using Oracle VM. I've been working a lot with this product over the past several months, so I'm overdue to blog about it. It's really a powerful platform with built-in compute, network, and storage resources - something often referred to as "converged infrastructure".

Best Practices - Top Ten Tuning Tips Updated

This post is one of a series of "best practices" notes for Oracle VM Server for
SPARC (formerly called Logical Domains). This is an update to a previous entry on the same topic.

Top Ten Tuning Tips - Updated

Oracle VM Server for SPARC is a high performance virtualization technology for SPARC
servers. It provides native CPU performance without the virtualization overhead typical
of hypervisors.

Names are Hard

So I've been thinking about naming for my pure Go implementation of nanomsg's SP protocols.

nanomsg is trademarked by the inventor of the protocols.  (He does seem to take a fairly loose stance with enforcement though -- since he advocates using names that are derived from nanomsg, as long as its clear that there is only one "nanomsg".)

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