ZFS Overview & Guide

Posted by : Dr. Root | 30 April, 2007 | Published in

An overview and guide to ZFS is now available on sun.com.

ZFS is Sun's newest method of managing storage in Solaris 10. It incorporates a volume management system with a POSIX-compliant file system and a rich set of management tools. From the perspective of applications, the file system behaves exactly as traditional file systems behave but offers much improved performance and capacity.

(This guide will be most useful if you are configuring ZFS for the first time)

» View "ZFS Overview and Guide" by Don Turnbull

Assigning a New Device to an Existing Driver in the Solaris OS

Posted by : Dr. Root | | Published in

This is an interesting Tech Tip recently published on sun.com.

Is it possible to add device support to Solaris by attaching an existing Solaris driver to a new device?

Given that many Solaris device drivers are written to be independent of the vendor and device IDs of that device, the driver module can potentially support a larger number of similar devices that use the same vendor chipset but might present different OEM IDs.

In short, if a device in your system doesn't seem to be supported by Solaris, try to look for a Solaris driver that supports a similar device -- and if you can't find a Solaris driver that supports a similar device, look for a third-party driver.

» Read Tech Tip: Assigning a New Device to an Existing Driver in the Solaris OS

Updating Fibre Channel Drivers to Use Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software

Posted by : Dr. Root | 19 April, 2007 | Published in

There's an interesting article on sun.com about the benefits of upgrading to Sun's Leadville Fibre Channel (FC) stack -- Leadville is the code name for Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software, formerly known as Sun StorageTek SAN Foundation Software.

If you're unfamiliar with Leadville, Sun developed the Leadville FC stack from scratch to replace the traditional SCSI emulation method most operating systems use to recognise FC devices as parallel SCSI devices. Leadville is an open standards-based I/O framework and device driver stack, fully integrated into Solaris 10 and available on SPARC, x64 and x86 platforms. And because the Leadville stack is integrated into Solaris 10, it is part of all the Solaris update releases -- Nice...

The Leadville FC stack has some significant advantages over the traditional SCSI emulation drivers, like dynamic addition of new devices, persistent binding, virtually limitless scalability, support for multipathing, better I/O stack and more.

Have a look - The article is concise and will give you a good overview of the Leadville framework. It will also tell how to install or upgrade to Leadville.

» Read Article: Updating Fibre Channel Drivers to Use Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software

Deploying JBoss Application Server on Sun Fire T2000 Servers

Posted by : Dr. Root | 05 April, 2007 | Published in

Viet Pham at Sun Microsystems and Phillip Thurmond at JBoss have recently published an article on sun.com to help you deploy the JBoss Application Server on the Sun Fire T2000 Server. The document serves as a starting point and provides tuning recommendations specific to the JBoss Application Server on the Sun Fire T2000 server.

Though this document focuses on the deployment of JBoss on the Sun Fire T2000, it links to a good number of online resources if you need to find out more about these two products.

» View "Deploying JBoss Application Server on Sun Fire T2000 Servers"

(If you're interested in the Sun Fire T2000 Server, don't forget you can test-drive this very cool system for 60 days through Sun's Try & Buy Program)

Sun Application Porting Assistant: Identify incompatible APIs between Linux and Solaris...

Posted by : Dr. Root | 04 April, 2007 | Published in

There's a static source code analysis and code scanning tool that can help you identify incompatible APIs between Linux and Solaris and help you speed up migration project estimation and engineering.

Sun Application Porting Assistant 1.0 Final Release, Solaris 10 OS, SPARC/Solaris 10 OS, x86/Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows XP Professional SP1, English

» Download

Using Solaris JumpStart With Solaris 10 for x86/x64 Platforms

Posted by : Dr. Root | 02 April, 2007 | Published in

Solaris Jumpstart in Solaris 10 for x86 platforms provides the same automated installation capabilities as it does for the SPARC platform, but there are subtle differences. Sun has recently published step-by-step procedures for creating a JumpStart server using Solaris 10 for x86/x64 platforms.

View article: "Using Solaris JumpStart With the Solaris 10 OS for x86/x64 Platforms" by Craig Winter and Dale Layfield, Sun Microsystems
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