How to Use an Existing Oracle Solaris 10 JumpStart Server to Provision Oracle Solaris 11 11/11

I'm sure this document will prove very useful to people considering moving from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11. It details taking an existing JumpStart server, installing the Oracle Solaris 11 Provisioning Assistant for Oracle Solaris 10 on it, creating and configuring an installation service, and then provisioning a client system...

Oracle Solaris Extended Policy and MySQL

This is a great article showing Solaris Extended Policy on Solaris 11 in response to another Oracle engineer's details on setting up something similar on Linux using AppArmor and SELinux. I love the little dig in the opening paragraph... Jeremy Smyth has posted two entries on his blog describing how...

How to Build a Secure Cluster Using Trusted Extensions with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1

This article discusses how to enable Trusted Extensions on an Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 cluster and configure a labeled-branded Exclusive-IP type of zone cluster.— How to Build a Secure Cluster

Solaris 10 1/13 Is Now Available

Hot off the press: Solaris 10 1/13 (S10u11) is now available for download. Get downloading. Solaris 11 is much better OS though ;-)

Jailbreak for iOS 6.1

Jailbreak for iOS 6.1 now available: http://evasi0n.com Works for me ;-)

I Learnt the Logic Behind The Numeronyms g11n and i18n Today

I learnt something new today. I learnt the logic behind the numeronyms g11n and i18n as used when referring to locales and languages in the world of computing. g11n = globalisation (I speak the Queen's English as taught in colonial Africa so it's with an s) g = the first...

Form Follows Function HTML5 Demos

For webdevs: checkout the pretty impressive HTML5 experience demos at http://fff.cmiscm.com/. They work really well on tablets too.

Defeating AES Without a PhD

When I tell a developer that I broke their cryptosystem, there’s usually a pregnant pause in the conversation where they take it in, like a young child being shown a magic trick. As the initial wonder passes, though, they are not usually elated. “I thought AES was safe. What should...

Got My Free 50GB on Mega

Just signed up for my free 50GB of encrypted storage on Mega.co.nz. Not sure what I'll do with it yet.

What's Up With the flag Field in /etc/shadow on Solaris 11.1?

If you're running Solaris 11.1, and you happen check your /etc/shadow file, you may notice there's been a change to the flags field (the last one)... bob:$5$GKM8z8qP$ho7oJF3ceAoFo9sH5f.jy4UP16TvzoO7XmSYS81o6QA:15708::::::9874 Prior to Solaris 11.1, this field only contained the following a few easy to read digits which the man page explained as... flag...

Welcome to 2013

Guess what folks, it's...Happy New YearI hope you have a fantastic year with lots and lots of great new tech discoveries and accomplishments.

Merry Christmas 2012

Great Solaris and SPARC Infographics

This year sees the 25th anniversary of the SPARC processor and there's a fair amount of fan fair about it. To commemorate the occasion, Oracle has released two great infographics:     25 Years of SPARC Innovation & 20 Years of Solaris Innovation(click images to view full original - backup...

592 Days Uptime on Joyent Accelerator Zone

It's a sad day for me today... I have finally migrated everything off my old Joyent Accelerator (aka zone) onto their new Joyent Cloud (also a zone) just in time for the extended - thanks the hurricane Sandy - deadline of 7 November (I'd actually completed my migration before the...

Building zsh On Joyent SmartMachine

My Joyent SmartMachine is currently running the latest (2012Q1 at time of writing) pkgsrc binary build of the pkgsrc pkgs. Unfortunately, this comes with a rather old version of zsh: it comes with zsh 4.2.7 and I want at least zsh 4.3.10. So how do I solve this? Simple, build...

Using svcbundle to Create SMF Manifests and Profiles in Oracle Solaris 11

With the introduction of svcbundle in Oracle Solaris 11.1, the creation of manifests and profiles is even easier, allowing you to take advantage of the benefits of automatic application restart without requiring you to have full knowledge of the XML file format that is used when integrating with the Service...

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Now Available for Download & Update

Oracle Solaris 11.1 is now available for download -- as detailed earlier, this update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 provides new enhancements for enterprise cloud computing. Security, network, and provisioning advances, in addition to significant new performance features, make an already great release even better. — Oracle Solaris 11.1 Now Available;...

Solaris 11 SRU / Update Relationship Explained

Along with an explanation of the SRU and update relationship, there's also this little snippet... Changes to SRU and Update Naming Conventions We're changing the naming convention of Update releases from a date based format such as Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 to a simpler "dot" version numbering, e.g. Oracle Solaris...

Moving Servers

Things might suddenly start looking a bit odd with errors. Don't worry, I'm in the process of moving my sites to a new server.

CIS Solaris 11 Benchmark v1.0.0

Need to secure Solaris 11? Check out the CIS Solaris 11 Benchmark... This document is intended to address the recommended security settings for the Solaris 11 operating system (Solaris 11 OS) running on x86 or SPARC platforms. Specifically, the guidelines included in this document have been designed for and tested...

HOWTO: Check for Invalid Entries in /etc/vfstab

One of my colleagues asked for some help in quickly locating invalid entries in an /etc/vfstab file that is 462 lines long - the customer's system in question had a lot of zones and each has its own filesystem. Manually trawling through the file is time consuming and cumbersome, so...

HOWTO: Get xterm on Solaris 11 Without installing the Whole of the solaris-desktop Group

By default, when you install Solaris 11 onto a SPARC system using the Solaris text installer, the solaris-large-server pkg group is installed. This is quite a large pkg group that provides most of the software you'd need on a server. One thing it doesn't deliver, and this is deliberate, is...

I'm Speaking At Oracle OpenWorld 2012

In case you haven't noticed, I've snuck that little image into my side bar → My director and I are presenting the "Get Proactive: Best Practices for Maintaining and Upgrading Oracle Solaris" session on Mon 1 October at 16:45 and we'll also be manning the Oracle Support Stars Bar, so...

Why Passwords Have Never Been Weaker

The ancient art of password cracking has advanced further in the past five years than it did in the previous several decades combined. At the same time, the dangerous practice of password reuse has surged. The result: security provided by the average password in 2012 has never been weaker. —...

Sun Demonstrated Touch Screen Inertial Scrolling... in 1992

One of the major patents being discussed in the Apple vs Samsung cases is inertia scrolling which Apple claims it invented. However, this is a bit of a porky as Sun Microsystems once worked on a PDA type device called the Star7 (for which Java was initially invented for) back...
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