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     In this weeks "How-To Tuesday" post, we revisit a great hands on lab that demonstrates how to use Oracle VM Templates to virtualize and deploy complex Oracle Applications in minutes. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to download and import templates and deploy the applications, using an Oracle RAC template as an example. This was made by Olivier Canonge with contributions from Christophe Pauliat, Simon Coter, Saar Maoz, Doan Nguyen, Ludovic Sorriaux, Cecile Naud, and Robbie De Meyer.

 

How to Deploy a Four-Node Oracle RAC 12c Cluster in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates

Hands On Lab: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/hands-on-labs/deploy-rac-ovm-cluster-2101019.html

 

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If you haven't heard the name Avi Miller, you must be new to Oracle Linux; And, if you are new to Oracle Linux, you had better check out his Oracle OpenWorld 2014 presentation on Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure.


About the presentation:

Administrators spend their days trying to decrease risk, increase efficiency, and improve performance, so they need tools to not just support deployments, but also to simplify daily activities and keep systems secure and up to date. Oracle Linux customers can leverage the Ksplice feature of Oracle Linux for zero-downtime updates for the kernel and also as a diagnostic tool for troubleshooting issues without interruptions. This dramatically reduces downtime and increases ROI for Oracle Linux deployments. And Spacewalk is an open source system management solution that enables administrators to create master images, automate system deployment, and manage critical updates from a single console. In this webcast, learn how these tools in Oracle Linux make it an ideal choice for enterprise deployments.


Do it! Do it NOW! (in Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice)

 

To see what Avi Miller will be presenting at OpenWorld 2015, you can view his official OpenWorld session listings here: https://events.rainfocus.com/oow15/catalog/oracle.jsp?search=%22Avi%20Miller%22

 

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As we approach Oracle OpenWorld 2015, browsing the list of available sessions becomes a daunting task. Picking a session from the over 2,000 available sessions is harder than... Oh, I don't know, picking a session from 1,999 or less available sessions?

 

You start muttering to yourself as you pace your living room, reciting acronyms only a soldier can remember, "ERP, HCM, OEM, ODB, IoT, SaaS, PaaS..." making your spouse or significant other increasingly uncomfortable. Maybe you start asking yourself questions, like: 1) Which sessions should I see? Or, 2) Which exhibitors should I visit? And/Or, 3) Did Oracle invent teleportation yet so I can get to everything I want to see on time?

 

The answers to those questions are: 1) Whichever ones you want to see. 2) Whomever you want to visit. 3) And no, not yet.

 

It's a great thing the event staff made is extremely easy to view schedules and lists of exhibitors. They recently pushed out the "My Schedule" feature on the Oracle OpenWorld website that really helps to simplify the event process. Please go to My Schedule to get started. Just log in using your Oracle SSO username and password, apply some filters, and you're off! You can personalize your agenda, reserve spaces in a session, and receive automatic updates to your schedule if that session changes.

 

I would also highly recommend checking out the blogs of those that are best connected to the topics you are interested in. For example, are you a Linux or Virtualization fan? Check out Simon Coter's blog. Simon is the Principal Product Manager for Oracle VM and VirtualBox and just last week posted a list of sessions relating to Linux and Virtualization.

 

And as always, don't forget to register!!!

 

For additional tools and resources when it comes to Oracle OpenWorld Scheduling, check out this great blog post by Steve Lemme of the Oracle Global Partner Enablement group: https://blogs.oracle.com/managementpartner/entry/oracle_openworld_2014_plan_your

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     DTrace is a very popular dynamic tracing framework used to monitor and trace systematic problems in real time. It allows System Administrators to dynamically and safely observe live production systems for performance issues, including both applications and the operating system itself. DTrace users can also create custom programs with the D scripting language. DTrace uses "probes," that are released by DTrace "Providers," and are activated by a specific behavior to record and display requested information about kernel or user processes. This technology has been around for a while (hence being part of the "Throwback Thursday" series) but is extremely applicable today using the latest OS versions.

 

To learn more about Dtrace on Solaris and Oracle Linux:

 

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virtualization3.pngIn this weeks "How-To Tuesday," I would like to highlight a whitepaper that was recently published from the Oracle Solaris ISV team titled "Virtualization Monitoring in Oracle Solaris Zones." Over the years, the ISV teams at Oracle have done an amazing job at ensuring partner success through application and system optimization and compatibility. As they continue to hammer away to make those square pegs fit, they often come across great tips & tricks on how to best utilize existing systems.

 

Most recently, the whitepaper "Virtualization Monitoring in Oracle Solaris Zones" references ways of restricting Solaris Zones resource usage and shows you how to monitor the different zone types from within the nonglobal zone and from within the global zone.

 

In this paper, they go into detail on:

  • Resource Controlling of Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Monitoring Default Zones
  • Monitoring Oracle Solaris 10 Zones
  • Monitoring Kernel Zones
  • Using OpenStack for Monitoring Zones

 

To highlight a fantastic monitoring tool discussed in the whitepaper, Marc Nesello, a Senior Software Engineer at ISV Engineering in Germany, wrote a breakout piece on how to monitor Solaris Zones using zonestat. He goes into how to monitor zones with dedicated CPUs, zones with capped CPUs, and zones with capped memory.

To view this article, please go to: Using zonestat to Monitor Oracle Solaris Zones

 

Stay tuned for more cheesy and cliche social posts like "Throwback Thursday" where I will highlight the best of the best articles and videos from the past which you may have missed out on, and "Follow Friday" where I will highlight members of the blogosphere and community whom are great resources for technical subjects in the Systems world.

 

Did a particular article blog post help you get out of a sticky situation? Let me know so we can share it!

Do you follow someone that regularly shares expert tips or the latest Systems news? Let me know so we can follow too!

 

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1511164_746329102128276_7507913845894528706_n.jpgIf you have been a part of the Systems community these past few years, the name Brian Bream is nothing new. He is an IT veteran, an Oracle ACE, and an rock solid Oracle University instructor.

 

Since I used an article written by Brian as yesterdays "Throwback Thursday" post, it only seems fitting to post a picture of him from his days before ACE-hood.

 

Not only has Brian, who is the Chief Technology Officer for Collier IT, received certifications in over 20 industry technologies, he has also been named Instructor of the Year twice by Sun Microsystems University. Oh, he also won that title AGAIN through Oracle University. Long story short, the guy is an expert educator.

 

If you browse Rick Ramsey's video interviews and articles, you will see Brian everywhere. Over the past several years, he has been a fantastic member of the community and has expressed an enormous desire to continue that trend.

 

To learn more about Brian, and see what he is up to, please follow him via:

     Twitter: @SnatchBrain

     LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4671685

     Blog: SnatchBrain | Snatch your mind.

 

To take systems courses from Oracle University, please go to: Systems | Training  | Oracle

 

These "Follow Friday" posts are to help introduce you to the Systems experts at Oracle, external product and topic professionals, and great locations to gather other Systems related news. If you have anyone that you would like me to highlight, feel free to post an "idea" in the The Hangout.

DataCenter-0220_v1.jpgRoughly one year ago, Suzanne Zorn and Brian Bream wrote an excellent article on how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and command-line utilities to monitor Oracle Exadata Storage Servers.

 

To view the article, please go to: How to Monitor Oracle Exadata Storage Servers

 

After this article was published, Brian became the USA's first official Systems ACE! He had tremendous depth in Solaris, SPARC servers, engineered systems, and Oracle tools, and he's keenly aware of the challenges that sysadmins face today. Rick Ramsey interviewed him several times for OTN Garage and Oracle OpenWorld Live. Rick also wrote a blog about Brian's ACE nomination, so you can read more about him there. Brian has been involved in information technology since 1981 and currently serves at the Chief Technology Officer at Collier IT. Brian also functions as an Oracle University instructor delivering courses that focus on Oracle's engineered systems, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle's virtualization and storage solutions.

 

...Maybe Brian will be tomorrows Follow Friday.....

 

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The following resources are available for Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control:

 

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Spacewalk... Not only is it an awesome name, it's a fantastic tool that simplifies a number of management tasks; such as installations of systems and virtual guests, applying patches and software updates, software configuration, and system auditing using OpenSCAP profiles.

 

Avi Miller, a product management director from the Oracle Linux team, along with Ginny Henningsen, a technical writer that works very closely with us on many of the best articles here on OTN, wrote this piece to help administrators use Spacewalk to manage the lifecycle of Oracle Linux systems. It explains core concepts and common best practices for a Spacewalk deployment; and also highlights how Spacewalk can perform initial Oracle Linux provisioning with Kickstart and then automate subsequent software maintenance operations through system lifecycles such as Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production (DTAP).

 

To view this article, please go to: Managing the Lifecycle of Oracle Linux Systems Using Spacewalk

 

To learn more about Spacewalk technology,

 

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In our second "How-To Tuesday," I wanted to touch on something that I have been seeing pop up lately in the Solaris discussion spaces, the Solaris 11 Image Packaging System.

 

The Image Packaging System, or IPS, is the network based package management system first introduced in Oracle Solaris 11. This system allows you to connect to a series of local and remote package repositories and allows for efficient, observable, and controllable transitions between known configurations of software content. This system provides administrators with safe system upgrade environments and better control over planned system downtime schedules. Here is quick video introduction to IPS for those unfamiliar with the technology:

 

Over time, this repository can get rather large. So, last week, the Solaris team published an article aptly titledHow to Minimize the Size of Your Oracle Solaris IPS Package Repository.

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This article provides great instructions on:

      1. How to Minimize Your Local Repository

      2. How to Replace the Current Repository with the New Repository

      3. And, How NOT to Minimize Your Local Repository.

 

If you would like more information on the Image Packaging System, see:

      - Copying and Creating Package Repositories in Oracle Solaris 11

      - Lifecycle Management page, which contains links to other articles about IPS.

      - Using the Image Packaging System to Control Server Configuration

      - and the Oracle Solaris 11 Cheat Sheet for the Image Packaging System

 

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If there is anything specific that you would like to see in these "How-To Tuesday" posts, please share your idea in The Hangout by clicking the link in the "Actions" sidebar on the right. This is also a great opportunity to contribute to the community and highlight your skills, if you know how to do something that you see others struggling with, reach out to me I can help you get your work posted to OTN!

 

Want to learn more tips and tricks? Join in for our quarterly Virtual Technology Summit and Follow OTN Systems Hub on Facebook and Twitter!

Another great "How-To" source and learning opportunity is the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Technology Summit which takes place every quarter. These summits highlight various new technologies, demonstrate best practices, and provide highly technical instruction from experts around the globe. To learn more about this upcoming VTS, please see my previous posts that shared an event outline session details and the international schedule with registration links. Oh, and did I mention its FREE!! Now you have no excuse to not participate.

 

Just like you can share ideas for future these "How-To Tuesday" posts, you can submit ideas for future VTS sessions as well over in the The specified item was not found.

Stay tuned for more cheesy and cliche social posts like "Throwback Thursday" where I will highlight the best of the best articles and videos from the past which you may have missed out on, and "Follow Friday" where I will highlight members of the blogosphere and community whom are great resources for technical subjects in the Systems world.

 

Did a particular article blog post help you get out of a sticky situation? Let me know so we can share it!

Do you follow someone that regularly shares expert tips or the latest Systems news? Let me know so we can follow too!

 

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141022_Wim_Coekaerts_001.jpgIn today's Follow Friday, I wanted to introduce a powerhouse of a man in the Linux and Virtualization communities, Wim Coekaerts. Wim is the Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering here at Oracle, and has been with the company since 1995.

 

I had the pleasure of meeting him recently and I must say, not only is he an expert in his field, he is a genuinely nice person that leads a dedicated and enthusiastic team here at Oracle. His active interaction with communities over the years highlights his belief in community involvement and I am greatly looking forward to working closely with his team to bring more Oracle Linux and virtualization content to you.

 

Software in Silicon.

Software in Silicon.

Software in Silicon.

 

If you havent heard of this, you've been living in a cave; if you are one of those people, it's time you threw on some sunglasses and started crawling out! Back in September 2014, Oracle announced the Software in Silicon Cloud allowing partners and developers to start testing code on the new Oracle technology "Software in Silicon." Software in Silicon was co-engineered by Oracle’s software and microprocessor engineers, and it implements accelerators directly into the processor to deliver a rich feature-set that enables quick development of databases and applications that are more reliable and run faster.

 

And they mean FAST!

 

In the press release last year they were toting that query acceleration increases in-memory database query processing performance by operating on data streaming directly from memory via extremely high-bandwidth interfaces, with speeds up to 160 GB/s, resulting in tremendous performance gains. Additionally, they said that decompression units in the Software in Silicon acceleration engines significantly increase usable memory capacity; The units on a single processor run data decompression with performance that is equivalent to 16 decompression PCI cards or 60 CPU cores!

 

As we prep for OpenWorld, I figured that a quick refresher on the technology that was discussed last year would be a great first post in the "Throwback Thursday" series.

 

Here is a short introduction by John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems, on the Software in Silicon Cloud:

 

For a little more detail into the raw speed this technology can provide, a throwback to good 'ol Rick Ramsey should do the trick. Here he is discussing the Software in Silicon technology, primarily its sheer acceleration capabilities, with Renato Ribeiro, Director of SPARC Servers Product Management at Oracle, and Arun Singh, Product Manager at Oracle:

 

 

To learn more about Software in Silicon, please visit: SPARC M7 Processor Innovation Leverages Software In Silicon | Oracle

 

If you would like to get started developing for the Software in Silicon Cloud, please visit: https://swisdev.oracle.com/

ic-IT_Professional-red.png In this first installment of "How-To Tuesday," I would like to revisit a great 3 part series made a few months ago by ACE Eric Benner on how to install Solaris for x86 on VirtualBox. Erik is an enterprise architect for Mythics Corporation, and is a regular contributor to events and conferences. He will be all over Oracle OpenWorld next month and I highly recommend visiting his sessions. As we get closer to the show, I will post more information about his schedule so you can pick his mind grapes and steal some of his power.

 

Part 1: How to Install Solaris x86 11.2 from an ISO on VirtualBox

 

Part 2: Patching Solaris, The New Easy Way

 

Part 3: NICs, IPs, and Hostnames

 

To follow Erik and learn some more great tips and tricks, check out his Blog and follow him on Twitter.

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If there is anything specific that you would like to see in these "How-To Tuesday" posts, please share your idea in The Hangout by clicking the link in the "Actions" sidebar on the right. This is also a great opportunity to contribute to the community and highlight your skills, if you know how to do something that you see others struggling with, reach out to me I can help you get your work posted to OTN!

 

Want to learn more tips and tricks? Join in for our quarterly Virtual Technology Summit and Follow OTN Systems Hub on Facebook and Twitter!

Another great "How-To" source and learning opportunity is the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Technology Summit which takes place every quarter. These summits highlight various new technologies, demonstrate best practices, and provide highly technical instruction from experts around the globe. To learn more about this upcoming VTS, please see my previous posts that shared an event outline session details and the international schedule with registration links. Oh, and did I mention its FREE!! Now you have no excuse to not participate.

 

Just like you can share ideas for future these "How-To Tuesday" posts, you can submit ideas for future VTS sessions as well over in the The specified item was not found.

Stay tuned for more cheesy and cliche social posts like "Throwback Thursday" where I will highlight the best of the best articles and videos from the past which you may have missed out on, and "Follow Friday" where I will highlight members of the blogosphere and community whom are great resources for technical subjects in the Systems world.

 

Did a particular article blog post help you get out of a sticky situation? Let me know so we can share it!

Do you follow someone that regularly shares expert tips or the latest Systems news? Let me know so we can follow too!

 

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Video Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium "Live Jelly Cam in HD" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceP_zvyM3A4

 

Before I collapse into weekend mode, which typically consists of 1) a grownup drink or two, 2) a movie with slow motion fight scenes and explosions, and maybe 3) a trip out to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I wanted to introduce everyone to "The Hangout."

 

The Hangout is a general discussion space inside the Systems community for all things systems related. Primarily, its a place to:

  • post general topics,
  • introduce yourself to new community members,
  • post ideas for the Systems space structure,
  • post ideas for future VTS topics, OTN articles, podcast topics, etc.

 

In the first discussion post in The Hangout, I outline that this new discussion space will be the main location (in addition to the OTN Systems Hub blog) where I will update everyone about the community changes and improvements, as well as ask for feedback and ideas. However, to get a better understanding of my goals and how I plan to make improvements to the community, please watch my introduction session to this upcoming Virtual Technology Summit. I go it to much greater detail to my process and I will be doing a live Q&A to help answer any questions you have.

 

  1. Get over to The Hangout.
  2. Talk about Systems "Stuff."
  3. Share your ideas for the Systems community, VTS sessions, article and interview pitches...
  4. And most of all. Have a great weekend.

 

- Logan Rosenstein, OTN Systems Community Manager

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As we continue the conversation from last week about Security, where we discussed securing data in various stages such as at rest and in transit on Oracle SuperCluster, something needs to be said about the applications and systems themselves. Read Only permissions and isolation via Oracle Solaris Immutable Zones is a highly effective security measure you can take when it comes to dealing with applications and systems, especially mission-critical ones.


Zones isolate the applications in a way that processes in one zone cannot see or change any other processes in another zone. An interesting way to extend this security capability further, is you can apply Read-Only permissions to the zone to protect the system. The advantages of this are obvious, and the implementation is straightforward.

 

Glynn Foster, the Principle Product Manager for Solaris, recently posted a great How-To article on ways to implement this protection. Well worth a read if you care about system security!

 

See: How to Apply Read-Only Protection with Oracle Solaris Immutable Zones

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Happy Monday!

 

It's the start of a new week and one cup of coffee is not nearly enough to get me running. I think that coffee/caffeine via IV fluids is the next step. Agree?

 

I figured I would help you get into back into the groove by throwing out a simple reminder that the OTN Virtual Technology Summit is available around the world!

 

The Systems track for next months VTS has a fantastic mix of topics ranging from cloud infrastructure and security, to Solaris 11.3, and to OS deployment with Puppet. Viewing the live sessions gives you the great advantage of being able to chat directly with presenters and moderators to ask questions and participate.

 

Here is the schedule with registration links by territory:

 

RegionDate and TimeRegistration Link
AmericasSeptember 16th, 2015 at 9:30am PSTClick Here to Register for the Americas VTS Session.
EMEASeptember 23rd, 2015 at 9:30am BSTClick Here to Register for the EMEA VTS Session.
APACSeptember 30th, 2015 at 9:30am ISTClick Here to Register for the APAC VTS Session.

 

More details about the specific Systems sessions can be found in the Operating Systems, Virtualization Technologies and Hardware Track Content Area.

 

If there are any particular topics you would like to see discussed at future VTSs, let me know. I would love to hear from the community because this event is FOR YOU. Our goal is to help provide information and training on topics that you want or need. To submit Systems ideas for future VTSs, visit the The specified item was not found.

 

Have a great week!

 

- Logan Rosenstein

OTN Systems Community Manager