Continuous Delivery for Solaris

Just a few days after the orginal post with Solaris 11.x plans, Oracle just provided an update on the official Solaris blog.

Starting with Solaris 11, OS development and update will follow a continuous delivery model, whih means the next few years will see lots of incremental improvements within 11.x instead of a major release like Solaris 12.

It’s also very good to see that extended support is planned for the next 25 years or so:

As we will deliver new features and capabilities as part of Oracle Solaris 11, we have extended the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 Premier and Extended Support lifespans to January 2031 and January 2034, respectively.  Support dates are evaluated for update annually, and will be provided through at least the dates above.

Oracle Roadmap: SPARC/Solaris

Okay, so Oracle just updated their roadmap for SPARC and Solaris. Seems Solaris 12 will take a couple more years to be released (I seem to remember that in 2014/2015 a very similar roadmap was suggesting Solaris 12 would show up in late 2016), which … [Continue reading]

Recommended Patchset for Solaris 10 – January 2016

Those of you still on Solaris 10 may want to download the latest Recommended Patchset for Solaris 10 which was published just last week, on 28th of January 2016. There's only four such patchsets a year and this is quite handy for rolling baselines … [Continue reading]

Joyent CLI basics

I've been trying different SmartOS images with Joyent for some time now, but always did everything from the Dashboard. Joyent's wonderful dashboard Most users will never need anything else: the Joyent's dashboard is incredible - simple yet powerful, … [Continue reading]

Behaviour of the audit daemon

Always wanted to know how to make a clean start with nightly log rotations in Solaris audit setup. Turns out it could't be simpler! From the audit(1M) man page: audit - control the behavior of the audit daemon and a bit further down: -s … [Continue reading]

How To: Confirm Link Speed for a Network Interface

Here's a one liner that is really useful when you need to quickly confirm the link speed for network interfaces on your system. The beauty of this command is that you can run it as a regular user: bash-3.00$ kstat -p | grep link_speed … [Continue reading]

Using nohup for existing processes

Most of you are probably aware with the fact that by default any processes you may have running within your session will be killed once you terminate the session. The most common example is logging onto a remote server via SSH, starting some command … [Continue reading]

Using Service Controller to confirm battery status

I've been working with a support engineer on replacing an SC battery in one of T2000 servers recently, and noticed that immediately upon rebooting a server it may not be possible to get battery and fans stats because prtdiag command wouldn't work … [Continue reading]

prstat – a great tool for process monitoring

Solaris administrators with solid Linux experience are usually installing top on their systems because of convenience. Quite a few administrators are aware of prstat but don't see benefits of using its format which somewhat differs from top. And … [Continue reading]

Welcome to 2012!

Hi all, happy New Year! Just thought I'll take a few minutes to welcome you to the new year and to thank you once again for staying with the Solaris Blog for so long! My plans for this blog are quite humble in the view of Solaris not being a … [Continue reading]