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Saturday, November 10, 2012

UKOUG Solaris SIG 2012 Slides & Video so far

The Solaris Special Interest Group (SIG) has been active since 2005 in a different guise, as London OpenSolaris User Group (LOSUG). The group was formed with the help of Sun Microsystems to enhance the popularity of their next release of their operating system OpenSolaris. The world has changed a lot since then, but the UKOUG Solaris SIG has kept up with the changes in Oracle Solaris 11 and open source Solaris-based derivatives and still remains an independently run group.

Our events run frequently, in the evening on the third Wednesday of each month.  We have presentations given by professionals who are experts in their field, including Oracle Solaris developers and professionals as well as industry Solaris experts. Our members come from varied backgrounds including IT architects and engineers, analysts, system administrators, developers and many more. The events take place in the London Oracle City offices and are very popular, not just for the vast range of presentations, but also for the fact that participants and attendees can mingle and network with Solaris specialists, in a relaxed atmosphere over food and refreshments. 

The presentations are promoted via the UKOUG website and our social media channels where infromation about about our next talks can be found:
These are the talks we have had so far this year:

December 2012 - Peter Tribble : How Zones served Queen Victoria

ProQuest's Peter Tribble took us through how ProQuest builds and uses Solaris Zones to develop and deploy services to its customers with particular reference to a very Royal project, which involved the on-line publishing of Queen Victoria's Journals at http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org.

 Slides:  Peter Tribble : How Zones served Queen Victoria

November 2012 - Chris Beal : Solaris 11 Serviceability Best Practices

Oracle's Chris Beal took us through best way to install, configure, and update your systems to identify when there has been a problem, and tools required to gather data to help solve it. Technologies to be discussed include: Automatic service request generation, Service Management Facility, Configuration, Oracle Support tools, Oracle Solaris configuration options, Managing package versions to minimize downtime, Version-lock facets, Shared/secure shell access

 Slides: Chris Beal : Solaris 11 Serviceability Best Practices

October 2012 - Gerry Haskins : Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle

Oracle’s Gerry Haskins and Pete Dennis compared customer maintenance best practice on Solaris 10 and 11 and highlighted the policy and process similarities and changes, and the reasons for them.
  Slides: Gerry Haskins : Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle
  Video: Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle

September 2012 - Brent Paulson : Solaris 11 Security Features: Theory and Practice

Brent Paulson, from Oracle’s Solaris Security Engineering team, gave an overview of some of the enhanced security features in Solaris 11, such as ipfilter, auditing, ssh, RBAC and PAM.
  Slides: Brent Paulson : Solaris 11 Security Features: Theory and Practice

July 2012 - Stephen Nelson-Smith : Automating Solaris Infrastructures with Chef

Stephen gave an introduction to the Chef framework and how it can help Solaris administrators be more effective and have more fun.
  Slides:  Stephen Nelson-Smith : Automating Solaris Infrastructures with Chef
  Video:  Automating Solaris Infrastructures with Chef

June 2012 - Jarod Nash : A Practical Session on AI Derived Manifests

Jarod built on earlier presentations on the new Solaris 11 Image Packaging System (IPS) and Auto Installer (AI), and provided a practical guide to writing and using derived manifests.
  Slides: Jarod Nash : A Practical Session on AI Derived Manifests
  Video:  A Practical Session on AI Derived Manifests

May 2012 - Clive King : Solaris Optimisation & Best Practices

Clive King gave an excellent talk about Optimisation & Best Practices for Solaris system administrators with lots of information to help spot problems on your system. Also, lots of war stories where the underlying root cause was unexpected or the journey to find the root cause was bizarre.
  Slides: Clive King : Solaris Optimisation & Best Practices
  Video: Best Practice 

April 2012 - Jon Anderson : Solaris 11: Network Configuration Changes

Solaris 11 has some major changes to network configuration and Jon gave and excellent presentation with an introduction to a few of these changes such as: profile-based network configuration, network SMF service, naming services configuration through SMF, and generic datalink name assignment.
  Slides: Jon Anderson: Solaris 11: Network Configuration Changes

March 2012 - Chris Ridd : IPS for OpenIndiana and Solaris 11

Chris gave a presentation about the Image Packaging System used in OpenIndiana and Solaris 11, looking at the user (sysadmin) tools, setting up repositories, and creating custom packages.
  Slides:  Chris Ridd : IPS for OpenIndiana and Solaris 11

February 2012 - Andrew Watkins : Solaris 11 Automated Installer Walkthrough

Andrew give a presentation of the new features of the Automated Installer which is now found in Solaris 11. The presentation outline the system configuration tool that generates system profiles and all the relevant procedures needed to set up the Installer. Presentation does include examples via VirtualBox.
  Slides: Andrew Watkins : Solaris 11 Automated Installer Walkthrough

January 2012 - Darren Moffat : Solaris 11: Zones  

Solaris 11 comes with a number of usability, feature and security improvements for Zones as well as an even deeper integration with other existing and new Solaris 11 features. This talk will show via demo and slides some of the key new features of Zones in Solaris 11.

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