December 2010 - Joost Pronk on Oracle Solaris 11 ExpressJoost Pronk gave us an entertaining talked about many new technology which is included in the Solaris 11 Express, which hopefully will be the new Solaris 11 release. He covered many topics including how system patching will become a much more easier and quicker process with the introduction of IPS.
November 2010 - Tom Kranz on Exploring Solaris Auto-Registration & Peter Tribble on SAR: past, present, and future?Tom Kranz gave a talk titled "Exploring Solaris Auto Registration" - an irreverent look at how to pull apart a new application on your Solaris system, to find out how it works, and what potential pitfalls it might present to your infrastructure.
Peter Tribble talked about Sar, the System Activity Reporter, as well as Kar, a potential replacement written by Peter which leverages Solaris kstats to archive a more complete set of system statistics.
October 2010 - Paul Roberts on Lesser Known Solaris Features & Chris Armes on OpenWorldPaul Roberts gave us an interesting talk about lesser know features and tools that are available in the standard installation of Solaris. These included the auditing framework, a kernel implementation of SSL, some debugging and implementation details of the Service Management Framework (SMF) and the Basic Audit Reporting Tool.
Chris Armes gave us an insight of the recent OpenWorld conference and talked about Solaris 11 Express and Exadata. He then answered question on a selection of topics.
September 2010 - Phil Kirk on Zones and CrossbowPhil Kirk went through some of the pitfalls of networking when using Zones, and demonstrated how Crossbow solves them and opens up new possibilities for virtualisation.
August 2010 - Rahmat Balogun on Securing OpenSolaris in Cloud Computing & Alasdair Lumsden on the future of OpenSolarisRahmat Balogun spoke to us on data security and how secure the OpenSolaris software is in terms of cloud
computing implementation, and the security concerns therein.
Alasdair Lumsden spoke to us about the recent news in the Solaris world, including OpenSolaris'
replacement with Solaris 11 Express, hardware support on non-Oracle hardware, and a comprehensive
look at Illumos.
July 2010 - Two Technical Presentations and one from the UKOUG on membershipThe evening was kicked off with a presentation from
James Haslam from the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) on how LOSUG members can sign up as members of the UKOUG now LOSUG is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within it.
Then it was on to the evenings technical presentations.
Luke Marsden talked to us about an open source project which builds on ZFS and DTrace to replicate data seamlessly across a cluster. He demonstrated how it works on Solaris and FreeBSD, and how you use it for a typical application workload.
Check out Luke's for more information
James O'Gorman talked about FreeBSD Jails and how they compare to Solaris Zones. Both achieve the same thing, yet have interesting differences in implementation and administration.