Strange message when launching the vi editor.

December 21, 2009
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I got this strange error message when launching the vi text editor during the installation of Solaris 10, I don’t know what kind of terminal you are on – all I have is ‘unknown’. The reason for this is becasue the terminal emulation has not been defined in your environment. To configure the terminal...
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Solaris 10 installation fails with disk drive does not have a valid label.

December 17, 2009
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When installing Solaris 10 I received this error. This disk (c1t50060E800429C458d7) cannot be used to install Solaris software. This disk drive does not have a valid label. If you want to use this disk for the install, exit the Solaris Interactive Installation program, use...
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How to change the host ID for Solaris 10 global/non-global zones and Solaris 8/9 containters.

December 16, 2009
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In Solaris 10 you cannot change the host ID of the server without doing some major hardware replacement. I will explain a workaround hack to change the hostid for Solaris 10 later in this article. Some applications will not run if you install them...
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Managing the services in Solaris.

December 15, 2009
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The svcs command will report the status of servics in Solaris. The svcadm command is used for service management such as starting, stopping and restoring services. To display all services with their state information, use the svcs command with the -a option. root@server1 #...
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How to configure a new network interface in Solaris 10.

December 14, 2009
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When configuring a new network interface in Solaris 10, the first thing you want to do is to list all available interfaces. During installation of Soalris 10 the drivers for the NICs will be automatically loaded, provided the NIC is on the hardware compatibility...
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Step by step instructions on how to create a Solaris 10 container.

December 14, 2009
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Here is a step by step instructions on how I created a Solaris 10 container. I took advantage of the Solaris ZFS file system because of it’s inherient benifits such as quotas, compression, snapshots, shared storage of zone pool and zone cloning. The first...
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How to enable fiber channel multipathing on Solaris 10 server

December 3, 2009
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The Solaric FC and Storage Multipathing software is integrated with the Solaris 10 operating system. There is no need to separately install the software package during or after the Solaris 10 OS installation. In Solaris 10, fabric-connected devices are configured and made available to...
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Configure DNS client on Soalris 10 server to resolve telnet login delay

December 3, 2009
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I just installed and configure a new Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 server. It seems that when I telnet to the sever from a remote computer it takes a while to connect and get a login prompt. Once I am able to login in, speed...
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Forgot the root password for my Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server, how do I change it?

November 4, 2009
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Forgot the root password for my Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server, how do I change it?

I built this Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server in VMware a while ago and forgot the root password. I can log in as a user but it does not have the privileges to change the root IDs password. Well, fear not you can...
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Google street view captures burning van in Toronto, Ontario.

October 30, 2009
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Google street view captures burning van in Toronto, Ontario.

Google street view finally launched in Canada few weeks ago. I had sighted the streetview camera car on Highway 407 some months before and trailed it. Here is the link to photos of the streetview car, http://www.gamescheat.ca/2009/06/google-maps-street-view-car-in-toronto-ontario/. The Google street view camera captured everything...
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Some TV channels may not work with the Rogers digital receiver.

October 27, 2009
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I moved into my new home about 3 months ago. Well, actually it is a 23 years old house with finished basement. Overall the house was in good condition, but it was in need of many minor repairs. Being the handyman that I am,...
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Unix bash script to check if the files exists in the directory

October 23, 2009
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As a server administrator I seldom have to check to see if a file exists in the directory. But what if you have a long list of files that you need to check for? Checking for the existence of many many files manually could...
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Scripts to automate the process of identifying and compiling an RDM to LUN mapping list for VMware ESX 3.0

October 16, 2009
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In an earlier posting I listed a copy of the article explaining how to manually create a RDM to LUN mapping for VMware ESX. I have created scripts to completly automate this process, ftp the result and email the result file. Save the below...
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How to identify and compile a RDM to LUN mapping list for VMware ESX 3.0

October 16, 2009
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Below is a copy of the article from VMware knowledge base. It explains the steps to create the Raw Decive Mapping to Logical Unit Number. But is you have a VMserver with many virtual clients and LUNs attached, then this manual procedure can take...
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Command to display the current run level in Solaris

October 6, 2009
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If you forget the current run level you have loaded in Solaris, here is a handy command to help you find out what it is. who -r This will output to screen the current run-level.
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