August 2008


My August 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about Solaris System Analysis – a checklist approach to solving a system being “slow” or “busted”.   Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login: August 2008, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

I hope this column will turn into a living wiki about (Solaris) system analysis. I’ve prepopulated a wiki with the contents of the column, so now it’s up to you to add your thoughts to the procedure. It would be a great advance in systems administration if there was a canonocal source of first-step debugging information, and hopefully you will help make this wiki that source: http://wiki.sage.org/bin/view/Main/AllThingsSun

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Sorry for the delay in announce / posting this. My June 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about the state of ZFS – features, functions, stability, useability, performance, production use, and so on.   Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login: June 2008, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

Jim Mauro is our guest speaker, talking about DTrace and all things performance, at the next New England Open Solaris User Group (NEOSUG) meeting on Sept 10th in Burlington, MA.

Read all about it here: OpenSolaris NEOSUG.

Hope to see you there. Please register if coming so we can plan the refreshments…