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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Accessing MySQL Database(s) with JDBC

A new technical article entitled "Using MySQL With Java Technology", has been posted on at:

This article explains the essential steps involved in manipulating the data in a MySQL database from a Java application. MySQL Connector/J JDBC driver was used in the example code to show the database connectivity, data manipulation steps. Application developers who are new to Java programming language [but not to MySQL database] are the target audience of this article.

Stay tuned for the next article in this series "Using MySQL with PHP" ..

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sun Blueprint : MySQL in Solaris Containers

While the costs of managing a data center are becoming a major concern with the increased number of under-utilized servers, customers are actively looking for solutions to consolidate their workloads to:

To cater those customers, Sun offers several virtualization technologies such as Logical Domains, Solaris Containers, xVM at free of cost for SPARC and x86/x64 platforms.

In order to help our customers who are planning for the consolidation of their MySQL databases on systems running Solaris 10, we put together a document with a bunch of installation steps and the best practices to run MySQL inside a Solaris Container. Although the document was focused on the Solaris Containers technology, majority of the tuning tips including the ZFS tips are applicable to all MySQL instances running [on Solaris] under different virtualization technologies.

You can access the blueprint document at the following location:

        Running MySQL Database in Solaris Containers

The blueprint document briefly explains the MySQL server & Solaris Containers technology, introduces different options to install MySQL server on Solaris 10, shows the steps involved in installing and running Solaris Zones & MySQL, and finally provides few best practices to run MySQL optimally inside a Solaris Container.

Feel free to leave a comment if you notice any incorrect information, or if you have generic suggestions to improve documents like these.


Many thanks to Prashant Srinivasan, John David Duncan and Margaret B. for their help in different phases of this blueprint.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009
PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 Self-Service Benchmark on M3000 & T5120 Servers

Sun published the PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 Self-Service benchmark results today. The benchmark was conducted on 3 x Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 and 1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 servers. Click on the following link for the full report with the benchmark results.

PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 SELF-SERVICE Using ORACLE on Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 and Enterprise T5120 Servers

Admittedly it is Sun's first PeopleSoft benchmark after a hiatus of over five years. However I am glad that we came up with a very nice cost effective solution in our comeback effort to the PeopleSoft applications' benchmarking.

Some of the notes and highlights from this competitive benchmark are as follows.

Just like our prior Siebel and Oracle E-Business Suite Payroll 11i benchmarks, Sun collaborated with Oracle Corporation in executing this benchmark. And we sincerely thank our peers at Oracle Corporation for all their help and support over the past few months in executing this benchmark.

I'm planning to post some of the tuning tips to run PeopleSoft optimally on Solaris 10. Stay tuned ..

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1: It is relatively hard to obtain IBM's server list prices. On the other hand, it is very easy to find the list prices of Sun servers' from

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Mounting Windows' NTFS on [Open]Solaris x86/x64

The steps outlined in this blog post are derived from the Miscellaneous filesystem support for OpenSolaris on x86 web page. I just added few examples to illustrate the steps to mount a partition with NTFS filesystem that exists on the external hard drive (in this case, it is a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive).

Step-by-Step instructions to mount NTFS filesystem on [Open]Solaris
  1. Install the packages : FSWpart and FSWfsmisc.

  2. Find the logical device name for the NTFS partition. -l option of the rmformat command lists all removable devices along with their device names.

    # rmformat -l
    Looking for devices...
    1. Logical Node: /dev/rdsk/c1t0d0p0
    Physical Node: /pci@0,0/pci-ide@1f,1/ide@1/sd@0,0
    Connected Device: MATSHITA UJDA750 DVD/CDRW 1.60
    Device Type: DVD Reader
    Bus: IDE
    Access permissions:
    2. Logical Node: /dev/rdsk/c2t0d0p0
    Physical Node: /pci@0,0/pci1179,1@1d,7/storage@1/disk@0,0
    Connected Device: Seagate FreeAgentDesktop 100F
    Device Type: Removable
    Bus: USB
    Size: 953.9 GB
    Access permissions:

  3. Identify the NTFS partition on the external disk with the help of fdisk

    # fdisk /dev/rdsk/c2t0d0p0
    Total disk size is 60800 cylinders
    Cylinder size is 32130 (512 byte) blocks

    Partition Status Type Start End Length %
    ========= ====== ============ ===== === ====== ===
    1 IFS: NTFS 0 60800 60801 100

    1. Create a partition
    2. Specify the active partition
    3. Delete a partition
    4. Change between Solaris and Solaris2 Partition IDs
    5. Exit (update disk configuration and exit)
    6. Cancel (exit without updating disk configuration)
    Enter Selection: 6

    In this example, partition #1 i.e., c2t0d0p1 has the NTFS filesystem.

  4. Mount the NTFS partition just like mounting an UFS filesystem using the mount command. Use the argument ntfs to the command line option -F. Since the filesystem was mounted in a slightly different way than the conventional way, use /usr/bin/xlsmounts to see the detailed mount table information.

    # mount -F ntfs /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 /mnt

    # /usr/bin/xlsmounts
    /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 ntfs 6755 /mnt

    # ls /mnt
    expForSun.dmp MySQL5.1 RECYCLER
    medium-64-bit $RECYCLE.BIN System Volume Information

    Notice the under ADDR column in the output of xlsmounts. NTFS mount uses userland NFSv2 server to access the filesystems on raw partitions. That is why the mount was shown as NFS client mounted from

  5. To unmount the NTFS filesystem, use /usr/bin/xumount. Solaris standard umount command unmounts the filesystem but does not terminate the background NFS server process.

    # /usr/bin/xumount /mnt

    - OR -

    # /usr/bin/xumount /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1

Check the Miscellaneous filesystem support for OpenSolaris on x86 page and Moinak Ghosh's blog post Mount and Access NTFS and Ext2FS from Solaris x86 for the rest of the fine details.

(Originally posted on at:
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Sunday, February 08, 2009
Workaround to "eject of cdrom /dev/dsk/cxtxdxsx failed" Error on SXCE b106


On Solaris Express Community Edition build 106, eject(1) fails intermittently (esp. when inserted the blank media) with the error: eject of cdrom /dev/dsk/cxtxdxsx failed.

# cat /etc/release
Solaris Express Community Edition snv_106 X86
Copyright 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Assembled 13 January 2009

# eject
eject of cdrom /dev/dsk/c1t0d0s2 failed: A security policy in place prevents this sender
from sending this message to this recipient, see message bus configuration file (rejected
message had interface "org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Storage" member "Eject" error name
"(unset)" destination "org.freedesktop.Hal")


Upgrade to snv_107. Meanwhile check the bug #6791982.

  1. Edit /etc/dbus-1/system.d/hal.conf.

    Add the following line to the <policy context="default"> section.

    <allow send_interface="org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Storage"/>

  2. Restart the D-Bus message bus system service.

    svcadm restart svc:/system/dbus:default

    On a totally unrelated note, to see all the existing SMF services with a simple description, run:

    svcs -o FMRI,DESC

  3. Finally try to eject the CD/DVD disk by typing the eject command.

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