Oracle Solaris Cluster Essentials

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Pearson Education, Sep 9, 2010 - Computers - 464 pages
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Thousands of IT organizations have adopted clustering to improve the availability of mission-critical software services. Today, with the rapid growth of cloud computing environments, clustering is even more crucial.


Now, there’s a comprehensive, authoritative guide to the industry’s most stable, robust clustering platform: the Oracle Solaris Cluster. Oracle® Solaris Cluster Essentials thoroughly covers both Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.2 and Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition, offering start-to-finish lifecycle guidance for planning, implementation, management, and troubleshooting.


Authored by Oracle Solaris Cluster expert Tim Read, this book covers both high availability and disaster recovery features, and offers detailed guidance for both Oracle and non-Oracle database environments. It also presents several example implementations that can be used to quickly construct effective proofs-of-concept.


Whether you’re new to clustering or upgrading from older solutions,this bookbrings together all the information you’ll need to maximize the value, reliability, and performance of any Oracle Solaris Cluster environment.


You’ll learn how to

  • Understand Oracle Solaris Cluster’s product features and architecture, and their implications for design and performance
  • Establish requirements and design clustered systems that reflect them
  • Master best practices for integrating clustering with virtualization
  • Implement proven disaster recovery planning techniques
  • Efficiently maintain Oracle Solaris Cluster environments

Part of the Solaris System Administration Series, Oracle® Solaris Cluster Essentials combines a complete technology introduction and hands-on guide for every architect, administrator, and IT manager responsible for high availability and business continuity.


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If you have attended the Cluster 3.2 course or similar you will notice that this book is almost a copy of the course notes.
This can only be a good thing.
As Oracle have this paper saving idea, it
means that you get sent a pdf of the course notes 2 days before rather than a hard copy. Daft is not the word as there are exercises to perform during the training.
But anyway back to the book here.
It is a good reference and covers pretty much all you need to know to set up a basic cluster.
However there are not enough examples showing how to configure resources and that is the complicated part of cluster.
Using this book you can easily get to a stage where you have a working cluster with a simple failover fs and you will also understand how to set up a global one.
Using either VMware workstation or Virtualbox. Personally I paid the money and got a VMware workstation licence. It is a better product than Virtuabox and well worth the money.
If you want a bit less technical background and a few more examples then it's worth also getting:
Oracle Solaris and Veritas Cluster : An Easy-build Guide
Authors: Upreti, Vijay Shankar
Between the two of them you should have enough knowledge to build and maintain fairly simple Solaris clusters.
Just a note: Oracle are retiring the certified Cluster admin exam on 31st July 2017, so get these 2 books and study before it's gone forever.

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Tim Read has worked in the UK computer industry since 1985. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1990 and now works as a software developer in Oracle’s Solaris Availability Engineering group. He has written and coauthored many Sun BluePrints and white papers, including “Designing Enterprise Solutions with Sun Cluster 3.0.” He holds a joint honours degree in physics with astrophysics from the University of Birmingham. When not working, he enjoys running, tandem riding, and exploring the islands of the Outer Hebrides in northwest Scotland.

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