Posts Tagged ‘Project’

Initial Solaris Transfer Speeds

April 7th, 2007 No comments

Using my Gigabit switch, I was able to transfer 1.25GB in 51 seconds by copying a file from my MacBook to my Solaris box. That’s 200Mbps if I convert the terms. I’ve heard of people getting close to 400Mbps on Gigabit networks, so I’m going to try and see what I can do to speed this up. In particular, I need to look into jumbo frames on both the MacBook and the Solaris box to see if there’s anything I can do to push up the speed.

I’m going to try and finish the install writeup this week. I took a lot of pix of the screen during install, but a lot of the images came out blurry (handheld P&S camera against LCD screen) I’ll try to clean up what’s usable and finish writing up the process I used.

New Features – Tags and Shared Items

April 4th, 2007 No comments

You may have noticed a couple new tabs across the top of the site. I’ve added a couple new features that I thought I would point out to my readers. I’ve been reluctant to do some of this stuff, but I figure I just need to embrace the whole “living online” thing and share a little more with the world. I’ve done two things – more prominent use of tags and more shared items from outside of the blog.

First up, Tags. You may have noticed the tags listed at the end of articles, but now I’ve added a small tag cloud to the right-hand sidebar. I’ve also added a dedicated tag page, which is available from the tabs across the top of the page. Currently the tag page shows both the full tag cloud (sorted alphabetically) and a “long tail” bar chart (sorted by frequency of use).

I’ve also done more to share items with readers and visitors. I’ve added the most recent articles from my “shared items” RSS feed to the left sidebar. This is done with Google Reader and a widget that Google provided. But really, I’ve focused on creating a new “shared” tab that highlights a number of aspects of my online life. There are a couple main features. I’ve tried to sort the page by putting the most transient information at the top and the longest lasting stuff at the bottom. So at the top, you’ll find what I’m currently reading from various RSS feeds that day. Below that is a summary of recent bookmarks I’ve posted to my account. Then we get to my personal library of books, and finally music, movies, and TV shows. The Listal portfolios don’t seem to work perfectly (they aren’t complete) but they still look cool so I’ve decided to leave the flash widgets in place rather than going with the (boring) text rolls.

I hope that you’ll find the more prominent use of tags useful and the shared items interesting. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Getting Started with Solaris 10 and ZFS

March 24th, 2007 11 comments

Solaris 10 LogoI’ve been itching to write more about Solaris 10 and ZFS now that I’ve got it working on my budget server. Unfortunately, I’ve been out of town this last week and haven’t had a chance to write much. Before I write up the full install and setup process, I thought I’d give you a little teaser.

You can get started at the Solaris home page. Incidentally, will redirect you to the page on, in case you forget the URL. The first thing you’ll want to do is start downloading the x86 install disc image, because this will take a while. From the Get Solaris page you need to select the download option or sign up to have a software kit sent to you in the mail. If you have a DVD drive, I would recommend the compressed DVD image download if you’re running Windows. It comes in four parts, which are heavily compressed. Once you download all four parts, the decompression and disc creation routine will take quite a while. It took about an hour (if I remember right) just to make the image on my 2.4GHz P4 machine. Add burning time on top of that.

Once you have the install disc ready to go, the rest of the process is pretty easy. You can get an overview at “How to Quickly Install the Solaris 10 1/06 OS” and there’s a pretty good Solaris x86 FAQ available from as well.

Solaris 10 is Rockin!

March 16th, 2007 5 comments

I’m proud to announce that I’ve got Solaris 10 up and running pretty smoothly on my new AMD-based system. I had some annoying compatibility issues with the first system I tried, so I switched to the ASUS M2NPV-VM motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ CPU. This board has much better support in Solaris 10 out of the box. The onboard GPU (nVidia GeForce 6150) is recognized immediately as is the onboard ethernet. So much nicer to work with…

Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard

There are some other things that I really like about this board. It’s got four USB ports and Firewire on the back. There are also headers for two more USB and one more firewire port on the motherboard. DVI out it also nice.  Check out the expansion options below…

Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard 2

Another thing that works really well for my project is that there are 2 IDE connectors and 4 SATA connectors. I plugged the boot drive and the DVD-ROM drive into the IDE port (as master/slave on one cable). Four SATA ports is the bare minimum for what I want to accomplish, but it will suffice for the next year or so. If I run out of room quicker than that, I’ll add a PCI board or something.

A couple other cool extras that come with this Asus board…

  • Firewire bracket (for the rear openings in a standard case)
  • HDTV video out bracket with component outputs (the 6150 is capable of 1080i)
  • extra IDE cables and a SATA cable

So next up is the physical build process and then Solaris installation. ZFS setup is so easy, it almost doesn’t deserve a post. I’ll see if I can do some rough benchmarks for fun though.