Sr. Systems Administrator looking for employment – Houston

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 9, 2015

I don’t often bring personal matters onto the site, but I was affected by a “Reduction In Force” due to “Changing Market Conditions” and laid off from my employer of the past twelve years this past Wednesday. As a result, I’m looking for employment in the Houston area.

I’m Sun and Red Hat (RHCE) certified, have worked with all major flavors of UNIX and Linux, and am heavily versed in running infrastructure applications – Sendmail/Postfix, BIND/DNS, the LAMP Apache/MySQL software stack, shell scripting, building open source software from source code (or installing packages) and so forth.

I also have heavy experience working with NetApp network storage hardware and software, virtualization environments such as VMWare vSphere/ESXi and Linux KVM.

I “do Windows” as well and have experience with IIS, SQL Server, and Active Directory, in addition to integrating Windows and Linux environments using Samba and other third party tools.

If you need a dedicated, hard worker – contact me.

More Sparc M7 CPU information

Posted by jkemp on Oct 14, 2014

The latest iteration of the tech, the Sparc M7, is due to launch sometime next year – although exact dates remain vague – and to hear Ellison tell it, it’s “the most important thing we’ve done in silicon, maybe ever.”

Ellison pins Oracle’s hopes on cloud… and Sparc

Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle’s most important silicon EVER

Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Solaris 11.2 GA available now for download

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Solaris 11.2 GA has been released, and is available for download in the standard spot.

Download Oracle Solaris 11.2

Lots of good Oracle Solaris 11.2 howto’s here:

Solaris 11.2 getting started items

Sparc M7 chip has 32 cores

Posted by jkemp on Aug 18, 2014

Oracle Cranks Up The Cores To 32 With Sparc M7 Chip

Say what you will about Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison, but when the software giant bought Sun Microsystems more than four years ago, for $7.4 billion, he said that he had seen the light and wanted Oracle to control its own hardware and created specialized machinery tuned up to run Oracle’s software stack. Despite falling sales in the early years, which have now stabilized and are now growing, Oracle has continued to invest in hardware.

When the Sun sets, the stories come out.

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 30, 2014

This IEEE Spectrum article tells about the Sun employee reunion that happened last Saturday evening at Sun’s first corporate headquarters building in Mountain View.

James Gosling grades Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technology

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jan 14, 2014

In this InfoWorld article, Java founder James Gosling rates Oracle’s handling of Sun’s technologies in the four years since the acquisition.

In short, Java gets a passing grade, while the treatment of the Solaris operating system fails miserably.

Oracle suing companies providing “illegal” third-party Solaris OS support

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jul 26, 2013

This NetworkWorld article describes how Oracle is going after third-party companies who provide “illegal” Solaris support (patches, updates) to customers who don’t want to go through Oracle.

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 10/11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe “Tech Specs” document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Oracle halting development of Sun Ray technologies

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Oracle will soon be announcing that it’s discontinuing development of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray software and hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines.

TechTarget article about Oracle and the “hobbyist” community

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 3, 2013

I’m quoted in this TechTarget article about Oracle’s attitude toward the “hobbyist” community.

Sun Fire 280R with 3,737 days of uptime

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 14, 2013

This YouTube video documents the final shutdown of a SunFire 280R server with 3,737 (10.24) years of continual uptime.
It beats my personal record of almost two years on a Solaris machine, and more than six years on a Cisco switch.

No Longer Running Ads

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 13, 2013

I’ve completely removed all advertising from SunHELP, and will be redesigning the site soon. If you happen to run into a page with an ad on it, please let me know. shutting down 24 March 2013

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013 shutting down 24 March 2013

If you need anything from, now is the time to download and archive it.

Solaris 10 update 11 available now

Posted by jkemp on Feb 13, 2013

Solaris 10 update 11 is available now.

Get it here:

Still Here, Still Going

Posted by Bill Bradford on Nov 29, 2012

Apologies for the lack of updates or news items lately. I’m still here, just have been dealing with a lot of problems in my personal life and things related to my wife’s untimely death. When stuff like that happens, you tend to lose enthusiasm for personal projects and at times it’s hard to start caring about some things again. I’m on the upswing finally, and look forward to completing a site redesign for SunHELP by the end of the year. One of my eventual goals is to make the site into more of a reference / database than it is now, full of helpful information for people that want to keep their Sun-branded hardware going for as long as possible. Part of that is a “back burner” project I’ve got going on to collect and archive online as many different versions of SunOS and Solaris (SPARC *and* x86) as possible, to have available for the hobbyist community when needed and allowable under Oracle’s copyright guidelines.

Speaking of Oracle, Sun’s “new” owners (it’s been a few years now, hasn’t it?) – I’ve not seen otherwise, and I can’t speak for all of the Oracle/Sun employees, but their attitude towards the hobbyist community and sites like mine seems to be a large upraised middle finger. I’m not even able to run SunHELP on actual Sun / Oracle hardware or software, as the cost of a support contract in order to get Solaris patches is more than any income that this site brings in nowadays (basically zero).

My question to you, the Sun and Solaris and SPARC enthusiasts, is – is it worth it? Do you get any benefit, education, or enjoyment out of my continuing work keeping this site and the mailing lists going? Has it helped you solve a problem, defeat an emergency, “put out a fire”, be a hero, get a job, keep a job, get a better job? Have you learned anything that you might not have found out anywhere else? Have you scored awesome computer systems that a company was just going to toss out, and got them running at home? Does your spouse understand the desire for raised flooring in the garage?

When I was a young beginner sysadmin, I received a lot of help and mentoring from other folks, and have always appreciated that. SunHELP started in July 1997 (then as as a collection of links and resources, and gradually expanded into a major web site, I believe at one point this was the largest third-party non-official Sun-enthusiast informational resource. I became the official home for the Sun Hardware FAQ – a document that was a big part of my learning about Sun systems in the first place. In 2000 I became one of the list maintainers of the Sun-Managers Mailing list (and hosted it from my own hardware for a few years; I still help with and in 2005, I was honored to take over hosting of Celeste Stokeley’s Unix Serial Port Resources pages. All of my efforts over the past fifteen years have been an attempt to give something back to the community, and I hope that my peers feel that my contributions have been worthwhile.

I’ll keep putting my money and effort into SunHELP and the mailing lists for as long as it proves useful to someone else – and if it has been useful, entertaining, or educational, please let me know. Send email to, and tell me your story.

Update: Don’t worry – I have no plans to stop doing all this or cease hosting the mailing lists and web site! I’d just like to know, for my own personal knowledge, what benefit you’ve gotten out of everything here.