Monthly Archives: June 2007

That’s Three in A Quarter

Today I concluded one more training on Sun Java System Access Manager 7.1 and that takes the tally of AM 3480 course to three this quarter in India. The growing demand for the Access Manager training speaks a lot on its prospects.

For a change I didn’t bother these folks with the usual ‘teach back’ assignment, for I wasn’t well and wasn’t really in a frame of mind to conduct the same. Instead, I myself took up the task of performing a marathon review of the entire course in the end. Thanks folks for your time and good luck with all your future endeavours.

The Monsoon Effect

I’m back in Bangalore. The weather in Delhi had changed dramatically after my previous visit to this blog to post the weather update and since then, occasional rains in the capital city of India had kept all of us safe from probable sunburn. Perhaps, it was Nature’s generosity to keep things cool at the capital city from the chaos revolving around the Presidential Election, which is just around the corner; or may be it could well be a tribute to the eminent personality occupying the office of President at this point in time.

I couldn’t save myself though from a viral attack during my stay at Delhi and I still haven’t recovered from it completely. Thankfully, it showed up only the last day of the five day training program on New Features of Solaris 10 and hence did not have much of a negative impact in the overall context of this course. Gentlemen from HCL and Adobe, who came for this course believe that the changes and features in Solaris 10 are just too many to be discussed in five days time. I wouldn’t disagree with them. I’m putting them up in here, see if we have any common friends:

It’s a wet, windy evening here in Bangalore. Monsoon has arrived and along with it a number of problems affecting health. Well, we just can’t fight it, so let’s face it.

Writer’s Block?

I know I am late. Why am I writing this only now? I usually do this when my class gets over on a Friday. I was trying to figure out a reason for it, but failed. I hate to say that I was lazy over the weekend, but facts cannot be hidden. I was indeed lazy after a week full of fun with the folks in the picture below:

They came to me for AM 3480. We’ve some positive remarks from them on the contents that were covered in this course about Access Manager. And I sincerely hope that the concepts discussed in this course comes in handy for them, when they get into their respective projects. I am sure, it will. Of course, I didn’t spare any of them from the usual ‘teach back’ assignment even this time and they all gave a decent show. It went into the late evening on the last day of the training program. So the least I should do to help myself from their curses for keeping them so late even on the final day of the training program is to put them up on my blog:

Inspired by the enthusiasm of a few of them who came for this training, I continued to do some research on the Identity Management Products of Sun. Consequently, I found myself in the Sun Learning Center even on Saturday trying to do a few things with the new version of Sun Java System Identity Manager. Don’t know, I was missing some basics and I messed up with most of my experiments done on that day. I was also trying to use the Access Manager 7.1 component from JES 5.0. And to add on to that, I was playing around with this whole stuff in Solaris 10 Zones. But I messed it up big time and all I achieved from Saturday’s adventure is a severe back pain, which is quite annoying.


I couldn’t sit with my laptop after that and I could think of nothing to write, even though I wanted to scribble down something. On such occasions I generally pick up a book and read. And this time, I went through a book which I bought through Sify Mall a couple of days back. It didn’t take me much time to read through this book. It was never boring and it kept taking me back to my college days. I wasn’t the best of students in my college, yet I had done enough mischiefs to carry back some good memories from my college campus which I cherish even to this moment. My friends at college, of late, have been blaming me for getting them into the habit of drinking so many cups of coffee a day (it’s just Madras filter Coffee and not Vodka for heavens sake). Hey hold on, I think I am getting into some nostalgic mood now and I don’t really want to drag my long suffering readers into that. So I am logging off, trying to think of some good things that i did in my college, that would have made my mother feel really proud (it’s difficult though).

Finding It Difficult to Deploy Sun Java System Access Manager??

Referring to the title of this post, I came across Daniel’s post this morning and I forwarded this information to a few hundred associates of mine for which a good friend friend of mine wrote a reply. I here unto append the E-mail from her, unmodified:

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From: [Removed to Avoid Spam]
Date: 4 June 2007 9:14:58 AM GMT+05:30
To:[Removed to Avoid Spam]
Subject: RE: Sun Java System Access Manager (war file)

Thanks Rajesh,
We have tried this… We have deployed the single war file in tomcat, JES and have also tried the Netbeans IDE 5.5 enterprise edition that contains Access Manager and App server. I guess you would know about it. In case you don’t, I guess you must give it a go. Its awesome. Just install it, start the browser and type http://localhost:8080/amserver. That’s all. Good for beginners who want to browse through the AccessManager. We are doing all customization in internationalization thorugh
this as it is damn easy. No need to restart, redeploy nothing… just change the required files and press F5 on the browser.
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The fact that I am going through my second training on Access Manager 7.1 course in the last three weeks gives a clear indication on the prospects of this product.

Apple PowerBook G4 Dual Boot: Mac OS X 10.4 & Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)

The piece of information that you are about to read is not new. It’s a complete rewrite of what Rich Burridge has already written about:”How to set up a dual boot configuration on a Power Book with Mac OS X and Ubuntu.” Then why am I scribbling it down all over again? Well, I just followed Rich’s post last night and managed to see through a text book installation of Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) on my 15” PowerBook G4 machine without spoiling the existing installation of Mac OS X 10.4. So my intention here is to bring into everyone’s attention the error-free steps written by Rich Burridge(in case if you have missed it), and may be add a couple of illustrations to it, hoping it would be some amount help to a larger audience. So let’s do it:

Here’s the configuration of my 15” Power Book G4:

Let me repeat what Rich emphasized in his blog loud and clear: Take a back up of your data before you start doing this. Having a back up of your important data is good under all circumstances, leave alone a situation, when you would be resizing a harddisk partition, which has your Mac OS X and all important files, created over a long period of time. So back it up please.

Before booting your machine using the Ubuntu Desktop Edition CD that you could download from this location, disable journaling on your Macintosh HD by logging into Mac OS X, opening a terminal and performing the commands that are displayed in the image below:

Once the above step is performed, boot your machine using the Ubuntu Edgy Eft CD, downloadable from this location and while doing so, hold down the key ‘c’ on your keypad (even before the Apple logo is displayed on the screen). Once Ubuntu is up and running using the Live CD, open a Terminal by going to Applications -> Accessories menu and type the following command:

sudo parted

Now, here is an image of my terminal from Ubuntu Live CD for your reference to see what I did to re-partition my 80 GB Macintosh Harddisk (56 GB was already used by the MacOS X) to have a 20GB partition created for the installation of Ubuntu:

Once the above-mentioned step is performed, double click on the install icon on the Live CD, to install the Ubuntu OS to your harddisk. The installation wizard is quite self-explanatory and when you hit a page in the wizard, which would ask you for the partitioning details, mention to the installer to ‘use the largest contiguous space available.’ Once that’s done, wait for 30 minutes (~) and you would get a PowerBook machine configured to boot either Mac OS X or Ubuntu Edgy Eft.

My parents stay at my native place. If my mother was here last night and had stepped into my room, I am sure she wouldn’t have quite liked the look of my room with so many number of cables and other accessories lying around. I had to clean up the mess before I sat down to write down my experience on setting up my PowerBook G4 for a dual boot. Thanks to Rich Burridge, it was a clean text book installation. But my mouse is behaving so slow in Ubuntu. I am hoping that some kind reader of my blog would help me in sorting that out. Else, I am planning to pick up an external USB mouse.

Thankfully, Rich has not ‘patented’ his blog entry, for if he had done something of that sort, then probably he would taken legal action against me for supplementing his information with my illustrations for the good of all. You know what I am talking about, don’t you?.