Category Archives: Sun

IDM 4485

IDM 4485 course has stringent pre-requisites. That’s one reason why the batch concluded last week had less number of participants attending it. Well, the course doesn’t happen very often, but when it happens, I get to meet some friends with some really solid knowledge in Sun Java System Identity Manager. Some of ’em, you would see in the snap below:

Tech Days 2010 – Concluding Day

The concluding day (Day 02) of this years edition of Tech Days had two keynotes: one by Georges Saab, Vice President, Fusion Middleware, Oracle who spoke at length about several components and then Nandini Ramini took stage to take us through the evolution of Java Technology, ending it with some exciting demonstrations on JavaFX. By the way, if you want to subscribe for access to four good expert-led presentations on JavaFX, click right here.

Like every year, this year also we had a fifteen minute session (~) on ‘Strange & Unusual Talent’ (earlier known as ‘Java Jacket Giveaway’) for which nine delegates got on to the stage to display their talent and win back a really cool Java Leather Jacket. This time around a Flautist and a ‘dancer’ managed to win the support of thousands of Tech Days delegates (winner is decided based on the intensity of applause by the audience) to carry away a Java leather jacket each.







I’m certain, thousands of Tech Days 2010 delegates had great two days of learning and of course some fun.

Tech Days 2010 – Day01

“Change is the only changeless thing in this Universe.” Though the venue of Sun Tech Days remained unchanged over the last four years in India, one big change in this years edition is evident on a glance at the delegate badge. Well, if you didn’t understand what I said, have a look at my badge:


As you walk into the HICC convention center at Hyderabad, where the Tech Days 2010 is hosted, you will greeted by folks sitting in different stalls including a Technology Book stall that offers a 25 % discount on all books, a stall for Education where enquiries around Training & Certification are handled and also a stall dedicated for StarOffice/OpenOffice.Org. If it’s too hard for to visualize, the following pictures might just help.






On a stage that reflected only bright red colour from one end to the other, Ravichandra Kulur displayed his extraordinary skill in playing the Flute quite effortlessly. It was mind blowing.

It was followed by a demonstration around a new feature in VirtualBox called teleporting and then about a really cool drawing tool developed using JavaFX.


Krishan Dhawan, Managing Director of Oracle India addressed the crowd after this.

As James Gosling walked on to the stage, thousands of Tech Days Delegates gathered in there gave him a very warm reception. He covered quite a few things in his keynote, starting with the staggering statistics about 10 billion-ish Java Enabled Devices, a number more than the human population on earth(!), jdk 7, Java EE 6, Glassfish v3, Netbeans 6.8, Java Card 3, JavaFX.

Among several interesting things that James Gosling spoke on day 01 of Tech Days 2010 at Hyderabad, a few things that stand out in his keynote is his reference to Java being used in all Universities across the globe as part of undergraduate courses and how students could just “Learn (it) Once and Work Anywhere,” his mentioning of blogs by Mark Reinholds and John Rose to pick up new knowledge on Java technology, his excitement about the auto deployment feature of Glassfish v3 that enables a developer to modify his/her code on the fly without wasting any time and finally about his thoughts on multi-threaded programming and its significance a few years into the future (say 2030), where one might see processors that may have more than 5000 cores(!!!), courtesy Moore’s law.

What interested me personally was the software that James was using to run through his presentation. Though he was using an Apple laptop, I was sure he was neither using a keynote or an OpenOffice.Org. He revealed to us at one point of time during his presentation that he was using an application that he developed using JavaFX to run through his slides!!! That was kind of cool. I am inspired and I am going to spend some time reading and developing on JavaFX. I encourage all of you to do so, coz it is damn cool.

Several break out sessions (a.k.a tracks) on different technologies occurred at different locations within the venue and it all appeared to be well-received by the delegates. And after all that, we had some entertainment session in the late evening, something that’s unchanged on the Tech Days agenda for several years now.

A good day 01 at Tech Days 2010 .:)

On a Foggy Week In Delhi

On a week when Delhi recorded the worst fog in the last seven years, I was going through a Directory Server training for the folks in the picture below; my third consecutive training on Sun Directory Server.

While I wouldn’t forget the remarkable experience of being driven in a car through dense fog with near zero visibility and yet managing to reach the destination on time, on all days of my stay at Delhi, I think the memories of my sessions with the folks on the picture above would remain clearer. It was fun, to say the least.Finally, before I left them, I wanted them to experience the joy of teaching…

Thank you folks for some great memories; more so for the wonderful gift.

This Day, That Year

Exactly two years back, on this date, I expressed my excitement about the arrival of Season of Joy on this very same blogs and boy, haven’t several things changed dramatically since then! The most significant – at least in my professional life – is perhaps this, that approximately two years ago Sun announced its intent to acquire the World’s most popular OpenSource database company and now it is the World’s largest Enterprise Database Company who turns the buyer. And even with those wild changes happening around, pushing everything else to the background and making it all look insignificant, I haven’t really failed to notice some interesting patterns in my professional life. Though it may sound rather silly to the public, I felt tickled on discovering that in the Year 2008 on the date of 17th December, I walked into an organization in Bangalore (which is now a part of IBM) to conduct a four day training program on Directory Server EE Analysis & Planning, and two years forward to it, on the same date I found myself in Chennai facing another set of enthusiastic audience from an organization (which is now a part of HP) and delivered a four day program on Directory Server EE Maintenance & Operations. I know such patterns may make no difference in life, but then the discovery of it generates enough excitement to immediately mention it in a private journal or to push it to the blogosphere, just the way I am doing now. Well one another pattern is: Sun Directory Server EE solution was stronger then, it is stronger now and it will only get better.

And to the folks in the photograph below, who attended the DSEE training at Chennai, my sincere thanks for choosing Sun and more so for offering a wonderful gift.

Life will go on. And from among the very many wild variations in the series of events in life, I would continue to observe and note those little ones that will fall in some interesting pattern.

‘Kolkata Marathon’ – Phase I

Two days from now, the city of Kolkata is hosting a walkathon, supposedly the first of its kind in the city. Though I’m in kolkata now, I have made no plans whatsoever to walk along with the whole of Kolkata in the walkathon as mentioned above. As such, I am already in a marathon, started exactly five days back, at a leading IT Consulting company in this part of India. In case if it isn’t clear, let me use plainer language and say, I am doing a continuous ten days training program at a client location here in Kolkata. And this evening, the first part of ‘my marathon’ came to a conclusion. Tomorrow, I’m starting its second phase, spanning over to the next five days.

The program participants were generous to step out of their premise, declared as a ‘No Photograpy Zone’, to pose for a batch photograph. And the least I should do in return is to publish it here:

OpenSSO Enterprise 8 Deployment Training at Bangalore

A couple of days forward to the announcement about the availability of OpenSSO Express 8, I met up with the folks in the photograph below at our Learning Center in Bangalore for a five day session on OpenSSO deployment. Thanks to David Goldsmith for developing a near perfect OpenSSO Deployment Labs, employing the powerful features of Solaris 10 OS like Solaris Containers and ZFS, giving the audience of this program an experience close to a real time OpenSSO deployment.

Since the course used a number of software components like Glassfish, WebServer, ‘OpenDS’, Directory Server EE and of course OpenSSO, I requested all participants to help me do a quick review of the entire course on the last day by doing a teach back. Thanks to each of them for doing a good job reviewing the topics well, helping each other gain considerably good clarity on the overall contents of the course.


For me, the bygone week was nothing less than immensely satisfying.

Farewell, Kingston!

I have come home. It always feels nice to be back home. It feels nicer to have come home with loads of good memories; memories about a very short period of my life in an Island, far from my home, its people, its culture and many many other things. Like every other human, I also long to keep all joyous memories safely and dearly. And as long as I can retain the memories of wonderful days of my life at Kingston in Jamaica, I know it always carry a potential to bring smile on my face. It’s adorable; largely because of some kind hearted people.

Let me be frank: I badly wanted to get back home. This was on day one. I began counting days. But soon I got used to the environment, the people, their dialect, the music by the pool side of my hotel, the courteous staff in there, the strange and weird gestures by the street walkers, the hot climate, the sight of beautiful lush green mountains, but not certainly the food. As such I’m notorious for my poor eating habits. So the last thing that I want to discuss in here is about food. Barring that, I have only very fond memories of my journey to a Caribbean Island.

The tall man standing next to me is Devindra Sharma. People call him Dev. He was one of the first two people, whom I met at Fujitsu. That he is an Indian is painted all over his face. But it surprised me to discover that he was born vegetarian. To snatch from him some information around the secret vegetarian food outlets in Jamaica stood high on my priorities. Thus began my company with Dev that may have started with a very casual conversation around Vegetarian food or probably around the details of his favourite chauffer at Kingston, but went on to several other topics: some personal, some historical, some geographical, some cultural and what not. If I know that Lignum Vitae is the National Flower of Jamaica, that’s because of him. I wouldn’t have known that the consumption of unripe fruit called The Ackee, also the Jamaican National Fruit, invites disaster, but for Dev’s detailed explanation. A few hours of conversation with him seemed like a quick flip through the pages of an Encyclopedia! Does anyone here needs more explanation on why I love exposure to the people the most. I thank Dev for all the wisdom that he shared, for all the time that he gave me in shopping around, hanging out in Indian restaurants, driving me around and lastly for his drop at the Norman Manley International airport in Jamaica during very early hours on a fine Saturday morning. I admire him for his linguistic capabilities and several other qualities.

Dev introduced me to Conrad, his colleague. Together we had some fun at a couple of Indian Food Outlets in Jamaica in the evenings.

On the other hand, during the daytime, empowered by the energy and enthusiasm of a youthful audience, I sailed through my assignment at Fujitsu rather smoothly. There weren’t any hiccups in the program that I can think of. Well, if there were any that I am now unable to recall, I believe one among the group in the picture would show up and comment loud and clear. I thank each of them for all learning and fun in the class.

On the final day of the Boot Camp, they very kindly offered me a drive to the famous University Of West Indies. I found it difficult to turn down such an offer, especially when a visit to the UWI was always on my ‘To Do’ list while at Kingston. Consequently, I found myself taking a stroll in the huge campus of UWI, accompanied by some of its alumni. They would have had a stream of memories about their college going days while taking me around the beautiful University Campus. By the time we drove out of the UWI, I had just over a dozen hours left in Kingston.

Again, I am happy to be back home. I’m happy also to have got an opportunity to spend two weeks of my life in a beautiful Island, spending some quality time with some wonderful people, the memories of which, I hope, shall take a very long time to even fade. Farewell, Kingston!

From Kingston, Jamaica

It has been exactly a week since I landed at Kingston in Jamaica. The stay so far has been very pleasant. The days have been quite busy and that coupled with an element of laziness kept me away from blogging for a full one week. Honestly, I haven’t been able to see much of Kingston yet. But whatever I managed to see and experience in the last six days or so, I found this city interesting. Perhaps there are problems here, like every other city, that doesn’t quite seem visible to a stranger like me, settled in the comforts of a luxurious hotel situated in the heart of New Kingston. Whatever it may be, the fact that many major Corporates have their presence in this part of the world and that the city caters to the need of all its visitors fairly well makes it appear a very good destination to me. And like I said, I have been enjoying my stay in this City so far.

The trip to Kingston from India was rather long. I had to hop a couple of flights before I finally landed at the Kingston airport. Visa is stamped on arrival at Kingston. En route, I halted at Miami for a day and seized that opportunity to see the South Miami beach. On the day when US celebrated its Independence Day, a long stroll through the beach roads exhausted me and I was left with no energy for any other activity except sleep. Luckily, flight from Miami to Kingston was scheduled only on the next day and it was the shortest leg in my whole journey with a flying time of just about 1 hour 25 minutes.

And thus I landed in the Norman Manley Intl Airport at Kingston, located so close to the sea that while landing, for a moment at least, I thought the flight was landing in water!!!

I was charged USD 25 for transportation from the airport to the Hilton Kingston and that I felt was reasonable considering the distance covered. It was water on either side of the road for a good distance from airport to the Hotel and I really enjoyed that sight. Like me, if you also carry a misconception that it’s beaches and beaches all over this Island, please be clear that no one comes to Kingston to see beaches. There aren’t many beaches in this part of the world. For beaches, there are other exotic destinations within the Island.

Being a strict vegetarian has always thrown some challenges during overseas trips. On my arrival at my hotel in New Kingston, one of the things that I did was to walk around the place to spot an Indian restaurant named ‘Akbar,” which always stood prominent whenever Google fetched me the results for ‘Indian Restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica’. I did drop in there a couple of times for my dinner. It’s a decent Indian restaurant worth trying while in this part of the world. They have hotel pick up as well, but yours truly hasn’t made use of that facility yet, as ‘Akbar’ is a just few minutes walk from ‘Hilton Kingston’, where I am stationed. On one another day during last week, one of my friends took me to another Indian restaurant near by. ‘Jewel Of India,’ as it is named is also worth a visit. Most of the afternoons last week, I got into the Earls Juice Center to fetch some fresh fruit juice and strict vegetable meals. Not very tasty, but certainly healthy.

I love the beaches. Since Kingston offered no famous ones and because I had a weekend at my disposal I followed a friend’s advice to book myself on to the Knutsford Express that carried me from Kingston to Montego Bay, an exotic tourist location in Jamaica, on a Saturday, dated 11 July 2009. I came back to Kingston the same day evening in the same bus.

On reaching Montego Bay from Kingston, after a good three hour drive (approximately) with one stop of ten minutes at Ocho Rios, I went and spent some time at the Doctors Cave Beach and then shopped around for a while. To kill some time, I walked around the streets in Montego Bay. It was crowded with Music floating all around the place. I could even spot a DJ standing on the street and playing music for the public! Some street walkers produced weird noise and actions to grab my attention and my response to all of it, as advised in this website, was to just IGNORE them. It works.

And here I’m resting on a Sunday in my hotel at Kingston. Oh yeah, before I forget, I’m here for a very serious reason, not to enjoy a vacation. A two weeks Boot camp around Sun’s Software and Hardware Products at Fujitsu is what really brought me here to this Island. How well I managed to take care of the business purpose of this visit is for the folks in the photograph to comment. May be, their happy faces would well be a positive indication of a good Phase I of the Boot Camp.

Tomorrow I’m starting the Phase II of the program and I am looking forward for a wonderful experience full of learning and fun!

The Fast Moving MX000 Servers

A back to back course on MX000 servers in two different location across the Nation is some kind of indication on the rising popularity of those servers, especially in the Banking sector. With me in the photograph (by the way, I’m on the front wearing a dark blue shirt) are gentlemen from two very popular banks in India, who turned up for a course on MX000 Server Administration at Mumbai last week. Well they use High End MX000 Servers in their data center to run some critical banking applications:

Sun Hardware Training @ Bangalore

This evening, I parted with the folks in the snap below, concluding a five day session around Sun Fire Midrange Servers. Felt nice to be a part of such an enthusiastic and jovial set of people and I also wish to thank them for the free (as in beer) lunch they offered me this afternoon .

It’s a busy weekend here in India with the General Elections 2009 verdict to be out tomorrow. And while that happens, I’m going to journey towards a peaceful destination for spending a restful weekend. To all those who intend to follow the India 2009 Election Bulletins closely, here’s wishing a very interesting weekend!

Internet Archive

Want to see how your favourite websites appeared in the past? Thanks to Internet Archive, it’s now possible to travel back in time, all the way to the Year 1996, and take a look at how a website looked at a particular point in time. Well, I went to the Internet Archive, keyed in “www.sun.com” in the ‘Wayback Machine’ search box, selected the date October 20 2006 and got to see this. It’s fun; it’s informative.

And guess what, this massive amount of data (talk about billions of pages and growing) is hosted in a Sun MD and employs Sun OpenStorage. Read more about the ‘Internet In a Box’ here.

Integrating GlassFish Web Space Server with OpenSSO

Last week I was engaged in bringing up a demo set up at Sun Solution Center in Bangalore, employing a number of components from Sun Software Stack, including IDM (Sun’s provisioning tool), OpenSSO (Sun’s Access Management Solution), DSEE (User Data Store), MySQL (Sun’s database), GlassFish (Sun’s Application Server) and Glassfish Web Space Server (Sun’s portal solution) installed in Solaris Containers.

For reference, the deployment scenario is depicted in the diagram below:

The phase I of implementation involved integrating Sun’s IDM with OpenSSO. The following was the objective:

[*] Configure OpenSSO Enterprise to protect Identity Manager, and to allow single sign-on login to the Identity Manager user and administrative interface.
[*] Configure Identity Manager to provision users and roles to OpenSSO Enterprise.

To achieve the above,there is a neat documentation available here.

Once I got the above integration of IDM and OpenSSO functional in our set up, users could be provisioned from Sun Identity Manager to the ‘idm’ realm in OpenSSO (which finally gets stored in the DSEE 6.x configured as the User repository for OpenSSO).

The actual reason for adding an entry on my blogs around this set up is to express my excitement on discovering the ease of integrating GlassFish WebSpace Server with OpenSSO. I’d reiterate those steps performed to make the GlassFish Web Space Server (installed in one zone of Solaris 10 OS) contact OpenSSO (installed in another zone) for authentication. I presume, this exercise can be performed in a matter of few minutes. So set your stop watch and get going:

Acquire Glassfish v3 prelude. Then click here and download OpenSSO. For instructions on installation, read my friend David’s blog. You would remember him to be the author of free training on OpenSSO. Create a realm, if needed (say ‘idm’).




Download Glassfish WebSpace Server 10.. To install WebSpace Server, you would also need Ant 1.7 or higher from here. Now follow the steps (the following example uses WebSpace Server bundled with Glassfish):

[1] Unzip Ant and GlassFish WebSpace Server.
[2] Set ANT_HOME variable to point to the directory location of new version of ANT.
[3] Goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2 directory and run the following command:
ant -f setup.xml
[4] Once the above step is completed, goto webspace_dir/glassfishv2/bin directory and start domain:
./asadmin start-domain
[5] Upon successful completion of above step, open a browser and access the following URL:
http://webspaceserver_host:8080

If any of the above steps seems ambiguous, please read the installation instructions here.

Once the GlassFish WebSpace Server page is up on the browser, login using the credentials of Administrator (admin@example.com/admin), click on the Control Panel -> Settings -> Authentication -> OpenSSO. Following page is what you would see on your browser.

On the page as displayed above, following is the information filled in to make the WebSpace Server contact the ‘idm’ realm in OpenSSO for authentication of users. Not only that, on successful authentication with OpenSSO, WebSpace Server populates the user information from OpenSSO in its database (HSQL by default)!

Login URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Login?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/c/portal/login

Logout URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso/UI/Logout?realm=idm&goto=http://webs.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/web/guest/home

Service URL:
http://opensso.ssc-blr.co.in:8080/opensso

Glassfish WebSpace Server installation,configuration and integration with OpenSSO is such a pleasant experience that I invite you to try it and experience it for yourself.

Sun and HP Announce Partnership Around Solaris

Sun and HP announced an expanded multi-year partnership agreement that enables HP to distribute and support Sun’s Solaris 10 OS. The top five x86/x64 based system vendors now all ship Solaris with their systems. HP is responding to customer demand for expanded OS support on HP ProLiant server and blade platforms. Sun now becomes a strategic HP ProLiant OS distribution partner and Solaris is elevated to the lineup of key operating environments for the ProLiant platform.”


Listen to the audiocast here. View the Sun and HP Presentation Slides here .Watch Sun Execs discuss HP and Solaris. And here’s the press release.

Sun Learning Services Session @ Sun Tech Days 2009

On the concluding day of this years edition of Sun Tech Days in India, Sun Learning Services (SLS) offered two Hands On Tracks – one on JavaFX and another on Solaris Containers – for its Customers, Partners and Community, and the response was simply overwhelming. Thanks to all delegates who made it for this event.

I’m glad to have got an opportunity to speak to a larger audience on a grand occasion as Sun Tech Days and that too on a very useful Solaris 10 feature, one among several Virtualization Solutions from Sun. To know more details about a training on Solaris Containers, click here.
In another location within the Sun Tech Days 2009 venue, my friend Stacy delivered a full day seminar on the new and exciting JavaFX technology. Detailed description about a JavaFX course can be found here.

How well I performed my job is for the delegates of my session to judge and comment. For me, speaking to an audience comprised of employees of various organizations (IBM, Wipro, UBS, TCS, BOA, HCL,CSC, Reliance to name a few), students and lecturers from several Engineering Colleges around and faculties from our partner Educational Institutions was an immensely satisfying experience.







Due to several last minute onsite registrations, the Student Kits, containing several materials including OpenSolaris and Netbeans DVD went out of stock and some delegates had to go back without it. While we arrange for its shipment to delegates who didn’t get a Student Kit during the event, we would wish to remind all that OpenSolaris and Netbeans could be downloaded from the website as follows for immediate use: (i) OpenSolaris (ii) Netbeans .

Like all previous editions of Tech Days, the one that concluded yesterday also offered me several fond memories. The photograph below is just one of it:

Cloud Computing

If you were there this morning at HICC, Hyderabad listening to Matt Thomson’s keynote on second day of Sun Tech Days 2009, you probably got to know what cloud computing is. Press talked about its prospects already in todays edition. Matt managed to throw clarity on the definition of cloud computing, demonstrated some of the powerful offerings from Sun and also talked about a couple of key projects at Sun. It was a fluent presentation, packed with lot of information.

As cloud computing takes the center stage, it’d be interesting to follow Matt here to hear from him, directly and promptly, the developments on Cloud Computing at Sun. On one of his slides this morning, Matt listed the attributes of cloud (One Service Fits All, Virtualized Physical Resources, Self Provisioning, Easticity, Pay Per Use,Programmatic Control), in another he talked about Cloud as: (i)Software as Service (SaaS), (ii) Platform as Service(PaaS) and (iii)Infrastructure as Service(IaaS) and finally he explained how developers could utilize the power of cloud for developmental activities,scaling up and down the hardware that they need, as and when they need, build their project on cloud and collaborate with their project mates sitting across different Geographical location. In a stunning demonstration, within a matter of few mouse clicks, all of us got to see a Solaris Desktop – sitting somewhere in a public datacenter- popping up on a Windows laptop. It was exciting! No wonder, the demonstration invoked a loud applause from the audience.

In addition to talking about how a startup company could rely on Cloud rather than building their own data center, Matt also introduced us to Project Kenai and Zembly.

S D Shibulal, COO of Infosys and Prof Deepak Phatak were felicitated by James Gosling in the presence of Anil Velluri, VP and Managing Director of Sun India. When invited to speak, Prof Phatak said, “I’m a teacher. My few minutes could span several hours.” Prof Phatak said in his speech how excited was to see so many developers paying fees for an event like Sun Tech Days and gathering under one roof. He also mentioned that in the past, India had more number of downloads than uploads (in terms of contributions to the OpenSource community) and that he’s seeing a change in that trend off late. Prof Phatak’s speech was short, but inspiring and touching.

I’ve already talked about the ‘Java Jacket Give Away’ event at Sun Tech Days here. The tradition continued this time around as well with a difference that two Jackets were given away instead of one. Looks like over the last three years the weirdest talent that someone could display was singing a song!!

All right, while you try and figure out a weird talent that you possess and probably start polishing it to try and gain a Java Jacket next year at Sun Tech Days, let me hit my bed and sleep, for I have a lengthy speech to make on the last day of Sun Tech Days 2009, tomorrow.

Gosling Steals the Show on Day One of Sun Tech Days 2009

Java is everywhere. It’s perhaps everyday that this technology touches us in one way or the other. But it’s certainly not everyday that you get to hear the Father of Java speaks out his thoughts, live. James Gosling’s presence for the Sun Tech Days 2009 at Hyderabad is undoubtedly the main highlight of this edition of the event, kick-started today at Hyderabad International Convention Center.Day one was very informative and it promises to get better in the next two days.

At Tech Days, you would see anchoring at its best. This morning it wasn’t any different. With a really cool MC on stage, boredom failed to find its place. “Namaste India,” we screamed loud and clear, all of us standing up, as instructed by the Master of Ceremonies, whom you see on left. That set the tone for the rest of inaugural proceedings.
And when the youngest drummer of India showed up on stage, producing some magical moments with his tender hands for minutes at stretch, our energy levels went rather high. It was superb!

What followed then were some useful demonstrations on technologies like OpenSolaris, JavaFX and Java TV.

Anil Valluri,VP and Managing Director of Sun India, gave the inaugural address, briefing about Sun, its business model and other related topics, and concluded his speech by inviting James Gosling on to the stage. It wasn’t surprising to hear a loud round of applause as Gosling walked his way up on to the stage.

Gosling covered a wide range of topics: the evolution of Java from a slow interpreted language in the mid 1990s, its performance improvement over a period of time, the latest release in the form of Java 6 Update 12, the new JavaFX technology, the Glassfish, the Netbeans 6.5 and much much more.

He mentioned the staggering statistics of 15 million downloads of JRE a week, talked about the Java enabled Oyster cards (he pulled out one from his pocket while talking about this) being used in the London Underground by every single train passenger, his work with the rocker Neil Young on the Java-enabled, hybrid-electric Lincoln convertible, why a virus free Java is a preferred choice for applications that require secure transactions over the network and performed a number of demos on JavaFX.

It was quite a charm when he said he was the guilty party behind developing Emacs editor 32 years back or so, which later became GNU Emacs, but urged all present day Emac users to stop using it, as things are not the way it was three decades back and that present day IDEs are intelligent enough to know a lot about the programs that programmers write. Well, here is an IDE worth trying: Netbeans.



Gosling’s keynote, needless to say, was an absorbing session.

Several break out sessions on various Sun Technologies followed James Gosling’s keynote. It was a good first day and it’s only going to get better.

My Never Ending Misery with Laryngitis

This is Sreekanth Reddy from CSC. I owe him one. As I was approaching the finishing stages of my session on Solaris Cotainers at Hyderabad, my companion Laryngitis showed up with no mercy. My request to Sreekanth then was to perform a demo of an important concept that we had managed to discuss in the class. With no hesitation he stepped forward and not only performed a neat demo, but lectured fluently about it to rest of the audience. Do I need to tell how much helpful this act of his was to me! Thanks Sreekanth

Below you would see the entire audience who dropped in for the SA 355 S10 course concluded at Hyderabad on Saturday, the 7th February 2009:

I know I would need a few days voice rest to recover from this temporary voice loss. At times like this, I tend to rely a lot on pictures and writings to communicate. So if I’ve to tell you now, what I spoke at Hyderabad before my voice vanished on the last day of training, perhaps the picture below will speak out for me. Click on it to know more:


Have a good week ahead!

Sun Fire Midrange Server Training at Hyderabad

This evening I’m leaving a city where the father of Java would enlighten thousands of Java aficionados a couple of days forward to the Valentine’s day this year in a grand event that’s expected to bring a record number of developers under one roof. Well I’m no James Gosling to address an audience of thousands, but came to Hyderabad to teach half a dozen folks some lessons on Sun Fire Midrange Server . The course concludes today and I’m off to Bangalore, hoping to hit Hyderabad soon to find myself seated among a huge audience ,listening to James Gosling and several other distinguished speakers. My dear reader, while you make up your mind to plan and attend this years Sun Tech Days in India, I’ll leave you with the batch photograph of this weeks batch at Hyderabad, concluding today.

And yeah, if you decide to take up the rare opportunity to see James Gosling and other visionaries of Sun share their thoughts, live, register for Sun Tech Days 2009 right here.

Five Days with FSEs

What a week, this bygone week! After four weeks of continuous training on Sun’s software solutions, this week I met up with a group of Field Support Engineers for a discussion on Sun Fire Midrange Servers. When I started this class on 08th December 2008, Monday, I never imagined that it would turn out to be a unique experience in my teaching career. What it is, you would know from the following paragraph.

On 8th, I felt slight weakness in my voice. By evening, I could speak nothing. I still had four days of training left, when an ENT advised me for a complete voice rest. Calling off the batch was an easy option, but not the best one. Hence on Tuesday, my training participants found in the classroom a whiteboard full of instructions, conveying to them clear and loud about an ‘Instructor Led Voice-less’ training that they were about to face! With a hope of some divine intervention, I continued from where I left on day one and it began to work in my favour. I have never written so much continuously on a white board ever before and I have never played such lengthy dumb charades either . For three full days (almost), I took sessions, without uttering a single word! Occasionally, someone would volunteer to explain to the whole class, concepts that required repeated explanations. It was tough, but it was immensely satisfying. I am not saying that I would ever want to have an experience like this in future, but then this would stand as one of my memorable sessions for obvious reason. I extend my heart-felt gratitude to folks in the picture below for their extreme cooperation in helping me complete this session on a very satisfying note. Thank you folks!

Those who aren’t Field Engineers, but administrators of Sun Fire Midrange Servers and are on the look out for a Sun Training, check out this course. Wishing you all a restful weekend!

Sun IDM Training No. … Don’t Know!

It has been frequent, it has been popular and it has been well received as one of the best offerings from SLS – the course on Sun Java System Identity Manager. Ask me for a count and I’d disappoint you because I’ve lost track of it, for IDM 345 happened aplenty in this part of the world. All the same, let me put up the batch photograph of last weeks IDM class in here:

Through a teach back session, in a matter of an hour, I got to hear from them, all that they learned in five days time. Their performance was captured and that’s what you see below:





I’m certain, some day or the other, there’ll be a part 2 for this story.

Sun Portal Server Training at Chennai

I just got back to Bangalore last night, after concluding a training session on Sun Java System Portal Server at Chennai. Though we do have a standard five day course on Sun Portal Server, based on an old version, the customer had an urgent need to gear up their skill sets on newer version of the product, prompting us to customize our standard program by introducing an approximate two day content on Portal Server 7.2, the most recent Sun Portal Server version, developed based on OpenPortal project.

For me, it was engaging to first discuss the fundamentals of Portal Server using the standard course materials and then use a handout, prepared locally, to discuss the installation and configuration of Portal Server 7.2 on Glassfish v2, introduce the audience to the OpenPortlet Portlet Container project as well as the PortletPack used as plugins in Nebeans 6.1 IDE and finally concluding the discussion by installing WebSynergy Milestone 3 the next generation Portal Server from Sun, released on 31st October 2008. I sincerely hope that the discussions help all folks in picture below to go out and execute their project with minimal roadblocks.

Preparing the hand out for this session was tiring, time consuming, but was enriching. I express my heart-felt gratitude to all the bloggers on Portal technology, whose blog posts came in very handy for me in completing the process just in time. I know there must be someone out there who would be wanting to get a text book installation of Portal Server 7.2 done on Glassfish and might be wandering around the world of Internet trying to fetch detailed note on the installation procedure. For all of such souls, I have uploaded an extract from my handout that details on the installation and configuration procedure of Portal 7.2 on Glassfish. If interested, download it from here.

Solaris 10 10/08

If you haven’t read about Solaris 10 10/08, this is the place to go. What’s the big deal about this new release? Well, the big deal is:

“ZFS File System Enhancements: The ZFS file system has been enhanced with recent work from the OpenSolaris community, providing ease of data management with no additional cost for acquisition or support. The new version of Solaris ZFS file system offers increased data integrity and fully integrated disaster recovery capabilities. ZFS file system can be used as the sole file system for any class of system, with support for booting and/or for use as a root file system.

To learn about all new features/enhancements in Solaris 10 10/08, watch a video here

In case someone asks you for a copy of the same, please guide them to the Solaris 10 download location.

On A Marathon…

Today was the concluding day of a three day session on Solaris 10, featuring SMF, Least Privilege, Zones, DTrace and ZFS. Below you would see the folks who participated in the discussion (one of ’em is missing from the snap). We also had a quick demonstration of OpenSolaris LiveCD and its 3D Desktop features using Compiz. If you haven’t got your copy of OpenSolaris yet, it’s time you get it from here.

Tomorrow early morning I’m flying to Delhi for a session on Solaris Cluster 3.2 and very clearly I don’t think I have sufficient energy to write an essay at this stage. I have started to get a feel of how a marathon is like.

Good week ahead to all of you.

Access Manager Training @ Hyderabad

With only another couple of days more in FY09Q1, it’s safe to assume that I would have on my record an Access Manager session as the last one this quarter. It happened at Hyderabad and the folks who came in for it are in the picture below.

I would hope that very soon all of ’em would subscribe for the free OpenSSO training available at OpenSSO website, which no doubt would compliment the ILT on AM 3480 course they attended, especially to gain insights on topics like Session Failover and protecting J2EE Applications(Module 3 and Module 5 respectively in OpenSSO Training).

Before I take leave, let me also publish below their teach back sessions. I must say, they did a fantastic job in reviewing the whole course all over again on the final day.

Wishing you all a grand week ahead

I ain’t a Software Instructor

Sun isn’t a software company, neither a mere hardware vendor; it’s a Systems Company, where equal importance and attention is given to the Research & Development of components in both hardware (Servers and Storages) and Software portfolio. For rather a long period of time, my sessions have been more oriented on the Sun Software stack, obviously running myself into the danger of losing touch with the developments in the field of Sun Systems. Just when it seemed to me that I would be out of touch with Sun Hardware offerings, the folks in the published picture below came to my rescue by dropping in to Sun classroom for a discussion about Sun Fire HES. It was fun! Thank you all for some great time.

This evening I’m off to Hyderabad for an Access Manager training, a product which isn’t certainly a piece of hardware . But clearly, I ain’t a Software Instructor either!

Sun xVM Virtualization Portfolio


Today Sun announced Sun xVM portfolio, a compelling set of internet scale virtualization solutions that provide a new level of choice for companies looking to simplify their IT infrastructure. Click right here to watch its web event.

The set of components in the Sun xVM portfolio include:
* Sun xVM Server
* Sun xVM Ops Center
* Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure(VDI) Software
* Sun xVM Virtual Box 2.0

Interested in taking a xVM virtual tour. This is the place to go!

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