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Sun Fire 15K/12K Server Preferred Practices

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Many documents about configuring Sun Fire servers have been written at Sun Microsystems. This article consolidates the information in those documents to derive a set of preferred practices you can quickly reference while planning an implementation. This article addresses preferred practices at a high level, referencing supporting documentation when a more in-depth technical discussion is warranted. This article is targeted for an introductory level of expertise.
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In many ways, the Sun Fire_ 15K/12K server is a microcosm of today's computing world. It encompasses many of the most diverse and powerful technologies available today. In addition to being the highest capacity and highest performance Sun Fire servers currently released, these servers have the ability to run many diverse, mission-critical applications in a highly consolidated configuration. To successfully manage and maintain this environment, it is important to follow well established and tested practices and guidelines. Following these guidelines and practices can improve the success of an implementation.

Many documents about configuring Sun Fire servers have been written at Sun Microsystems. The information in those documents is consolidated to derive a set of preferred practices you can quickly reference while planning an implementation. This article addresses preferred practices at a high level, referencing supporting documentation when a more in-depth technical discussion is warranted.

This article categorizes preferred practices in the following sections:

  • "Recommendations for Applying Preferred Practices"
  • "Principals of Mission-Critical Implementations"
  • "Physical Environment"
  • "Internal Network Planning"
  • "External Network Planning"
  • "System Controller Configuration"
  • "Platform and Domain Administration"
  • "Security"
  • "Error Analysis and Diagnosis"
  • "Platform and Domain Configuration"
  • "Dynamic Reconfiguration"

Recommendations for Applying Preferred Practices

Use the preferred practices and guidelines presented in this article whenever Sun Fire 15K/12K servers are initially configured, or when additions and changes are being made. Examples of situations when you should use these practices include creating domains, adding resources (physically or with dynamic reconfiguration), adding applications to existing domains, setting up new platforms, and updating software and hardware.

Do not lose sight of the fact that the technical implementation is only a small part of the overall success of a project that utilizes Sun Fire 15K/12K servers. Establishing a process that addresses all phases of the project, and using that process consistently, is very important. This process should include phases such as establishing business requirements, application selection criteria, project planning, business continuity, documentation, implementation procedures, testing procedures, and sustaining services. Not all successful implementations hinge on technical expertise; adhering to processes and procedures is just as important.

NOTE

Many of the preferred practices and guidelines that are presented in this article apply to the majority of cases. Not all recommendations apply to every circumstance. As Sun Microsystems Inc. releases new technologies and updates, these preferred practices might become outdated. Therefore, keeping up-to-date on the latest software and hardware releases and documentation is essential.

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