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This article provides best practices for installing, configuring, securing, and maintaining availability and performance for the Sun Fire 15K server. Although the Sun Fire 12K server, Sun Enterprise 20000 server, and Sun Enterprise 25000 server are not addressed separately, the best practices here apply as well to these servers. Additionally, reference materials for topics not covered in this article such as environment and domain configuration are provided. Throughout this article, best practices are described fully, then summarized in Tips for quick reference. This article requires an intermediate reader level.
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This article provides best practices for installing, configuring, securing, and maintaining availability and performance for the Sun FireTM 15K server. Although the Sun Fire 12K server, Sun EnterpriseTM 20000 server, and Sun Enterprise 25000 server are not addressed separately, the best practices here apply as well to these servers. Additionally, reference materials for topics not covered in this article such as environment and domain configuration are provided. Throughout this article, best practices are described fully, then summarized in Tips for quick reference.

This article contains the following topics:

  • "Introduction"

  • "Installation and Configuration"

  • "System Controllers"

  • "Platform and Domain Configuration"

  • "Memory and I/O Configuration"

  • "Domain Administration"

  • "Platform Security"

  • "Error Analysis and Diagnosis"

  • "Dynamic Reconfiguration"

  • "Hot-Swappable PCI Adaptors"

  • "About the Author"

  • "Acknowledgments"

  • "Related Resources"

  • "Ordering Sun Documents"

  • "Accessing Sun Documentation Online"

Introduction

Many complex system environments are constructed from multi-vendor hardware and software products. Information Technology (IT) managers face challenges with managing and securing these environments. Sun Microsystems addresses these challenges by:

  • Building and testing complete hardware and software solutions.

  • Publishing reference architectures (RAs) and best practices as Sun BluePrintsTM.

  • Inviting our user community to attend seminars such as the SUPerG and Sun NetworkSM conferences, where Sun's users can directly interface with our support and engineering staff.

This article addresses the best practices for running Sun Fire 15K servers, and it covers the latest features in System Management Services (SMS) 1.4 installed on Sun Fire 15K server system controllers (SCs).

The article focuses on best practices compiled by High-End Server Group (HSG) support engineers who are highly experienced in configuring and troubleshooting problems on these servers. This valuable knowledge, gained by our support engineers, can benefit IT managers in improving the availability and performance of these large complex system environments.

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