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Parallels blogs my Solaris/Parallels post

The team over at Parallels noticed my Working with Solaris 10 in Parallels Desktop piece over on Coalface, and had a few nice words to say about me. In particular: For those of you unfamiliar with Martin, he’s a well respected tech journalist who …

Using bash by default

I much prefer to use bash as my main shell, but in Solaris, you are much better off using the default shell, particularly for root, just in case there is a problem and you cannot mount the /usr directory during a boot. OK, it may not happen often …

Copying multiple files with scp

I keep my .bash init scripts on one machine and copy them over to each machine on which I have a login. There’s various bits of logic in there to ensure that the right PATH and other values are set according to the host and/or platform. I then hav…

Getting Solaris 10 working in Parallels

I have a few tips on getting Solaris 10 running in a virtual machine within Parallels on an Intel-based Mac OS X box, available through Getting Solaris 10 working in Parallels. I haven’t yet tried it on the MacBook Pro, but then that’s only made i…

Getting Solaris 10 working in Parallels

I’ve just been sent the latest version of Solaris 6/06 release) and wanted to get it working in a Parallels virtual machine. Not everything is plain sailing, but with a combination of past experience and a few quick configuration changes you can g…

Stepped execution with cron and at

I had a query from a reader today as a follow up to my System Administrators Toolkit: Time and event management article at developerWorks: How do I execute a script at a specific interval, for example 28 days, rather than on a specific day or date…