Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2011 20:45 UTC, submitted by Straylight
Oracle and SUN I just emerged, blinking, from the world of Skyrim, only to realise Sun Oracle has released the 11th version of Solaris (well, technically it's the 7th, but okay, we'll roll with it). I'll be honest and upfront about it: Solaris is totally out of my league, and as such, it's very hard for me to properly summarise what this release is all about, so I won't even try.
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So you haven't discovered the Solaris Management Console, have you?
Furthermore, I never administered a system in the GUI since most of my systems were core installations, from which I removed 50 or 60 useless packages (FibreChannel, iSCSI, Infiniband, J2SE, J2RE, and many others if they were unused) and added only the ones that I needed. The GUI wasn't on that list. The footprint of such an installation was 300MB.
I've applied custom hardening profiles using SUNWJass afterwards and a decent firewall configuration on each system independent of the switches, firewalls, routers, load-balancers in front of me and always used IPSec between servers, even adjacent ones.
That's why my servers were never hacked "Sony style". It's much better to be paranoid than to recover from a hack. Having so little software on the systems meant that upgrades always worked like a charm and that I almost never met with bugs in software. Reducing the complexity of the system to the absolute minimal (and slightly beyond, if possible) is the way to go.

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