For now, anyway.

Last week came and went. The "big announcement" was purely hardware, no change on the Solaris licensing front.

That said, the Sun Fire X4800 looks interesting, though there's no pricing information. We have a bunch of X4600's doing jobs they really aren't suited to -- they make lousy database servers without external storage, yet that's what they're doing -- and if the X4800 comes in at a similar price it'd be much better in that sort of role where you need lots of CPU, reasonably-fast storage, but not a huge amount of it.
Having checked with our resellers, Oracle are simply not licensing Solaris for use on non-Sun equipment at the moment. There is apparently a big announcement due next week, which may or may not be relevant.

So, yeah, great. We're a fair-sized customer and wanted to run some build environments under VMware given we've got spare capacity, but apparently that's not going to be allowed. Yet another reason to go for a round of "screw you, Oracle".
I have a need to run Solaris in a virtual machine. Do you think I can find out how much it'll cost to license the operating system?

Nope. Oracle now require that you buy a support contract in order to obtain a license. They do not appear to publish the price of such a contract anywhere, at least not anywhere I can find it, like in the Sun products catalogue, or the Oracle price list. Trying to use Google to answer the question just finds a lot of people asking the same thing.

Last time I asked our reseller he couldn't tell me. I'm trying that again, this time with multiple resellers. But I'm not holding my breath.

Anyone would think they don't want our money.
Fiddled around with this a bit today and got it working Just Fine.

Basically, if you make sure to preserve file attributes you can just copy a Jumpstart install image to a NetApp Filer, make sure the export permissions are correct (ro,anon=0), frob the DHCP and GRUB settings, and work with no great dramas.

Copied the DHCP config (we were already using ISC DHCPd) to a Linux box, likewise synced /tfpboot, further slight modification of configs, and boom, it works.

This is all in aid of reclaiming a Solaris x86 box that's not doing very much for use as a VMWare host. Being able to do the Jumps from Linux+Filer means not having to pay Oracle for a Solaris license for the Jumpstart box, at least until they decide to change the license terms yet again and insist that JS must be hosted on Solaris.

(Or, more likely given it's Oracle, on a special closed black-box appliance they'll sell you for $50k.)


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