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8.1 Supported Configurations: Sun Solaris 10 on SPARC

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Sun Solaris 10 on SPARC with WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4

Provides full support for WebLogic Server. WebLogic Workshop, WebLogic Integration, and WebLogic Portal are not supported. See below for Design and Development Tools support.


This section provides the following information:

Related Information


Configuration Requirements

Table 3-1 Requirements for WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 on Sun Solaris 10 on SPARC

Operating System Version and Patches

Sun Solaris 10

Chip Architecture and Minimum Processor Speed

UltraSPARC (168 MHz)


Sun Java 2 SDK 1.4.2_05 (32-bit)

  • WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 supports Sun Java 2 SDK 1.4.2_05 and all later service packs of 1.4.2.

  • Supports the Java HotSpotTM Client and Server VMs.

Design and Development Tools

Sun Solaris is supported for the development and production deployment of WebLogic Server applications developed with other tools.


512 MB required; 1 GB recommended

Performance Pack



Node Manager



BEA jDrivers for Oracle

For this Oracle client version:

The following shared libraries are provided:


  • lib/solaris/oci817_8/

  • lib/solaris/oci817_8/

Oracle and later patch sets

  • lib/solaris/oci920_8/

  • lib/solaris/oci920_8/



Known Issues

For information about known issues with this release, see the WebLogic Server Release Notes:


Download and Installation Instructions

This section provides instructions for the following procedures:

Downloading and Installing WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4

To install WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 on a configuration of Solaris 10 on SPARC, complete the following procedure:

  1. Go to the BEA downloads site:
  3. Find your WebLogic Server release and Service Pack on the downloads page.
  4. Select "Sun Solaris (SPARC)."
  5. Download the WebLogic Server package installer.
  6. Make a backup copy of $WLHOME/server/lib/solaris/
  7. Complete the instructions titled "Starting Graphical-Mode Installation for .jar Installation Files" in Installing BEA WebLogic Platform:

    Note: If you want to use the Solaris Zones feature, you must implement a few configuration requirements during the installation of WebLogic Server. Therefore, if you plan to use this feature, read the instructions in Configuring Your WebLogic Server Installation for Multi-Zone Operation before launching the installer.

For more information about installing WebLogic Server, see Installing BEA WebLogic Platform:

Configuring Your WebLogic Server Installation for Multi-Zone Operation

WebLogic Server can be run in multiple zones of a Solaris 10 system, as long as the product is installed and configured to accommodate the Solaris Zones feature. To prepare your WebLogic Server installation to accommodate Solaris Zones, complete the following procedure:

  1. During the installation of WebLogic Server, specify a directory to which all zones will have access.
  2. Note: BEA strongly recommends this step so you can avoid installing WebLogic Server in the default root file system. If WebLogic Server is installed in the default root, all zones will require write access to root and such widespread write access is not recommended.

  3. Define a separate WebLogic Server domain for each zone so that the log files for each zone can go to a different location. If you choose, you can also configure a cluster to work across multiple zones as long as you provide read, write, and execute permissions to the domain directory to all the local zones participating in the cluster. For more information, see "Overview of WebLogic Server Domains" in Configuring and Managing WebLogic Server:

Service Migration on Solaris Zones

The following WebLogic Server migratable services are not supported on Solaris Zones:

Downloading and Installing the WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 Patch for Solaris 10

Both WebLogic Server and the Solaris 10 operating system impose an upward limit on the number of fds that can be specified for an ioctl call, but the two limits are not the same: the maximum number of fds allowed by WebLogic Server is one fewer than the maximum number allowed by Solaris 10. (This limitation is new in Solaris 10.) If the maximum number of fds specified for an ioctl call in a WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 environment is set to the maximum number allowed by Solaris 10, then ioctl will throw an illegal argument exception.

To avoid this problem, the WebLogic Server 8.1 SP4 Solaris 10 Patch sets the maximum number of fds that can be specified for an ioctl call to the value of the Solaris 10 maximum, minus one.

To apply the patch to your system:

  1. Go to BEA's dev2dev downloads site where the patch is available:

  3. Download the zip file containing the patch:
  4. Extract the zip file into the WL_HOME directory, where WL_HOME represents the product installation directory. The file in the $WLHOME/server/lib/solaris directory will be overwritten.


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