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1.  What's New in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Release

Installation Enhancements

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration

SPARC: Support for ITU Construction Tools on SPARC Platforms

Oracle Solaris Upgrade Enhancement for Oracle Solaris Zone- Cluster Nodes

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle Solaris Zones

Migrating a Physical Oracle Solaris 10 System Into a Zone

Host ID Emulation

Updating Packages by Using the New zoneadm attach -U Option

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Memory Dynamic Reconfiguration Capability

Virtual Disk Multipathing Enhancements

Static Direct I/O

Virtual Domain Information Command and API

System Administration Enhancements

Oracle Solaris ZFS Features and Enhancements

Fast Crash Dump

x86: Support for the IA32_ENERGY_PERF_BIAS MSR

Support for Multiple Disk Sector Size

iSCSI Initiator Tunables

Sparse File Support in the cpio Command

x86: 64-Bit libc String Functions Improvements With SSE

Automated Rebuilding of sendmail Configuration Files

Automatic Boot Archive Recovery

Security Enhancements

net_access Privilege

x86: Intel AES-NI Optimization

Language Support Enhancements

New Oracle Solaris Unicode Locales

Device Management Enhancements

iSER Initiator

New Hot-Plugging Features

AAC RAID Power Management

Driver Enhancements

x86: HP Smart Array HBA Driver

x86: Support for Broadcom NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Driver

x86: New SATA HBA Driver, bcm_sata, for Broadcom HT1000 SATA Controllers

Support for SATA/AHCI Port Multiplier

Support for Netlogic NLP2020 PHY in the nxge Driver

Freeware Enhancements

GNU TAR Version 1.23

Firefox 3.5

Thunderbird 3

Less Version 436

Networking Enhancements

BIND 9.6.1 for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

GLDv3 Driver APIs

IPoIB Connected Mode

Open Fabrics User Verbs Primary Kernel Components

InfiniBand Infrastructure Enhancements

X11 Windowing Enhancements

Support for the setxkbmap Command

New Chipset Support

ixgbe Driver to Integrate Intel Shared Code Version 3.1.9

Broadcom Support to bge Networking Driver

x86: Fully Buffered DIMM Idle Power Enhancement

Fault Management Architecture Enhancements

FMA Support for AMD's Istanbul Based Systems

Oracle Solaris FMA Enhancement

Diagnostic Tools Enhancements

Sun Validation Test Suite 7.0ps9

Enhancements to the mdb Command to Improve the Debugging Capability of kmem and libumem

Device Management Enhancements

The following device management features have been added to the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release.

iSER Initiator

iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) accelerates the iSCSI protocol by mapping the data transfer phases to Remote DMA (RDMA) operations. As a result, an iSER initiator can read and write data from an iSER target at high data rates with relatively low CPU utilization compared to iSCSI using TCP/IP.

For more information, see the iser(7D) man page.

New Hot-Plugging Features

In this release, the hotplug command is available to manage hot-pluggable connections on PCI EXPRESS (PCIe) and PCI SHPC (Standard Hot Plug Controller) devices. This feature is not supported on other bus types, such as USB and SCSI buses.

You can still use the cfgadm command to manage hot-pluggable USB and SCSI devices as in previous releases. The benefit of using the hotplug command in this release is that in addition to being able to enable and disable operations, the hotplug command provides offline and online capabilities for your supported PCI devices.

For more information, see System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems.

AAC RAID Power Management

AAC RAID power management is a new feature of the AAC driver that supports intelligent power management provided by Adaptec Hardware RAID cards. This feature reduces the power consumption of RAID disks.

For more information about the Adaptec Hardware RAID cards, see