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1.  Late-Breaking Information

Preinstalled Software

Supported Versions of Oracle Solaris OS, Firmware, and Software

OS Package and Patch Updates

Determining Oracle Solaris 11 OS Package Update Version

Determining Oracle Solaris 10 Patch Revision

Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 OS

Minimum Required Patchsets and SPARC Bundle for Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS

Minimum Required Patchsets and SPARC Bundle for Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS

Support for new 16 Gbyte and 32 Gbyte DIMMs

Rules for I/O Slot Use by Certain Cards

2.  Known Product Issues

Hardware Issues

Maximizing Memory Bandwidth

Direct I/O Support

Installing the Sun Storage 8-Port Internal 6 Gb SAS PCIe HBA in a Split Configuration

Use Links Labeled SPARC T3 to Download sas2ircu Software for SPARC T4 Servers

Sun Type 6 Keyboards Are Not Supported by SPARC T4 Series Servers

RAID10 is Not Supported; Use RAID 1E Instead

Server Panics When Booting From a USB Thumbdrive Attached to the Front USB Ports (Bug ID 15667682)

Cannot Plumb Sun Quad GbE x8 PCIe Low Profile Adapter in PCIe Slot 0 When More Than Five Are Installed (Bug ID 15676454)

Front-Panel Video Port Does Not Support Resolutions Greater Than 1024 x 768 (Bug ID 15698604)

PSH Might Not Clear a Retired Cache Line on a Replaced Motherboard (Bug ID 15705327, Bug ID 15713018)

Restrictions on Placement of HBAs in Slot 4 and Slot 5 (Bug ID 15717157)

PCIe Correctable Errors Might Be Reported (Bug ID 15720000, Bug ID 15722832)

L2 Cache Uncorrectable Errors Might Lead to an Entire Processor Being Faulted (Bug ID 15727651, Bug ID 15732875, Bug ID 15732876, Bug ID 15733117)

L2 Cache UEs Are Sometimes Reported as Core Faults Without Any Cache Line Retirements (Bug ID 15731176)

Upon a Reboot After an Unrecoverable Hardware Error, CPUs Might Not Start (Bug ID 15733431)

Spurious Power Supply Errors Might Be Reported (Bug ID 15800916)

Oracle Solaris OS Issues

Custom nvalias Settings Do Not Change During a System Reconfiguration

Cannot Boot Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS From the Internal DVD

The cfgadm -al Command Takes a Long Time to Print Output (Bug ID 15631390, Bug ID 15723609)

Spurious Interrupt Message in System Console (Bug ID 15651697, Bug ID 15771956, Bug ID 15771958)

Spurious Error Message During Initial Oracle Solaris 10 OS Installation (Bug ID 15658412)

When diag-switch? Is Set to true, Oracle Solaris OS Fails to Update EEPROM for Automatic Rebooting (Bug ID 15666767)

Memory Allocation Issues With Emulex 8Gb HBAs in a Magma I/O Expansion Box (Bug ID 15666779)

Fault Management Sometimes Sends Resolved Cases to the SP (Bug ID 15667874, Bug ID 15741999)

Gigabit Ethernet (nxge) Driver Not Loading on Systems With Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS and a Solaris 10 9/10 Patchset or Solaris 10 8/11 Patchset (Bug ID 15677751)

nxge Driver Warning Messages Displayed After Reboot (Bug ID 15710067, Bug ID 15777789, Bug  ID 15777790)

The trapstat -T Command Causes Bad Watchdog Resets at TL2 (Bug ID 15720390)

Watchdog Timeouts Seen With Heavy Workloads and Maximum Memory Configurations (Bug ID 15737671, Bug ID 15744469, Bug ID 15771943)

Benign Error Message: mptsas request inquiry page 0x83 for target:a, lun:0 failed! (Bug ID 15809005)

Oracle VTS dtlbtest Hangs When the CPU Threading Mode Is Set to max-ipc (Bug ID 15743740, Bug ID 15744945)

Some pciex8086,105f Devices Fail to Attach (Bug ID 15774699)

L2 Cache Uncorrectable Errors Causing a Reboot Abort (Bug ID 15826320)

Firmware Issues

Performing First-Time Boot On Servers Equipped With the Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe 8-Port Internal RAID HBA

Missing Interrupt Causes USB Hub Hot-plug Thread to Hang, Resulting In Process Hangs (Bug ID 15655752)

Units Used to Define the MIB Power Management Time Limit Are Reported in Seconds (Bug ID 15675720)

Message From cpustat Refers to Processor Documentation Incorrectly (Bug ID 15717099, Bug ID 15717100, Bug ID 15749141)

reboot disk Command Occasionally Fails When disk Argument Picks Up Extra Characters (Bug ID 15816272)

Blue LED On Drive Does Not Light When the Drive Is Ready to Remove (Bug ID 15737491)

Cold Reset Adds One Day to System Time (CR 15764743, Bug ID 15765255, Bug ID 15765770)

System Shuts Down Following a false SYS_POK_GLITCH Error (Bug ID 15774378)

In Some Instances, a PCIe Card Might Disappear From the Device Tree Upon Reboot or During Power-On (Bug ID 15849720)

System Firmware 8.2.0 Contains a New Version of the scvar Database (Bug ID 16184046)

System Firmware 8.3.0.b Incompatible with the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card (Bug ID 16813726)

OS Package and Patch Updates


Note - You should install the latest patches or package updates available for the version of the Oracle Solaris OS installed on your system.


Determining Oracle Solaris 11 OS Package Update Version

Updates to Oracle Solaris 11 are provisioned using package updates called Support Repository Updates (SRUs) instead of patches. SRUs are part of a new OS provisioning scheme called the Image Packaging System (IPS).

To determine the package version of the Oracle Solaris 11 OS installed on your system, run the pkg info kernel command and then interpret the FMRI value displayed in the output. This is an example:

# pkg info kernel
          Name: system/kernel
       Summary: Core Kernel
   Description: Core operating system kernel, device drivers and other modules.
      Category: System/Core
         State: Installed
     Publisher: solaris
       Version: 0.5.11
 Build Release: 5.11
        Branch: 0.175.0.2.0.2.1
Packaging Date: Wed Oct 19 07:57:11 2011
          Size: 17.99 MB
          FMRI: pkg://solaris/system/kernel@0.5.11,5.11-0.175.0.2.0.2.1:
                  20111128T20503    

Then evaluate the following three fields in the FMRI value:

You can ignore the other fields in the FMRI package description.

When you know which version of the OS is installed, you can access a list of all the packages contained in that release from the following web page:

http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release/en/index.shtml

To list the packages contained in a particular Oracle Solaris 11 release, select that release in the Release and Branch pull-down menu and press the Browse button. Or you can search for individual packages in the Search for: window.

Determining Oracle Solaris 10 Patch Revision

If your system is currently running Oracle Solaris 10, you can find its patch level with the commands showrev(1M) and uname(1). This is shown in the following example:

# showrev
Hostname: *********
Host id: *********
Release: 5.10
Kernel architecture: sun4v
Application architecture: sparc
Hardware provider: Sun_Microsystems
Domain: Ecd.East.Sun.COM
Kernel version SunOS 5.10 Generic_142909-17
# uname -a
SunOS ********* Generic_142909-17 sun4v sparc sun4v
# showrev -p | tail -3
Patch: 143525-01 Obsoletes: Requires: 118833-36, 127127-11 Incompatibles: 
    Packages:SUNWcsu
Patch: 143125-01 Obsoletes: 138079-01 138089-01 Requires: 120011-14 
    Incompatibles: Packages: SUNWcsu
Patch: 121557-01 Obsoletes: Requires: Incompatibles: Packages: SUNWpiclu
#

Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 OS

Install the patches listed in Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 before using the server with the Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 OS.

Table 1-3 Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11

147440-03
147149-01
147153-01
147707-01
147159-03

In addition, you should download and install “Recommended OS Patchset Solaris 10 SPARC.” This patchset contains Oracle Solaris 10 OS patches that address current Sun Alerts.


Note - The download of the Solaris 10 8/11 SPARC Bundle is identified by the number 14158708 at http://support.oracle.com.


Minimum Required Patchsets and SPARC Bundle for Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS

To use the server with the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS, install the patches listed in Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11, as well as the Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 SPARC Bundle. In addition, you should download and install “Recommended OS Patchset Solaris 10 SPARC.” This patchset contains Oracle Solaris 10 OS patches that address current Sun Alerts.


Note - The download of the Solaris 10 9/10 SPARC Bundle is identified by the number 13153809 at http://support.oracle.com.


Minimum Required Patchsets and SPARC Bundle for Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS

To use the server with the Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS, install the patches listed in Minimum Required Patchset for Oracle Solaris 10 8/11, as well as the Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 SPARC Bundle. In addition, you should download and install “Recommended OS Patchset Solaris 10 SPARC.” This patchset contains Oracle Solaris 10 OS patches that address current Sun Alerts.


Note - The download of the Solaris 10 10/09 SPARC Bundle is available at http://support.oracle.com.