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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

Support for 1.5 TByte Memory Configuration

2.  Known Product Issues

Hardware Issues

Maximizing Memory Bandwidth

Direct I/O Support

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

Hardware RAID 1E Not Supported

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

Performance Limitations Occur When Performing a Hot-Plug Installation of a x8 Card Into a Slot Previously Occupied With a x4 Card (Bug ID 15671185)

Unrecoverable USB Hardware Errors Occur In Some Circumstances (Bug ID 15677875, Bug ID 15765407)

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

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

Intermittent Power Supply Faults Occur During Power On (Bug ID 15727974)

Non-Critical Power Supply Threshold Messages Occur Under Heavy Load (Bug ID 15728319)

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

Oracle Solaris OS Issues

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 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)

The Fault Management Suite 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 Solaris 10 9/10 Patch Bundle (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 Occur With Heavy Workloads and Maximum Memory Configurations (Bug ID 15737671, Bug ID 15744469, Bug ID 15771943)

ereport.fm.fmd.module Generated During a Reboot of an SDIO Domain (Bug ID 15738845, Bug ID 15742069)

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 On Servers Equipped with System Firmware 8.2.0.b (Bug ID 15774699)

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

Firmware Issues

create-raid10-volume Command Fails to Create a RAID 10 Volume on a Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe HBA (Bug ID 15635981)

Timestamp for an ILOM Fault/Critical Event Might Be Off by One Hour (Bug ID 15802097)

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

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, Bug ID 15719738)

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)

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 09/10 SPARC Bundle is available at http://support.oracle.com.