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1.  What's New in the Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Release

Installation Enhancements

ZFS Installation Enhancements

Support for Two-Terabyte Memory Systems

System Administration Enhancements

ZFS Features and Changes

SPARC: Support for Fast Reboot

User-Level CMT Observability Tools

diskinfo Utility

Oracle Configuration Manager

Flash Archive Integrity Check

Solaris Volume Manager Data Recovery

Oracle Solaris Groups Functionality

LDAP Name Service

x86: Generic FMA Topology Enumerator

Oracle VTS 7.0 ps11

System Performance Enhancements

smt_pause API

libmtmalloc Improvements

Tunable Parameter for Flash Devices in the sd.conf Configuration File

x86: Oracle Solaris I/O Interrupt Framework Enhancement for Nehalem-EX Platforms

x86: Intel AVX Support

Shared Memory Enhancements

Networking Enhancements

Support for IPv6 NAT on IPFilter

x86: Jumbo Frame Support in the bnx Driver

Security Enhancements

PKCS#11 Provider for Oracle Key Manager

Support for AES Cipher Suites in the KSSL

Assigning a New Password Does Not Unlock a Locked Account

Password Construction Policy Applies to the root User by Default

chroot Capability

Freeware Enhancements

Samba Upgrade to Version 3.5.8

x86: Bash Upgrade to Version 3.2

Apache C++ Standard Library Version 4 Support

New Device Support

Support for New Devices in the ixgbe Driver

Support for New Devices in the igb Driver

Support for LAN-On-Motherboard (LOM) Devices in the e1000g Driver

Support for New Devices in the bge Driver

Support for New Device in the qlcnic Driver

Support for New Device in the mcxnex/mcxe Driver

Support for New Devices in the scu Driver

x86: Support for LSI MegaRAID Falcon SAS 2.0 HBA Device

Support for LSI SAS 2308 HBA Device

Support for LSI SAS 2208 HBA Device

Driver Enhancements

Support for Public GLD Interfaces in the bge Driver

Support for MSI in the bge Driver

Jumbo Frame Support for BCM5718

Support for RDSv3 RDMA Interfaces

System Administration Enhancements

This section describes system administration enhancements in this release.

ZFS Features and Changes

This section summarizes new features in the ZFS file system in this release. For more information about these new features, see the Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration Guide.

SPARC: Support for Fast Reboot

The integration of the Fast Reboot feature of Oracle Solaris on the SPARC platform enables the -f option to be used with the reboot command to accelerate the boot process by skipping certain POST tests.

Fast Reboot on the SPARC platform is managed through the Service Management Facility (SMF) feature of Oracle Solaris and implemented through a boot configuration service, svc:/system/boot-config. The boot-config service provides a means for setting or changing the default boot configuration parameters. When the config/fastreboot_default property is set to true, the system performs a fast reboot automatically, without the need to use the reboot -f command. By default, this property's value is set to false on the SPARC platform.

Note - On the SPARC platform, the boot-config service also requires the solaris.system.shutdown rights as the action_authorization and value_authorization.

To make Fast Reboot the default behavior on the SPARC platform, use the svccfg and svcadm commands. See Support for Fast Reboot on the SPARC Platform in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration and the svccfg(1M) and svcadm(1M) man pages for details.

For more information about Fast Reboot, see the reboot(1M) man page.

User-Level CMT Observability Tools

User-level CMT observability tools help users to get a better understanding of the loads on your system with Chip-Level Multithreading (CMT). The following commands have been added in this release:

For more information, see the pginfo(1M) and pgstat(1M) man pages.

diskinfo Utility

The diskinfo command-line utility enables system administrators to see the relationship between logical disk names (cXtYdZ) and bays in a JBOD or blade chassis.

The diskinfo utility depends on Fault Management Architecture (FMA) to provide label information. If certain prerequisites are met, the utility supports third-party JBODs or enclosures.

For more information about the prerequisites and limitations of this utility, see the diskinfo(1M) man page.

Oracle Configuration Manager

Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM) is integrated into the Oracle Solaris OS. OCM collects configuration information from the server running Oracle Solaris and uploads it to the Oracle repository. This data helps to reduce the time needed to resolve support issues.

By default, OCM is installed in the /opt/ocm/ccr directory (considered as OCM_HOME) in a disconnected mode. A user or an administrator has to manually enable the OCM collector daemon to start collecting the configuration information.

For more information about OCM, see Chapter 5 provides information about how to enable OCM.

Flash Archive Integrity Check

You can now create a flash archive by specifying the /mnt directory with the -x (exclude) option of the flarcreate command. For example:

# flarcreate -n test -x /mnt /export/test.flar

For more information, see the flar(1M) man page.

Solaris Volume Manager Data Recovery

The metaimport command now supports diskset import when running an Oracle Solaris Cluster configuration. This enhancement enables data recovery for traditional and multi-owner SVM disksets in clustered and non-clustered configurations.

The metaimport command provides a mechanism to import disksets for data recovery by replicating disksets into an existing Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) configuration.

For more information, see the Solaris Volume Manager Administration Guide and the metaimport(1M) man page.

Oracle Solaris Groups Functionality

A user can now be a member of up to 1024 groups. This functionality must be enabled with the system tunable parameter ngroups_max in the /etc/system configuration file. For example:

set ngroups_max=1024

Note - NFS operations are not affected by increasing the value of ngroups_max to 1024 groups. NFS operations still support a user to be a member of only 16 groups. When increasing ngroups_max to a number greater than 16, the following message will appear to alert administrators that NFS operations for a user are still restricted to only 16 groups.

WARNING: ngroups_max of 1024 > 16, NFS AUTH_SYS will not work properly

LDAP Name Service

This section summarizes enhancements that have been made to the LDAP name service in this release.

x86: Generic FMA Topology Enumerator is a FMA topology enumerator that creates system topology from System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) compliant structures. The following enhancements have been made to the FMA topology enumerator:

Oracle VTS 7.0 ps11

This section summarizes enhancements in the Oracle VTS 7.0 ps11 in this release.

Oracle Validation Test Suite (Oracle VTS) is a comprehensive hardware diagnostic tool that tests and validates the connectivity and functionality of most controllers and devices on Oracle platforms. The VTS tests are targeted for each hardware component or function in a system. The tool supports three user interfaces (UIs) – a graphical UI (GUI), a terminal-based UI, and a command–line interface (CLI).

Memory and CPU diagnostics include the following enhancements:

Storage and Networking diagnostics include the following enhancements: