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Oracle® Solaris Cluster 4.3 Release Notes

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Updated: June 2017
 
 

What's New in the Software

This section highlights information for existing customers about new features in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 software. For other changes, also see Commands Modified in This Release and Documentation Notes.

The Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 software provides the following new features:

  • IPSec support for private interconnects – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.7, you can secure cluster private interconnect traffic by configuring IPSec. IPSec configuration protects the inter-node traffic for internal cluster operations as well as user data for global filesystems. For more information about configuring IPSec, see Securing the Interconnect for Oracle Solaris Cluster with IPSec in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 Software Installation Guide.

  • Easy updation of ZFS Storage Appliance Data Replication properties – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.7, you can use registration script to update data replication component properties. An additional parameter MODIFY_PASSPHRASE is used in ZFSSA configuration file which allows you to modify the password during an attempt to modify the existing replication component.

  • Geographic Edition Clusters now monitor ZFS Storage Appliance Cluster status in probe and switchover operations – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.7, Geographic Edition Cluster probe and pre-checks for switchover monitor the status of ZFSSA cluster heads. They fail if ZFSSA cluster heads are not in clustered state.

  • Support for ZOSS (Zones on Shared Storage) over NFS from ZFS Storage Appliance in the HA Zone GUI wizard for kernel zones – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.7, you can configure Oracle Solaris kernel zones whose zonepath resides over NFS as highly available. This feature enables you to create and manage the required resources for the corresponding NFS storage associated with the zone.

  • Support for setting ZFS Storage Appliance NFS exceptions in the NAS GUI wizard – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.7, when using the NAS GUI wizard to add projects to the cluster, the wizard automatically updates the project's NFS share mode and NFS exception list to meet cluster requirements.

  • Example Files for Customizing an Automated Installer Installation of a Cluster – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.6, you can create or modify a custom Automated Installer (AI) manifest and system configuration profile for cluster installation. The custom files can be used as an alternative to an AI installation using the scinstall utility.

    See Appendix A, Example Automated Installer Cluster Installation Files, in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 Software Installation Guide for guidelines and examples.

  • Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager support of user rights profiles – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.6, the Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager browser interface supports users or roles that are assigned rights profiles for functionality performed in the interface. The interface also restricts certain Oracle Solaris Cluster functions from users or roles that do not have sufficient assigned rights profiles to perform those functions. For more information, see User Rights for Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 System Administration Guide.

  • Restriction change for the subnet used by a ZFS Storage Appliance NAS device – An additional option for the subnet location of a ZFS Storage Appliance NAS device or quorum device is qualified for the 4.3 release. Support is added for the device to be located on a different subnet than the cluster nodes' subnet, provided that L3 switching is used between the subnets. This change is documented in Requirements When Configuring Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances in Oracle Solaris Cluster With Network-Attached Storage Device Manual and Requirements When Configuring Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance NAS Devices as Quorum Devices in Oracle Solaris Cluster With Network-Attached Storage Device Manual.

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC template to configure a guest domain or I/O domain cluster – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.4 software, .a pre-built Oracle VM Server for SPARC template for Oracle Solaris Cluster is available. to configure a new cluster of guest domains or I/O domains. The template includes software packages for Oracle Solaris 11.3 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3. The template can be downloaded and deployed to both create the new logical domains and to install and configure those domains to form a cluster.

    For information about downloading and using the template, see Establishing a New Logical Domain Cluster by Deploying the Oracle Solaris Cluster Oracle VM Server for SPARC Template in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 Software Installation Guide.

  • Additional enhancements to the Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager Browser Interface – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.4, the following functionality is added to Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager:

    • New configuration wizard for the Oracle WebLogic Server data service

    • Support of Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition in zone clusters

    • Support direct authentication into a zone cluster

    For more information about Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager, see Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 System Administration Guide.

  • Support for Oracle Data Guard Far Sync Instances With Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.4 software, an Oracle Data Guard far sync instance is supported for data replication in an Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition disaster recovery partnership.

    For more information about using Oracle Data Guard data replication in a disaster recovery partnership, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Oracle Data Guard. For information about creating an Oracle Data Guard far sync instance and the supported protection modes for far sync instances, see Far Sync in Oracle Data Guard Concepts and Administration.

  • Support for Hitachi TrueCopy with Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.2 software, Hitachi TrueCopy data replication is supported in a Geographic Edition configuration. For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Hitachi TrueCopy and Universal Replicator.

  • Enhancements to the Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager Browser Interface – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.3 software, the following functionality is added to Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager:

    • New configuration wizard for the Support of Oracle RAC data service

    • New configuration wizard for per-node logical hostnames

    • New configuration wizard for storage resources for a zone cluster

    • Support for setting kernel zones live migration in the HA for Oracle Solaris Zones configuration wizard (initial support for x86 clusters only)

    For more information about Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager, see Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 System Administration Guide.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.3 software, Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 release is supported.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle E-Business Suite as of Release 12.2 Guide.

    For Oracle E-Business Suite versions up to 12.1, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle E-Business Suite up to Release 12.1 Guide.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Siebel 8.1.1.11 and 8.1.1.14 – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.3 software, Oracle Siebel 8.1.1.11 and 8.1.1.14 are supported.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Siebel Guide.

  • Support for EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility in zone cluster configuration – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.3 software, EMC SRDF is supported in the zone cluster configuration.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility.

  • Qualification of Hitachi Universal Replicator in a Geographic Edition Configuration – Beginning with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3.2 software, Hitachi Universal Replication is qualified to use for storage-based data replication in a Geographic Edition configuration.

    As of the 4.3.2 release, the following restrictions apply:

    • Geographic Edition with Hitachi Universal Replicator using HA-NFS is not supported.

    • Hitachi Universal Replicator use in a campus cluster is not qualified.

    • Use of Hitachi TrueCopy in campus cluster or Geographic Edition is not qualified.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Hitachi TrueCopy and Universal Replicator.

  • Enhanced Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager – In this release, Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager is capable of performing following actions:

    • The 4.3 release of Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager is capable of managing version 4.2 clusters.

    • Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager support for Geographic Edition expanded to include the orchestration feature.

    • New Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager wizard for initial cluster configuration.

    • New Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager wizard for configuring highly available zones.

    • New Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager wizard for configuring highly available Oracle VM Server for SPARC logical domains.

  • Support for importing installed zones as nodes of a new or existing zone cluster – This feature enables you to make an already installed zone part of a new zone cluster or import the zone to an existing zone cluster configuration.

    For more information about zone cluster, see the clzonecluster(1CL) man page.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris Zones on shared storage – In this release, the Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones supports Oracle Solaris Zones on shared storage. The sczbt component now manages non-global zones that specify either the rootzpool or zpool zone property.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones Guide.

  • Support for live migration for kernel zones – In this release, the Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones supports live migration for an Oracle Solaris kernel zone on Oracle Solaris 11.3. The sczbt component supports live migration for kernel zones if the Migrationtype variable in the sczbt_config configuration file is set to live.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones Guide.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris ZFS snapshot data replication in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition – Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition feature supports data replication by using Oracle Solaris ZFS snapshots in a disaster recovery setup. You can set up Geographic Edition protection groups with ZFS snapshot-based data replication to protect application data.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for ZFS Snapshots.

  • Support for Oracle GoldenGate replication in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition – Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition feature supports data replication by using Oracle GoldenGate.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Data Replication Guide for Oracle GoldenGate.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris Cluster HA for Oracle Communications ASAP – This high availability data service for Oracle Communications ASAP enables the Oracle Solaris Cluster to start, stop, and monitor ASAP Server components. Oracle Communications ASAP service activation software is used by telecommunications service providers for automated service activation.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Communications ASAP Guide and the ORCL.asap(5) man page.

  • Support for Oracle Solaris Cluster HA for Oracle Essbase Server – This high availability data service for Oracle Essbase Server enables the Oracle Solaris Cluster product to start, stop, and monitor Oracle Essbase Server components. Oracle Essbase Server is a multidimensional database management system used primarily in the financial sector.

    For more information, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Essbase Server Guide and the ORCL.essbase(5) man page.

  • Support for timeout threshold notice for Resource Group Manager execution of methods and monitor probes – Oracle Solaris Cluster enables you to configure timeouts for resource callback methods such as start, stop, or validate, or for monitor probes. A new resource property Timeout_threshold enables you to set a timeout threshold representing a percentage of the configured timeout. If a method or probe execution exceeds the configured threshold percentage, an alert is generated, which enables you to adjust the timeout before a failure actually occurs.

    For more information about the Timeout_threshold property, see the r_properties(5) man page.

  • Support for IP over link aggregation for public network – Oracle Solaris Cluster supports use of regular IP interface over link aggregation as a public network interface. This includes support for IP over DLMP, IP over trunk aggregation, IP over VNIC over DLMP, and IP over VNIC over trunk aggregation. Logical hostname and shared address resources can be assigned any of the supported interface configurations. Logical hostname and shared address wizards automatically discover the supported interfaces that are appropriate for holding given IP addresses. The clnode command displays information about the supported interfaces.

    The zone cluster wizard automatically discovers link aggregations and VNICs created over link aggregations that can be assigned to exclusive IP zone cluster.