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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

Driver Enhancements

The following driver enhancements have been added to the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release.

x86: HP Smart Array HBA Driver

This project integrates HP's x64 Smart Array RAID Controller HBA driver, cpqary3, into the Oracle Solaris OS. With this driver, you can install the Oracle Solaris OS on systems that are connected to HP Smart Array HBA controllers.

For more information about this driver, see

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

bnxe is a GLDv3 based driver for Broadcom NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers. This driver supports Broadcom BCM57710/57711/57711E devices on x86 based systems.

For more information, see System Administration Guide: Network Services.

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

bcm_sata is a new SATA HBA driver for Broadcom HT1000 SATA controllers. This driver provides basic functionality and hot–pluggable capabilities for the following devices:

SATA controllers and devices connected to this driver on systems equipped with Broadcom HT1000 chipset will be able to work in QDMA mode instead of the traditional PATA mode. This capability results in improved performance in data access to the connected devices.

Support for SATA/AHCI Port Multiplier

The SATA/AHCI port multiplier has been enhanced to support new devices including the SATA Port Multiplier and SATA-to-CF adapter. This driver now also supports AMD SB700/750 chipsets and nVidia nForce 780a chipsets.

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

Support for Netlogic NLP2020 PHY in the nxge Driver

This feature provides 10G QSFP support for the nxge driver using Netlogic PHY on RF platforms, T3–2 and T3–4. With QSFP, you can get 40G from 4 10G NIU ports, using just one QSFP connector and cable, instead of 4 10G SFP+/XFP connectors and cables.