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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

Installation Enhancements

The following installation features have been added to the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release.

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration is new in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release. A new Auto Registration screen has been added to the interactive installer to facilitate registering your system using your Oracle support credentials. Oracle Solaris JumpStart installations and network installations require a new auto_reg keyword in the sysidcfg file to control settings during the installation. For details, see auto_reg Keyword in Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.

With Auto Registration, during the initial reboot, after you install or upgrade your system, configuration data about your system is automatically communicated through the existing service tag technology to the Oracle Product Registration System. The service tag data about your system is used, for example, to help Oracle enhance customer support and services. You can learn about service tags at

By registering with your support credentials using one of the registration options, you have a straightforward way to inventory your systems and the major software components on those systems. For instructions about tracking your registered products, see See also,

You can elect to have your configuration data sent to the Oracle Product Registration System anonymously. An anonymous registration means that the configuration data sent to Oracle has no link to the name of a customer. You also have the option to disable Auto Registration.

For further information, see Oracle Solaris Auto Registration in Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Installation Guide: Planning for Installation and Upgrade.

SPARC: Support for ITU Construction Tools on SPARC Platforms

In this release, the itu utility has been modified to support booting a SPARC based system with the install-time updates (ITU) process. Third-party vendors can now deliver driver updates on diskette, CD or DVD, and USB storage. In addition, new tools that enable you to modify the Oracle Solaris installation media with new packages and patches have been introduced. These tools can be used to deliver software updates for hardware platforms and to produce customized installation media.

For more information, see the following man pages:

See also, How to Boot a System With a Newly Created ITU in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.

Oracle Solaris Upgrade Enhancement for Oracle Solaris Zone– Cluster Nodes

This feature enables you to upgrade the Oracle zone– cluster node, which is a cluster brand zone, via DVD or JumpStart. Prior to this feature, only Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade could be used for this purpose.