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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

Installing and Booting Oracle Solaris 11 From Devices Connected to a USB Port

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) 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)

Supported Versions of Oracle Solaris OS, Firmware, and Software

If you configure the server with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, you can install various combinations of the minimum (or later) versions of the OS. For example, you can use Oracle Solaris for the control domain, and Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 in guest domains.

Note - Oracle Solaris 11 is the recommended OS for T4 servers. The advantages of Oracle Solaris 11 include simplified installation and maintenance, enhanced virtualization capabilities and performance enhancements. A more detailed list may be found at:

Note - Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 requires firmware version 8.4.2.d. Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU 17 contains Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1.

Table 1-2 Supported Versions of the Oracle Solaris OS and Firmware

Supported Versions
Operating System
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1 or later OS
  • Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 OS

  • Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 OS

  • Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 OS with required patchsets

  • Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS with the Solaris 10 8/11 SPARC Bundle and required patchsets

  • Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 OS with the Solaris 10 8/11 SPARC Bundle and required patchsets

Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms)
  • 3.1.1 or later with Solaris 11.1 SRU 17
  • 2.2 or later with Solaris 11

  • 2.1 or later with Solaris 10

Electronic Prognostics on the server host
1.1 with Oracle Solaris 101
System firmware
8.1.1.c or later

1Electronic Prognostics is integrated into all versions of Oracle Solaris 11.