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Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Release Notes

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Updated: July 2017
 
 

Installation Considerations

This section provides general information that you need to consider when installing Oracle Solaris 11.3.

System Requirements for Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3

This section provides information about the system requirements and installation types for installing Oracle Solaris 11.3. You might need additional memory and disk space on your installed system.

The minimum system memory is 2 GB. The following table shows the recommended minimum disk space for each package group and the available installation types.

Table 1  Package Disk Space Requirements and Installation Types
Package Group
Recommended Minimum Disk Space
Installation Types
solaris-desktop
13 GB
Live Media
solaris-large-server
9 GB
Automated Installer
Text Installer
solaris-minimal-server
6 GB
Automated Installer
solaris-small-server
7 GB
Automated Installer

For information about supported systems and implementation differences between platform types, see Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility List at http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/hcl/index.html.

Initial Root Password Expires After Live Media Installation

After a Live Media installation, the root password is initially set to the same password as the user account that is created during installation. Because it is created in an expired state, the first time you assume the root role, you should authenticate using your own password. At this point, a message indicates that the password for the user root has expired and you will be requested to provide a new one.

If you are prompted to assume the root role after starting an administrative command from a GNOME menu item, you will be prompted to supply a new root password. If you are using the su command to assume the role, the command sequence is as follows:

$ su
Password:
su: Password for user 'root' has expired
New Password:
Re-enter new Password:
su: password successfully changed for root.

SPARC: Legacy Systems Requires Firmware Update to Boot Oracle Solaris 11.3

Some SPARC systems require a firmware update in order to boot Oracle Solaris 11.3. You must install the latest available versions for optimal performance, security, and stability. On systems that have not been updated, the following error message might be displayed when the system is booted:

os-io Cross trap sync timeout:

Workaround: You need to verify whether the systems have the minimum required firmware version. Update your affected SPARC system's firmware to the version listed in Table 2 before you install the Oracle Solaris 11.3 OS. For information about firmware versions of different Oracle systems, refer to Firmware Downloads and Release History for Oracle Systems (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/patches/firmware/release-history-jsp-138416.html). The following table describes the minimum firmware level required for affected SPARC systems when running Oracle Solaris 11.3.

Table 2  Firmware Levels Required for SPARC Systems
SPARC Platform
Firmware Revision
Patch
T2000
6.7.11
139434-08
T1000
6.7.11
139435-08
Netra T2000
6.7.11
139436-07
Netra CP3060
6.7.11
None
T6300
6.7.11
139438–08
T5120/T5220
7.4.9
147307-01
T6320
7.4.9
147308-01
Netra T5220
7.4.9
147309-01
Netra CP3260
7.4.9
None
T5140/T5240
7.4.9
147310-01
T5440
7.4.9
147311-01
T6340
7.4.9
147312-01
Netra T5440
7.4.9
147313-01
Netra T6340
7.4.9
147314-01
T3-1
8.3.11
147315-02
T3-2
8.3.11
147316-02
T3-4
8.3.11
147317-02
T3-1B
8.3.11
147318-02
Netra T3-1
8.3.11
147319-02
Netra T3-1B
8.3.11
147320-01
M3000
1102
12573531
M4000
1102
12573537
M5000
1102
12573539
M8000
1102
12573543
M9000
1102
12573546

Note that T4, T5, M5, and M6 systems were released with firmware versions to boot Oracle Solaris 11.3. However, the firmware needs to be updated if Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones support is required. For information about hardware and software requirements for kernel zones, see Hardware and Software Requirements for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones in Creating and Using Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: WAN Boot During an Automated Install of Guest Domains Is Slower on Older System Firmware

Users of the SPARC T-Series servers from Oracle might experience a slow WAN boot during an automated installation of a guest domain if they are running an older version of the system firmware. You need to install the latest available versions for optimal performance, security, and stability.

Workaround: Use the following table to determine the level of firmware that is required for the named platforms. In general, for System Firmware 8.x, you must at least have version 8.3.11 or greater and for System Firmware 7.x, you must at least have version 7.4.9 or greater.

Platforms
Firmware Version
Netra SPARC T3-1
Netra SPARC T3-1B
Sun SPARC T3-1
Sun SPARC T3-2
Sun SPARC T3-4
Sun SPARC T3-1B
System Firmware version 8.3.11 or greater
Sun SPARC T4-1
Sun SPARC T4-1B
Sun SPARC T4-2
Sun SPARC T4-4
System Firmware version 8.8.1 or greater
Sun SPARC T5-1B
System Firmware version 9.4.2e or greater
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
Sun Blade T6320 - Sun Blade T6340
System Firmware version 7.4.9 or greater
Netra CP3260
System Firmware version 7.4.9 or greater
Netra SPARC T3-1B
System Firmware version 8.3.11 or greater

For more information about specific versions of system firmware, see Oracle VM Server for SPARC Release Notes.

setterm(1) Is Optional

Starting with Oracle Solaris 11.2, setterm(1) becomes a completely optional component. setterm(1) is no longer installed as part of the pkg:/system/locale/extra package.

If required, install the pkg:/system/locale/setterm package manually by using the pkg command.

# pkg install system/locale/setterm