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What's New in Oracle® Solaris 11.3

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Updated: October 2017

Installation and Software Management Features

This section describes the installation and software management features in this release. These features enable fast updates and deployments through software installation and software management tools.

Automated Installer CLI Manifest Editor

Administrators can edit AI manifests without any knowledge of XML by using enhancements to the existing installadm(1M) command. This interface provides the ability to interactively create and edit new manifests that can be associated with AI services. Similarly, existing functionality is also available through the Automated Installer Interactive Wizard, a web-browser based interface.

For more information, see the installadm(1M) man page.

Boot Pools

Oracle Solaris 11.3 now supports a new boot model called Boot Pools that does not depend on the base capabilities of the firmware-based boot loader. This model allows root filesystems to be loaded on storage that is not accessible to firmware, or provide other storage and network related enhancements without having to modify OpenBoot PROM (OBP) on SPARC or GRUB on x86-based system.

For more information, see the bootadm(1M), ai_manifest(4), beadm(1M), ibadm(1M), and eeprom(1M) man pages.