Solaris 10 10/09 (Update 8)

Posted on October 9, 2009

Recently Solaris 10 10/09 (aka: Update 8) released. You can see the complete What’s New in the Solaris 10 10/09 Release doc for details, but here is a brief overview. You can download the release from

  • Two-Terabyte Disk Support for Installing and Booting the Solaris OS
  • pcitool Utility
  • nss_ldap shadowAccount Support
  • Sun Validation Test Suite 7.0 Patch Set 6
  • Turbo-Charging SVR4 Packaging (faster pkg installs)
  • Zones Parallel Patching
  • PVIO Drivers in Solaris 10 Guest Domains (I recommend snv_121 if you really need xVM)
  • iSCSI Initiator SMF Service
  • LSI 6180 Controller Support in Solaris MPxIO
  • Callout Subsystem Scalability
  • Driver for LSI MPT 2.0-Compliant SAS2.0 Controllers
  • Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver
  • Interrupt Remapping Support for Intel Vt-d
  • SATA Tape Devices Supported by the AHCI Driver
  • Sun StorageTek 6Gb/s SAS PCIe RAID HBA Driver
  • Intel 82599 10Gb PCI Express Ethernet Controller
  • Intel 82598 10Gb PCI Express Ethernet Controller
  • NTP Version 4.2.5
  • PostgreSQL 8.1.17, 8.2.13, and 8.3.7
  • Samba 3.0.35

Additionally, a variety of ZFS improvements:

  • ZFS and Flash installation support (Hybrid Pool)
  • Setting ZFS user and group quotas
  • Using ZFS ACL pass through inheritance for execute permission
  • Using cache devices in your ZFS storage pool (Hybrid Pool)
  • ZFS property enhancements; such as read-only properties usedbychildren/usedbydataset/usedbyrefreservation/usedbysnapshots and ability to bias primarycache/secondarycache
  • ZFS log device recovery
  • Using ZFS ACL Sets
  • … and of course a bunch of bug fixes as well.