Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

Compatibility Between Solaris Releases Is Guaranteed

With the Solaris Application Guarantee Program, Sun maintains binary compatibility between OS releases. With the Solaris 10 OS, Sun guarantees source code compatibility between SPARC and x86 processors, so applications can run across platforms with a simple recompile.

Monday Oct 12, 2009

Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS?

The BigAdmin Upgrade resource center shows you why upgrading is a good idea, what's involved, what you'll need to know, what to do with your legacy applications, and what resources are available to help you through it.

Thursday Aug 13, 2009

Information on the End of Service Life of the Solaris 9 OS

You can find information on the End of Service Life of the Solaris 9 OS on sun.com. You can also check the EOSL Status for the Solaris OS. For more resources, see Solaris 9 Transition FAQs as well as
Info on Using Solaris 8 and 9 Containers (on BigAdmin's Upgrade hub).

Tuesday Mar 17, 2009

Updated: Restrictions for Using Solaris Live Upgrade

Here is advice on the correct way to use Solaris Live Upgrade to update from the Solaris 8 or 9 OS to the Solaris 10 OS. Sun engineer Enda O'Connor has revised the article to follow the latest developments.

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Updated: Resources for Upgrading to Solaris 10 OS

Wondering how to move up to the Solaris 10 OS from earlier Solaris releases? Our BigAdmin resource center has lots of info for sys admins looking to upgrade, including tools, documentation, blogs, and support options.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Upgrading From Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 OS (for SPARC Platforms)

This SunSolve article describes the process for using Solaris Live Upgrade to upgrade from Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 or later releases.

The Solaris 10 05/08 release media (and subsequent updates) were compressed using a different compression utility than previous Solaris 10 releases, which all used bzip2 compression. As a result of this, in order to upgrade to Solaris 05/08 (or later releases) using Solaris Live Upgrade, the live system (on which luupgrade is running), must have p7zip installed. p7zip was backported to the Solaris 9 OS in patch format, but for Solaris 8 there is no similar patch available. (For more info on patching, see the BigAdmin Patching hub.)

Monday Jan 12, 2009

Stricter Entitlement Policy for Solaris OS Patches

Phase 1 of the stricter Solaris OS patch entitlement implementation
rolled out in January 2009. "Entitlement" means you need a valid support contract to access the patches. Find more info in the updated Patch Corner Blog or this podcast. (The podcast also covers Solaris 8 Vintage patch entitlement.)

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Vintage Support for the Solaris 8 OS

You can continue to run your business or favorite applications on the Solaris 8 OS, even though it will enter End of Service Life (EOSL) Phase 2 on April 1, 2009. Find out about your support options if you continue to use Solaris 8. Customers who have been using Solaris 8 will not receive vintage patches (i.e. patches developed on or after April 1, 2009), even security patches, unless they purchase the Solaris 8 Vintage Patch Service. See BigAdmin for more info.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

Community Tech Tip: Using "lsof" in the Real World

This tech tip on the BigAdmin wiki explains a couple of the command-line options for "lsof" in the Solaris OS. The author also shows several examples of how "lsof" can be used in the "real world" (on Solaris versions from 8 onward).

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

Sun Cluster Software Support for Solaris 8/9 Containers and Linux Containers

Ever wonder if Sun Cluster software supports Solaris 8 and 9 Containers or Linux Containers? This FAQ describes three patches that support solaris8, solaris9, and lx branded zones. Also, there's a link to a blog that describes how Solaris Containers offer a phased approach to upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS.

Friday Aug 22, 2008

End of Service Life Info for Solaris 7 and 8 Releases

On August 15, 2008, Solaris 7 exited EOSL Phase 2. Except through custom support agreements, all support for Solaris 7 is terminated. On April 1, 2009, Solaris 8 enters EOSL Phase 2. Vintage patch entitlement (for patches developed ON OR after 4/1/09) requires purchase of the Solaris 8 Vintage Patch Service. Learn more.

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

Wiki: Installing Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers

This community-submitted tech tip on the wiki describes how to install and set up Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers on a host system that runs the Solaris 10 OS. 

Monday Jun 23, 2008

Resources for Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS

Wondering how to move up to the Solaris 10 OS from earlier releases (or from Linux)? We have lots of info for you, including what to consider before you upgrade, tools and resources, services and support, patching, and how to move legacy applications.

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Running Solaris 8 and 9 Applications on Solaris 10 OS With Solaris Containers

In this new Expert Session on BigAdmin, a Sun engineer answers your questions about how you can move Solaris 8 and 9 applications to Solaris 10 systems. Just click on "Ask Question" to send your question.

Friday May 30, 2008

Using Solaris Containers to Upgrade to the Solaris 10 Release

This article discusses using Solaris Containers to move Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 applications into containers on a Solaris 10 system.

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