Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1.0.0 Release

A new major Sun Storage 7000 series software update, known as "2010.Q1", is now available. You can find the complete release notes here; the download is available from the software updates page. 2010.Q1 Technical Lead Bryan Cantrill blogged about the history of 2010.Q1; here are its major new features:

Data protocols

  • Fibre Channel
  • iSER/SRP
  • Kerberized NFS
  • VSS block target provider
  • CIFS access-based enumeration
  • Multi-interface iSCSI targets

Data services

  • Deduplication
  • Multiple pool support
  • Improved remote replication
  • Microsoft interoperability enhancements
  • AD LDAP signing

Software features

  • Network alerts
  • Dynamically disabled interfaces
  • Alertable workflows
  • Indestructible shares
For more details on these features, check out the latest documentation.

So what's the process for enabling Fibre Channel targets? Is a hardware upgrade required?

Posted by Ceri Davies on March 10, 2010 at 07:25 PM PST #

A vanilla VBox simulator upgrade blows up apparently due to some kind of resource constraint?

1) Is there some trick to this?
2) Is there an updated simulator coming any time soon?
3) Is there any hope of some kind of Fc target simulation?

Posted by James Dean on March 11, 2010 at 02:29 AM PST #


I got the update to "take" by taking a freshly installed 2009/04 VBox VM, uploading the upgrade via the BUI, rebooting and then upgrading via the CLI.

Posted by James Dean on March 11, 2010 at 04:24 AM PST #

Great update lads, glad to see your working hard to remove those pesky bugs.
I was very impressed by the way the new release automatically included the OS disk in the test zpool I just tried to create,and wiped itself out. Stunning new productivity feature that....

Now to unpack the simulator and upgrade it again.

Posted by Mike McClay on March 11, 2010 at 11:50 PM PST #

I got the upgrade going on the simulator by increasing the RAM of the VM from 1GB to 2G then performing the upgrade normally, entirely through the BUI without rebooting between upload/install.

During the HTTP upload of the new firmware, vmware does not indicate the vm is accessing disk. It was my theory that the apache process accepting the upload was not streaming the file out to disk but caching it entirely in ram. I am not aware if swap is available on the image or not, but since the kernel panics during the upload, I assumed not. It seems the simulator is simply not tuned for the low memory of its default configuration; I don't think you can even buy hardware with less than 8GB in it, so it's probably just never been a huge concern.

Another quick note here: the release notes say to review the improved documentation about the update procedure, but ironically the only place this documentation seems to exist is in the documentation wiki on a system that is already upgraded! There does not seem to be a section in the Install or Admin books about software update procedures. Accessing the new documentation was my primary reason for upgrading the simulator appliance -- Is this documentation available somewhere online that I am just missing?

Posted by John Laur on March 12, 2010 at 04:29 AM PST #

Thanks for this feedback, the upgrade documentation is in the System Maintenance chapter of the Service Manual, p. 108:

Posted by guest on March 12, 2010 at 04:57 AM PST #

Thanks; I see that now. I hadn't even looked in there because I knew the old Service Manuals were all about the hardware service. Perhaps could the description of the service manual on the fishworks wiki could be updated to note that it now includes software and firmware update procedures in addition to the physical hardware procedures?

Posted by John Laur on March 12, 2010 at 06:25 AM PST #

You bet, I've updated the description for the Service Manual.

Posted by Michelle Luna on March 12, 2010 at 06:55 AM PST #

I have a half shelf of 300G 15K SAS drives in a J4400, plugged in to my 7410.
This worked fine in the previous rev of the 7410 firmware - but now, after I upgraded,
I get errors on my drives in the logs and show no disks to use in my pools:

2010-3-12 22:29:05 6dadd72b-737a-ec27-9a51-a425630b6293 The disk '0952QAK01B/HDD
11' uses an interface (SAS) that is incompatible with the enclosure. Major Defect
2010-3-12 22:29:05 b3cef9f8-6c48-c4c9-8850-9da58936119b The disk '0952QAK01B/HDD 10' uses an interface (SAS) that is incompatible with the enclosure. Major Defect

..... same error for all 12 SAS drives....

Beware, if you are using SAS drives!


Posted by MattW on March 14, 2010 at 03:01 AM PDT #


There is no supported configuration with 15K SAS drives. You have elected to roll your own storage up to the appliance, which is profoundly unsupported. That is broke explicitly instead of continuing to let you get away with it is a great feature of 2010.Q1...

Posted by Bryan Cantrill on March 14, 2010 at 09:52 AM PDT #


thanks for clarifying - thats too bad - I'd have thought you guys leveraged the beauty of zpools in such a way so that the underlying disks being used wouldnt matter. Ive got SAS drives in my 7110 that seem to work fine. I hope your 2TB SATA drives are coming soon so I can replace my SAS shelf & use your new release :)


Posted by Matthew Weatherford on March 14, 2010 at 11:58 AM PDT #


I noticed you specifically mentioned "15K SAS drivs".... does this imply that 10K SAS drives are 'supported' on the 7000 series in general? Or are they only supported in the 7110 model?

Posted by ChrisH on March 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM PDT #

Why does the 7410 its still using a rather old "SP firmware" ?

Posted by Patrizio on March 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM PDT #

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