Updating to OpenSolaris 2009.06

Update:  See the screencast on how to update at the CommunityOne website.

For What's New in OpenSolaris 2009.06, see this PDF presentation... 

If you have OpenSolaris 2008.11 installed, the repositories have now been updated to include the 2009.06 packages. You do NOT have to do a clean install. Simply update your packages.  The complete download image will be available on Monday June 1st.

However, the Update manager GUI tools will tell you that no new packages are available. You must use the command line tools to update SUNWipkg first. Attempting to run the "pfexec pkg image-update" command will give you a message indicating that you need to run:

pfexec pkg install SUNWipkg

in order to update the package tools. Once this process is complete, you can use the command line or the GUI Update Manager to move to 2009.06. Update manager will create a new boot environment (using ZFS) and make it the default BE. OpenSolaris will be featured prominently during Community One/JavaOne this week.

One more bit of information.  If you have created zones on your opensolaris installation, you may need to uninstall the zones before updating. Otherwise, the update manager will give you an error (for which there is a bugID 8313 )

"Unable to clone current boot environment"

To remove the zones:

pfexec zoneadm -z zonename uninstall

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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