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Oracle Solaris 11.4 Open Beta Refresh 2

Scott Lynn
Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris

As we continue to work toward release of Oracle Solaris 11.4, we present to you our third release of Oracle Solaris 11.4 open beta.

You can download it here, or if you're already running a previous version of Oracle Solaris 11.4 beta, make sure your system is pointing to the beta repo (https://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/beta/) as its provider and type 'pkg update'.

This will be the last Oracle Solaris 11.4 open beta as we are nearing release and are now going to focus our energies entirely on preparing Oracle Solaris 11.4 for general availability.

The key focus of Oracle Solaris 11.4 is to bring new capabilities and yet maintain application compatibility to help you modernize and secure your infrastructure while maintaining and protecting your application investment.. This release is specifically focused on quality and application compatibility making your transition to Oracle Solaris 11.4 seamless. The refresh includes updates to 56 popular open source libraries and utilities, a new compliance(8) "explain" subcommand which provides details on the compliance checks performed against the system for a given benchmark, and a variety of other performance and security enhancements.   In addition this refresh delivers Kernel Page Table Isolation for x86 systems which is important in addressing the Meltdown security vulnerability affecting some x86 CPUs.  

This update also includes an updated version of Oracle VM Server for SPARC, with improvements in console security, live migration, and introduces a LUN masking capability to simplify storage provisioning to guests.

We’re excited about the content and capability of this update, and you’ll be seeing more about specific features and capabilities in the Oracle Solaris blog in the coming days.  As you try out the software in your own environment and with your own applications please continue to give us feedback through the Oracle Solaris Beta Community Forum at https://community.oracle.com/community/server_&_storage_systems/solaris/solaris-beta

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Jeff Swartz Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Uncertainty at paragraph 2.

    How does one determine what their system is pointing at?

    Does this command tell the story?
    #pkg publisher solaris

    To make sure a system is pointing to the beta repo, am I supposed to issue a command like the following?

    pkg set-publisher -k pkg.oracle.com.key.pem -c pkg.oracle.com.certificate.pem -G "*" -g https://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/beta solaris

    'pkg update' should be 'pkg update --accept'
  • Scott Lynn Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for your questions/comments.

    Yes, '#pkg publisher' tells you what repository you are pointing at.
    Yes, 'pkg set-publisher' is how you set the publisher to point at the beta repository.
    '--accept' is not required, for 'pkg update'. It will accept any license agreements that are in the update. However, you will be accepting those agreements without reading them!

    Thanks,
    Scott
  • Jeff Swartz Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    I tried to update per the article. After the update completes I see this in the boot env:

    # beadm list
    BE Name Flags Mountpoint Space Policy Created
    --------- ----- ---------- ------ ------ ----------------
    solaris N / 2.20G static 2018-05-15 10:03
    solaris-1 R - 14.32G static 2018-08-08 05:11

    After rebooting, the old version is still the active version. I'm running Solaris in a VM, is this update process supported in a VM? Using the console I can select solaris-1 in GRUB, but still it reverts back to the old Solaris version.

    #uname -a
    SunOS solaris-vm-01 5.11 11.4.0.11.0 i86pc i386 i86pc
  • Scott Lynn Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Hi Jeff,
    I'm not sure where 11.4.0.11.0 is coming from.
    Yes, the beta will run in a VM.
    Don't be confused by the version numbering. We changed it during the beta timeframe.
    The original beta was 11.4.0.12.0. Beta refresh 1 was 11.4.0.3.0. Beta refresh 2 was 11.4.0.10.0. If you refresh the original beta with 'pkg update', you will get 11.4.0.10.0.

    Try rebooting into the original BE and see what that version is.

    Beyond that, please engage our engineering team on the community beta forum: https://community.oracle.com/community/server_&_storage_systems/solaris/solaris-beta
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