New stuff in Solaris Express

Wow, there are even a few things in there that I had not been aware of, like

  • VTS for x86,
  • DHCP for Logical interfaces

Two of the items that jump out at me as being very useful are:


KMDB

This is one that I had been waiting for and when I saw the putback happen, there was an immediate congrats sent to Matt Simmons. The great thing was that Matt was working in New Zealand at this point in time so I saw it during my working day!

Kmdb brings much of the functionality of mdb to the kernel debugger (replacing kadb).

One of the really great things about it is that you don't need to have booted with it in order to use it. 'mdb -K' option will load the module and drop you directly into the debugger on the console. I have lost count of the number of times that I have wished that a customer had booted with kadb so that when a rare problem crops up, we can actually do something useful. Well, now we'll be able to do something about it. Again, great work Matt.


IPsec and NAT-Traversal

I was waiting for this one it now means that we can do a completely Sun on Sun vpn connection on my notebook back into work, rather than relying on third parties who have decided that Solaris on x86 is not something they want to do for their vpn support.

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