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ZFS Updates in Solaris 10 8/07 (Update 4)

October 5th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I finally got around to upgrading my Solaris box to 8/07 (Update 4). I guess the most significant comment I could make is that it was almost entirely uneventful. I had to check my SAMBA config because the services run slightly different in this update. Still very easy and quick.

I chose to download the single compressed DVD image again (only available when downloading to a Windows box) and then burned the DVD from there. It takes a while to download and then a while more to decompress the DVD image, but everything worked on the first try. I took my server down to boot from the DVD and run the upgrade install process and everything was updated in short order.

I upgraded my ZFS storage pool with “zpool upgrade” and that was done in few moments. I love the succinctness of ZFS commands.

One of the new features I’m excited about is “zpool status -v” so that I can more easily get a list of files that are showing errors. I’m away for the weekend, but I’ll check this more thoroughly when I get back home.

The other thing I need to check is to see if the “disappearing cursor” bug is fixed in this update. Boy, that one is annoying when I switch into the GUI desktop.

For those of you that don’t get all fired up about ZFS, you may be excited to find out more about the new containers functionality and the support for running Linux binaries in a container.

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