What’s New

New features in Solaris 10 are based on real-world input from Sun's customers and the OpenSolaris community.


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* Features with an asterisk have been added or enhanced in an update. Mouse over for details.

New in Solaris 10 5/08

New in Solaris 10 8/07

New in Solaris 10 1/06

New in Solaris 10 6/06

New in Solaris 10 11/06

New in Solaris 10 10/08

Enhanced in Solaris 10 10/08

Enhanced in Solaris 10 5/08

Enhanced in Solaris 10 8/07

Enhanced in Solaris 10 1/06

Enhanced in Solaris 10 3/05

Enhanced in Solaris 10 6/06

Enhanced in Solaris 10 11/06

Enhanced in Solaris 9

Enhanced in Solaris 8

Enhanced in Solaris 7

Availability Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
Intel Xeon CPU/Memory Fault Management new      
AMD64 CPU/Memory Fault Management new      
Predictive Self Healing : PCI Express support new      
Predictive Self Healing: Solaris Fault Manager new new    
Predictive Self Healing: Solaris Service Manager new      
Predictive Self-Healing: SNMP Support new      
Logical Domains Fault Management new      
Sun Fire X4500 SATA Drive Fault Management new      
UltraSPARC III / IV / IV+ CPU/Memory Fault Mgmt new      
UltraSPARC T1/T2 CPU/Memory Fault Management new      
Driver Fault Injection new new new  
Sun Cluster Software Framework new new new  
Faster Reboot new new new new
System Crash Dump Utility new new new new
NFS Client Failover new new new new
Dynamic Reconfiguration new new new new

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Data Management Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
ZFS boot new      
ZFS as a root file system new      
iSCSI Target support new      
ZFS volume as a Solaris iSCSI target device new      
Solaris ZFS Double Parity (RAIDZ) new      
Hot Spares for ZFS Storage Pool Devices new      
Solaris ZFS File System Clone Promotion new      
Solaris ZFS Recursive Snapshots new      
Solaris ZFS Upgrade Storage Pools new      
Solaris ZFS File System Monitoring Tool new      
Solaris ZFS File System clear zpool device errors new      
Solaris ZFS File System recover destroyed zpools new      
Solaris ZFS Support for Compact NFSv4 ACL format new      
Solaris ZFS File System zpool offline new      
Solaris ZFS integration with Fault Manager new      
Solaris ZFS file system new      
Solaris ZFS Web-based management new      
iSCSI new      
iSCSI logout support new      
iSCSI Multiple session target (MS/T) support new      
NFSv4 new      
Solaris Volume Manager: Dist set import / export new      
Cluster Volume Manager new      
EFI Labels new      
Solaris Volume Manager: Multiterabyte Volumes new new    
Solaris Volume Manager: Top-down Volume Creation new new    
Multiterabyte UFS File Systems new new    
UFS Snapshots new new new  
Solaris Volume Manager: Soft Disk Partitions new new new  
Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager Software new new new  
UFS Logging new new new new
Network File System new new new new

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Install/Upgrade Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
Solaris Live Upgrade: Container support new      
GRUB bootloader (x86 platform) new      
Solaris JumpStart Software: Flash Archive Support new      
Solaris JumpStart Software: Mirrored Volume Support new new    
WAN Boot (SPARC platform) new new    
Sun Update Manager/smpatch new new    
Solaris Flash Software new new new  

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Networking/Interoperability Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
SIP new      
Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) client-side support new      
Open Printing API (PAPI) commands new      
VNC Client/Server support new      
Quagga routing suite new      
Reliable Datagram Sockets new      
Large Send Offload new      
Multi-MAC address support new      
Source-Filtered Multicasting new      
OSPFv2 and BGP-4 Routing Protocols new      
SCTP new      
Sendmail: MILTER Support new      
NFSv4 new      
Directory and Application Server Integration new      
Network Layer Redundancy new      
RIP v2 new new    
Bundled GCC new new new  
Samba new new new  
Mobile IP new new new  
IPMP new new new  
Solaris WBEM Services new new new  
IPv6 new new new  
Java Platform Support new new new new
DHCP new new new new
SNMP new new new new
Network Time Protocol new new new new
TCP Large Windows new new new new
Sendmail new new new new
Directory Services new new new new
Standards Support new new new new
FTP new new new new
DNS/BIND new new new new
Linux Compatibility new new new new

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Observability Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) new      
DTrace Java support new      
Kernel Modular Debugger new      
Per-thread Monitoring in truss/pstack/pflags new      
Java Stack Frame Monitoring Tool new      
Libumem: Memory Debugging Features new      
Intelligent Platform Monitoring Interface (IPMI) new      
Gcore Enhancements new      
/proc: Open File Name Information new      
Patch Analysis Engine new new    
Process Accounting and Statistics new new new  
Modular Debugger new new new  
Coreadm new new new  
/proc: Watchpoints new new new new
Sun Validation Test Suite (SunVTS) new new new new

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Performance Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
Intel NUMA support new      
Intel SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 support new      
AMD SSE4A support new      
UltraSPARC T2 Shared Contexts new      
Intel CPUID support new      
Intel MONITOR/MWAIT support new      
Network (UDP) Performance new      
Network (TCP/IP) Performance new      
Improved Perf. with Large #s of Network Interfaces new      
Event Ports new      
Atomic libc Operations new      
InfiniBand new      
10 Gigabit Ethernet new      
Network Layer 7 Cache (NL7C) new      
Hyperthreading Support new new    
Intel SSE/SSE2 Instruction Optimizations new new    
Libumem Memory Allocator new new    
Threading Library Improvement new new    
Memory Placement Optimization (MPO) new new    
Multiple Page Size Support (MPSS) new new    
Large Page and Giant Page support new new    
TCP Multidata Transmit Support new new    
Chip Multithreading (CMT) Support new new new  
Remote Shared Memory API (RSMAPI) new new new  
Network Cache and Accelerator (NCA) - this one is replaced by Network 7 Layer Cache (N7LC). new new new  
mkfs Performance new new new  
Page Coloring new new new  
Enhanced DNLC new new new  
CPU Performance Counters new new new  
Large Concurrent Process (100,000+) Support new new new  
Solaris 64-bit Computing Environment new new new new

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Platform Choice Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
PCI Express support new      
SATA support new      
IEEE 1394-based digital camera driver new      
AGPgart driver for x86 systems new      
64-bit AMD64 & Intel EM64T Support new      
Certification Test Suite new new new  
Guaranteed Compatibility new new new new
Industry-Leading ISV Support new new new new
SPARC Platform Support new new new new
X86 Platform Support new new new new

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Security Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
UltraSPARC T2 ECC acceleration new      
Solaris Trusted Extensions new      
Secure By Default Networking new      
Solaris IP Filter IPv6 support new      
SSL acceleration new      
Solaris Cryptographic Framework Library new      
Password History, Lockout, Complexity Checking new      
Non-Login Accounts new      
Solaris Basic Audit and Reporting Tool (BART) new      
Process Rights Management new      
Secure Execution: Signed ELF Objects new      
Secure Execution: Verification and Signing Tools new      
Solaris IP Filter Firewall new      
OpenSSL, PKCS#11, NSS, JCE new      
SASL new      
SPNEGO new      
Per-Zone Auditing new      
Solaris Secure Shell Software new new    
IPSec With Internet Key Exchange (IKE) new new    
TCP Wrappers new new    
Secure LDAP new new    
Flexible Installation new new    
IKE new new    
Extensible Password Encryption new new    
Random Number Generator new new    
Extended File Attributes new new    
Solaris Smart Card Framework new new new  
GSS-API new new new  
Solaris Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Software new new new  
Kerberos new new new new
Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAMs) new new new new
Mitigation of Buffer Overflow Attacks new new new new
RPSEC-GSS new new new new

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Usability Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
AMD64 Power Management new      
Intel 64 Power Management new      
Flash Player new      
Pidgin new      
Locale Creator new      
Traditional Chinese Chewing input support new      
PDA Support new      
PostgreSQL new      
Automated system registration new      
RealPlayer new      
Sun Update Connection new      
Sun Java Desktop System Integration new      
Sun Java Web Console new      
Webmin new      
Solaris Web Start Wizards Software new new    
Sun Management Center Software new new new  
SPARC Power Management new new new new
Perl new new new  
Accessibility new new new new
Globalization 162 Locales 162 Locales 121 Locales 97 Locales

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Virtualization Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Solaris 7
Xen-based paravirtualization guest support for network and disk new      
Solaris Containers update on attach new      
Solaris Containers on a ZFS root file system new      
Logical Domains support for disk and network Dynamic Reconfiguration new      
CPU caps new      
IP instances new      
Solaris Containers for Linux Applications new      
LAN and VLAN Separation for Non-Global Zones new      
Container rename and move new      
Container clone new      
Container migrate new      
Configurable privileges for Containers new      
Logical Domains for CoolThreads Servers new      
Solaris Containers: Zones new      
Solaris Containers: Dynamic System V IPC Controls new      
Solaris Containers: Resource Capping (Phys. Mem. Ctl.) new      
Solaris Containers: Solaris Resource Manager new new    
Solaris Containers: IP Quality of Service (IPQoS) new new    
Solaris Containers: Tasks, Projects, and Accounting new new new  
Reconfiguration Coordination Manager (RCM) new new new  
Solaris Containers: Dynamic Resource Pools new new new new
Automated Dynamic Reconfiguration new new new new
Dynamic System Domains (DSD) new new new new

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