Updated September 1, 2009
Are you running the Solaris Operating System or OpenSolaris Operating System on non-Sun hardware? If so, check out the resources on this page:
Here are some BigAdmin applications and tools that support interoperability:
Solaris Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) and OpenSolaris HCL, which identify systems and peripherals that are compatible with the Solaris OS and OpenSolaris OS and provide information about available software support.
The HCL contains a ton of useful info that you can slice and dice in various ways. For example, you can sort by system category (for instance, all servers), by recently submitted systems, and by component categories (for example, CDROM/DVD drive). Within each category, you can drill down further to see info only on particular models or only by particular manufacturers. At any time, you can jump straight to a page where you can search the HCL.
For examples of how to use the HCLs, see Solaris HCL Overview and OpenSolaris HCL Overview. These pages illustrate how to find info for Solaris and OpenSolaris on HP hardware, but the techniques that are demonstrated can be applied for other vendors, systems, and components.
Sun's Device Detection Tool, which determines whether Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris can run the devices on your x86 or x64 system. (If your devices are already shown in the HCL, or if you purchased a system preconfigured with Solaris from HP, you do not need to use this tool.)
Installation Check Tool, which lets you verify that a system is ready to install the Solaris 10 OS before you actually run the installation. (If the system you want to test already exists in the Solaris HCL, you do not need to use this tool.)
Hardware Certification Test Suite, which certifies that your x64/x86 system or component runs the Solaris OS. All hardware that passes certification testing is eligible to be included in the Solaris HCL as a certified system or component. (If your system or component is already shown in the HCL, you do not need to use this tool.)
Solaris 10 Applications Library, where you can search for and download Solaris 10 applications for SPARC and x86 platforms.
Device and Third-party Solaris Device Driver Reference Lists, which provide lists of third-party Solaris and OpenSolaris device drivers that are used by hardware devices.
Here are resources for running the Solaris or OpenSolaris OS on HP hardware:
BigAdmin resource center: HP Resources for System Administrators
Sun's Solaris on HP Servers web site, which provides info about the expanded, multi-year agreement for HP to distribute and support the Solaris 10 OS on HP ProLiant server and blade platforms
Solaris 10 Subscriptions and Support for HP ProLiant and BladeSystem Servers *, an HP web page that provides details of how HP is expanding its relationship with Sun to include selling Solaris 10 subscriptions with HP branded support on certified ProLiant servers
An agreement between Sun and Dell gives Solaris customers an expanded option of pre-configured certified systems, and enables Dell customers to leverage the advanced security, virtualization, and scalability features of the Solaris OS. This agreement makes it easy to acquire an integrated Solaris based solution that has extensive back-line support.
See the following resources for more information:
Sun's Solaris on Dell Servers web site, which provides info about the Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS), Solaris innovations, Solaris benchmark info, and more
As part of the Sun and IBM agreement, IBM provides customers Standard and Premium Solaris support subscriptions with select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers. Here are resources for running the Solaris or OpenSolaris OS on IBM hardware:
Sun's Solaris on IBM Servers site, which provides FAQs and info on features and support
Here are resources for running the Solaris or OpenSolaris OS on systems that use Intel Xeon processors:
Using the Solaris Operating System to Optimize the Xeon Processor 5500 Series CPUs, a Sun BluePrints paper (registration required) intended as a quick reference guide for developers and sys admins who want to optimize the Solaris OS on the Intel Xeon 5500 series platform
OpenSolaris Running Great on Intel Nehalem, a blog that describes Solaris and OpenSolaris optimizations that are specific to the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series
Virtualization for the Next-Generation Data Center (pdf), which describes Intel Xeon Processor 7400 Series-based Sun Servers Running Sun Ops Center Software
Sun and Intel web site, which describes a family of 2-core, 4-core, and 6-core Intel Xeon processor-based Sun systems that can deliver industry-leading performance, density, and energy efficiency while running the Solaris OS, Linux, Windows, and VMware
Here are resources for running the Solaris or OpenSolaris OS on systems that use AMD Opteron processors:
Sun and AMD web site, which provides info about Sun x64 systems with quad-core AMD Opteron processor, links to solution briefs, and more
Configuring Multiboot Environments on Sun x64 Systems with AMD Opteron Processors, a Sun BluePrints article that provides procedures for configuring Sun x64 workstations with AMD Opteron processors to boot more than one operating system from the same physical hard drive
BigAdmin Resources: AMD Category, a brief list of AMD and third-party resources (2006)
A partnership between Sun and the Digital Products Division of Toshiba America Information Systems means you can get Toshiba's award winning laptops preinstalled with the OpenSolaris OS.
For more details, see Toshiba OpenSolaris Laptops.
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