Feature History of SysFW 6.x, 7.x, 8.x and 9.x Major and Minor Releases for Oracle SPARC Server Systems


Overview of Firmware Releases for SPARC Server Systems

Date

SysFW Release

Features

Platforms Supported

6.x

7.x

8.x

9.x

6.x

7.x

8.x

9.x

Nov. 2005

6.0

n/a

n/a

n/a

  • Support for CMT Architecture

Sun Fire T2000 server

n/a

n/a

n/a

Jan. 2006

6.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

  • New platform support

Sun Fire T2000 server

Sun Fire T1000 server

n/a

n/a

n/a

June 2006

6.2

n/a

n/a

n/a

  • Secure Shell (SSH) in ALOM-CMT
  • DHCP by default
  • Faster console speed
  • Reflash from the Solaris OS
  • New platform support

Sun Fire T2000 server

Sun Fire T1000 server

Sun Netra T2000 server

Sun Netra CP3060 server

n/a

n/a

n/a

Dec. 2006

6.3

n/a

n/a

n/a

  • “Diag-Off” - changed default diag behavior
  • Kernel Core Dump Utility
  • Watchdog Timer support
  • Fast memory scrub
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise product line
  • New platform support
  • PICL, 4HDD support for Sun Netra T2000 server
  • Bug fixes

Sun Fire/Sun SPARC Enterprise T2000 server

Sun Fire/Sun SPARC Enterprise T1000 server

Sun Netra T2000 server

Sun Netra CP3060 server

Sun Blade T6300 server

n/a

n/a

n/a

Apr. 2007

6.4

n/a

n/a

n/a

  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.0
  • ALOM-CMT Alerts via ETM Channel
  • Remote Mgmt Channel via ETM
  • SNMP support
  • OBP PCI Mem64 support
  • Multi-path boot support
  • POST Enhanced Memory testing
  • Bug fixes

All SPARC T1 servers

n/a

n/a

n/a

Aug. 2007

6.5

7.0

n/a

n/a

  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.0.1
  • USB2 support in OBP
  • UltraSPARC T2 support (7.x only)
  • New platform support
  • Bug fixes

All SPARC T1 servers

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 server

Sun Blade T6320 server

Sun Netra T5220 server

Sun Netra CP3260 server

n/a

n/a

Jan. 2008

6.6

7.1

n/a

n/a

  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.0.2
  • UltraSPARC T2 Plus support (7.x only)
  • Bug fixes

All SPARC T1 servers

All of the above, plus Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140, T5240 and T5440 servers

Sun Blade T6340 server

Sun Netra T5440 server

n/a

n/a

Dec. 2008

6.7

7.2

n/a

n/a

  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.1, 1.2
  • ILOM updated to 3.0 (7.x only)
  • Bug fixes

All SPARC T1 servers

All SPARC T2/T2+ servers

n/a

n/a

Nov. 2010

n/a

7.3

8.0

n/a

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 (formerly LDoms)
  • SPARC T3 support (8.x only)
  • ILOM Update 12 (3.0.12)
  • iSCSI
  • Bug fixes

n/a

All SPARC T2/T2+ servers

All SPARC T3 servers

n/a

Jun. 2011

n/a

7.4

8.1

n/a

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 support
  • SPARC T4 support (8.1.x only)
  • ILOM Update 16 (8.x only)
  • Bug fixes

n/a

All SPARC T2/T2+ servers

All SPARC T3/T4 servers

n/a

May. 2012

n/a

n/a

8.2

n/a

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2 support
  • Bug fixes

n/a

n/a

All SPARC T3/T4 servers

n/a

Apr. 2013

n/a

n/a

8.3

9.0

n/a

n/a

All SPARC T3/T4 servers

All SPARC M5/T5 servers

Sep. 2013

n/a

n/a

8.4

9.1

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 support
  • Bug fixes

n/a

n/a

All SPARC T4 servers

All SPARC M6/M5/T5 servers

Apr. 2014

n/a

n/a

8.5

9.2

  • Support for the Virtual LAN (VLAN) feature
  • Support for Oracle Solaris 11.2 (Beta) Kernel Zones feature
  • Bug fixes

n/a

n/a

All SPARC T4 servers

All SPARC M6/M5/T5 servers

Nov. 2014

n/a

n/a

8.6

9.3

n/a

n/a

All SPARC T4 servers

All SPARC M6/M5/T5 servers


Notes: Sun System Firmware uses the first (MAJOR) version number to denote architectural evolution, vs. tracking features. Sun System Firmware 6.x supports only the original SPARC T1 series of products and uses the Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) as a service processor environment. Sun System Firmware 7.x supports only the SPARC T2/T2+ series of products and introduced the Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) as a service processor environment. Sun System Firmware 9.x is the latest major version of SPARC Server firmware, and it supports only the T5/M5 generation of SPARC servers. It shares four sub-component versions (OpenBoot, Nyx, Hypervisor, and ILOM) with the existing Sun System Firmware 8.x and differs primarily in the introduction a new Power On Self Test (POST) implementation version 5.0. There are no new Sun System Firmware 6.x or 7.x feature releases planned.



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