Monday, 13 July 2009

Flash Back

Late last year Solaris 10 Update 6 was released and included the long waited for ZFS root capability. Unfortunately for many customers using Jumpstart to build their systems it also meant they had to stop using Flash Archives as Sun explicitly stated that they were incompatible. Solaris 10 Update 7 didn't fix this either and zfs-discuss forum discussions seemed to indicate it would not be available until Solaris 10 Update 8 and may be available as a patch for earlier releases.

Well the day has come and the miniroot patches are now available to download from SunSolve:

My own build environment skipped S10U6 and went to U7 recently and had to put up with the loss of flash archive builds with the knowledge it would be reinstated soon. I'll be testing these patches in the next week and will report back here with the results.

Update 2009.08.20: Sun have posted some preliminary documentation on how to use ZFS and Flash.

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