Solaris 11 New Features – ZFS File System Enhancements

Many new ZFS file system features have appeared in Oracle Solaris 11. In this free tutorial, via lectures and demonstrations, you will learn several critical enhancements.  Free registration is required.

Prerequisites: Solaris Administration experience.  Some ZFS experience is helpful.

Your instructor, Mick Hosegood, holds 3 Solaris Certifications and has been working with Sun and Solaris for over 19 years. He served in the role of support manager at ICL and UK Training Manager (Customer and Internal) at Sun Microsystems UK.

This free training is segmented into several separate lessons:

  1. Tutorial Introduction and Agenda (5:07) (click on video below)
  2. Solaris 11 ZFS Share Demonstration (15:43)
  3. Data Deduplication (12:55)
  4. Shadow migration and Splitting a Mirrored Zpool (11:33)

Date: Apr 11, 2012

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Tutorial Introduction and Agenda

Solaris 11 New Features Tutorial Part 1


>> Mick: Hello, and welcome to this free tutorial brought to you by SkillBuilders.  




A little bit more about SkillBuilders very shortly. The topic of this tutorial is the “New ZFS Features in Oracle Solaris 11.” 


Oracle Solaris 11 is a new release of the operating system that has been around for many years formerly developed by Sun Microsystems. 




There are many changes to Solaris 11 and many new features compared to Solaris 10. In fact, there are so many. There’s a full 5-day upgrade course known as Transition to Solaris 11 that’s available including from SkillBuilders at considerably less cost than other well-known suppliers. 


This tutorial will look at just a few new but very important changes to the ZFS file system. Very shortly, I’ll go through the topic list with you. We’ll give you a little bit of a taste of what to expect should you come on the 5-day transition course. 




One significant change in Solaris 11 – which many administrators will be pleased to hear – is because of the way the system is packaged and because of the way it is upgraded. That means there are no more patches. Solaris 11 is a repository package mechanism very similar to those of you who are experienced with Linux distribution such as Red Hat.




The new features we’ll look at today, first of all, we’re going to look at the ZFS file system in relation to sharing resources on the network, in particular the Network File System mechanism, which has changed a little bit. 


In a separate presentation which you can look at following on from this, we’re going to look at additional ZFS features such as splitting a zpool. For example, you could take a disc away from your mirrored root pool and actually mount it separately, import it as a separately functioning pool, which could be quite handy in the number of different circumstances. 




We’ll then look at shadow migration, the ability to take a remote file system or say a UFS local file system and migrate it to a new ZFS dataset, and be using that dataset live as soon as the migration starts with the migration going on in the background.




Lastly, a new facility in Solaris 11 ZFS known as data de-duplication, which assist in cutting down on the amount of space consumed by your data. Again, a very important facility and very easy, in fact, to implement. 


We will assume that the people who will be interested in this tutorial will be those who already have a little bit of Solaris administration background. The tutorial has been pitched at that level. It might also help if you had previous ZFS experience, although that is not particularly important. 




ZFS is appearing in other systems. For example, it forms the key facility within Oracle’s latest 7000-series Storage Appliances.




SkillBuilders can provide extensive support with Solaris 10 and 11, and also with the provision of Oracle service such as the latest T-series, T4s. And SkillBuilders have extensive experience with Oracle and also Solaris – consultancy, education, development, and also stabilization projects, for example. 


Of course, you can get in contact with SkillBuilders with the number that’s shown there on the slide. Alternatively, you can access the SkillBuilders’ website at Should you wish to know anything further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with SkillBuilders. Perhaps you might even consider finding out more about the full transition to Solaris 11 course and making a booking with us.


Let’s move on and have a look at ZFS in relation to NFS sharing. 





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