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Sun Trunking 1.3 End of Life FAQ (Doc ID 1288071.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 12, 2019

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 3/05 to 10 9/10 U9 [Release 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 03-Nov-2014***

Purpose

Sun Trunking link aggregation software allows customers to aggregate Sun Quad Fast Ethernet (qfe), Sun Dual Fast Ethernet (ce), Sun Gigabit Ethernet (ge), or Sun Giga Swift Ethernet (ce) ports into a single virtual link (trunk), and to establish a scalable "fat pipe" to carry higher aggregated data rates than any single Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet link.

For all currently shipping Gigabit Ethernet Networking Cards, the link aggregation feature is included in Solaris 10 and later. Please refer to the following link for currently available networking cards:

https://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/networking/ethernet/index.html

Sun Trunking 1.3 software is NOT needed for link aggregation using any of the currently shipping networking cards on Solaris 10 or later. The Sun Trunking 1.3 Software download for Solaris 10 will remain available on My Oracle Support (MOS) via the 'Patches & Updates' tab.  This will allow Solaris 10 customers with Oracle Premier Support who have not yet migrated off the End of Life (EOL) servers and Network Interface Cards (NIC) continued access, as well as those who choose to purchase Sustaining Support after October 31, 2014.

Link aggregation with the older EOL'd NICs on Solaris 8/9/10 required the use of Sun Trunking 1.3 Software. Now that the older NICs, and supported servers, have been EOL'd, the Sun Trunking 1.3 Software has been EOL’d.

The last order date for Sun Trunking 1.3 Software was January 7, 2011 and the End of Premier Support Date is October 31, 2014. Extended Support will not be offered for any version of Sun Trunking Software. Please refer to the Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Sun Hardware, Operating Systems and Sun Software brochure, available at this link:

https://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-hardware-301321.pdf

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Purpose
Questions and Answers
 When will support of the Sun Trunking 1.3 Software on Solaris 8/9/10 end for customers with a support contract?
 When will support of Solaris 9 end for customers with a support contract?
  I'm running Solaris 10, what should I do if need link aggregation, but I am using one of the End of Life (EOL) Network Interface Cards (NIC) and servers?
  What is the migration path for Sun Trunking 1.3 with the EOL’d NICs on Solaris 8 or 9?
 Will there be Sun Trunking 1.3 support on Solaris 11 for the EOL’d NICs?
  What if I need replacement media for Sun Trunking 1.3 on Solaris 9 before October 2014?
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