The Zones 'Update on Attach' Feature and Patching in the Solaris 10 OS

Enda O'Connor's latest article on patching describes the functionality of the 'update on attach' command (the -u argument to the zoneadm attach command). This feature has been available since the Solaris 10 10/08 release. Topics discussed include: Criteria for Determining Which Packages Are Updated, Update on Attach Versus Regular Upgrade, Patching and Zone Update on Attach, Whole Root Zone Versus Sparse Root Zone, Presence of Interim Diagnostic Relief (IDR) Patches and Special Patches, and Steps for Running Update on Attach.

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