Tuesday Jan 26, 2010

Updated Resources for Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS

The updated BigAdmin resource center has advice for system administrators and others considering an upgrade. Topics include assessment, planning, implementation, and testing of upgrades, as well as post-upgrade support. Example scenarios are given; for example, if your applications aren't available yet on the Solaris 10 OS, you can take an incremental approach to upgrading on SPARC platforms, using Solaris 8 or 9 Containers on the Solaris 10 release.

Wednesday Dec 09, 2009

Patching With Solaris Live Upgrade: Quick Summary Schematic

A new diagram on BigAdmin provides the steps for using Solaris Live Upgrade to patch a system.

Monday Nov 23, 2009

Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning for the Solaris 10 10/09 OS

The Solaris 10 10/09 Installation Guide on docs.sun.com shows how to save system downtime when upgrading by using Solaris Live Upgrade. This guide includes instructions for creating and upgrading an inactive boot environment as well as upgrading to a ZFS root pool.

Tuesday Mar 17, 2009

Updated: Restrictions for Using Solaris Live Upgrade

Here is advice on the correct way to use Solaris Live Upgrade to update from the Solaris 8 or 9 OS to the Solaris 10 OS. Sun engineer Enda O'Connor has revised the article to follow the latest developments.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Upgrading From Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 OS (for SPARC Platforms)

This SunSolve article describes the process for using Solaris Live Upgrade to upgrade from Solaris 8 to Solaris 10 05/08 or later releases.

The Solaris 10 05/08 release media (and subsequent updates) were compressed using a different compression utility than previous Solaris 10 releases, which all used bzip2 compression. As a result of this, in order to upgrade to Solaris 05/08 (or later releases) using Solaris Live Upgrade, the live system (on which luupgrade is running), must have p7zip installed. p7zip was backported to the Solaris 9 OS in patch format, but for Solaris 8 there is no similar patch available. (For more info on patching, see the BigAdmin Patching hub.)

Tuesday Nov 04, 2008

ZFS Docs Updated for Solaris 10 10/08 Release

Docs.sun.com has been updated for new features in the new Solaris 10 10/08 release, for example:
- Migrating a UFS Root File System to a ZFS Root File System (Solaris Live Upgrade)
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-5461/ggpdm?a=view
- Chapter 4 Installing and Booting a ZFS Root File System
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/819-5461/zfsboot-1?a=view

Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

Restrictions for Using Solaris Live Upgrade

Need to patch the Solaris 10 OS on an inactive boot environment when the active boot environment runs the Solaris 8 or 9 OS? Tempted to use Solaris Live Upgrade? Don't, because it won't work! This tech tip describes Solaris Live Upgrade restrictions, and it provides examples of the correct way to use Solaris Live Upgrade to upgrade from the Solaris 8 or 9 OS to the Solaris 10 OS.

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