Monday Dec 21, 2009

Updated: Analyzing a Patching Failure in the Solaris OS

Enda O'Connor has updated the patchanalysis_gather script for the BigAdmin article Analyzing a patchadd or patchrm Failure in the Solaris OS. The updated script runs a pkgchk on both global zone and non-global zone binaries, and it searches for leftover lock files.

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 Dec 07, 2009

Training and Reference Guide for Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices

A free course, Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices (WS-2700-S10), can help you simplify your Solaris 10 patching management by using Solaris Live Upgrade and other best practices. (This web-based training class features Sam, the Solaris Sysadmin.) Reference Guide: Patching Best Practices for the Solaris 10 OS is a supplement to the web-based training course. The guide presents the key concepts of the course but it does not contain all the course content. The guide is intended to be used as a reference and refresher after completion of the online course.

Thursday Nov 19, 2009

Booting From SATA DVDs for Solaris 10 8/07 or 5/08 OS on SPARC Platforms

This BigAdmin article shows how to add support for booting from SATA DVDs by installing Kernel Update patch 137137-09 to the SPARC miniroot image for the Solaris 10 5/08 or 8/07 release on SPARC platforms.

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Patch Bundle for Solaris 10 10/09 OS Available

The Solaris 10 10/09 (Update 8) Patch Bundle is available for download by customers with a Solaris support contract. Details are in the Patch Corner blog. For more information on patching, see the BigAdmin Patching hub.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2009

Patching the Solaris OS Using Sun Ops Center 2.5

This article on BigAdmin describes methods to patch the Solaris OS using Sun Ops Center 2.5. Sun documentation experts explain how to use system catalogs, baseline analysis reports, black lists and white lists, and more.

Thursday Oct 08, 2009

BigAdmin Overview of New Features in Solaris 10 10/09 OS

Find out about new features in the Solaris 10 10/09 release. ZFS features include ZFS flash archive, ZFS cache devices for storage pools, and ZFS user and group quotas. Patching improvements include parallel patching for containers and turbo charging svr4 packaging. (Look for "New Patching Features in the Solaris 10 10/09 Release" under "What's New In Patching?".)

Thursday Sep 17, 2009

Maintaining the Solaris OS With Live Upgrade and Update on Attach

This Sun BluePrints article explains how to use Solaris Live Upgrade and the Solaris "update on attach" feature, with Solaris Zones, Solaris Cluster, and the ZFS file system. The paper focuses on software maintenance in general and the application of OS patches in particular. (Registration required.)

Tuesday Sep 08, 2009

Patch Forums for Sun Contract Customers

New patching forums for Sun contract customers are up on For details, please see the Patch Corner blog.

Friday Aug 28, 2009

Improvements to Recommended and Sun Alert Patch Clusters for Solaris 10 OS

The Patch Corner blog describes improvements to the Solaris 10 Recommended and Sun Alert patch clusters. Contract customers can find these in the current clusters available from the Patch Cluster and Patch Bundle downloads on SunSolve.

Friday Aug 21, 2009

Tech Note on "inetd" Warning Messages for Solaris 10 Updates

This tech note explains inetd warning messages in /var/adm/messages after patches are applied in the Solaris 10 5/08 or Solaris 10 8/07 releases. The Japanese-language original is on the BigAdmin Multilingual hub.

Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

Updated: Sys Admin Resources for the Solaris OS on BigAdmin

Check out the updated Solaris resources in the Patching Center and the updated Solaris Install docs in the Solaris documentation hub.

Thursday Jun 25, 2009

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.

Friday Jun 05, 2009

New PatchFinder Tool Available on SunSolve

A Patch Corner blog entry describes how to use the new PatchFinder tool available on SunSolve. This PatchFinder tool uses Sun's internal Patch Metadata Web Services to provide a richer search experience.

Monday May 04, 2009

Three New Articles on Patching the Solaris OS

Enda O'Connor has contributed three more articles for the BigAdmin Patching hub:

\* Analyzing a patchadd or patchrm Failure in the Solaris OS: Gather and analyze information to determine why a patchadd or patchrm session failed on systems that run the Solaris OS for SPARC or x86 platforms.

\* How to Split a Root Mirrored With Solaris Volume Manager Prior to Updating Software: Here is the correct way to split a Solaris Volume Manager mirror prior to updating the software through upgrades or software updates (patches).

\* How to Remove a Solaris Patch While Booted From a Network or CD-ROM: Find out how to run patchrm from a network or CD-ROM against a non-live system that is mounted from such media, or how to mount file systems under the mount point after the system is booted from the media.


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