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OS Management with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Julie Wong
Product Management Director

Traditional management of operating systems is often a manual, time-consuming, complex, and costly administrative task for many organizations. The OS Management service, available within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, helps overcome these challenges. It provides tools to automate common operating system management tasks such as patch and package management, and security and compliance reporting for Oracle Linux compute instances deployed in Oracle Cloud. OS Management helps greatly reduce complexity and error to deliver increased cost savings, security, and availability of Oracle Linux operating environments in Oracle Cloud. This service is available at no additional cost to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure subscribers.

Automated Patch Management

Patch management is critical to the security and reliability of operating system environments. It becomes even more necessary because of the sheer number of patches of various complexity and urgency that are released every day. With the OS Management service, you have an integrated, consolidated tool to simplify, manage, and automate patching across your Oracle Linux instances in the cloud.

OS Management is an integrated service within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, and it includes a command line interface. The service provides a dashboard that identifies available security, bug, and enhancement updates for your Oracle Linux instances. With a few clicks, you can quickly and easily apply these updates to your instances.

Screenshot that shows the OS Management dashboard on the details page for an Oracle Linux instance.

Flexible patching options let you manually apply or schedule automatic updates. Scheduling automatic updates helps you stay up-to-date and compliant with security and patching policies without human intervention, which saves you time and costs.

Save Time with Fleet Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute instances can be managed individually, or they can be grouped for simplified fleet management. Instance groups let you manage instances according to your needs, such as by operating system or purpose. When you're managing a large number of instances, using instance groups is a powerful way of installing and updating packages, or managing software sources. Software sources are collections of packages that are provided to instances. They let you control which packages can be installed on instances without having to manually log in and configure the yum repositories on each instance.

Screenshot that shows the Managed Instance Groups page, with the Install All Package Updates option selected. Screenshot also of the Install All Package Updates dialog box.

Simplified Package Management

Linux distributions provide thousands of software packages. This can make it challenging to gain visibility into what packages are deployed, install and remove packages, and determine dependencies—especially when it involves larger-scale deployments. The OS Management service lets you easily view what Oracle Linux packages are installed. You can search for packages, add or remove packages, and schedule or automatically update existing packages when updates become available.

Screenshot that shows a package details page in the console.

Exposure to a Known Vulnerability

Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVE) are standardized identifiers for publicly known and cataloged security vulnerabilities and exposures. The OS Management service provides a CVE lookup tool to view the packages affected by a vulnerability. You can view the details of each affected package, view its dependencies, and install the package.

Screenshot that shows the CVEs page of the OS Management service.

Getting Started

Register for a free Oracle Cloud Infrastructure account.  The OS Management service is currently available by default for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions as listed in the documentation

For Oracle Linux images provided by Oracle that were deployed before January 2020, you need to install the OS Management service agent on your existing Oracle Linux 6, 7, or 8 instances. Newer Oracle Linux images in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure include and preinstall the service agent. For configuration and usage information, see the OS Management documentation.

Let OS Management automation do the patch and package management work for you. Start saving time and costs, and increase the security and reliability of your operating environments today.

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