Solaris for Oracle VDI Administrators (2)

I continue with my articles about Solaris Administration for Oracle VDI Administrators, my first article was about adding Solaris Freeware packages, this article is about installing patches.

If you have a valid support-contract for your server software, you are able to download patches from the sunsolve.sun.com website. Sometimes (but not very often :-) there are patches released for Oracle VDI.

A good source to keep you up-to-date on Sun Ray and Oracle VDI patches is the Sun Ray Users Group website, where you can find an overview of current and older versions of patches (Edit: better to use the official Sun Ray Wiki page with an overview of Sun Ray Software patches).

Recently a patch for Sun Ray firmware was released to support the new Sun Ray 3+ client in the current Sun Ray server software. For example, to check if you already installed that 140994-02 patch (Edit: I just found out that there is a new revision of this patch: 140994-03) on your x86 Oracle VDI server, you can execute the followng CLI-commands on your Oracle VDI or Sun Ray server:

# To show patch versions of all the patches on your server
root@vdiserver:# showrev -p 

# Check if a specific patch have been applied to a system, e.g. 140994
# There is no result when the patch is NOT applied, otherwise
root@vdiserver:# showrev -p | grep 140994 

# To check which Sun Ray Server specific patches are installed on your
# server (output is a list with the installed patches) 
root@vdiserver:# /opt/SUNWut/lib/utspatches

I'm not going to tell how to patch the server, this information is provided in the README file of the patch description. Most likely before and after applying a patch with the patchadd CLI-command, you have to do some additional instructions.

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