Thursday May 16, 2013

Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11

I've seen some questions about provisioning Oracle Solaris 11. They boil down to this:

"Is it possible to provision both Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1 onto managed systems from one Ops Center installation?"

Yes, this is possible. There are two ways to do it.

The first way is to have your MSR use Oracle Solaris 11.1, and then have two Proxy Controllers, the first with Oracle Solaris 11 and the second with Oracle Solaris 11.1. The first Proxy Controller will provision Oracle Solaris 11, while the second will provision the latest Oracle Solaris 11.1. This section in the release notes discusses this in more detail.

The other method is to keep your MSR and your Proxy Controllers using Oracle Solaris 11. Then, once the OS is provisioned, use IPS to update the OS to Oracle Solaris 11.1. This requires that each system be updated individually, but it does let you choose which SRU you want.

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11

OS Provisioning is one of the major features of Ops Center. You can set up an OS provisioning plan and profile, which specify how an OS is deployed, and then use them to create new operating systems on any number of systems.

Oracle Solaris 11 works a bit differently than older versions of Oracle Solaris, though, and even if you've done OS provisioning before you might have some questions about how to provision it. The Provisioning Oracle Solaris 11 OS how-to walks you through discovering the target hardware, creating a simple OS provisioning plan and profile, and launching a job to provision an OS. There's further information in the Provisioning Operating Systems section of the Feature Guide.

Friday Aug 31, 2012

Ops Center and Oracle Solaris 11

There have been a few questions about Ops Center and S11 recently. People have been trying to discover and update S11 from Enterprise Controllers installed on S10 or Linux, and running into problems, and wondering what the solution is.

Well, the solution is that, if you want to be able to provision and update S11 OSes, and manage them using Agent Controllers, you need to install your Enterprise Controller and at least one Proxy Controller on S11 systems. The Oracle Solaris and Linux install guides both note this in the chapters that cover preparing your environment.

Technically, if you have an S11 Proxy Controller you can at least discover and monitor S11 systems. However, features like the automated installer and the image packaging system (for OS updates) can only be used through Ops Center if your Enterprise Controller is installed on S11 as well.


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