Improvements to Patch Cluster pages on SunSolve

My team and I have been working with the SunSolve team on improvements to the Patch Cluster pages on SunSolve.  These improvements went live on April 20, 2009.

The old "Recommended Patch Clusters" and "Recommended and Security Patches" pages have been combined into a single Patch Cluster & Patch Bundle Downloads page.

A Notice Board section at the top of the page will be used to alert customers to current issues.

Click on the cluster headings to see a brief description of the purpose of the cluster, with links to view the cluster README as well as a download link.   The date the cluster was last updated and the size of the cluster are also shown.

No change has been made to the underlying cluster file names, so scripts using 'wget' to access the patch clusters should be unaffected.

This is part of an ongoing effort to improve our patch presentation to customers.

As before, customers need a valid support contract in order to be able to access patch clusters. 

If you are not registered in Member Support Center, simply log into SunSolve and associated one or more support contracts with your Sun Online Account using the "Change Contract" option in the top right hand menu.

If you are registered in Member Support Center, your contracts will be automatically associated with your account (and the "Change Contract" option will not be shown when you log into SunSolve).


I note that the patch clusters are not available
to the users of Solaris 8-9-10 unless you
have a service contract. Shame on SUN for
the alone has driven alway folks to Linux
which you can get patches for FREE...
Even micromidget (microsoft) sends patches
for the software FREE for valid users of there
junk. I had a service contract which SUN
dumped when they went to this new system and we were paying more that these contracts
cost now. The problem was they sent disks of patches and they wanted everyone with a contract to download the patches but pay for a contract. VERY BAD BUSINESS MODEL has bitten SUN and will again.
Junk computers (all this PC based stuff) in in the same class as DELL/GATEWAY and others. Now if i'm wrong about the patches,
will someone let this old fool know?
-Cyro Lord

Posted by Cyro Lord on March 17, 2009 at 08:05 AM GMT #

Hi Cyro!

As discussed in the comments of an earlier Patch Entitlement related blog posting, Solaris moved a few years ago from a business model of charging for Solaris releases and giving patches away for free, to a model of making the latest Solaris release available at no cost and requiring customers to have a support contract to access the majority of Solaris patches, including patch clusters.

Solaris Subscriptions are available on-line from $324 per annum.

Providing both the Solaris releases at no cost and patches at no cost would not be a sustainable business model.

Please remember that all available patches will be included in the next Solaris 10 Update release and that release will be made available at no cost. You just need to wait for that to ship. If you require timely access to Solaris patches prior to the next Solaris 10 Update shipping, you need to purchase a support contract.

Please log onto SunSolve and see the Solaris Software Update Entitlement Policy on for further details.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on April 27, 2009 at 10:49 AM IST #

this is ridiculous. oh well, off to install gentoo on this ultra5

Posted by Chris Faulkner on May 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM IST #

hmmm, disturbing, trying to do a live upgrade and find out I have to pay?

"Please remember that all available patches will be included in the next Solaris 10 Update release"
looked on the new disc and the patches folder is empty

maybe you fellas should consider also making the patches necessary for a live upgrade available so people will stick with your product.


Posted by Davey Crockkett on October 14, 2009 at 07:12 AM IST #

Hi Davey!

All the patches required to run Live Upgrade are "public" - i.e. available without a support contract. See and

In the Solaris Update release, all patches which were available when the Update was being built are pre-applied into the Update image. You get them by installing or upgrading to the Solaris Update. They are not available as "standalone" patches.

So you have everything you need for free to use Live Upgrade to upgrade to the latest Solaris Update release which is Solaris 10 10/09 which was released just last week.

You can then use to see if any security patches have been released since the Update was finalized and apply them to the resultant image.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on October 14, 2009 at 08:04 AM IST #

I was a little overzealous and getting the most "up to date" patches and this is where i got hit with the contract fees. However, after reading your advice, I now see the required patches for "Live Upgrade" are all freely available.

I am really pleased with this & thanks for getting back so quickly.

Posted by Davey Crockkett on October 15, 2009 at 01:59 AM IST #

Thanks Davey!

I'm glad I was able to help!

BTW: Solaris subscriptions start at just $324 per year and represents great value! You get access to the patch clusters, knowledge articles, all Sun Alerts, the right to raise Service Requests (Bugs), and immediate access to all Solaris patches, the Customer Patch Forums, etc.

See for further information.

Best Wishes,


Posted by Gerry Haskins on October 15, 2009 at 08:53 AM IST #

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