Solaris 10 Recommended Patching Strategy

Here's a document and a corresponding presentation I've written describing the Oracle Solaris 10 Recommended Patching Strategy. They contain a number of links to resources which I hope you will find useful.

As always, I look forward to your feedback.

BTW: If you have any queries about patching, why not post them on the Oracle Solaris Install, Booting, and Patching Community Forum.

Best Wishes,

Gerry.

Comments:

Hi Gerry, thanks for the document. I've introduced Live Upgrade to many enviromnents over the past few years and it's good to see it's still the preferred method!

One thing caught my eye: you mention that early T2000 performance can be doubled by a firmware update. Could you please provide more detail on this so I can see if affects any of my customers?

Posted by Tom Shaw on January 06, 2011 at 06:16 PM GMT #

This blog:

http://blogs.sun.com/clive/entry/t2000_firmware_often_ignored

has an entry from 2008 that states "4.28.1 or later" is where you want to be. But given the nature of this entry, why would you not update the firmware on all your T2000 systems, no matter the age?

Posted by ML Starkey on January 10, 2011 at 08:23 AM GMT #

Really, Oracle's recommendation is to install a Solaris Critical Patch Update every 3 months??? That's basically a recommendation to reboot all Oracle/Sun servers every 3 months. And how is a CPU installation a maintenance window? That's pretty much ridiculous. Somehow I suspect this recommendation is made with only the desire for Oracle to lower its own support cost, not with it's customers in mind.

Posted by Unix Admin on January 12, 2011 at 09:48 AM GMT #

Hi "Unix Admin",

It's simply a recommendation. If your servers are behind a firewall and you're happy skipping some CPUs, then that's fine too.

Best Wishes,

Gerry.

Posted by Gerry Haskins on January 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM GMT #

Hi Gerry, thanks for the document. This is very useful it helps me a lot.

Posted by Christian Louboutin on March 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM GMT #

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