Updated Customer Patching Presentation (and other stuff)

I've updated my Patching Presentation for customers, see http://blogs.sun.com/patch/entry/patch_presentation_for_customers

I hope you find it useful.

Also, I forgot to blog about an enhancement we made in March 2010 to the Solaris Update Patch Bundles.  The Solaris Update Patch Bundles now add a line to /etc/release when they are installed to make it easier to determine that they've been applied - i.e. that all pre-existing packages on the system have been patched up to the same software level as the corresponding Solaris Update.

On a related note, Oracle 11gR2 requires customers to have Solaris 10 10/08 (Update 6) installed.  From Version 11.2.0.3 it will accept the corresponding Solaris Update Patch Bundle as being sufficient to meet this requirement.  The modification of /etc/release by the Solaris Update Patch Bundle is partially to help support this.

Comments:

I've never seen something that was so simple become so complex in such a short period of time. You guys lost me about 4 years ago with the whole model change, Live Upgrade (which seems totally useless to us), etc. The length of all of the patching documentation, including the presentation above (even if it was cut in half), is proof.

But, well, thanks for updating the presentation.

Posted by Jeff on August 05, 2010 at 07:21 AM IST #

Hi Jeff,

The simple message is:

1. Apply the Solaris Update Patch Bundle in major maintenance windows to get to a recent, high quality, functionally rich, software level.
2. Apply the Solaris OS Recommended Patch Cluster whenever possible to get the most critical fixes.

Both the above patch sets have a sophisticated install script to handle the installation to either a live boot environment or alternate boot environment.

A lot of the rest in the presentation gives background information, or news on enhancements which may be of interest to some customers. But the basic message is very simple.

Posted by Gerry Haskins on August 05, 2010 at 10:20 AM IST #

Dear Mr. Patching,

I'm using UCE. Is it possible to get with UCE the last Solaris Update Patch Bundles ?

UCE shows only Solaris Baseline (Full, Recommended, Security)

Thanks !

Posted by Lex on August 31, 2010 at 07:02 AM IST #

thanks for updating the presentation.

Posted by hostgathel on September 06, 2010 at 11:56 PM IST #

Both the above patch sets have a sophisticated install script to handle the installation to either a live boot environment or alternate boot environment.

A lot of the rest in the presentation gives background information, or news on enhancements which may be of interest to some customers. But the basic message is very simple.

Posted by hostgathel on September 06, 2010 at 11:57 PM IST #

Hi Lex,

Apologies for my delay in responding.

No, I don't believe UCE knows about the Solaris Update Patch Bundles.

Best Wishes,

Gerry.

Posted by Gerry Haskins on October 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM IST #

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