Using smpatch to apply Solaris Cluster patches and other enhancements
By Gerry Haskins on Aug 29, 2011
It is now possible again to use the in-built Solaris 10 patch automation utility, 'smpatch' / Update Manager, to download patches for products such as Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio, as well as Oracle Solaris Operating System patches.
It is now also possible again to use 'smpatch' / Update Manager on 3rd party hardware.
To utilize these capabilities, the system must be registered or re-registered as outlined in https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&id=1347266.1.
These steps effectively switch 'smpatch' / Update Manager from using hardware serial number based access entitlement to User based access entitlement, similar to the access entitlement mechanism used when downloading patches via 'wget' or manually via My Oracle Support (MOS).
The following patches are required to provide this functionality:
121118-19 SunOS 5.10: Update Connection System Client 1.0.19
123893-25 SunOS 5.10: Cacao Patch
123005-09 SunOS 5.10: Basic Registration Update
124171-08 SunOS 5.10: SCN Base cacao module patch
123630-04 SunOS 5.10: HTTP proxy settings patch
121119-19 SunOS 5.10_x86: Update Connection System Client 1.0.19
123896-25 SunOS 5.10_x86: Cacao Patch
123006-09 SunOS 5.10_x86: Basic Registration Update
124187-08 SunOS 5.10_x86: SCN Base cacao module patch
123631-04 SunOS 5.10_x86: HTTP proxy settings patch
'smpatch' / Update Manager patch 12111-19 introduces other significant changes due to the migration to Oracle back-end infrastructure. The download server and security certs have changed. As My Oracle Support supports ".zip" file download only, this patch mandatorily migrates 'smpatch' / Update Manager from using ".jar" downloads to using ".zip" downloads.
Caveat: There is currently an issue affecting LPS (Local Proxy Server) functionality following the migration to the Oracle back-end infrastructure. This issue is currently being worked on.