Monday Sep 05, 2011

Applying arbitrary patches using Ops Center

I asked my colleague, Juergen Fleischer, to let me know how to apply arbitrary patches - i.e. any specific patches you want to apply - using Ops Center.

Here's his response on how to do it:

Create a Custom Profile by selecting the desired patches. The Profile can get used for Compliance Reports or standard jobs to install these patches.

Here are the steps:

1) Select Plan Management -> Update Profiles

2) Select Action "New Profile" and name it appropiate e.g. "Solaris Cluster 3.1 APR-2011"

3) Select all required patches e.g. 120500-27 for SPARC and/or 120501-27 for x86 and save the Profile:

4) Use the Profile for plain Jobs, Reports, etc.

That's all

Best Wishes,


Tuesday Feb 15, 2011

Using My Oracle Support for Hardware Products

My colleagues in Services are running Best Practice Webinars on knowledge searching and how to find Firmware, Storage updates, and Oracle Solaris patchsets.

The next sessions for patching are this Thursday, Feb 18th, at 9AM MT (U.S. Mountain Time) and 5PM MT.  If you miss these, don't worry, there's more being hosted through to the end of April 2011.  See below.

Log into MOS and see for details.

Here's the blurb:

Our new seminar series titled "Using My Oracle Support for Hardware Products" covers a variety of topics focused on using My Oracle Support to service your hardware products. The seminar series includes five Advisor Webcast topics for customers using Solaris or Sun Hardware. The topics are repeated throughout the schedule. The schedule  runs from 8 February through 28 April.  To see the schedule and to register for a session, please review Advisor Webcasts: My Oracle Support - Best Practices for Hardware Customers

    \* Best practice on knowledge searching and how to find Firmware, Storage updates, and Oracle Solaris patch sets
    \* Hardware Asset and Automated Service Request (ASR) Management
    \* Automatic Service Request from end to end
    \* Proactive Hardware Service Portal
    \* My Oracle Support - Hardware Service Request

Oracle support experts will be on hand to present these topics and answer questions about best practices in using My Oracle Support for servicing your supported hardware products.

Thursday Jun 25, 2009

Training for Solaris 10 Patching

Sun Learning Services are in the process of creating a number of patch related training lessons.

They've launched a blog, which contains the initial introductory videos.

Future lessons will be much more detailed, concentrating for example on Live Upgrade.   These lessons will be available on the Sun Open Learning Center (SOLC) website:

Friday May 08, 2009

How to analyze patch failures and other useful info

My colleague, Enda O'Connor, has published 3 more patching articles on Big Admin which I hope you will find useful:

I think the first article is particularly useful to help customers and support engineers understand what data to gather to enable analysis of a patching issue.  Even if you are not able to analysis the issue yourself, providing this data to Sun Support when you log a call will help speed up the issue analysis by Sun.

Thursday Jun 19, 2008

More info on patching using Live Upgrade

My colleague, Enda O'Connor, has written another useful article on Big Admin about patching using Live Upgrade, restrictions, and how-to use Live Upgrade to upgrade/patch from Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 to Solaris 10.  See Doc ID 1019995.1 on MOS.

BTW: Searching "Live Upgrade" under 'Search Knowledge Base' on MOS brings up some other good LU articles too.


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