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Solaris 10 Recommended Patching Strategy

Gerry Haskins
Director Security and Release Management

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,


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Comments ( 4 )
  • Tom Shaw Thursday, January 6, 2011

    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?

  • Unix Admin Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    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.

  • Gerry Haskins Thursday, January 13, 2011

    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,


  • Christian Louboutin Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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

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