Just a short note about an important feature of the Sun Connection Satellite and xVM Ops Center Software:
The Enterprise Installation Standards (EIS) team is releasing monthly EIS-DVDs. Among other useful things they contain a baseline of patches for all current Solaris versions and OS-near Software products. These patch baselines are built on top of the Recommended Patch Cluster and aggregate feedback and experience from Sun Field Engineers and Solution Centers. They have gone through additional QA processes and are used to install Sun Server worldwide, before handing over them to our Customer.
Over the last years an increasing number of our large Customer world wide have used these EIS patch baselines to maintain their server on a regular schedule. This has been the core feature of the Traffic Light Patch management tool (TLP), which is now superseded by Sun Connection Satellite and soon xVM Ops Center.
These monthly patch baselines are now called Solaris Baselines and are available to all Customers with Sun Connection Satellite subscriptions and xVM Ops Center in the near future.They are part of the official Knowledge Base which is leveraged by these products.
Using standards like Solaris baselines and automation tools like Sun Connection are building stones of a successful Patch Management Strategy !