Oracle System Assistant allows you to get the latest software and firmware updates, update firmware, configure hardware, and install supported operating systems. Oracle System Assistant is a management tool that integrates Oracle's system management products and related software.
It is highly recommended that you use Oracle System Assistant to update your system to the latest software release before you use the system. You can get the latest available system BIOS, Oracle ILOM, firmware, and drivers from Oracle by performing the Get Updates task in Oracle System Assistant. For instructions on how to use the Get Updates task, see Get Platform Software Release Updates. An Internet connection is required.
You also can download the latest firmware and software updates from My Oracle Support at http://support.oracle.com. For information about downloading firmware and software from My Oracle Support, see Getting Server Firmware and Software.
You can start Oracle System Assistant from the BIOS or from Oracle ILOM. Oracle System Assistant then displays a graphical user interface application from which you can access features and complete tasks with or without an operating system installed on the server. After the operating system is running on the server, the tools, drivers, and documentation appear as files on a typical storage device, allowing you to use Oracle System Assistant as resource media.
With Oracle System Assistant, you can:
Get the latest available system BIOS, Oracle ILOM, firmware, and drivers from Oracle (an Internet connection is required).
Update system BIOS, Oracle ILOM, and Oracle-certified device drivers for optional accessory cards and other system hardware.
Configure RAID 0 or RAID 1 for servers that contain a supported disk controller.
Configure the Oracle ILOM service processor, including modifying identification information; configuring network settings (IPv4 and IPv6) and DNS; adding, deleting, or modifying users; and setting the service processor clock.
Install supported operating systems with the latest drivers and supported tools.
Display system overview and hardware inventory information.
Set the keyboard language.
Access the Oracle System Assistant (Linux) shell terminal window allowing use of the runtime environment.
Access Oracle Hardware Management Pack (using the Oracle System Assistant shell).
Access product documentation.
Oracle System Assistant is delivered on a storage device embedded in the system as an integral part of your server, and is ready to use as soon as you power on. This embedded storage device includes everything you need to start using the server with your choice of supported operating system and hardware. You provide the operating system installation media, Oracle System Assistant provides everything else.
Oracle System Assistant components are updated online. The embedded storage drive is factory configured with a server-specific version of Oracle System Assistant that you maintain as such by using an online update feature for all components. In addition, the components can be updated using an UPDATER ISO image that you can obtain from the My Oracle Support web site.
The components of Oracle System Assistant include:
Oracle System Assistant application
Operating system-specific software, drivers, and tools
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Oracle System Assistant (Linux) command-line environment
Server-specific and related documentation
Oracle continually strives to improve its products. To send comments about Oracle System Assistant, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.