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About This Book

1.  Oracle Solaris Management Tools (Road Map)

2.  Working With the Solaris Management Console (Tasks)

3.  Working With the Oracle Java Web Console (Tasks)

4.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Overview)

5.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Tasks)

6.  Managing Client-Server Support (Overview)

7.  Managing Diskless Clients (Tasks)

8.  Introduction to Shutting Down and Booting a System

9.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

10.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

11.  Modifying Oracle Solaris Boot Behavior (Tasks)

12.  Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

13.  Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Tasks)

14.  Troubleshooting Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

15.  x86: GRUB Based Booting (Reference)

16.  x86: Booting a System That Does Not Implement GRUB (Tasks)

17.  Working With the Oracle Solaris Auto Registration regadm Command (Tasks)

18.  Managing Services (Overview)

19.  Managing Services (Tasks)

20.  Managing Software (Overview)

21.  Managing Software With Oracle Solaris System Administration Tools (Tasks)

22.  Managing Software by Using Oracle Solaris Package Commands (Tasks)

23.  Managing Patches

About Patches

Patching Strategy

Live Upgrade

Applying an Oracle Solaris Update or an Oracle Solaris Update Patch Bundle

Applying a Recommended Patch Cluster

Applying a Critical Patch Update

Applying an Enterprise Installation Standards Patch Baseline

Downloading a Patch

How to Search for a Patch

Displaying Information About Patches

Applying a Patch

How to Apply a Patch Using the patchadd Command

Removing a Patch

Patch Management Terms and Definitions

A.  SMF Services


About Patches

A patch is an accumulation of fixes for a known or potential problem within the Oracle Solaris operating system or other supported software. A patch can also provide a new feature or an enhancement to a particular software release. A patch consists of files and directories that replace or update existing files and directories. Therefore, patches are used for the following purposes:

Patches are identified by unique patch IDs. A patch ID is an alphanumeric string that is a patch base code and a number that represents the patch revision number joined with a hyphen. For example, patch 119254-78 is the patch ID for the SunOS 5.10 kernel update patch, 78th revision.