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5 Updating or Removing the Audit Vault and Database Firewall Software

This chapter explains how to update or remove the Oracle AVDF software.

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About Updating the Oracle AVDF Software

To update the Oracle AVDF software, you update its components in this order:

  1. Audit Vault Server

  2. Database Firewall

  3. Audit Vault Agent

Updating Paired Audit Vault Servers and Database Firewalls

If you are updating a pair of Audit Vault Servers or Database Firewalls that are configured for high-availability, you must update both servers in the pair. Refer to detailed instructions in the README file when applying a patch update.

For detailed information about how Oracle AVDF works in a high-availability environment, see Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Administrator's Guide.

Performing a Backup Before Updating the Oracle AVDF Software

Before upgrading or applying a patch update to Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, back up your Audit Vault Server database, the Audit Vault Server home, and the Audit Vault Agent home.

Also back up your files, and keep these files until you have tested the update.

Upgrading from Oracle AVDF 12.1.0 to 12.1.1

You must upgrade the Audit Vault Server before upgrading the Database Firewalls in your Oracle AVDF system. Note that upgrading requires a reboot.

Notes for Upgrading High Availability Server Pairs

If you have paired Audit Vault Servers or Database Firewalls, you must do the following:

  • For the Audit Vault Server upgrade:

    1. Do not change the primary and standby roles before completing the upgrade on both servers.

    2. Upgrade the standby server in the pair first.

    3. After upgrading the standby Audit Vault Server, and it is rebooted and running, shut it down again before upgrading the primary Audit Vault Server.

    4. After upgrading the primary Audit Vault Server, and it is rebooted and running, you can restart the standby server.

    5. Be careful not to trigger an unwanted failover. This can happen if you take longer than 10 minutes between booting the system from the upgrade disc and starting the upgrade. Therefore, start the upgrade immediately after booting.

  • For the Database Firewall upgrade:

    1. Upgrade the standby server in the pair first.

    2. After upgrading the standby server, switch the roles of the primary and standby servers.

    3. Upgrade the new standby Database Firewall server.

To upgrade from Oracle AVDF 12.1.0 to 12.1.1:

  1. Insert the installer disc for either the Audit Vault Server or the Database Firewall in the disc drive, and then reboot the system.

    The system is booted from the disc, and the initial splash screen appears:

    Description of install_upgrade_start.gif follows
    Description of the illustration install_upgrade_start.gif

  2. Type upgrade, and then press the Enter key.

    Caution! Do not type install or your system and data will be erased.

  3. Reboot the system when prompted.

    Important: Remove the installer disc before rebooting.

    The first reboot after upgrade will take longer than normal.

Applying a Patch Update to Oracle AVDF

After you have installed Oracle AVDF, or upgraded from release 12.1.0 to release 12.1.1, you may apply patch updates as they become available. If you have set up a high availability environment, update both your primary and secondary Audit Vault Server or Database Firewall.

Important: To apply an Oracle AVDF patch update, you must follow the specific instructions in the README file of that patch.

Removing the Oracle AVDF Software

Oracle AVDF consists of the Audit Vault Server and the Database Firewall appliances, and the Audit Vault Agent, which is deployed on secured target host computers.

To remove the Audit Vault Server or Database Firewall(s), simply turn off the computers on which they are installed, and follow your procedures for safely decomissioning hardware.

To remove the Audit Vault Agent from a secured target host computer:

  1. In the Audit Vault Server, stop all audit trails for the secured target host.

    For instructions, see Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Administrator's Guide.

  2. If the secured target host has a host monitor running, stop it.

    For instructions, see Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Administrator's Guide.

  3. In the Audit Vault Server, deactivate the Audit Vault Agent for the secured target host.

    For instructions, see Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Administrator's Guide.

  4. In the Audit Vault Server, delete the secured target host.

    For instructions, see Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall Administrator's Guide.

  5. In the secured target host, delete the Audit Vault Agent install directory.