29 Patching Solaris Hosts

Solaris Host Patching is a feature in Enterprise Manager Grid Control that helps in keeping the machines in an enterprise updated with security fixes and critical bug fixes, especially in a data centre or a server farm.

This feature support in Enterprise Manager Grid Control enables you to patch Solaris hosts.

This chapter explains how you can patch Solaris hosts. In particular, this chapter covers the following:

Getting Started

This section helps you get started with this chapter by providing an overview of the steps involved in patching Solaris hosts. Consider this section to be a documentation map to understand the sequence of actions you must perform to successfully patch Solaris hosts. Click the reference links provided against the steps to reach the relevant sections that provide more information.

Table 29-1 Getting Started with Patching Solaris Hosts

Step Description Reference Links

Step 1

Understanding the Deployment Procedure

Understand the Deployment Procedure that is offered by Enterprise Manager Grid Control for patching Solaris hosts.

To learn about the Deployment Procedure, see Deployment Procedures.

Step 2

Knowing About the Supported Releases

Know what releases of Solaris are supported by the Deployment Procedure.

To learn about the releases supported by the Deployment Procedure, see Supported Releases.

Step 3

Meeting the Prerequisites

Before you run any Deployment Procedure, you must meet the prerequisites, such as setting up of the patching environment, applying mandatory patches, setting up of Oracle Software Library.

To learn about the prerequisites for patching Solaris hosts, see Prerequisites.

Step 4

Running the Deployment Procedure

Run the Deployment Procedure to successfully patch Solaris hosts.

To patch Solaris hosts, follow the steps explained in Patching Procedure.

Deployment Procedures

Enterprise Manager Grid Control provides the following Deployment Procedures for Solaris patching:

  • Patch Solaris Hosts

    This deployment procedure allows you to patch Solaris hosts. The steps to run this deployment procedure is specified in the next section.

Supported Releases

Following are the releases supported for Solaris patching:

  • Solaris 8 and higher

Patching Solaris Hosts

This section explains how you can patch Solaris hosts. This section covers the following:


Before running the deployment procedure, ensure that you meet the following requirements:

Patching Procedure

Follow these steps to patch Solaris hosts using deployment procedures:

  1. In the Deployments tab, click Patching through Deployment Procedures. Select Patch Solaris Hosts and click Schedule Deployment.

    Patch Solaris Hosts: Package Repository Page
  2. In the Package Repository page, specify the Solaris package repository source.

    You can choose to get the updates from the following locations:

    • Update from SUN Server - Connect to the SUN server and download the Solaris updates from this Web site.

    • Update from Local Server - set up a repository on a local server. To do this, you will require a Sun Spectrum contract account. Refer to the Sun web site for more details.

    Depending on the type of application policy you select, you can either just stage the updates (and not apply them automatically), or choose to stage and apply the updates when the deployment procedure is executed.

    To simply stage the updates and not apply, select Stage Updates.

    To stage and apply the updates, select Apply Updates.

    The patches when applied will have metadata (updates) that are classified as the following types:

    • Standard: Updates of this type will take effect as soon as they are applied. The effects of this patch are visible as soon as it is applied, unless the application being patched is running while the patch is applied.

    • Reboot-After: Updates of this type will take effect only after a reboot.

    • Reconfigure-After: Updates of this type will take effect only after the application is reconfigured.

    • Reboot-Immediate: If you select updates of this type, the selected hosts must be restarted immediately after the patch is applied.

    • Reconfigure-Immediate: If you select updates of this type, the selected hosts must be reconfigured immediately after the patch is applied. If the patched hosts are not reconfigured immediately, such hosts become unstable.

    Patch Solaris Hosts: Select Updates Page
  3. In the Select Updates page, select the packages to be updated. Click Next.

  4. In the Select Hosts page, select the targets to be updated. You can also select a group by changing the target type to group. Click Next.

  5. In the Credentials page, enter the credentials to be used for the updates. Click Next.

    Patch Solaris Hosts: Pre/Post Scripts Page
  6. In the Pre/Post Scripts page, specify any scripts to be run before and after patching. Click Next.

  7. In the Schedule page, enter the schedule to be used. Click Next.

  8. Review the update parameters and click Finish.

  9. A deployment procedure will be submitted to update the selected packages. Follow all the steps of the procedure until it completes successfully.

  10. Once the procedure is completed, you can view the updated versions of the packages by clicking Targets, selecting the target name, clicking Configuration, and then clicking Packages.