System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration (Overview)

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration is a mechanism that is built into Oracle Solaris 10 9/10. This mechanism enables basic asset information about your system, called a service tag, to be transmitted to the Oracle Product Registration System upon reboot after an installation or an upgrade, and again on subsequent reboots, if any system configuration changes have occurred. The Oracle Product Registration System consists of web services that are deployed on the public Internet. These services are responsible for implementing the registration of a system's assets. Oracle uses this information to improve its products and services. You can also retrieve and use this information to more effectively manage your inventory.

Auto Registration leverages the existing service tag technology that enables a system's assets to be discovered on a network and then registered in a local registry. Service tags contain information about the products that are installed on your system, for example, the OS version and the hardware configuration. Each service tag describes a different product. To enable the sending of service tags, use your My Oracle Support credentials. For more information, see How Your Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 System Is Registered.

For more information about how service tags work, go to

For general information about service tags, see the stclient(1M) man page.

For answers to common questions and information about how to gain initial access to My Oracle Support, go to

How Your Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 System Is Registered

Oracle uses support credentials and network connectivity information that is collected before or during an installation or upgrade to associate product registration with a specific user account. Support credentials can also be provided after an installation by using the regadm auth command. See Authenticating a User by Specifying Named Support Credentials. If no support credentials or network connectivity information is specified, the Auto Registration process assumes a direct HTTP network connection (no proxy), and the registration is anonymous.

To register your system by specifying support credentials, you must have either a valid My Oracle Support account or a valid Sun Online account. Support credentials consist of a user name and password that enable you to authenticate to Oracle's support portal and the Oracle Product Registration System.

For information about obtaining a My Oracle Support account, go to

For information about obtaining a Sun Online account, go to

If you are running Oracle Solaris 10 9/10, you can provide support credentials, as follows:

When and How Service Tag Data Is Transmitted

Auto Registration is managed by the svc:/application/autoreg SMF service. This service runs once at boot time to check for changes in your system's configuration.

If any changes have occurred, the service tag data is automatically sent to the Oracle Product Registration System, as follows:

To obtain information about your registered products, go to For general information about service tags, go to

Managing Auto Registration Configuration

After an installation or upgrade, Auto Registration configuration can be managed by using the regadm command.

After an installation, a privileged system administrator can perform the following tasks by using the regadm command:

For more information, see the regadm(1M) man page.

For task-related information, see Registering Your System by Using the regadm Command.

How the Auto Registration Process Works

During a system reboot, the Auto Registration SMF service checks your system's configuration against the information in the Service Tag Registry to determine whether any changes have occurred since the last reboot. If changes are discovered, a service tag for the newly installed product, for example, the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS, is sent to the Oracle Product Registration System and registered with your recorded support credentials, or anonymously, if no support credentials were provided. The data is transmitted by using a Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) connection. If no changes are detected during a reboot, no registration is performed.

Although Auto Registration feature is enabled by default, you can optionally disable the feature. For information, see How to Disable the Auto Registration SMF Service.

Note –

The Auto Registration SMF service runs in global zones only.

In addition to the Auto Registration SMF service, the Auto Registration process consists of several other components that work together to affect auto registration of your system's assets. The following figure illustrates these components and their relationship to each other.

Graphic illustrates components that comprise Oracle Solaris
Auto Registration and how the component interact with each other.

Auto Registration consists of the following components: