Oracle System Assistant is a server system management tool for Oracle x86 servers. It integrates Oracle's system management products, the Oracle System Assistant application, and a selection of related software to provide a suite of tools that allow for the quick and convenient startup and maintenance of your server.
You can access Oracle System Assistant locally, using a local console connection, or remotely, using the Oracle ILOM Remote System Console application.
If you just completed the installation of the server, then using Oracle System Assistant locally (while physically present at the server) can be a fast and efficient method of configuring the server. Once the server is operational, you can conveniently access Oracle System Assistant remotely while still retaining full-featured functionally.
The components of Oracle System Assistant include:
Oracle System Assistant application
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
User interface access to startup and maintenance provisioning tasks (including the Install OS task)
Oracle System Assistant command-line environment
Operating system drivers and tools.
Oracle System Assistant resides inside the server as an embedded storage device (flash drive) and is factory configured with a server-specific version of tools and drivers that is maintained as such through use of online updates.
For more information about Oracle System Assistant, see the following topics:
For more information about Oracle System Assistant, refer to the Administration, Setting Up the Server Using Oracle System Assistant.
The following tasks allow for quick and convenient server startup and ongoing server management:
System overview and system inventory information
Online update acquisition for all components (including tools, drivers, and firmware)
System firmware (BIOS and Oracle ILOM) and host bus adapter firmware updates
RAID, Oracle ILOM, and BIOS configuration
Assisted OS installation
Disable feature and embedded media integrity check
Oracle System Assistant shell terminal window allowing use of the runtime environment
Oracle Hardware Management Pack access (using Oracle System Assistant shell)
Oracle System Assistant recovery
You can use the Oracle System Assistant Get Updates task to update the OS drivers and other firmware components, such as BIOS, Oracle ILOM, HBAs, and expanders, if applicable. You should perform the updates before you install the OS.
The Oracle System Assistant application's Install OS task provides a guided installation of a supported OS. You supply the OS installation media, and Oracle System Assistant guides you through the installation process. It then fetches the appropriate drivers based on your server hardware configuration. The Install OS task is not available for all server supported operating systems.
Since your server supports Oracle System Assistant, the Oracle System Assistant USB flash drive might be already installed in your server. If it is installed, you can update to the latest software release using the Oracle System Assistant Get Updates task. If Oracle System Assistant is installed in your server, but it has been corrupted or overwritten, then download the OSA Updater image from the My Oracle Support site. For download instructions, see Getting Server Firmware and Software.