Oracle System Assistant is a single-server system management tool for Oracle x86 servers. It integrates Oracle's Single 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 management of your server.
You can access Oracle System Assistant locally, or 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 starting up the server. Once the server is operational, you can conveniently access Oracle System Assistant remotely while still retaining full-featured functionality.
The components of Oracle System Assistant include:
Oracle System Assistant application
Hardware Management Pack
User interface access for startup and maintenance provisioning tasks (including Install OS task)
Oracle System Assistant command-line environment
Operating system software, drivers, and tools
Server-specific and related documentation
Oracle System Assistant resides inside the server as an embedded storage device (USB flash drive). The drive is factory configured with a server-specific version of Oracle System Assistant that is maintained as such by using online updates for all components.
For more information, see the following topics:
For more information, refer to the Administration, Setting Up the Server Using Oracle System Assistant.
The Oracle System Assistant application combines a selected set of the most common and useful single-server management provisioning tasks.
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 operating system software, 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
Server network configuration
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
For more information, see the Administration, Setting Up the Server Using Oracle System Assistant.
You can use the Oracle System Assistant's Get Updates task to update OS drivers and other firmware components, such as BIOS, 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 an assisted 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 Update image from the My Oracle Support web site. For instructions for downloading, see About Linux Operating System Installs.