Firmware and software for your server are updated periodically. These updates are available as software releases, which are a set of downloadable files (patches) containing the available firmware, software, hardware drivers, tools, and utilities for the server. All these files have been tested together and verified to work with your server.
You should update your server firmware and software as soon as possible after a new software release becomes available. Software releases often include bug fixes, and updating your server ensures that it has the latest firmware and software.
The readme document that is included with each patch in a software release contains information about the patch, such as what has changed or not changed from the prior software release, as well as bugs that are fixed with the current release.
The server Product Notes identify the latest software release supported on your server.
Software Updates Naming Conventions
The update names take the form: server_and_release DOWNLOAD_NAME operating system, where:
server_and_release is the name of the server and the release number. For example, Sun Server X4-2 SW 1.0.
DOWNLOAD_NAME identifies the type of content, from the following table.
operating system identifies operating system-specific content. This appears in OS PACK downloads only.
For example, a download for Sun Server X4-2, SW 1.1 for Oracle Linux 5 might be:
X4-2 SW1.1 OS PACK OL_5U7
Types of Software Downloads
The following tables explain the downloads and the tools used with them.
The following table lists and describes the different types of downloads.
The next table lists the tools, and for each tool, lists the types of download and installs the tool supports, and the environment it requires.
Tools Used to Download Software
The following table shows the types of downloads, and the tools that use each type, and the environment required for each tool.