2.4 Preparing to Use Oracle Ksplice

Refer to the following information before installing and configuring Ksplice:

  • Determine which Ksplice client will best suit your needs. Depending on which Ksplice client you are using, you might be required to perform additional tasks. See Section 2.3, “Choosing a Ksplice Client”.

  • Register your system with the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).

    To use the Oracle Ksplice, your system must have access to the Internet, and you must register your system with the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) first, unless the system is configured to use the Oracle Ksplice client as an offline client. If your client is configured to function as an offline client, you must configure a local ULN mirror that the client can access to receive updates. For more information, see Oracle Linux Unbreakable Linux Network User's Guide.

  • Ensure that you have a valid Oracle Linux Premier, Premier Limited, or Oracle Premier Support for Systems and Operating Systems subscription and a valid Customer Support Identifier (CSI).

    If you have one of the Oracle Linux Premier subscriptions previously mentioned and a valid CSI, your account is automatically registered to use the Ksplice Uptrack server. You can log in to the Ksplice Uptrack server web interface at https://uptrack.ksplice.com by using your Oracle Single Sign-on (SSO) credentials. After logging into the server, you can view the status of your registered systems, the patches that have been applied, and the patches that are available. For more detailed information about Ksplice and ULN registration, see the Oracle Linux Ksplice User's Guide.

  • If you plan to use an offline mode of either the Ksplice Enhanced client or the Ksplice Uptrack client, you must set up a local ULN mirror that the client can access to receive updates. See Configuring a Local ULN Mirror to Act as a Ksplice Mirror for task-related information.

  • Using Ksplice with Spacewalk also requires that you set up a local ULN mirror. For further details, see Configuring a Spacewalk Server to Act as a Ksplice Mirror.