A standard upgrade upgrades a cluster to a new release, including installed data service software, and upgrades the Oracles Solaris OS to the latest compatible version. You do not need to place the cluster in noncluster mode before performing this upgrade because the upgrade always occurs in the new boot environment (BE) and the existing BE remains unchanged. Normal cluster operations and services can continue while you are upgrading the new BE. You can specify a name for the new BE or you can use the auto-generated name.
If you do not want to upgrade all of your software to the latest available version, you can prevent certain components from being upgraded. You can do this by freezing individual packages or incorporations, or by disabling the appropriate publisher. For instructions, see Chapter 5, Configuring Installed Images, in Adding and Updating Software in Oracle Solaris 11.2 or the pkg (1) man page.
Any time you upgrade the Oracle Solaris Cluster software in the global cluster, by default you also upgrade the data services in the global cluster and in any zone clusters, and upgrade Geographic Edition software in the global cluster. However, you must always manually upgrade Geographic Edition software in a zone cluster. For information about upgrading Geographic Edition software, see Chapter 3, Upgrading or Updating Geographic Edition Software, in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Installation and Configuration Guide .
The following table lists the tasks to upgrade to Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 software or to a 4.2 SRU. By default, all Oracle Solaris packages are automatically upgraded.