1.7 Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 Software Update

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 includes the tools required to perform a full software update of the appliance. On the master management node command line, commands are issued to download a new version of the software stack from a specified URI and update all components to the latest version. For step-by-step instructions, see Section 2.5, “Update”.

An Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance software stack image is provided in the form of a zip file, approximately 4 GB in size. The zip file contains an automatically built ISO with the latest software updates from Oracle.

The software image can be downloaded using the FTP, HTTP or HTTPS protocols [3] . Once the image has been downloaded it is extracted into the mgmt_image, hmp_image and ovm_image subdirectories of /nfs/shared_storage, which resides in the MGMT_ROOT file system on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance 7320.

From the command line, you are able to activate a downloaded software image. Activation starts a coordinated process on the management nodes that relies on management node failover to succeed.

The activation process can be summarized in the following way:

[3] It may be necessary to edit /etc/ovca.conf, on each management node, to ensure that the correct proxy settings are specified for the download to succeed. See Section 5.1, “Adding Proxy Settings for Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Updates” for more information.