General Notices

The notices that are provided below, pertain to changes and updates to operating system behavior that may fall outside of standard release cycles, or which may apply generally across releases and update levels for images on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

2021.09 - OS Management Service Agent Plugin Enabled by Default in September Oracle Linux 7 (aarch64) Platform Image

The OS Management service supports Arm-based shapes beginning with Oracle Cloud Agent 1.15.0 and the OS Management Service Agent plugin is enabled by default in the September Oracle Linux 7 (aarch64) platform image.

For more information about supported images, see Supported Images in the OS Management documentation. For more information about Oracle Cloud Agent releases, see Oracle Cloud Agent Versions.

2021.09 - OS Management Software Source Available for Oracle Linux 6 Extended Support

OS Management provides the Oracle Linux 6 ELS (x86_64) software source for Oracle Linux 6 instances that are in Oracle Linux Extended Support. This software source is added to newly created Oracle Linux 6 instances by default. To ensure that existing Oracle Linux 6 instances receive updates during the extended lifecycle period, you need to manually add the Oracle Linux 6 ELS software source to the instance. For more information about adding software sources, see Adding Software Sources in the OS Management documentation.

2021.09 - Updates in OCI Utilities Version 12.6.1

The ocid service behavior change that enabled the service by default in version 0.12.6 has been reverted in version 0.12.6.1; that is, the ocid service is disabled by default. The ocid service can be started using the following command.

sudo systemctl enable --now ocid.service

For more information, see the OCI Utilities documentation.

Important

If you installed version 0.12.6 and ran into issues, perform the following steps to upgrade from 0.12.6 to 0.12.6.1 and restore the default behavior.

To upgrade from version 0.12.6 to 0.12.6.1:

  1. Stop the ocid daemon service.
    sudo systemctl stop ocid.service
  2. Disable the ocid daemon service.
    sudo systemctl disable ocid.service
  3. Install version 0.12.6-1.
    sudo yum update oci-utils
  4. Reboot the instance.
    sudo reboot

2021.09 - Updates in OCI Utilities 12.6

The OCI Utilities (oci-utils) package version 0.12.6.1 includes the following updates:

  • The oci-iscsi-config attach and oci-iscsi-config create utility commands include a new chap option.
  • The options for oci-notify utility have been updated. These updates are backward compatible with other updates.
  • OCI utilities no longer require the installation of the python36-oci-cli package.
  • The ocid service is enabled by default.

2021.08 - Oracle Autonomous Linux Platform Image Integration with OS Management

Beginning August 31, 2021, Oracle Autonomous Linux is integrated with OS Management in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Before creating Oracle Autonomous Linux instances, see the getting started documentation for information about supported images and required IAM policies. Existing instances that were launched before August 31, 2021 remain standalone instances until a migration plan is available. For more information, see Oracle Autonomous Linux.

2021.06 - Refactored Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Utilities

A new version of the oci-utils package is available with usability enhancements. Beginning with the 0.12.5 release, the oci-iscsi-config and oci-network-config utilities have been refactored for improved usability.

To update to the latest version of oci-utils:

sudo yum update oci-utils
Note

The changes to oci-iscsi-config and oci-network-config utilities are backward compatible with previous versions of these utilities.

For more information, see the OCI Utilities documentation. In addition, the following training videos are available with information about these utilities:

2021.04 - Oracle Linux Extended Support for Oracle Linux 6 Instances

Beginning in April 2021, Oracle Linux 6 moves from Oracle Linux Premier Support to Oracle Linux Extended Support. Oracle Cloud customers receive access to Oracle Linux Extended Support as part of their Oracle Linux Premier support, when running Oracle Linux 6 instances in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. For more information, see Oracle Linux Extended Support.

During the extended lifecycle period, Oracle Linux 6 images are published quarterly.

Follow these steps to ensure that your Oracle Linux 6 instances receive updates during the extended lifecycle period.

Important

These steps apply only to Oracle Linux 6 instances that have OS Management disabled. For information about the Oracle Linux 6 ELS software source in OS Management, see 2021.09 - OS Management Software Source Available for Oracle Linux 6 Extended Support.
  1. Install the oraclelinux-els-release-el6 package to add the ELS repositories for your Oracle Linux 6 instance:

    sudo yum install oraclelinux-els-release-el6
  2. Verify that the ELS repositories are enabled:

    yum repolist

    For example:

    $ yum repolist
    Loaded plugins: security, ulninfo
    repo id                                               repo name                                                                                           status
    ol6_ELS                                               Oracle Linux 6Server ELS (x86_64)                                                                   21
    ol6_UEKR4                                             Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 for Oracle Linux 6Server (x86_64)                    191
    ol6_UEKR4_ELS                                         Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 for Oracle Linux 6Server ELS (x86_64)                       14
    ol6_addons                                            Oracle Linux 6Server Add ons (x86_64)                                                               445
    ol6_developer                                         Oracle Linux 6Server Packages for Development and test (x86_64)                                     99
    ol6_ksplice                                           Ksplice for Oracle Linux 6Server (x86_64)                                                           13132
    ol6_ksplice_ELS                                       Ksplice for Oracle Linux 6Server ELS (x86_64)                                                       184
    ol6_latest                                            Oracle Linux 6Server Latest (x86_64)                                                                12932
    ol6_oci_included                                      Oracle Software for OCI users on Oracle Linux 6Server (x86_64)                                      62
    ol6_software_collections                              Software Collection Library release 3.0 packages for Oracle Linux 6 (x86_64)                        11207
    repolist: 38287
  3. Update the yum repositories to install the latest ELS package updates:

    sudo yum install

Note

The ol6_x86_64_userspace_ksplice_ELS repository is optionally available to obtain Ksplice userspace updates.

To enable the optional ol6_x86_64_userspace_ksplice_ELS repository, edit the oraclelinux-els-ol6.repo file and change the enabled= value from 0 to 1.

For example:

[ol6_x86_64_userspace_ksplice_ELS]
name=Ksplice aware userspace packages for Oracle Linux $releasever ELS ($basearch)
baseurl=https://yum$ociregion.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/userspace/ksplice/ELS/x86_64/
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1

2021.04 - IPv6 Enabled by Default in Oracle Linux 7 Images

Beginning with the Oracle Linux 7 platform images released in April 2021, IPv6 is enabled by default. This change has been implemented in support of the General Availability (GA) launch of IPv6 in Oracle Cloud Networking. IPv6 addressing is now supported for all commercial and government regions. Previously, IPv6 addressing support was available only in government regions.

Note

IPv6 has been enabled by default in Oracle Linux 8 since the initial release of the Oracle Linux 8 platform image in July 2020.

For more information about IPv6 support in Oracle Cloud Networking, see the following technical resources:

2021.04 - Oracle Linux 8 ol8_oci Yum Repository Archived

The ol8_oci repository has been archived and no new packages are released to this repository. All packages from this repository have been migrated to the ol8_oci_included repository.

Note

No action is required for new or existing Oracle Linux 8 instances. The ol8_oci_included repository is enabled by default.

2021.03 - Yum Update for Oracle Linux 7 and Oracle Linux 8 Instances

The yum configuration has changed in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for yum mirror endpoints.

Note

No action is required for new Oracle Linux 7 and Oracle Linux 8 instances launched in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure after March 2021, as the changes are automatically applied. Although existing yum configurations continue to work in older instances, it is recommended that you update your instances to the new yum configuration.

Follow these steps to configure your Oracle Linux 7 and Oracle Linux 8 instances to use the updated configuration.

  1. Determine the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure realm where the image is running:

    curl -H "Authorization:Bearer Oracle" -sfm 25 \
     http://169.254.169.254/opc/v2/instance/ 2>/dev/null | jq -r '.regionInfo.realmKey'

    Notice the realm key displayed in the output. If the output displays a realm key from OC1 to OC4, proceed to the next step.

    For example:

    $ curl -H "Authorization:Bearer Oracle" -sfm 25 \
    http://169.254.169.254/opc/v2/instance/ 2>/dev/null | jq -r '.regionInfo.realmKey'
    oc1
  2. Install the oci-linux-config package:

    sudo yum -y install oci-linux-config

    During the installation of this package, the following message is displayed:

    IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE!! Oracle Linux yum repository configurations have been
              updated. New repository configuration files have been installed but are       
              disabled. To complete the transition, run this script as root
              user:/usr/lib/oci-linux-config/oci_yum_configure.sh
  3. Invoke the script to complete the transition to the new mirror endpoints:

    /usr/lib/oci-linux-config/oci_yum_configure.sh
  4. Verify that the yum configuration has been updated:

    ls /etc/yum.repos.d

    After running the script, you will see repositories with the .bkp and rpmnew.bkp extensions.

    Oracle Linux 7:

    $ ls /etc/yum.repos.d
    ksplice-ol7.repo          oracle-epel-ol7.repo.rpmnew.bkp     oraclelinux-developer-ol7.repo.bkp
    ksplice-uptrack.repo      oracle-linux-ol7.repo               oraclelinux-developer-ol7.repo.rpmnew.bkp
    mysql-ol7.repo            oracle-linux-ol7.repo.bkp           uek-ol7.repo
    oci-included-ol7.repo     oracle-linux-ol7.repo.rpmnew.bkp    virt-ol7.repo
    oracle-epel-ol7.repo      oracle-softwarecollection-ol7.repo

    Oracle Linux 8

    $ ls /etc/yum.repos.d
    ksplice-ol8.repo       oracle-epel-ol8.repo                oraclelinux-developer-ol8.repo.rpmnew.bkp
    ksplice-uptrack.repo   oracle-epel-ol8.repo.bkp            oracle-linux-ol8.repo
    mysql-ol8.repo         oracle-epel-ol8.repo.rpmnew.bkp     oracle-linux-ol8.repo.bkp
    oci-included-ol8.repo  oraclelinux-developer-ol8.repo      oracle-linux-ol8.repo.rpmnew.bkp
    oci-ol8.repo           oraclelinux-developer-ol8.repo.bkp  uek-ol8.repo