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How to update Oracle Solaris 11.2 – SRU

This article will talk about the Oracle Solaris 11.2 SRU update (Jan 2015).  Oracle’s ultimate goal is to make the Solaris patching like Redhat Linux satellite server patching model. There are some companies would like to stick with the legacy OS patching model instead of going for the IPS patching method(Downloading the OS patch bundle and updating it ). Here we are going to see like the one for Oracle Solaris 11.2 . We can also see that how we can download the patch bundle from oracle support website.

1. Search for “Critical Patch update Solaris” like below. Open the most recent link for new SRU update .

Oracle critical Patch update - Solaris
Oracle critical Patch update – Solaris

2. From the above link, search for “solaris” .  Click the “Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite” Link.

Oracle critical Patch update - Solaris
Oracle critical Patch update – Solaris

3.Click the link for Solaris 11.

Oracle critical Patch update - Solaris 3
Oracle critical Patch update – Solaris

4.From the above link, search for download key, You can get a link for “MOS”  like below.

Oracle critical Patch update - Solaris 4
Oracle critical Patch update

5. You will get the below webpage , once you click MOS link.

Oracle critical Patch update - Solaris 5
Oracle critical Patch update – Solaris

6. When you click the “Repository” link , You will get the below webpage.

Download both the files
Download both the files

7. When you click “Install guide” , you will get the webpage like below. Download the install guide.

Download Repository installation guide
Download Repository installation guide

8.Copy the all three files to the Solaris 11.2 host.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# ls -lrt
total 5608789
-rwx------   1 root     root     1598639566 Mar 25 21:04 p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_1of2.zip
-rwx------   1 root     root     1230174884 Mar 25 21:53 p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_2of2.zip
-rwx------   1 root     root       30331 Mar 25 21:57 p20293333_1100_SOLARIS64.zip
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

9.Unzip the “Install guide” zip file.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# unzip p20293333_1100_SOLARIS64.zip
Archive:  p20293333_1100_SOLARIS64.zip
  inflating: README-zipped-repo.txt
  inflating: install-repo.ksh
  inflating: sol-11_2_6_4_0-incr-repo_md5sums.txt
  inflating: readme_11_2_6_4_0.html
  inflating: readme_11_2_6_4_0.txt
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# ls -lrt
total 5608973
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         704 Jan  8 00:51 readme.txt
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root        4031 Jan  8 00:51 README-zipped-repo.txt
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root        3096 Jan  8 00:51 README-repo-iso.txt
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root        1625 Jan  8 00:51 NOTICES
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root     root       10837 Jan  8 00:51 install-repo.ksh
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root        3246 Jan  8 00:51 COPYRIGHT
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root         136 Jan  8 00:57 sol-11_2_6_4_0-incr-repo_md5sums.txt
-rwx------   1 root     root     1598639566 Mar 25 21:04 p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_1of2.zip
-rwx------   1 root     root     1230174884 Mar 25 21:53 p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_2of2.zip
-rwx------   1 root     root       30331 Mar 25 21:57 p20293333_1100_SOLARIS64.zip
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

10. Create the new SRU update repo on the /export/sol1.2.repo. During this process, both the SRU update file will be merged automatically on the new location.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# ./install-repo.ksh  -c -v -d /export/sol1.2.repo/
Using p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64 files for sol-11_2_6_4_0-incr-repo download.

Comparing checksums of downloaded files...done. Checksums match.

Uncompressing p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_1of2.zip...done.
Uncompressing p20293332_1100_Solaris86-64_2of2.zip...done.
Repository can be found in /export/sol1.2.repo/.
Initiating repository verification.
pkg://solaris/install-image/solaris-auto-install                  74/560 -

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

11. Check the current publisher .  Here we can see that no publisher has been set.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg publisher
PUBLISHER                   TYPE     STATUS P LOCATION
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

12. Set the solaris publisher with newly created repository path.(Refer Step 10 for path).

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg set-publisher -g /export/sol1.2.repo/ solaris
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg publisher
PUBLISHER                   TYPE     STATUS P LOCATION
solaris                     origin   online F file:///export/sol1.2.repo/
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

13. Check the BE status using beadm command.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# beadm list
BE      Active Mountpoint Space Policy Created
--      ------ ---------- ----- ------ -------
solaris NR     /          9.61G static 2014-08-21 04:10
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

14. Check the current kernel version.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg list entire
NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO
entire                                            0.5.11-0.175.2.0.0.42.0    i--
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg list kernel
NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO
system/kernel                                     0.5.11-0.175.2.0.0.42.2    i--
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

15.Initiate the SRU’s update using the pkg update command. It automatically creates the new BE and updates the new SRU updates to it. It also automatically activates the new BE .

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# pkg update
            Packages to remove:   2
           Packages to install:   1
            Packages to update: 167
       Create boot environment: Yes
Create backup boot environment:  No
DOWNLOAD                                PKGS         FILES    XFER (MB)   SPEED
Completed                            170/170     6932/6932  259.6/259.6    0B/s

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Removing old actions                       2543/2543
Installing new actions                     2721/2721
Updating modified actions                  6284/6284
Updating package state database                 Done
Updating package cache                       169/169
Updating image state                            Done
Creating fast lookup database                   Done
Updating package cache                           1/1

A clone of solaris exists and has been updated and activated.
On the next boot the Boot Environment solaris-1 will be
mounted on '/'.  Reboot when ready to switch to this updated BE.

Updating package cache                           1/1
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE: Please review release notes posted at:

http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=solaris11&id=SERNS
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

14. Check the BE status. We can see that new BE will be activated after the reboot.

root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp# beadm list
BE        Active Mountpoint Space  Policy Created
--        ------ ---------- -----  ------ -------
solaris   N      /          5.17M  static 2014-08-21 04:10
solaris-1 R      -          10.84G static 2015-03-26 00:24
root@UA-GLOBAL:/var/tmp#

15.Reboot the system using “init 6” .

16. After the system reboot,  check the BE status.

root@UA-GLOBAL:~# beadm list
BE        Active Mountpoint Space  Policy Created
--        ------ ---------- -----  ------ -------
solaris   -      -          11.62M static 2014-08-21 04:10
solaris-1 NR     /          11.00G static 2015-03-26 00:24
root@UA-GLOBAL:~#

We can see that new BE “solaris-1” got activated .

17. check the current SRU version  and kernel release. You can see that SRU version has been changed.

root@UA-GLOBAL:~# pkg list entire
NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO
entire                                            0.5.11-0.175.2.6.0.4.0     i--
root@UA-GLOBAL:~#
root@UA-GLOBAL:~# pkg list kernel
NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO
system/kernel                                     0.5.11-0.175.2.6.0.3.2     i--
root@UA-GLOBAL:~#

We have successfully update the Jan 2015 SRU on solaris 11.2 X86 server.

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