Letting the Image Packaging System Do the Work It Was Designed to Do April 17, 2012,
Volume 170, Issue 3
In a lengthy, detailed procedure for updating an Oracle Solaris 11 system with software packages provided by an active Oracle support agreement, Glynn Foster also includes information on how to determine whether the update is both successful and safe.
Image Packaging System is a new package management system in Oracle Solaris 11 that provides a much-improved and automated way of maintaining system software across the data center. IPS integrates package and patch management into a single interface and provides for safe system upgrades by utilizing boot environments and ZFS snapshot and clone capabilities. Foster writes that the Image Packaging System takes much of the complexity out of managing Oracle Solaris by providing improved automation across multiple virtualized environments that use Oracle Solaris Zones. With an active Oracle support agreement, connecting to the Oracle Solaris 11 supported repository is easy and provides you with a regular channel for system updates to help keep systems secure and free of issues. His procedure illustrates -- complete with extensive code samples and screen shots -- exactly the steps to take in performing an update.