Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2007 15:22 UTC, submitted by kev009
General Unix Prior to the general availability of AIX 6, IBM intends to make a pre-release version of AIX 6 available in an open beta. "AIX is an open, standards-based UNIX operating system that provides the enterprise information technology infrastructure for thousands of clients around the world. IBM intends to take the next step in the evolution of the AIX operating system with the release of the AIX V6.1 OS."
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RE[5]: New Features
by Robert Escue on Wed 23rd May 2007 18:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: New Features"
Robert Escue
Member since:
2005-07-08

I know that in the past Sun has tried to push using updatemanager and smpatch, and a number of people have had major issues with it (myself included), so I went to the the tried and true Patch Cluster method.

My statement is not limited to Solaris 10, all versions of Solaris that Sun supports have Patch Clusters available and are released roughly every two weeks. As far as Sun not making Patch Clusters available in order to force people to use updatemanager and smpatch, I have no idea. When I needed a Patch Cluster for Solaris 10, there was one available and it was produced within the last couple of weeks.

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RE[6]: New Features
by boing on Wed 23rd May 2007 18:17 in reply to "RE[5]: New Features"
boing Member since:
2007-05-22

I have been using Solaris 10 since it was released originally. When it was released originally patch clusters were not happening very often. That is why I started using smpatch and updatemanager. I don't think it was them forcing people, just they didn't keep up with things for Solaris 10. So I continued to use smpatch, patchadd, and updatemanager. After using it for awhile it eventually put 2 systems into a corrupted state.

But I will agree with you, I suggest anyone doing patching on Solaris stick with the Patch Clusters. As you said you, and I know I, have both had issues with the smpatch and updatemanager tools.

Also I found that some 3rd party packages can corrupt things also. Which is another reason why I would like to see a better package management system.

So your safe bet, use only Sun packages, and use patch clusters. At least until they fix the package management to prevent 3rd party apps from corrupting things, and smaptch/updatemanager.

But it is hard to tell what works or not until you get bitten.

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RE[7]: New Features
by Robert Escue on Wed 23rd May 2007 18:38 in reply to "RE[6]: New Features"
Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

I have only been bitten by Patch Clusters twice, in both cases it was on machines I could afford to "lose". My policy now is to wait 30 days and use the Patch Cluster I downloaded 30 days ago to see if anyone else has issues.

After spending two years Beta testing Solaris 10, I held off on the idea of actually deploying it until a few releases were issued. It was a lesson I learned with Solaris 8 where we had two Blade 100's and the RBAC information was different. Eventually we figured out that one of the Blades had Solaris 8 4/01 installed on it, which Sun had made improvements to RBAC.

We standardized on Solaris 10 6/06 for our base installs.

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