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Oracle Linux: Preparing for and Performing Kernel Upgrade (Doc ID 842775.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 4.4 to Oracle Linux 7.0 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel [3.8.13] [Release OL4U4 to OL7]
Linux x86-64
Linux x86
***Checked for relevance on 13-Dec-2010***
***Checked for relevance on 02-Feb-2015***
***Checked for relevance on 02-Oct-2017***

Goal

This document describes how to prepare for and perform Oracle Linux kernel upgrade.
The article is specifically intended for Linux System Administrators.
The document is intended for point release kernel upgrade only e.g. 2.6.18-a to 2.6.18-b or 2.6.39-x to 2.6.39-y , rather than major version upgrade e.g. 2.6.18-x to 2.6.39-b.
The procedure described solely focuses on kernel-specific/dependent modules, rather than generic packages.

Solution

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In this Document
Goal
Solution
 Introduction
 1. Preparing for kernel upgrade
 1.1 Determine latest kernel availability
 1.2 Verify software certification
 1.3 Inventory the current system, configuration and versioning
 1.4 Download the new kernel and kernel-dependent software
 1.5 Backup the system
 2. Upgrading the kernel
 2.1 Install the new kernel
 2.2 Install kernel-dependent software
 2.3 Boot the new kernel
 2.4 Test and verify the new kernel
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