Last updated on NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Applies to:Solaris Cluster - Version 3.1 to OSC 3.3 3/13 [Release 3.1 to 3.3]
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
This is a working procedure on how to apply patches in multi-user mode with failover zones, because some patches do not require you to boot into single-user mode out of cluster to install them.
A couple common examples are:
Patch 121430-92: SunOS 5.8 5.9 5.10: Live Upgrade Patch
Patch 119254-90: SunOS 5.10: Install and Patch Utilities Patch
However, when your Oracle Solaris Cluster (OSC) environment includes HA-Containers (Failover Zones) you are prevented from installing patches when one or more Failover Zones are primaried on some other cluster member. This document will show you simple workarounds to handle this condition.
If you are installing patches in single-user mode as required per the patch README, with an example being Kernel Patch-ID# 147147-26, please reference:
Solaris Cluster 3.x How to Apply Patches in Single-User Mode with Failover non-global Zone/Container (Doc ID 1009717.1)
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