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Solaris Live Upgrade Workshop *

* This course is now part of the Solaris 10 Systems Administration Part 2 course, but is available to run as a separate course on demand, or at your site.
Live Upgrade provides advanced upgrading and patching capabilities on Solaris SPARC and Intel platforms, especially since the 10/08 update 6 release, which introduced ZFS root pools. Boot environments can now be almost instantly cloned for upgrading or patching while the system is live, and once the upgrade or patching is done, only a reboot is required to complete the task. The old boot environment. acts as a backup to fall back to in case of problems..
This one-day training course provides a thorough and practical look at Live Upgrade for both upgrading the OS and installing patches. The course proides extensive practical sessions, covering both UFS and ZFS boot environments. Additional Live Upgrade facilities are also demostrated, such as the ability to install a boot environment from a Flash Archive.

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DURATION 1 day VENUE Newark Training Centre **
PRICE £425 plus VAT * BOOKING CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
EXPERIENCE LEVEL Intermediate/Advanced TECHNICAL CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
*see note at bottom for special savings! For pricing for a course run especially for your organisation, please see our custom page 

COURSE DATES: Run on demand, please call or email us to arrange a date.


On demand
now part
of S2A2

Can be
run at
your site

INTENSITY: About 40% of the course is practicals, and 60% lectures

RESOURCE:  Each student will have exclusive use of a SPARC server to configure and test, and access to an Intel based system.  Each attendee will be provided with their own set of comprehensive notes.

PREREQUISITES: Attendees must have Solaris experience including systems administration and IP network configuration. In particular, knowledge of system disk configuration, file system creation, Solaris installation, ZFS file system operation, and patching is essential.

PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each student leaves the course with their own set of training notes.

Every student who attends this course will be issued with a signed certificate of course completion.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: Uses Solaris 10 Update 11 but most of the course (excepting ZFS root pools) is relevant to previous versions.




What is Live Upgrade? An introduction to the major facilities of Live Upgrade, including:-

  • Creating one (or more) copies of the currently running system (Boot Environment or BE).
  • Upgrading a BE copy to a new Solaris version.
  • Installing applications, Solaris packages, and patches on a BE.
  • Installing a flash archive within a BE copy.
  • Booting from a BE copy.
  • Reverting back to a previously working BE.
  • Mounting a BE.
  • Creating a ZFS pool, creating a BE within it, and migrating an existing system to the new BE.
These facilities will be covered by using several practical scenarios, including Solaris 8/9 to 10 upgrade, Solaris 10 version upgrades, and Solaris 10 UFS to ZFS root pool transition. Live Upgrade on x86 systems is also covered.

System Requirements and planning
  • Hardware requirements for Live Upgrade.
  • Obtaining and installing the correct patch bundle.
  • Limitations of Live Upgrade.

Create a BE with lucreate
  • Create a new boot environment (BE) from the currently running operating environment.
  • Create a new BE from a BE other than the currently running one.
  • Re-configure the file systems of a BE when creating a new BE. For example, place (a currently separate) /var and /opt under /, and perform similar operations in reverse to create separate slices from merged file systems.
  • How Live Upgrade works with BE's containing non-global zones.
  • Create a BE with empty file systems.
Upgrade a BE to a new OS version with luupgrade

  • Upgrade a BE to a new version of the Solaris OS from a Solaris distribution medium or a Flash archive.
  • Check an operating system distribution medium.

Other uses for luupgrade
  • Extract a Solaris Flash archive to an empty BE.
  • Add and remove packages within a BE.
  • Add and remove patches within a BE.
  • Check or obtain information about packages in a BE.

Activation of a BE, booting issues, and reverting back to a previous BE.

  • Using luactivate to select a BE as the currently active BE.
  • How files are synchronised between BE's.
  • Determining which is the currenlty acive BE.
  • Reverting to a previous BE if problems occur.

Using ZFS as a root pool since Solaris 10 U6

  • How to create a root ZFS pool, and migrate an existing system to it, upgrading to Solaris 10 U6 along the way!
  • Performing Live Upgrade operations on a ZFS root pool without the need for extra disk partitions.

Additional Utilities

  • The course covers the use of additional utilities including lucancel, lucompare, lucurr, ludelete, ludesc, lufslist, lumake, lumount, lurename and lustatus.



Multiple Bookings
If you book more than one place on our courses on the same order, you are entitled to a 10% discount.

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