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Re: Patching Solaris machines with cfengine


From: Rune Mossige
Subject: Re: Patching Solaris machines with cfengine
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 08:54:13 +0100
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I would be very interested in seeing Your cfservd configuration one line
shellcommands to do this.

On (05/02/02 16:15), Ian Wallace wrote:
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> Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 16:15:22 -0700
> 
> I agree with K that you shouldn't just go winging patches on machines, 
> however we use cfengine, along with a list of patches that should be applied 
> and the CheckPatches, GetApplyPatch scripts that you can get from Sun to 
> automate the whole process.
> 
> We haven't run into any problems yet (cross my fingers, etc).  We tend not to 
> worry about the fact that you should be rebooting machines after kernel 
> patches etc.  All of our environments are development only and we take that 
> risk knowingly.  I guess we'd rather patch the machines then not patch at all.
> 
> Production is a whole different ball game.
> 
> If you want more info just say so and I can share the cfservd configuration, 
> one line shellcommands that we use for this.
> 
> cheers
> ian
> 
> On Tuesday 29 January 2002 07:28 am, Katherine Morris wrote:
> > If you're talking about applying OS patches, I wouldn't recommend
> > automating this in general.  Your Solaris versions are foreign to me since
> > I run mostly 2.5.1 up through 8 and am currently evaluating 9.  I don't
> > know Linux yet, so maybe that's where the disconnect is...
> >
> > However Solaris OS patches in general require some knowledge about what
> > you're patching and why, reading the README's is highly advisable prior to
> > patching as well.  Sun's not perfect either, and some patches break
> > things... it would be terrible to break everything at once! There's also
> > potential user intervention involved if you apply a patch which requires
> > you to reboot your systems.  Particularly if you have any slack-ass admins
> > you work with that don't update configuration files after they make changes
> > on the fly and should be fired. (vent)
> >
> > If you're using "patch" in a more general sense, we're basically using it
> > for security fixes/changes.
> >
> > -K
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Didier CONTIS" <address@hidden>
> > To: <address@hidden>
> > Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 12:06 PM
> > Subject: Patching Solaris machines with cfengine
> >
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> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I was wondering how people are patching their Solaris systems using
> > > cfengine.
> > > Which tool combined with cfengine works the best.
> > >
> > > I am starting to deploy 2.0.a16. Most of Solaris systems are however
> > > still running 1.6.x
> > >
> > > I am already doing that under Linux using autoupdate + cfengine.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance for any feedback.
> > >
> > > Regards - Didier.
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