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Provisioning in Replicated, Mission-Critical Environments

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This article introduces the concepts and best practices for using Solaris Flash and Solaris Live Upgrade technologies to perform quick, consistent, controlled, and reproducible Solaris Operating Environment installations and upgrades. Creating, archiving, and deploying a Flash archive is covered along with how to create and manage multiple boot environments.
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Provisioning in Replicated, Mission-Critical Environments

Installing, upgrading, and maintaining operating environment software and unbundled products in a mission-critical environment can cause unwanted down-time if not managed correctly. This article introduces some of the latest technologies that enable rapid Solaris™ Operating Environment (OE) installation, software upgrades, and patch management in high availability environments. These tools and techniques enable system administrators to perform quick, consistent, controlled, and reproducible Solaris OE installations and upgrades.

This article addresses the following topics:

  • "Solaris™ Flash and Solaris™ Live Upgrade Technology" on page 1 provides a brief overview of Solaris Flash and Live Upgrade.

  • "Solaris Flash Software Overview" on page 2 provides an overview of using Solaris Flash software in mission-critical environments.

  • "Solaris Live Upgrade Software Overview" on page 6 provides an overview of using Solaris Live Upgrade software and how this software can be used to install a Flash archive.

This article assumes that you have a basic understanding of the Solaris JumpStart™ and Solaris™ Web Start technology framework and services.

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