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How to patch or update SuSE Service Packs using Zypper

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BMC highly recommends using the Zypper tool (instead of yum) to upgrade SuSE service packs. BMC Server Automation version 8.8 supports Zypper out-of-the-box, however for versions earlier than BMC Server Automation 8.8, you can use the instructions on this page as a workaround.

Note that SuSE only supports migrating from n to n+1 so it's not possible to jump service packs, for example to update directly from SP1 to SP3. The following procedures explain how to set up zypper repositories with BMC Server Automation catalogs and run the zypper dup using a Deploy Job.

Create Zypper Repositories

  1. Create online or offline catalogs, one catalog per channel.  For example SLES11-SP3-Pool and SLES11-SP3-Updates


    If you are updating from SLES11 SP1 to SP2 you will need SLES11-SP1-Pool, SLES11-SP1-Updates, SLES11-SP2-Core and SLES11-SP2-Updates
  2. After running the Catalog Update Job, you must pull additional files from SuSE.  
    1. From the Updates repo get: updateinfo.xml.gzproducts.xml
    2. From the Pool (Core for SP2) get: products.xml
      An example command to download these files is wget --username=mirrorUser --password=mirrorpass 'https://nu.novell.com/repo/$RCE/<channelName>/sle-11-<arch>/repodata/<fileName>'
      For the updateinfo.xml.gz in the SP3 Pool channel that would be wget --username=mirrorUser --password=mirrorpass 'https://nu.novell.com/repo/$RCE/SLES11-SP3-Updates/sle-11-x86_64/repodata/updateinfo.xml.gz'
    3. These files should go in the repodata folder in their respective channel directory in the patch download location
  3. In each repodata/repomd.xml file, add a section for the downloaded files. The checksum is the checksum of the compressed file (if compressed), the open-checksum is the checksum of the uncompressed file. You can also obtain the xml bits by downloading the repomd.xml from SuSE and copy/pasting the sections into your local repomd.xml.

      <data type="updateinfo">
        <location href="repodata/updateinfo.xml.gz"/>
        <checksum type="sha">d43ebb1c2b9cfbfa2bf759d8e2b2b029c64ee439</checksum>
        <open-checksum type="sha">e343a4e331572e4095f9cd0bf2160a8e4ecba767</open-checksum>
      <data type="products">
        <location href="repodata/products.xml"/>
        <checksum type="sha">61a3d4acb8a92ba6136531cbbdfff2e04916ee8f</checksum>
        <open-checksum type="sha">61a3d4acb8a92ba6136531cbbdfff2e04916ee8f</open-checksum>
  4. Using gpg, generate a signing key: gpg -q --gen-key
  5. Make a detached signature for each repodata/repomd.xml  (gpg -a --detach-sign repomd.xml).
  6. Export the public key to repodata/repomd.xml.key (gpg -a --export <key name> > repomd.xml.key).
  7. Expose the directories containing the repositories via http or https

Create a BLPackage with the Upgrade Commands

  1. Create some zypper repo definition files. Use the following format and specify the appropriate URL:

    name=SLES11 SP2 Updates
  2. Create a BLPackage to deploy these files (SPn-Updates, SPn-Pool, SPn+1 Updates, SPn+1 Pool) into /etc/zypp/repos.d directory on the target server(s).
  3. Add an external command to the BLPackage that runs the following commands. Use the repository names that you specified in your repo files.  Replace <n> and <n+1> with the actual Service Pack numbers you are using.

    # disable the latest version repos until they are needed.
    zypper mr --disable "SLES11-SP<n+1>-Pool" "SLES11-SP<n+1>-Updates"
    zypper -n --gpg-auto-import-keys ref -s
    zypper -n update -t patch
    zypper -n update -t patch
    zypper -n in -t product SUSE_SLES-SP<n+1>-migration
    zypper -n mr --enable SLES11-SP<n+1>-Core SLES11-SP<n+1>-Updates
    zypper -n --gpg-auto-import-keys dup -l --from "SLES11-SP<n+1>-Pool" --from "SLES11-SP<n+1>-Updates"
    zypper -n update -t patch
    # only for SP3 and higher
    zypper -n mr --disable SLES11-SP<n>-Pool SLES11-SP<n>-Updates

Run the Service Pack Upgrade

Deploy the BLPackage and a Deploy Job to execute the Deployment.

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