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Creating a patch catalog for Solaris

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The patch catalog is used to maintain and work with the patch repository through the BMC Server Automation Console. For both types of repositories, online and offline, you create a patch catalog through the BMC Server Automation console. Patches are added to the catalog as depot objects according to filters defined for the catalog.

This topic describes how to set up a patch catalog for Solaris, and includes the following sections:

Step 1: Review prerequisites for the catalog

Review the following prerequisites for creating patch catalogs for Solaris.

  • Ensure that security policies on the repository server do not block the download of the catalog.
  • Ensure that the system you will use for the patch repository is supported by BMC Server Automation.

     Click here to see the platforms supported for storing your repository

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Step 2: Create the patch catalog

  1. Right-click a folder in the Depot and select New > Patch catalog > Solaris Patch Catalog. The Patch Catalog wizard opens.


    After they are created, all panes in the wizard remain available for edit and review except General and Permissions.

  2. Provide information for the patch catalog panels as described in the following table:

    Patch catalog - GeneralEnter a Name for the patch catalog and a Description of its contents. Then, browse to the folder in which you want to store the catalog.
    Catalog options

    The Solaris Catalog tab determines whether the catalog operates in Online or Offline Mode and defines a number of options.

    Defined options include locations (such as location of the source files, the repository, the patchdiag.xref file) as well as filters and whether local copies of the files are created on the target server or downloaded directly during deployment.

    Catalog Mode

    Select one of two options:

    • Source from Oracle (Online Mode): Use this mode if the BMC Server Automation Application Server is installed on a server with Internet access.
    • Source from Disk Repository (Offline Mode): Use this mode in a secured environment where download occurs on a server, with Internet access, outside of the environment.

    Oracle Credentials

    If you selected Source from Oracle (Online Mode), enter the user name and password used to access the vendor website.

    Repository Options

    Enter the following information:



    Payload Source Location (NSH Path)

    (Offline only) Location where existing metadata and payload files are stored.
    Note: Payload files are not required to create the patch catalog.

    Payload Repository Location (NSH Path)

    NSH path of the patch repository 
    BMC recommends that this location have ample free space. Repositories typically contain many files, usually totaling gigabytes of data.

    Source patchdiag.xref File

    (Offline/Oracle Solaris only) (read only) Depot location of the patchdiag.xref file downloaded from the Oracle website
    For Fujitsu Solaris, contains the location created by the fj2pdx.pl script. This script is available in the Support Files directory within All-OS-Patch-Downloaders-platform-build.extension.

    Metadata Corrections File

    (Oracle Solaris Only) Depot location of the file used to correct errors found in the patchdiag.xref file that you added to the patch repository

    Single User Mode and Reboot Override File

    Depot location of the file used to override single user mode and reboot settings for a particular patch

    Note: When specifying a host within an NSH path, you can use either the host name of the IP address (IPv4 or IPv6).

    Depot Object Options

    Enter the following information:



    Network URL type for payload deployment

    • (Default) Copy to agent at staging: The BMC Server Automation Application Server copies patch payloads to a staging directory on the target server during the Deploy Job staging phase.
    • Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy): A Deploy Job instructs the agent on a target server to do the following:
      • Mount the device specified in the URL.
      • Deploy patch payloads directly to the agent.
        Note: If you select the Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy) option, the Deploy Job does not copy patch payloads to a staging area on the agent, so the job does not create any local copies of the patches on target servers.

    Network URL for Payload Deployment

    The value entered here depends on your selection in the Network URL type for payload deployment box.

    • If you chose Copy to agent at staging, do not enter a value here. The value is autopopulated based on the repository location.
    • If you chose Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy), enter the NFS-accessible path to the location of the payload.
      If you specify the host in this path as an IPv6 address, enclose the IPv6 address in square brackets.
      Note: The Agent mounts source for direct use at deployment (no local copy) option does not work if the patch requires the server to be rebooted into single user mode. You must override the reboot requirement.

    RBAC Policy

    Select a predefined ACL policy. Permissions defined by the ACL policy are assigned to all depot objects created in the catalog.

    Download patches from Oracle

    (Online Mode Only) To download the payload at the same time as the patchdiag.xref file, select the Download patches from Oracle check box.

    Tip: You can also download the payload by right-clicking the catalog and selecting Download.


    Filters limit the amount of information brought into the catalog. A filter defines:

    • a specific combination of operating system and architecture
    • a list of Patch IDs
    • a specific or custom Oracle Solaris cluster 

    There is no upper limit to the number of filter combinations you can make but there must be at least one. Only clusters and patches that match the combinations you define are added to the catalog.

    In Offline Mode, recreate the filters defined in the configuration file used by the download utility.

    You can define filters either when the catalog is created or later, when you edit the catalog. Depending on the filter option you selected, provide specific details for the filter such as an operating system-architecture combination, a specific patch identifier, or a cluster name, and then click OK. To begin, click Add Filter and select one of the following options: 




    Identify a particular operating system and architecture.

    Patch IDs

    Create a list of specific patch identifiers.


    Identify a specific Oracle Solaris cluster. If the catalog works in offline mode, you can enter a custom, Oracle Solaris cluster.


    • If you create an online Oracle Solaris Catalog with filter type as cluster, the download of patches starts automatically and the Download from Vendor check box is disabled.
    • In 2011, Oracle renamed the term 'Solaris Patch Cluster' to 'patchset'.

    Patch catalog - Default Notifications

    The Default Notifications panel provides options for defining default notifications that are generated when a job completes. If you have set up notifications for a particular scheduled job, those notifications are generated instead of default notifications.

    Default notifications can take the form of emails or SNMP traps. When a job completes, an SNMP trap is sent to a specified server, where it can be read using software that receives and interprets SNMP traps. Default notifications are sent when you run a job immediately (that is, you do not schedule the job) or a scheduled job completes but you have not set up email or SNMP notifications for that scheduled occurrence.

    Job Run Notifications


    Send email to

    Lists email addresses of the accounts to notify when a job completes with the status that you specify. Separate multiple email addresses with semicolons, such as sysadmin@bmc.com;sysmgr@bmc.com. After entering email address information, check the statuses that cause an email to be generated. The statuses can be Success, Failed, or Aborted.

    Send SNMP trap to

    Provides name or IP address of the server to notify when the job completes. After entering server information, select the statuses that should cause an SNMP trap to be generated. The statuses can be Success, Failed, or Aborted.

    BMC Server Automation provides a management information base (MIB) that describes its SNMP trap structure. You can use this MIB to create scripts that integrate traps into your trap collection system. The MIB is located on the Application Server host computer at installDirectory/Share/BladeLogic.mib.

    List failed servers in email notification

    Indicates that email notifications should list all servers on which a job has failed.

    Patch catalog - Schedules
    The Schedules panel lets you schedule a job to execute immediately, schedule a job at a specific time in the future, schedule a job on a recurring basis, and define notifications that are issued when a job runs.

    When scheduling a job, you can perform any of the following tasks:

    • Scheduling a job that executes immediately — To schedule a job that executes immediately, select Execute job now.
    • Scheduling a job — The Schedule tab lets you schedule a job so it can run one time, recur hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, or recur at some arbitrary interval. For more information, see Patch catalog - Scheduling.
    • Defining job notifications — The Job Notifications tab lets you set up notifications that are generated when a scheduled job runs. For more information, see Patch catalog - Scheduled Job Notifications.
    Patch catalog - Properties

    The Properties panel provides a list of properties automatically assigned to a Snapshot Job. In this list, you can modify the value of any properties that are defined as editable.

    For any property that has a check in the Editable column, select the property and click in the Value column.

    • To set a property value back to its default value, click Reset to Default Value .
      The value of the property is reset to the value it inherits from a built-in property class. The Value Source column shows the property class from which the value is inherited.
    • Depending on the type of property you are editing, you can take different actions to set a new value, such as entering an alphanumeric string, choosing from an enumerated list, or selecting a date.
      To insert a parameter into the value, enter the value, bracketed with double question mark delimiters (for example, ??MYPARAMETER??) or click Select Property .

    Patch catalog - Permissions

    The Permissions list is an access control list (ACL) granting roles access to any objects created in the system, such as jobs, servers, or depot objects. ACLs control access to all objects, including the sharing of objects between roles.

    Using the Permissions panel, you can add individual permissions to an object. You can also set permissions by adding ACL templates or ACL policies. For more information, see the following table:


    Adding an authorization

    An authorization grants permission to a role to perform a certain type of action on this object.

    To add an authorization to this object, click Add Entry  in the Access Control List area. Then use the Add New Entry dialog box to specify the role and authorization you want to add.

    Adding an ACL template

    An ACL template is a group of predefined authorizations granted to roles. Using an ACL template, you can add a group of authorizations to the object.

    To add an ACL template to the object, click Use ACL Template  in the Access Control List area. Then use the Select ACL Template dialog box to specify an ACL template that you want to add to this object.

    To set the contents of the selected ACL templates so they replace all entries in the access control list, check Replace ACL with selected templates. If you do not check this option, the contents of the selected ACL templates are appended to existing entries in the access control list.

    Adding an ACL policy

    An ACL policy is a group of authorizations that can be applied to this object but can be managed from one location.

    To add an ACL policy to this object, click Use ACL Policy  in the ACL Policies area. Then use the Select ACL Policy dialog box to specify an ACL policy that you want to add to the object.

    To set the contents of the selected ACL policies so they replace all entries in the access control list, check Replace ACL with selected policies. If you do not check this option, the contents of the selected ACL policies are appended to existing entries in the access control list.

  3. Click Finish

    A Patch Catalog is stored in the appropriate Depot folder.

Editing the options

  1. In the Depot, right-click the Solaris Patch Catalog you just created.
  2. Select Open.
  3. Set or update any information for the patch catalog options.

  4. When finished, save the catalog.

Where to go from here

Downloading patch payloads to the catalog

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