Getting started with Oracle Linux ULN patch analysis

This topic explains the process of using TrueSight Server Automation to analyze the Oracle Linux (OL) Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) systems in your environment to verify whether they require patches and updates. You can use TrueSight Server Automation for analysis, download, and deployment of patches on the Oracle Linux ULN systems. 

Patch management for OL ULN

TrueSight Server Automation supports patch management on Oracle Linux ULN systems using the out-of-the-box patching solution. 

Prerequisites

Make sure that the following prerequisites are met:

  • A patch repository must be on a Oracle Linux server.
  • A repository server must have the following utilities and commands:
    • yum or dnf - To analyze and deploy patches
    • createrepo - To create metadata
    • reposync - To download RPMs and metadata
  • The ULN is set up on the Oracle Linux system. For more information, see Setting up ULN .
  • If you want to create a repository for storing Oracle Linux 8 patches on an Oracle Linux 7 system, do the following to add the Oracle Linux 8 GPG key:
    1. Log in to the Oracle Linux 7 system.

    2. Run the following commands:

      # wget https://yum.oracle.com/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle-ol8 -O /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle
      # rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle

Patch management tasks

Perform the following tasks to start patch management of the Oracle Linux ULN systems using the out-of-the-box patching solution:

 StepRelated documentation
1Create a user role with the required authorizations for patch management. A user who is a member of the BLAdmins role can perform all the patching-related tasks.Walkthrough: Restricting permissions for a patching administrator
2Configure the global catalog parameters.Global Configuration parameter list
3Download the metadata and payload using the offline downloader utility.Patch downloader utility for rpmLinux
4Create a patch catalog.Creating a patch catalog for OL ULN
5

Create a Patch Analysis job.

Creating a Patching Job
6Perform the patch remediation.Performing patch remediation

Where to go from here

See Walkthrough: Basic patch remediation for a description of how to package and deploy patches to servers requiring remediation. The walkthrough describes a process for Windows, but the process is the same for Linux.

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