Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance downgrade os version. - ZFS Storage Appliance

I upgrade os version of ZS-32 from version 2013.06.05.4.0,1-1.7 to  2013.06.05.4.2,1-1.1.  I  removed old version . So I can't rollback .Now , I want to downgrade to old version 2013.06.05.4.0,1-1.7 . How to do this.?Please  help me .  Thanks !  

Hi,  You cannot apply the older Appliance firmware nor it is supported. It is suggested to use the latest firmware as there are multiple fixed incorporated. ThanksNitin

Download previous version again  and force upgrade it by upgrade -f option and while booting watch console and select older version string in grub list. for example ----------------------------------------------------------------------zfs-appliance-a-node1:maintenance system updates ak-nas#2013.06.05.4.6,1-1.1>upgrade -fThis procedure will consume several minutes and requires a system reboot uponsuccessful update, but can be aborted with [Control-C] at any time prior toreboot. A health check will validate system readiness before an update isattempted, and may also be executed independently using the check command. Are you sure? (Y/N)----------------------------------------------------------------

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Package update not done in Solaris 11.3 x86

I have installed Solaris 11.3 on an Intel x86 system.From a command line, as su, I do:  pkg list -u wgetIt shows that there is an update available.I then do:  pkg update -n wgetand it responds withNo updates available for this image. I have also tried:System  Administration    Package Managerand all attempts to do any kind of update of anything says cannot be done.So, what is the correct procedure to update the installed software?
Are you sure that an update exists because I see only one version of wget package in Solaris 11.3 ? Only for exceptional reason, we don't provide minor (maintenance) updates in Solaris GA repository. If you want fixes or updated version of the packages, then please use the support repository that is only available with a contract.You can too use FOSS evaluation programs if you want. More details there : https://blogs.oracle.com/Solaris11Life/entry/solaris_11_and_ips_potentialand : FOSS Evaluation Program for Oracle Solaris
Using Package Manager and doing a search for wget, it shows me (click on General or Versions):Installed version:  1.16Version to install: 1.17.1So, I am sure that an update exists. I tried using FOSS.  I did a search for wget and it found a package dated 2016/04/20.I click on Install and get a popup menu.  I select Open with Package Manager and OK.Something downloads, but nothing else happens.
Rather than using the packagemanager GUI for the FOSS evaluation package installations, I suggest using the process documented here: How to Access Selected FOSS Evaluation Packages for Oracle Solaris 11.3 It involves changing the version lock facet and other more advanced steps that may not be suited for the GUI. -- Alan

NTP version upgrade

Hi,We need to upgrade NTP version in solaris 11.3. Is it possible to upgrade the NTP version only without upgrading the OS ?  Current NTP version is: 4.2.8.8 Solaris version: 11.3.1.5.0 Target NTP version: 4.2.8.9 root#whatever:~# pkg list -af | grep ntpSUNWntp                                                                    4.2.5.172-0.133            --rnetwork/nntp/slrn                                                         0.9.9.1-0.175.3.0.0.30.0   ---service/network/ntp                                                     4.2.8.9-0.175.3.17.0.1.0   ---service/network/ntp                                                     4.2.8.6-0.175.3.6.0.1.0    ---service/network/ntp                                                     4.2.8.2-0.175.3.0.0.30.0   i--system/management/puppet/puppetlabs-ntp              4.1.2-0.175.3.9.0.2.0      ---root#whatever:~#root#whatever:~# pkg update ntpNo updates available for this image.root#whatever:~#
Your system is roughly 18 months behind current support updates, which means you're potentially missing security and other patches that you likely should have.  What's preventing you from updating to the current SRU?
Manage downtime preventing us to to for a SRU upgrade. 
I'd suggest working out that problem, but you'll need to open an SR to get assistance with what you're requesting.  The mechanisms exist, but can make your system unsupportable and the support team would be the appropriate personnel to discuss that with.
I'd agree with Dave Miner that opening a SR to ensure you get the correct steps for your case (to implement, as well as un-restrict), as well as have a contact in the event something does not go as expected or you need additional assistance. Memory is that they'll have you lock some packages, and unlock others with pkg cmds.  They try to keep everything tied to the same branch with the locks to help keep systems inline which should help with testing and stability.  There are far better wordings as to why things are tied, and kept in sync to the "entire" pkg.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions..but as per Oracle SR owner, NTP upgrade is not possible without SRU version upgrade....

Brand new to Solaris 11.3 - how to install VNC?

Sorry to sound like a newbie, but this is my first encounter with Solaris 11.    I've worked with Solaris 8-10 for years, in a semi-official sysadmin capacity.   We just bought a new SPARC S2-7 running Solaris 11.3.     I unboxed it, put it in a rack, got it connected to the internet, and am ready to start applying patches/updates, etc. I'm currently using a console in VT100 mode plugged into the ILOM port....  now that I have the network running, I'd like to use an Xserver like VNC, so I can use VNCViewer from my laptop to run the Solaris Desktop to complete the rest of the setup/update/patching. I googled how to install VNC on Solaris, apparently it's supposed to be as easy as doing a "pkg install solaris-desktop" Well, when I execute "pkg install solaris-desktop", I get the following error message about the package being "excluded" by a particular "incorporation"... see below: "This version is excluded by installed incorporation consolidation/solaris_re/solaris_re-incorporation#0.5.11-3.11.0.4.0" I googled the message and found some Oracle docs on how to relax the contraints enforced by an incorporation, but the commands I tried didn't work.     Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance
Hi.You need update you system to current release.Run:   pkg update --acceptAfter this  comand pkg install solaris-desktop  should work.What repository currently configured on you system ? Show result of :  pkg publisher pkg info entire Regards,  Nik.
Yes, I agree that with you, but when I run "pkg update --accept" I get a bunch of errors and nothing gets updated.    It looks like my Solaris 11.3 is a few SRU's behind, which might be causing trouble? pkg publisher returns this:solaris        origin       http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release pkg info entire returns a lot of stuff, but what looks pertinent is this:version 11.3.17.5.0last install time:  March 29, 2017 03:17pmFMRI: pkg://solaris/entire#0.5.11,0.5.11-0.175.3.17.0.5 I am going to try getting a key/certificate from https://pkg-register.oracle.com/  and see if I can follow the instructions there to get my Solaris 11.3 up to the current SRU, which appears to be 11.3.21.5.0 
Hi.You system is more fresh that public available repository.You can configure publisher to  https://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/support/How-To Update your Oracle Solaris 11 Systems Using Support Repository Updates  Or download repository and latest SRU from support.oracle.com (patches & update ). Regards, Nik
OK, my network is slow but I finally completed the "pkg update" and my server is now at v11.3.21.5, as expected. I executed the "pkg install solaris-desktop" command, and the packages are loading now... thanks!
Once you get it registered, you can issue the following command to get it to the current SRU with a BE name of SRU_11.3.21.0.5: `pkg update --be-name SRU_11.3.21.0.5 entire#0.5.11-0.175.3.21.0.5.0`
Here's a blog entry talking about using VNC on opensolaris in case it helps:https://blogs.oracle.com/darren/vnc-as-opensolaris-200805-console

Sun Update Connection 1.0.4 Now Available

The Sun Update Connection Client, Version 1.0.4 is now available as software update121118-05 (SPARC version located at http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-21-121118-05-1) or 121119-05 (x86 located at http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-21-121119-05-1). This client software update is a minor maintenance release that accumulates numerous fixes that have been reported in previous versions. Improvements introduced in the version 1.0.4 client that are worthy of note include:
<ul>
<li>The Update Connection client has been modified to be fully operational in the global zone on systems configured with Solaris 19 Zones. Support for patching specific non-global zones will be available in a future update. (6302734)</li>
<li> The 'smpatch download' command has been modified to retrieve any revision of a patch whether current or obsolete. This capability allows us to use smpatch as a complete functional replacement for ftp as a general patch download tool. (6283475)</li>
<li>Similarly, the 'smpatch download" command can also retrieve patch README files for any revision of a patch, current, obsolete, and even withdrawn. (6283475)</li>
<li>The Update Connection desktop notification/launcher icon is disabled by default for Sun Ray users who should not have patching privileges (6338619)</li>
<li>The Update Manager will report "Pending restart" instead of "Successful" on for patches that require system restart (6338511)</li>
<li> Update Connection clients Update Manager and smpatch have been made more tolerant of delivery server hangs (6335197)</li>
<li>Minor performance improvement were achieved by removing unnecessary internal calls to "smpatch list" at the end of patch installation (6336195)</li>
<li>We have corrected the case where a Solaris host appears as a managed asset in the hosted web app but could not be analyzed or updated. All systems that appear in the hosted web app can now be analyzed and updated. (6341454)</li>
</ul>
Updates to the Sun Update Connection server-side "Hosted" application and infrastructure will also be deployed on February 25 to add infrastructure changes needed to support the My Sun Connection portal. In addition, several minor user interface enhancement have been made to improve ease-of-use. No new features are being added to the Hosted application in this release.
For a complete list of the defects corrected in this release please
refer to the patch README file for this patch. Additionally, the Sun Update Connection Release Notes have been updated (see http://docs.sun.com/source/916-1619/index.html). Note also that this update includes fixes that were delivered in prior releases of the Sun Update Connection client software. By installing this update you may be getting fixes that were previously available but not present on your system.
Thank you,
Kayo Granillo
kayo.granillo#sun.com 
Whohoo.
It seems to work.
I can finally retire my do_patches script.
Now all I need you to fix is the speed of patching zoned machines.
Last time I tried to patch a machine with 8 zones that was only a month behind in its patches, it took about 9 hours to do a patching run. And 3 hours of that was in the "critical" phases where services are supposed to be shut down.. 
Looks like I spoke too soon.
First time Ive run it on a zoned machine with patches to install.
And both the "delayed" patches fail to install.
They both install fine on a non zoned machine.
Console just shows
Installing update 119850-13 Failed
Installing update 119715-10 Failed
Where should I look for more informative logs? 
I found this logfile
less /var/sadm/spool/disallowed_patch_list_report
STATUS INSTALL BEGIN 119850-13
Transition patching (-t option) is not supported in a zones environment.
STATUS INSTALL END 119850-13 INSTALL.1
STATUS INSTALL BEGIN 119715-10
Transition patching (-t option) is not supported in a zones environment.
STATUS INSTALL END 119715-10 INSTALL.1 
Can we confirm that you are trying to patch the Global zone? 
Yess, running "smpatch update" in the global zone.
Then reboot with "shutdown -y -g0 -i6" 
Bug # 6362146 has been raised for this issue 
I found this logfile
less /var/sadm/spool/disallowed_patch_list_report
STATUS INSTALL BEGIN 119850-13
Transition patching (-t option) is not supported in a
zones environment.
STATUS INSTALL END 119850-13 INSTALL.1
STATUS INSTALL BEGIN 119715-10
Transition patching (-t option) is not supported in a
zones environment.
STATUS INSTALL END 119715-10 INSTALL.1I have removed the -t in /etc/rcS.d/S51installupdates in the line
$PATCHADD -t $BACKOUT_PARM $DEFERRED_DIR/$PATCHID.jar.dir/$PATCHID >> "$DEFERRED_UPDATES_REPORT" 2>&1
That will fix the problem temporarly. 
Hmm, the thing that most concerns me is that a bug that obvious should have been found in even the most cursory testing.

Applying patch hanging 118668-47 SUNWj5rt

When applying the solaris patchset it hangs while installing this java patch 118668-47. Server is running Solaris 10 8/11 s10x_u10wos_17b X86 I would like to know how to install the patch? I found people having the same problem on another topic: Install patchset on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 s10x_u9wos_14a X86but there is only one answer: "Check this Oracle Support Bug 7205884 https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/BugDisplay?id=7205884 "The problem is that the link cannot be displayed and I cannot find a workaround anywhere. Running a manual patchadd -g in debug mode hangs on this step: ...+ [  =  ]+ /usr/jdk/instances/jdk1.5.0/bin/java com.sun.servicetag.Installer -source SUNWj5rt^CInstallation of <SUNWj5rt> was terminated due to user request.
Before to investigate the real cause of this issue, and if this is still applicable if you follow my recommendation, I suggest to install the latest version of the patch to be sure that all security issues are integrated. The latest revision of the patch is the 118668-81.
I can try with the latest version of the patch. But I am afraid that it might cause problems while installing the next ones after this that might be dependant. After this one it comes 118669-47 on the patchset.And I was really hoping to find out the issue because I have an automated installation distributed among customers that hangs on this step. Isn't there any possibility to access the bug 7205884 description? 
The new reference for this bug is 15824250 and this one is a duplicate of bug ID 15911373.A fix is integrated in Java 6 but for Java 5 you should follow MOS doc ID 1514085.1.
Ok I understood the problem after your last post. The java patches try to read the servicetag and since I am on VMWare they hang. What worked for me: Installing manually 118668-81 and 118669-81 instead of 118668-41 and 118669-41If I only install 118668-81 it will hang on 118669-41. Then I can launch the Solaris patchset installation and it will skip those patches and continue with the next ones. What might also work (not tested from vmware forums) that seems easier than the workaround script:  It is a bug is in the Solaris patches making a call for the service tag number using the "/usr/sbin/smbios -t 4"The workaround seems to be when the JAVA patch goes into "wait" status (during the postinstall script) is to execute a "pkill smbios" this well stop that hung process and continue on as normal.https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/BugDisplay?_afrLoop=293092717567269&id=15909269&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=psde2nn4h_49 Thanks again for your support

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