OES 1 SP2: SLES 9 SP4 Support

  • 7000245
  • 29-Apr-2008
  • 27-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell Open Enterprise Server 1 (Linux based)

Situation

OES 1 SP2: SLES 9 SP4 Support

On April 29, 2008, Novell released OES 1 SP2 Updates through the standard oes patch channel. The updates consist of SLES 9 SP4 patches and some OES component patches. This is a channel-only release. There is no physical media available.

1.0 Prerequisites

The server that is to be patched must be running OES1 SP2, and it must be configured to receive patches through the oes patch channel. For more information on configuring the patch channel, see “Patching an OES Linux Server” in the OES 1 SP2 documentation.

IMPORTANT:For servers still running OES 1 SP1, the procedure for updating to OES 1 SP2 has changed slightly due to the SLES 9 SP4 patches that are now in the channel.

Do the following:

  1. Follow the entire procedure outlined in the documentation for either

  2. After completing all the instructions, verify the system dependencies as follows:

    • At the command line, enter rug ve and then type y to apply any additional packages that are needed

      Or

    • In the Red Carpet GUI, click Actions>Verify System Dependencies (or type Ctrl + D) and apply any needed packages.

The OES 1 server is now running with all supported SLES 9 SP4 patches. No further action is required at this time, but it is recommended to run the patch process regularly to ensure that the latest security and other fixes are applied.

Resolution

2.0 Process Overview

After completing the steps outlined in Section 5.0, Applying OES 1 SP2 Updates and apply all the patches in the channel, the server will be running OES 1 services on the SLES 9 SP4 platform. It really is just that simple.

3.0 Caveats

Novell Support: To retain Novell support, OES 1 servers must be patched only through the oes patch channel. Patching an OES 1 server through a SLES channel is not supported. Refer to TID 3045794 - How To Correctly Patch an Open Enterprise Server Linux for details on the patch procedure.

Third-Party Product Support: Updating an OES 1 server to run on the SLES 9 SP4 base might affect the functioning of kernel-space partner products, such as anti-virus solutions. Before updating, be sure to contact third-party solution providers to ensure that they support SLES 9 SP4.

4.0 Known Issues

Samba Gets Sleepy: Samba users whose workstations have been sitting idle for several minutes might be required to reauthenticate when they resume working.

Cluster Split-Brain Detection: Detection still doesn’t work properly when the LAN cable is disconnected on a two-node cluster.

NCP Cross-Protocol Locking: This is not functioning as expected when both a Samba user and a Novell Client user attempt to access the same file simultaneously. Rather than opening a read-only copy of the file, the second open request now results in a Forbidden message, and the user is unable to open the file at all.

5.0 Applying OES 1 SP2 Updates

To apply OES 1 SP2 Updates to an OES 1 SP2 server, do the following:

  1. Follow the instructions in “Patching an OES Linux Server” in the OES 1 SP2 documentation and apply all of the patches in the oes channel.

  2. After applying the patches, click the Refresh button or enter rug refresh at the terminal prompt to check for additional patches.

  3. If additional patches are listed, apply them to the server as well.

    This will ensure that the server has the latest kernel-update-tool installed.

The OES 1 server is now running with all supported SLES 9 SP4 patches. No further action is required at this time, but be sure to run the patch process regularly to ensure that the server has the latest security and other fixes.

Additional Information

This TID supercedes TID #3880331.

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