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Solaris Autoregistration (S10 9/10)

The new Solaris update release Solaris 10 9/10 is out. The product ships with Oracle branding and licensing and it has a new feature the "autoregistration".

I used to Virtualbox sandbox to figure out what the impact the auto registration has on a text based upgrade and and a GUI based fresh installation. Some example of the regadm command and the related service can be found at the end.

Upgrade with Text Installer

The first thing I was was a text based upgrade of an existing vanilla installation of Solaris 10 on x64. The first change it that the installer asks you to to optionally register my support information. 

 I have chosen this option. The next thing it wants to know is  

  • Oracle support user
  • related pass word
  • potential proxy information for the phone home capability

 The next steps follow as usual. The installer performs a patch analysis.

It'll be able to remove 69 patches in my case and downgrade one 

 The patches in question are listed below




 Patch 121781 will get downgraded

Voila, my system got upgraded a good hour later.

GUI Installation

The next thing I tried was a fresh GUI based install. The invitation to use the auto registration looks as follows:

The same information is getting gathered as before.

A summary screen shows the data gathered:

The alternative is to to register anonymously. I left all fields blank. The summary looked in this case like:

regadm Command and autoreg Service

Once the system is up and running you'll find out that you got a new buddy the service autoreg will will call home to Oracle from time to time...

bash-3.00# svcs -l  svc:/application/autoreg:default
fmri         svc:/application/autoreg:default
name         Solaris Auto Registration
enabled      true
state        online
next_state   none
state_time   Sat Sep 11 12:40:23 2010
logfile      /var/svc/log/application-autoreg:default.log
restarter    svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
dependency   require_all/none svc:/system/filesystem/local:default (online)
dependency   require_all/none svc:/network/service (online)
dependency   require_all/none svc:/milestone/name-services (online)
dependency   require_all/none svc:/milestone/multi-user-server (online)
dependency   optional_all/none svc:/application/stosreg (online)

The registration can then be managed through the new regadm command

An anonymous registration looks as follows:

bash-3.00# regadm register
Registering with My Oracle Support using username     Registered Solaris 10 Operating System    Registered StarOffice 8 Office Suite Update 11    Registered StarOffice 8 Office Suite Update 11 Registration successful

The registration service can be enable, disabled and checked thorigh the regadm command as well.

bash-3.00# regadm status
Solaris Auto-Registration is currently online
bash-3.00# regadm disable
bash-3.00# regadm status
Solaris Auto-Registration is currently disabled
bash-3.00# regadm enable
bash-3.00# regadm status
Solaris Auto-Registration is currently online

More information can be found in the Oracle online documentation.

blog | by Dr. Radut