SUMMARY: 2.5.1 old to 2.5.1 new upgrade questions

From: Detlev Habicht (
Date: Tue Apr 06 1999 - 03:35:48 CDT

Hello all!

A long time ago, i had this question:

 I have a server (os server) running Solaris 2.5.1 May 96 Rev A. I want
 to upgrade this to Solaris 2.5.1 HW:11.97 with all recommended patches.

 It is possible to update only the operating system without
 deinstalling DiskSuite, backup software and other server related tools???

 Manpages say, i have to deinstall Disksuite. I running /export via
 DiskSuite and i have moved some directories from /opt to /export/opt
 (with links to /opt).

Well, i got some answers and at last - after hours of work - i changed
my plans. I don't know what is wrong with my server (or with me ;-).
The reason for the upgrade was to use Ultra 5 and Ultra 10 as AutoClients.
So i decided to use another host as 2.5.1-OS Server. This was easier ...

Some hints from the answers are perhaps important for others:

- Installing the current patches will change older Solaris versions to
  the 11/97 release. (I don't know, if this works really ...)

- Patchdiag is a tool to check the status of installed patches. You
  will find patchdiag on the SunSolve CD . Ref-files are located here:

- You can't run an upgrade if you have disksuite metadevices being used
  for /, /usr, /var, and /opt.


Many thanx to:

Ronald Loftin <>
Goodson Alex A <>
Dennis Martens <> (Marina Daniels)


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