Solaris install pointers

OK, say that tomorrow you've got to install Solaris 8 (SunOS 5.8) on a SparcServer 20 (no laughing!) with 384 MB, OpenBoot v2.25, 2 internal drives (2GB, 8GB) and an external Exabyte 8mm DAT tape drive. Its got a GX card and a Sun monitor and is going to be hooked to a simple Ethernet network and a public IP address (behind a firewall, natch). Its going to be a jack-of-all-trades box - shuffle some E-Mail (sendmail v8.12), host a few web pages (Apache 2), hold a couple of shell accounts, a little FTPing here and there, mebbe have a DNS zone or two as a slave (BIND 8). Nothing exceptionally strenuous, but a lot of different things. It'll have the usual GNU and other software added to it - gcc, perl, yadda, yadda....

So you slap on v8, then.....?

1a) Do you put on Maintenance Update #7 first, and then the Recommended Patch Cluster, or is the Cluster first? Or do you need both?

1b) The Maintenance Update is about twice the size of the Cluster. What does the Recommended Cluster omit that the Maintenance Update has? Or do they cover completely different ground?

2) Are there any specific patches not found in the Update or Cluster that you would put on?

3) Any pitfalls between a fully patched v8 install and latest versions of major programs/utilities (for example "Don't run gcc v3.3.2 with Patch 12345-01!!!")

4) A pointer/link to Solaris hardening references that specifically cover v8 would be appreciated.

This doesn't strike me as a very hard Question, but I do need the info soon. Replies that manage not to laugh at the pizza box get extra points. :-)
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shivsaCommented:
1. Maintenance update is like a update to Solaris itself. they provide you with a complete set of Solaris patches that have been tested as a unit and can be easily installed or deinstalled. You can simply add the update to your existing Solaris computing environment and have improved system stability and performance.

1b. recommend cluster is a set of patches till todate. it will be having more latest fixes than the maintenance update(if that is a little old).
because it is released more often.

recommended:
install latest maintenance update and than if u have patch cluster released after that maintenance update, install it on top of this.The one on the MU may be several months out of date.

3. The Solaris patch clusters do not always include all patches that may be preferred for complete system functionality. Individual patch README files contain additional information regarding related patches that may be desired for complete fixes to reported problems. Additionally, certain hardware platforms may require specific patches that are not included in the patch cluster. Please consult Sun Solaris documentation, specifically installation release notes, and Sun's Web site sunsolve.sun.com for further information.

4. http://www.yassp.org/os.html



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yuzhCommented:
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"1a) Do you put on Maintenance Update #7 first, and then the Recommended Patch Cluster, or is the Cluster first? Or do you need both?

1b) The Maintenance Update is about twice the size of the Cluster. What does the Recommended Cluster omit that the Maintenance Update has? Or do they cover completely different ground?"

shivsa  already give you a good explanation, have a look at the following Sun docs to
get more details:

http://www.sun.com/service/support/sw_only/pmstrategies10.02.pdf

When you have very limites HD SPACE, you can skip the Maintenance Update,  but you MUST
apply the latest recommended path (critical !). if you really want to save disk space, install it
with "nosave" option

2) Are there any specific patches not found in the Update or Cluster that you would put on?

It might happen, eg, if you only apply the latest recommended path, and you want to install
a special appliction software with might require the system add a particular Solaris package
/patch, this is not happen that often.

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yuzhCommented:
Sorry, I type in a <enter> key!

Now keep going:

3) Any pitfalls between a fully patched v8 install and latest versions of major programs/utilities (for example "Don't run gcc v3.3.2 with Patch 12345-01!!!")

after you install the lates recommended path cluster, you shouldn't have problem
with gcc compiler, unless there is bug in the compiler. You can alway download
the free tools from:
http://sunfreeware.com/

4) A pointer/link to Solaris hardening references that specifically cover v8 would be appreciated.

have a look at:

http://oldlook.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Solaris/Q_20489173.html
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riaanvdCommented:
Go for the standard solaris install and then apply the solaris 8 recommended patches. The system should be able to run the OS even if it is a bit slow. The rest of the stuff is basically OS dependant so if the OS runs fine your other apps and utils will run fine.
A good link for security is:
http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/collections/security.html
For extra patches you need to look on:
sunsolve.sun.com
The best would be to test it and start an install if the machine is available. I can't see any reason why it shouldn't work.

good luck.
Riaan
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PsiCopAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your comments. I know where to get the patches, I have a SunSolve account, I just needed some pointers on Tab A vs. Slot B.

Since everyone contributed useful information, I'm going to split the points evenly.  I appreciate the pointers.
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PsiCopAuthor Commented:
And since no one laughed at my server box (altho riaanvd did say it was slow) I'll up the points.
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