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EBOOK: Comprehensive Linux Patch Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

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EBOOK: Comprehensive Linux Patch Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
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This chapter of the Oracle Cloud Cookbook describes how to implement a Linux patch management program using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’ Linux Host Patching feature.
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Author: Roddy Rodstein
 
Change Log
RevisionChange DescriptionUpdated ByDate
0.1Beta ReleaseRoddy Rodstein09/02/12
1.0First ReleaseRoddy Rodstein12/22/12
 
This document applies to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 1 and 2, Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5 and 6.
 
Table of Contents
 
Introduction
This chapter of the Oracle Cloud Cookbook describes how to implement a Linux patch management program using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’ Linux Host Patching feature. A patch management program is an integral component of an organization’s information security program used to mitigate the risk from security vulnerabilities (bugs) that are inherent in all operating systems and applications.  Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Host Patching can be used to effectively manage and distribute operating system and application patches in accordance with your organization’s change management policy. The goal of this chapter of the Oracle Cloud Cookbook is to describe how to establish a Linux patch management program that is a part of standard operations.
 
The first section of this chapter introduces the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Host Patching feature followed by the Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager prerequisites and requirements. The following sections describes how to select, design and deploy RPM repositories, Linux patch groups and Linux Patch jobs that conform to your organization’s change management policy. The chapter concludes with Linux patch troubleshooting.  
 
Linux Host Patching adds centralized Linux patch management to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux. The right to use the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Host Patching for Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is bundled with basic and premier Oracle Linux support. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Host Patching is a default Oracle Enterprise Manager feature which requires no additional installations or plug-ins. Oracle Enterprise Manager roles and groups can be configured to provide role based access to the Linux Host Patching feature.
 
Linux Host Patching allows you to set up and manage Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) RPM repository, as well as custom and 3rd party RPM repositories, download Advisories from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network, create Linux patch group, create custom repositories, submit emergency or scheduled patch jobs, submit rollback and/or uninstall patch jobs, create and manage configuration file channels for Linux file management.
 
Table 1 reviews the Linux Host Patching components:
 
To read the entire article at its source, please refer to Linux Patch Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
 
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Roddy Rodstein Roddy is one of the most respected Oracle Cloud experts in the Oracle community, having designed, architected, and managed many of the worlds largest and most complex public, private and hybrid Oracle Clouds. Mr. Rodstein spent six years at Citrix and three years at Oracle supporting virtualization, cloud computing and application delivery solutions for Global 100, Fortune 500, and SMB customers. Prior to joining Citrix and Oracle, Mr. Rodstein established, owned, and operated a consulting business that specialized in virtualization and application delivery.Roddy joined Oracle' Virtualization and Linux team from its inception in 2008. In March 2011, Roddy established Mokum Solutions, Inc.. "While at Oracle, there was not a single Oracle Partner in North America able to design, deploy and support public, private and hybrid Oracle VM Clouds. In fact, that was my inspiration to establish Mokum." Mr. Rodstein's professional achievements also extend to blogging, writing and self-publishing industry reference guides: The Underground Oracle VM Manual, The Oracle Cloud Cookbook as well as the development and ongoing management of the only independent Oracle social media website, ITNewsCast.com.

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