Managing Oracle Linux Systems Guide
Software packages for Oracle Linux are distributed by Oracle via the Unbreakable Linux Network. In order to manage hosts running Oracle Linux and serve content, you need to fetch the software packages from Oracle first.
For a better understanding of orcharhino’s content management, see our glossary for terminology and key terms. Key terms include product, repository, content view, lifecycle environment, and activation key.
For more information, see Content Management guide.
In order to deploy an Oracle Linux 8 host in orcharhino which receives content supplied by the Oracle ULN repositories, the following steps have to be applied:
Create a product called
Oracle Linux 8 ULN
Create the necessary repositories
yumrepositories inside the product created in step 1. Each repository will require your Oracle credentials:
Add-ons ULN (
Appstream latest ULN (
BaseOS Latest ULN (
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6 (
Synchronize the repositories
Synchronize all repositories via the Select Action > Sync Now button on the products page.
Create a content view
Create a single content view called
Oracle 8 ULNcomprising the ULN repositories created in the
Oracle 8 ULNproduct and publish a new version.
Create a composite content view
Create a composite content view called
Composite Oracle 8 ULNcomprising the previously published single Oracle 8 ULN content view and further content views of your choice (e.g.
Oracle Linux client,
Puppetetc.). Publish a new version and promote this version to the lifecycle environment of your choice.
Create an activation key
Create an activation key called
oracle8-ulnand configure it as follows:
On the Details tab, assign the correct lifecycle environment and assign the correct composite content view.
On the Subscriptions tab, assign the necessary subscriptions (e.g.
Oracle 8 ULN,
Create a host group
Create a host group called
Oracle 8 ULNand assign the previously created activation key to it.
You can now deploy hosts supplied by the Oracle 8 ULN repositories.
The following additional steps are required to deploy hosts which are configured to have
ksplice installed and are capable to run uptrack-updates right after deployment:
Create a provisioning template snippet
Create a provisioning template snippet called
install_ksplicecontaining the following commands:
yum install uptrack-offline -y yum install uptrack-updates-$(uname -r) -y yum install ksplice -y
Add the snippet to the provisioning template
Add the snippet created in step 8 to the provisioning template:
<% if host_param_true?('install_ksplice') -%> <%= snippet 'install_ksplice' -%> <% end -%>
Add this before the following line:
We recommend to not edit a locked template, but rather clone it and edit the cloned template. Remember to add the cloned template to your operating systems.
Enable the snippet by setting the default value to
- install_ksplice: boolean (default=true)
Add this before enabling the Puppet repository:
- enable-puppetlabs-puppet6-repo: boolean (default=false)
Create the parameter
install_kspliceas a boolean in your
Oracle Linux 8 ULNhostgroup and set it to
In case an older version of the Linux kernel has been active during deployment, run the following command after rebooting the host:
yum install uptrack-updates-$(uname -r) -y