last updated on 2009-12-10

Welcome to the Patching Documentation Center

This page provides the latest information on patching. See the How To and Resources tabs for all our patching documentation for Solaris users with various levels of patching experience.

Patching Quick Links


5 Things You Must Do Before Patching

Follow the steps below to complete five essential tasks before trying to patch your Solaris system.

Need A Patch?

Find specific patches at SunSolve. The SunSolve Patch Page provides all the patches for your specific system configuration.

What's New In Patching?

Find Training

New to Solaris? These videos from Sun Training provide an easy introduction to patching.

Patch Video Book 1
Sun's Patching Philosophy
Patch Video Book 2
Patching Best Practices


For more information, see the Sun Training Center.

BigAdmin Patch-Related Articles

Find Support


There are lots of ways to find support for your Solaris system. See the support menu at the top of the page.


Register Your Gear

To automate your patching, register your gear at either:

OpenSolaris Image Packaging System

Do you want to see how future patch architecture is changing? The Image Packaging System, pkg(5), is a framework that provides for software lifecycle management such as installation, upgrade, and removal of packages.

From the architect, Stephen Hahn, a summary of how Indiana's Image Packaging System (IPS) changes patching: