The SMS server, when connected to the TMC, monitors the TMC for SMS software patches. In the SMS client, you can enable or disable SMS patch notifications that indicate when a more recent patch is available. If patch notifications are enabled, a green check and the value “Enabled” are displayed in the SMS Patch Notifications field. If patch notifications are disabled, the value “Disabled” is displayed. Click the button to the right of the field to enable or disable patch notifications.
Before you download and install an SMS patch, make note of the following:
- The SMS server can obtain the software automatically from the TMC or can import a patch file from storage media such as a CD-ROM or hard drive.
- You can typically roll back a patch; refer to the patch Release Notes for rollback information. If you choose to roll back a patch, it rolls back the cumulative patch, effectively removing all patches from the SMS server. A patch rollback typically requires a restart of the SMS server application.
- Installing an SMS patch typically causes the SMS server application to restart, and in some cases requires the SMS server to reboot. All client connections to the SMS are stopped during the patch process.
- When the SMS server is unavailable during the reboot process, the availability and operations of TippingPoint devices managed by the SMS are not affected. IPS and other devices continue to operate as usual and without interruption.
- The version of SMS client software should match the version of the SMS server. Some patches require an update to the SMS client as well as the SMS server. In this case, all clients are prompted to upgrade to the newer version when they try to connect to the patched SMS server.
- Before applying software upgrades to an SMS HA cluster, be sure to disable the HA cluster. The process for upgrading an HA cluster is to disable clustering, upgrade each SMS server separately, and then reestablish the cluster.
- Log in to the SMS from a client.
- On the SMS toolbar, navigate to the Admin->General tab.
- Within the SMS Patches area of the Admin (General) screen, click the Update button. The SMS Patch Wizard dialog box opens.
- If you want to download the patch from the TMC, perform the following steps:
- Select Download from the TMC and click Next. After the SMS server polls the TMC for available patches, select the desired file from the SMS Patch File drop-down menu. The Release Notes section displays information about the selected patch.
- Click Download.
- Note: Patches are cumulative. If multiple patches are available you can choose the latest patch, which includes all previous patches.
- If you want to import a patch from storage media, perform the following steps:
- Select Import from File and click Next.
- Enter the location of the patch file or click Browse to locate the file on your system.
- Click Import.
- Note: For best results, do not modify the name of the obtained file prior to importing it.
- Click Finish.
Be prepared for the SMS server to perform one of the following actions, depending upon the needs of the patch:
- A restart of the SMS server application
- A reboot of the SMS server
- A forced upgrade of the SMS client
If the patch required an update to the SMS client, you will need to update the client software on all your SMS client systems. You can accomplish this by accepting the SMS request to automatically update the client when the client makes its initial attempt to log on to the SMS server following installation of the patch. You can also connect to the SMS server from the client system with a web browser and then download and install the client software.
Reference: SMS User Guide