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The best way to unattended update the OS.
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The best way to unattended update the OS.

I have a few VPS with CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu.
What a best way to unattended update the OS you are using, or you can recommend?

Comments

  • Just login from time to time and update. Unattended is risky, could break something.

    Thanked by 1tux
  • @rds100 said:
    Just login from time to time and update. Unattended is risky, could break something.

    If 1-2 VPS is good. But more than 10? Every time login and check - it's uncomfortable and time consuming.

  • SpeedBusSpeedBus Member, Host Rep
    edited August 2013

    run it as a cron ? yum update once a week/month ?

  • DroidzoneDroidzone Member
    edited August 2013

    apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get dist-upgrade -y for Debian based OSes.

    as a cron job. I wouldnt do it though. I don't have a need to be update.

  • package update is still okay if you're using Debian(without the testing repo) but beware with OS upgrades, there's once when I did an dist-upgrade on my Debian 7 at Ramnode and it removed upstart and there goes my box...........

  • tuxtux Member

    @wcypierre said:
    package update is still okay if you're using Debian(without the testing repo) but beware with OS upgrades, there's once when I did an dist-upgrade on my Debian 7 at Ramnode and it removed upstart and there goes my box...........

    upstart and debian? Can you explain this?

  • wcypierrewcypierre Member
    edited August 2013

    This is a bug in Debian 7

    Not reported by me, but the problem is the same: https://bugzilla.openvz.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2647
    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=525141

    @tux said:
    upstart and debian? Can you explain this?

  • tuxtux Member

    Upstart and debian sounds like Ubuntu. I don't have upstart installed on my debian boxes.

  • You can install apticron on your debian servers and yumupdatesd on your centos servers.
    This way you'll get notifications whenever updates are needed.

    This is what I use.

  • @camarg said:
    You can install apticron on your debian servers and yumupdatesd on your centos servers.
    This way you'll get notifications whenever updates are needed.

    This is what I use.

    Didn't know for Debian, thanks :)

  • and you're using Debian 7 as well? Probably its only on the SolusVM template provided by Ramnode as I use Xubuntu on my daily life so I'm particularly sure about it.

    @tux said:
    Upstart and debian sounds like Ubuntu. I don't have upstart installed on my debian boxes.

  • If you're running multiple production servers, I'd suggest you standardize on a distro.

    From a sysadmin perspective, 3 Debian 6 boxes (for example) are easier to maintain than three boxes that span different distros and versions.

  • smansman Member

    This is for Centos 5. Not sure if it's the same for 6.
    http://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/yum/sn-updating-your-system.html

  • Use Chef, Puppet, or something similar. If you do it right, you can perform updates with one recipe (chef term) across many different OSs.
    -J

  • smansman Member

    @joshin said:
    Use Chef, Puppet, or something similar. If you do it right, you can perform updates with one recipe (chef term) across many different OSs.
    -J

    Using chef or puppet just to do updates would be unbelievably massive overkill.

    Of course if you are already using it then automatic updates are already baked in.

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