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FreeBSD 10: Apply Binary Updates To Keep Base System Up To Date

I know keeping a FreeBSD server up to date is a very important. How can I apply binary system patches and updates to a new installation of FreeBSD 10 server?

Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesYes
Estimated completion time5m
You need to use the freebsd-update tool. It is used to fetch, install, and rollback binary updates to the FreeBSD base system.

Find out current FreeBSD release

Type the following command:
uname -mrs


uname -a

Sample outputs:

FreeBSD netbook02 10.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE #0 r260789: Thu Jan 16 22:34:59 UTC 2014     root@snap.freebsd.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  amd64

FreeBSD install security updates and patch the server

Type the following command on a newly installed FreeBSD server:
# freebsd-update fetch install
Sample outputs:

freebsd-update fetch install
Looking up update.FreeBSD.org mirrors... 5 mirrors found.
Fetching metadata signature for 10.0-RELEASE from update4.freebsd.org... done.
Fetching metadata index... done.
Inspecting system... done.
Preparing to download files... done.
The following files will be updated as part of updating to 10.0-RELEASE-p5:
 Installing updates... done.

Reboot the FreeBSD server

Type the following command:
# reboot

Verify new system

Type the following command:
# uname -mrs
# uname -a
Sample outputs:

Fig. 01: Newly updated FreeBSD 10 server

Fig. 01: Newly updated FreeBSD 10 server

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