Friday Jan 09, 2015

Oracle 12.1.0.2 is now certified with Oracle EBS 12.2

Just copying this information from Steven Chang's blog: 

Please note that Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 is already certified with EBS 12.1. 

-Mike 

Monday Nov 17, 2014

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 EE for HP, AIX and zLinux available

Last week the remaining ports for Oracle Database 12c 12.1.0.2 became available at the usual sources:

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

OOW2014 - Upgrade in a Multitenant Environment

On Sept 30, 2014 at Oracle OpenWorld, Joseph Errede gave his excellent talk about all the tech details in catctl.pl focusing on what happens when you upgrade a multitenant environment. The presentation is very technical explaining many of the switches of catctl.pl. If you'd like to get the slides please find them either in the Slides Download Center to the right or directly via this link:

-Mike 

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

OOW2014 - Presentation and Hands.On.Lab

Thanks to everybody for coming by yesterday evening to our talk about Upgrade, Migrate and Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c. It was really a pleasure to speak in front of so many interested people :-)

If you'd like to download the slides please access them via the Slides Downloads Center to your right - or via this direct link: OOW 2014: Upgrade, Migrate, Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c

Or you may get the huge +500 slide deck covering all the different options and much more about Oracle Database 12c here: Upgrade, Migrate & Consolidate to Oracle Database 12c

hands on lab - oow 2014 - upgrade

And thanks to everybody who did show up for the Hands-On-Lab in the Nikko Hotel's Bay View room. Please be aware that you have to be at the room at least 10 minutes before lab starts. Otherwise the open seats will be given away by the door keepers. Not our idea, and we've just learned about it yesterday So please keep that in mind for the 3 remaining labs.

If you'd like to download the lab instructions get the via this link: 

And I'll promise I'll post instructions on how to setup the lab by yourself as we are not allow 

-Mike 

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 for MS Windows is available

Finally Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 for MS Windows is available for download from OTN, eDelivery and MOS:

-Mike

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

OOW 2014: Focus on Upgrades/Migrations

For our presentations and others around the topic of database upgrades and migrations please see our "Focus On ..." listening - but there are also many others for different topics collected by the responsible Product Managers:

The whole set of "Focus On" documents that will help you find sessions about any given topic?  For example, you could take a look at

Focus on Database Upgrade

or

Focus on Database Utilities: Data Pump, SQL*Loader, Transportable Tablespaces

I hope you will find these useful as you plan what is sure to be a very, VERY busy week!  

-Roy 

Monday Sep 22, 2014

New AQ Background Architecture in Oracle 12c

Advanced Queing

I know a some really high profile customers making heavy use of Oracle Advanced Queuing. Now in Oracle Database 12c there's a change in the background architecture of AQ. The doc describes it more clearly than I ever could:

As far as I can see there shouldn't be any backwards compatibility issues. But (as always) I'd be happy to hear, read and learn about your experiences :-) 

And see a list of changes, additions, enhancements and new features of AQ here:


-Mike 

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Highly Recommended OOW Sessions

Here's a list of highly recommended OOW sessions apart from our own talks related to upgrades and migrations: 

-Mike 

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

OOW 2014 - Upgrade Hands-On-Lab at NIKKO HOTEL

This year's Oracle Open World will be a real challenge logistically for us. Non-privileged employees were assigned to airport hotels only. So Roy, Joe, Dean and I stay >16 miles (>25km) away from Moscone Center. And to make things even more complicated due to some reconstruction at the Moscone Center (I hope they'll get rid of their 1990s audio equipment and such) our Hands On Labs for instance are at the NIKKO Hotel, not at the Marriott Marquee anymore.

These are the dates for our HOL about How to upgrade to Oracle Database 12c and plug into Oracle Multitenant:

  • Monday , Sep 29 - 11:45 AM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Tuesday , Sep 30 - 5:15 PM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Wednesday, Oct 01 - 4:15 PM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
  • Thursday , Oct 02 - 8:30 AM in Hotel Nikko - Bay View (0/32)
Follow this link to the OOW Session Agenda - ID of the Labs is [HOL9127] - and usually you'll have to hurry as the 50 seats per lab sell out quickly.

Especially Thursday will be a tough call to be there at 8:30am in the morning. At least traffic on 101 won't be that terrible at such a night time ;-)

-Mike

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Upgrade and Migration Factory by Oracle Consulting

Oracle Consulting did launch a while ago the Oracle Consulting Migration Factory. The purpose of this offer is to support customers in large upgrade and migration projects with hundreds or thousands of databases. If you'll need this support in your projects please check out the Oracle Consulting Migration Factory page.

Please find more info in the Migration Factory White Paper.

Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Download Oracle Database 10.2 and 11.1 Software

In the past weeks several customers did either ask me in person or via email where to download Oracle Database 10.2 software, the base release. They need it for testing or to setup a system for an older application etc. And there are plenty of reasons for downloading "older" Oracle software.

But it has been completely removed from our OTN page and from eDelivery/SoftwareCloud.

There is a reason for doing that but it would be more informative if somebody at Oracle would have put out a message on OTN and eDelivery excusing for the inconvenience and asking you to open an SR in order to get either the media shipped or a download link sent from Oracle Support. So that's the official way to access Oracle 10.2 and Oracle 11.1 software.

But shouldn't you really be thinking about upgrading to Oracle Database 11.2, given that Oracle Database 10.2 is already out of Premier Support for two years (!!!) just hitting the final year of Extended Support, and Oracle Database 11.1 leaves Premier Support in a month?"

And sorry for any inconvenience regarding the downloads!!!

- Mike

Friday Apr 13, 2012

Excellent Source of Upgrade Information in Japanese

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that we have enjoyed our visits to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto immensely. We work very closely with our colleagues in Japan, and I would like to highlight a website that will be extremely useful to anybody who can read Japanese. The site is oracledatabase.jp/upgrade. Here is a screenshot:

Screenshot of Oracle Japan site for database upgrade information

With plenty of good information from web articles to white papers, this site is a terrific resource for our Japanese partners and customers! 

Monday Aug 29, 2011

Why upgrade?

Why Upgrade?

Simple question, isn't it? Paul from Sogeti in the Netherlands did ask this via email last week. He told me that it's difficult to convince customers who only look at an database as the backend to their application. If one is looking only from the apps perspective on the whole topic a database upgrade might be something totally useless simply costing time, effort and money.

These facts might convince one or the other customer:

#1: Oracle support period will end soon or has ended.
As there are tons of customers still on 10.2 the have left now even the first year of free-extended support - meaning no bug fixes unless you pay 20% of your support fee on top to get extended support for critical issues for another year - I'd call this "Wake Up Call" ;-)

#2: The application provider is pushing you to uprgade.
Oracle EBS, Siebel, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, even SAP - current supported versions will require Oracle 11.2 - so you'll have to go.

#3: CPU or PSUs - security fixes.
The news (and I mean ALL news, not even the yellow press) is full of reports and hacked and cracked systems. It is essential to have the most current security fixes. And you'll get them only during the premier support period unless you pay extra for extended support.

#4: Potential cost savings part 1.
What is the current cost driver in modern data centers? Fast disks taking tons of energy especially for cooling. 11.2 offers advanced compression and everybody can try this out with the free compression advisor beforehand. If I get acces to a customers system showing them that we could save half of the disk space this matters and pays back quite quickly if you consider energy costs and the cost for new storages.

#5: Potential cost savings part 2.
Active Data Guard. Utilize your standby for reports, offload reader traffic such as Apple does with iTunes platform. And amazon.com does as well. You'll avoid new hardware for a longer time, you'll give end users a better experience as you decrease the traffic and spread it. But this will make only sense if you have a standby.

#6: Faster access to LOB data - move to Secure Files.
Doesn't cost anything extra, is available in SE, EE etc. And will give your end-users much faster access to CLOB/BLOB data in the database. 


Wednesday Mar 09, 2011

New version of the upgrade slides available

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Thursday Feb 10, 2011

Valentine's Day in sunny Ottawa, Ontario

Birds may fly south for the winter, but I will be heading to Ottawa, Ontario next week for a workshop on 15-FEB. I'm pretty used to winter because I grew up in the snow belt southeast of Buffalo, NY -- and this winter in New England is helping me get prepared as well.

 

snow.jpg

 

For reference, the big lump is my gas grill.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a good workshop and to visiting Ottawa for my first time. If you're in the Ottawa/Gatineau area and would like to attend, please see the online evite for information about how to register.

Tuesday May 18, 2010

Upgrade Workshop in Belgrade/Serbia

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Wednesday Dec 23, 2009

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 for HP-IA and IBM AIX available

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Friday Sep 18, 2009

Database Upgrade presentations at OOW 2009

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Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Welcome to the Oracle Database Upgrade blog!!!

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Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
Master Product Manager - Database Upgrade & Migrations - Oracle Corp

Based near Munich/Germany and spending plenty of time in airplanes to run either upgrade workshops or work onsite or remotely with reference customers. Acting as interlink between customers/partners and the Upgrade Development.

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