Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Do you know?
Premier Support for Oracle 11.2 will end soon!!!

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*** Please read this newer blog post as well ***
https://blogs.oracle.com/UPGRADE/entry/premier_support_for_oracle_11
*** Please read this newer blog post as well ***

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Do you know that Oracle Database 11.2 will run out of PREMIER SUPPORT in less than 11 months?

Well. you may mention now the waived first year of free EXTENDED SUPPORT but this will apply to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 (and to Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 until Aug 27, 2015) only!!! Now if you think of upgrading to Oracle 11.2.0.4 within the next months start thinking more into the direction of Oracle Database 12c instead. There won't be much difference in efforts and the amount of time you'll spend, regardless if you'd like to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 or Oracle Database 12c.

Don't waste your time, resources and money - start evaluation Oracle Database 12c today!!! 

Now a bit of clarification as somebody has raised this question:
MOS Note:209768.1 Error Correction Policy describes clearly what you can expect after the Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 has ended.

  • Error correction is only available for the: 
  • Current patch set, and 
  • Previous patch set, for the duration of the Grace Period
  •  What does the Grace Period mean?

    Grace Period: up to 1 year for first patch set (minimum 3 months), and up to 2 years for second and subsequent patch sets. 

    • First Patch Set: Customers on all platforms have up to one year from the release of the first patch set on the first platform of a major release to install it.

    • Second and Subsequent Patch Sets: For the second and any subsequent patch set release, customers on all platforms have up to two years from the release of a new patch set to install it. 

    As an example, for release X.Y (base release version X.Y.0.1): 

    • First patch set for (X.Y.0.2) comes out on Linux x86-64 in September 2010. Customers on all platforms have until September 2011 to install it. 

    • Second patch set (X.Y.0.3) comes out in September 2011. Customers would have two years – until September 2013 – to install X.Y.0.3. 

    • Third patch set (X.Y.0.4) comes out in July 2013, customers have until July 2015 to install it.

    During the grace period we will create new bug fixes for the previous patch set and the current patch set.

    Patching end dates for current and most recent patch sets can be found on My Oracle Support in Release Schedule of Current Database Releases (Doc ID 742060.1)

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    CORRECTION:

    I appologize but I got used to Support policies for 18 years now and therefore got to learn about something which got removed with Oracle Database 10.2.0.5. The direct combination of "Terminal Patch Set" and "Extended Support" has been removed a while back (and I didn't know it). That means (and the above posting has been corrected already):

    In order to get Extended Support for Oracle Database 11.2 you will have to be on Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 (the terminal patch set) or on Oracle Database 11.2.0.3. In the latter case patching will end by August 27, 2015 - which is described clearly in MOS Note: 742060.1


    Release Patching Ends

    Exceptions*

    11.2.0.4 31-Jan-2018
    HP-UX Itanium: Patching ends Dec 2020. Beginning Feb 1, 2018, Sev 1 fixes only (no PSU or CPU will be produced).
    11.2.0.3 27-Aug-2015

    11.2.0.2 31-Oct-2013
    End date extended beyond normal.

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