Friday Dec 18, 2015

Tech Tip: Get updates about new/important MOS Notes

There's nothing more annoying than unwanted and useless email newsletters in your inbox.

No doubt.

But sometimes I wish to have an alert about important MOS Note changes, recent additions to my favorite notes, updates to the bugs I monitor etc. I would like to know about helpful new MOS articles - when they get published ;-)

And this is what you need to do (and I'll have to apologize for the small pictures but our fancy, modern blog design template does not allow to include larger pictures ...).
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Log into MOS and change your SETTINGS

Once you've logged in you'll click on MORE and then navigate to SETTINGS.

Change SETTINGS in MOS
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Choose HOT TOPICS EMAIL in the left navigation menu

HOT TOPICS EMAIL
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Update the settings

Here it is important that you choose "Send with Selected Options" first and then "HTML" as otherwise the email does not seem to get sent ("Text" option does not seem to work).

HTML Option
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Add Products you'd like to get updates about 

Add Product Selection

Of course you may add more products - I chose only the "Database" in my example. 
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Change the number of items you'd like to see 

No of Items

*** AND DON'T FORGET TO HIT THE "APPLY" BUTTON FURTHER DOWN ON THE SCREEN ***
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 Check your current Favorites

Then it's important to check your current "Favorites". Click on the yellow/orange STAR in the upper menu close to the search field and select "Documents". If "Documents" does not get displayed there's no need to clean up as you haven't marked anything as favorite yet. But in my below example you see that I have a lot of very old docs in my list. 

Check Favorites

So I will clean them up first.
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Clean Up the favorite documents list

Click on "Manage Favorites" via the yellow/orange STAR and mark all unwanted documents by using either the usual SHIFT or STRG keys. Hit "Remove".

In my case the list is empty now.  
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Mark documents as FAVORITES 

The important work is now to mark certain documents or bugs as FAVORITES. In the below example I'd choose the most important MOS Note 161818.1 via the plain ID search (right side of the screenshot), and once the note gets displayed I'll push the withe STAR on the upper left corner above the document - the STAR will turn yellow/orange

Empty fav list

Once I've did that I will find this note now in my list of favorite documents:

Repeat this with the notes you'd like to get informed about changes. For instance I monitor always the "Known Issues and Alerts" for Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 and 11.2.0.4:

Issues and Alerts
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Receive the email update

Once you've did that you'll get an email per day with the recent changes - and it will contain information about the updates in your fav notes.


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Summary

It's hard to keep track about recent changes and updates to important MOS Notes. And it's even harder to learn about newly published articles in your areas of interest. The HOT Topics email feature in MOS is pretty cool and extremely helpful. I like it a lot.

But you'll have to enable it first in your settings as MOS does not want to spam you. 

Credits to Roy who dug out all the tiny pieces such as the HTML switch ;-)

--Mike

Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

MOS Download for Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 including SE2

Please find all our articles about Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.2 SE2:

 

You have 3 options to download Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12.1.0.2 and Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.2. SE2.

Regarding OTN and eDelivery nothing has been changed since Sep 1, 2015 when Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.2 SE2 got published. But the download from MOS now has changed.

When you search in the under Patches and Updates tab ...

Patches And Updates - MOS

... and display the Latest Patch Sets ...

Latest Patch Sets - MOS

... check for instance for platform Linux x86-64bit ...

MOS - 12.1.0.2 Linux

... then you'll wonder about the two patch numbers ...

Patch Numbers Oracle SE2 12.1.0.2

The only difference of 2.5 GB in size results from two more zip files included in the new patch number 2141921 ...

... you'll have to check the README button to find out what's hidden behind each file ...

Files 3 and 4 contain Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.2 SE2.

So please don't get puzzled by the different patch numbers - the only real difference is the inclusion of SE2 into the download package but the included patches etc are exactly the same as in the previous patch number. 

--Mike

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Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Things to consider BEFORE upgrading to Oracle 12.1.0.2 to AVOID poor performance and wrong results

Finally it got published on MyOracle Support (MOS) portal - one of the most helpful notes when we prep for an upgrade or a migration - and potentially the one with the longest title in MOS:

MOS Note: 2034610.1
Things to consider BEFORE upgrading to Oracle Database 12.1.0.2
to AVOID poor performance and wrong results 

Avoid Poor Performance and Wrong Results when upgrading to 12.1.0.2

Just in case you are NOT upgrading/migrating to Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 there are three other helpful notes for earlier releases available as well:

Document 1320966.1
Things to Consider Before Upgrading to 11.2.0.2
to Avoid Poor Performance or Wrong Results

Document 1392633.1
Things to Consider Before Upgrading to 11.2.0.3
to Avoid Poor Performance or Wrong Results
Document 1645862.1
Things to Consider Before Upgrading to 11.2.0.4
to Avoid Poor Performance or Wrong Results

--Mike 

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

New MOS Notes on Database Upgrades for 12c with or without Oracle Multitenant

Please find some new MyOracle Support (MOS) Notes about Database Upgrades to Oracle Database 12c, with or without Oracle Multitenant:

Credits for the CDB/PDB Notes go to my colleague, Krishnakumar Kunka  :-)

-Mike 

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Please use the new HTML Support Portal interface

It has taken a while ... ;-) But finally Oracle Support is switching the My Oracle Support Portal (MOS) from Flash to HTML. So please when you log in use the switch for HTML. 

If you'd like to get further information on changes, differences and such please see the following content:

 - Mike

Monday Oct 17, 2011

Database Upgrade: Most important Support Notes

It's been a while ... sorry for not updating the Blog this frequently in the past weeks ;-)Notes

But now I'm back in business and today I'm updating our major slide set with some new stuff. And while I'm updating it I thought about what would be the most important MOS (My Oracle Support) Notes on Database Upgrades. 

Actually I would say you should start here - and these Notes should guide you to the most important bits and pieces around upgrades. I won't claim that this is THE final list so you might have a look into our comprehensive slide set for further details and more helpful notes and white papers:

Note:1152016.1 Master Note For Oracle Database Upgrades and Migrations

Note:837570.1 Complete Checklist for Manual Upgrades to 11g Release 2

Note:1320966.1 Things to Consider Before Upgrade to 11.2.0.2 Database Performance

Note:785351.1 Upgrade Companion 11.2

Note:1348336.1 Known Issues and Alerts for Patch Set 11.2.0.3

Note:1179474.1 Known Issues and Alerts for Patch Set 11.2.0.2

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Master Product Manager - Database Upgrade & Migrations - Oracle

Based in Germany. Interlink between customers/partners and the Upgrade Development. Running workshops between Arctic and Antartica. Assisting customers in their reference projects onsite and remotely. Connect via:

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