Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle Database Release Status - MOS Note:742060.1

Almost every day I get at least one email by somebody asking things such as ...

  • What is the current status of Oracle 
  • Is Oracle Standard Edition One under Extended Support's treatment?
  • Do I get bug fixes for Oracle
  • And is it really true that I don't get bug fixes for Oracle anymore???

All valid questions - and all of them get answered within this reference note called:

Why am I writing this?

Simply because the Lifetime Support Policy Brochure only has now a link to a central MOS note added - but no explanatory text such as "Full Extended Support coverage will only apply to the terminal release". And the link is added in the right bottom corner underneath the table on (real) page 6 (the document's pagination doesn't count pages 1 and 2 as 1 and 2 for whatever reason). 

MOS Note:742060.1 has now an updated chart displaying clearly the Support Periods:

Oracle Release Chart

And a nice overview table clearly showing the Patching End Dates as well:

Oracle Patching End Dates for the Database

MOS Note:742060.1 is clearly THE REFERENCE in terms of questions such as:

  • How long will I get bug fixes for release X?
  • When is Premier Support ending for release Y?
  • Do I get Waived Extended Support for release Z?

Saturday Oct 17, 2015

Extended Support Fee for Oracle waived until May 31, 2017 - Extended Support until Dec 2020

Friday, Oct 16, 2015, Oracle announced that the Extended Support for Oracle Database will be waived until May 31, 2017. After this period of Waived Extendend Support, Extended Support for Oracle Database will be offered until end of December 2020.

This information can be found here:

Something to mention:

  • There's no bug fixing support for Oracle Database or below available anymore
  • If you'll compare the effort to upgrade to Oracle Database to Oracle you'll have to do the exact same amount of work. tests etc - no difference
  • UPDATE [Oct 20, 2015]
    Now MOS Note:742060.1 has updated as well but only the text, not the graphic yet. Usually this will take another few extra days as the owner of the Note is not in charge of the graph's creation. Please be patient ;-)


Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

MOS Download for Oracle Database including SE2

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


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

Regarding OTN and eDelivery nothing has been changed since Sep 1, 2015 when Oracle Database Standard Edition 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 - Linux

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

Patch Numbers Oracle SE2

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 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. 



Monday Sep 07, 2015

Oracle Database SE2 - Support and Patches for Oracle Database SE/SE1

Oracle SE2

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


Some questions regarding support for Oracle Database Standard Edition (SE/SE1) came up in the past days.

Most of those are answered already in MOS Note 2027072.1 (Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition 2 ( )

How long will Oracle Database in any edition remain under Premier Support? 

Full patching support for for all versions of 12gR1 (Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition and Standard One Edition) will be proviced for an additional 12 months from the release of SE2, so through until end August 2016. 

After that period Oracle Database will enter Sustaining Support. There won't be any Extended Support for Oracle Database in any edition.

Will there be PSUs and SPUs/CPUs available?

Yes, quarterly Patch Set Updates and Critical Patch Updates for will continue to be delivered until end of Premier Support for Oracle Database  

Will there be an Oracle Database Standard Edition SE/SE1? 

Beginning with the release of Oracle Database,  Oracle Database Standard Edition (SE) and Oracle Database Standard Edition One (SE1) are no longer being released. was the final edition that we will produce for SE and SE1.  

MOS Note:742060.1 Release Schedule of Current Database Releases does reflect this extension already:

Release Patching Ends

Notes and Exceptions* 31-Aug-2016



Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

No patches anymore for Oracle Database

Just in case you've missed the date please be aware:

No bug fixes, no patches, no CPU/SPUs, no PSUs, no BPs will be produced for Oracle Database since Augugst 28, 2015

I know from the many emails I'm receiving that people are a bit disturbed since the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy brochure (Lifetime Support Policy and Brochure for Technology Products ) doesn't talk explicitly about patch sets but offers support for Oracle 11.2 until January 2018.

Oracle 11.2 Lifetime Support Policy

But this - as always - applies to the terminal patch set only - i.e. Oracle Database

For a detailed description please see MOS Note:742060.1 and my previous blog posts from:

I have visited customers with hundreds of Oracle databases in the past months. If you are now sitting there with one or many or many many Oracle instances don't even think of moving to Oracle The amount of work you'll spend in evaluating Oracle is exactly the same as testing Oracle Move to Oracle Database - NOW!

Waived Extended Support for Oracle Database will end in less than 5 months.

And keep in mind: there's no such thing as a 2nd release anymore. Every patch set release is a full release - no matter if we talk about or Both have new features, new behavior etc etc.


Monday Jun 29, 2015

Premier Support for Oracle 11.2 has ended months ago



I have blogged many times about the End of Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 and the different stages and regulations for Extended Support for this release. But still I'm getting inquiries almost every day, internally and externally.

Let me first point out that I'm not a rep of Oracle Support. I'm just a Product Manager with some Oracle Support background. So you'll always have to consult our officially available documents and sources as regulations may change after I published this blog post. I'm just trying to summarize what I know at the moment to help you avoid some of the usual misunderstandings.

Premier Support for Oracle 11.2 has already ended

Fact. Premier Support for Oracle 11.2 has ended on Jan 31, 2015. Period. Regardless of the patch level you may be on. No further discussion here please. Just for your notes: this has happened a while ago in case you've missed the date:

Extended Support for Oracle 11.2 has started on Feb 1, 2015

  • For Oracle Database there's no such Extended Support offering available.
    This information can be found in MOS Note:742060.1.
  • For Oracle Database there's no such Extended Support offering available.
    This information can be found in MOS Note:742060.1.
  • For Oracle Database Oracle will waive Extended Support.
    But any patching for Oracle Database will end on 27-AUG-2015 meaning no further bug fixes or patches for Oracle Database (including PSUs, SPUs and BPs) after 27-AUG-2015 (please see the table below). Any bug fixing support for Oracle (of course including the waived Extended Support offering) will end at this date. No extension possible.
    This information can be found in MOS Note:742060.1.
  • For Oracle Database - the Terminal (final) Patch Set for Oracle Database 11.2 - Oracle will waive (no extra cost, no action required) the entire first year of Extended Support to every customer with a valid support contract. After 31-JAN-2016 you can purchase an additional maximum of two years of Extended Support for Oracle Database only. 
    This information can be found in MOS Note:742060.1.

Finally please look into MOS Note:742060.1 and MOS Note:1067455.1:

End of Patching

Quoting from MOS Note:1067455.1:

Support for Patch Set
Under the new policy for overlapping Patch Set support, will continue to be supported through 27 August 2015. The last Critical Patch Updates (Security Patch Update and Patch Set Update) for will be released in July 2015. After then you will need to be running on or a supported 12.1 Patch Set to get Critical Patch Updates.

I have learned in the past weeks that some information in the official Support documents (Lifetime Support Policy)such as the Brochure for Technology Products (including of course the database but also a clear description about the different levels of support) is not clear and obvious to everybody. This docs don't differentiate between the several patch releases.  

Premier Extended Support Oracle Database

Therefore you will have to consult MOS Note:742060.1 for further clarification and specific dates per patch level. 


Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

ORAchk with new checks + Restart support


Never used or heard about ORAchk? Then it's time to give it a try! 

ORAchk has now be released. ORAchk has so many great features, especially more than 50 new health checks, OL7 Support - and is now aware of Oracle Restart environments.

New features include:

  • Linux on System Z (RHEL 6, RHEL 7, SuSE 12)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7
  • Single Instance ASM Checks
  • Upgrade Validation checks for
  • Enhanced Golden Gate Checks 
  • Enterprise Manager Agent Checks
  • Enhanced Reporting to highlight checks that ORAchk cannot gain full visibility for
    (checks that require manual validation)
  • Improved health Score Calculation (you can now hit 100%)
  • Over 50 new health checks
  • Bug Fixes

Download the most recent version via MOS Note:1268927.1.

Learn more about the Upgrade Readiness Assessment with ORAckh in MOS Note: 1457357.1


PS: Updated the post on Mar 7, 2015, as ORAchk became production!

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 Database Performance

Note:785351.1 Upgrade Companion 11.2

Note:1348336.1 Known Issues and Alerts for Patch Set

Note:1179474.1 Known Issues and Alerts for Patch Set


Mike Dietrich - Oracle Mike Dietrich
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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