Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

First quarterly full stack download patch for Exadata available

Today Oracle released the first quarterly full stack download patch for Exadata a.k.a QFSDP

This patch is available for both Linux and Solaris and contains three primary components:
  1. Infrastructure (storage server, infiniband switch and PDU)
  2. Database (Database, Clusterware but also Opatch and Oplan)
  3. System management (agent, OMS and EM plugins)

The patch is available on MOS for Linux and Solaris and can be used for those customers who want to download the recommended releases for all components for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine in one go.

In this QFSDP you will find the Quarterly Database Patch for Exadata a.k.a QDPE. The current version is Jan 2012.

This is part of a new strategy for patching Exadata that reduces the number and frequency of patches released to customers even more.

For the database: while also continuing to make important fixes available in monthly or bimonthly interim bundle patches, Oracle recommends most customers only applying the QDPE. The currenly recommened QDPE is available via MOS patch 13513783.

MOS note 888828.1 is still the recommend place to look first for the latest information regarding recommend/supported releases.

Rene Kundersma



Monday Jan 02, 2012

11.2.0.3 available for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine

This post is about upgrades. The first thing I like to mention is the availability of 11.2.0.3 for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine since today (Jan 3rd 2012). With this, it is now possible to upgrade your Oracle Exadata Database Machine to 11.2.0.3. To help you best with the upgrade we have released a MOS note that describes the prerequisites and steps to go from 11.2.0.1 or 11.2.0.2 installations to 11.2.0.3. Please see the MOS note for the best approach on how to apply this upgrade in your environment. The MOS note applies to both Solaris 11 Express and Linux installations and upgrades both the Grid Infrastructure and the Database Home on V2, X2-2 and X2-8.

Please see MOS note "11.2.0.1/11.2.0.2 to 11.2.0.3 Database Upgrade on Exadata Database Machine" (Doc ID 1373255.1) for more details.

For V1 users we have recently also published MOS note 888834.1. This document contains the steps to upgrade the HP Oracle Database Machine to Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software 11.2.X.  The steps include upgrading Oracle Cluster Ready Services (CRS) 11.1.0.7.X and Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) 11.1.0.7.X to Oracle Grid Infrastucture 11.2.0.2 and Oracle RDBMS from 11.1.0.7 to Oracle RDBMS 11.2.0.2. After upgrading to 11.2.0 on V1 hardware using MOS note 888834.1,  MOS note 1373255.1 can be used to upgrade to 11.2.0.3.

Please See MOS note "HP Oracle Database Machine 11.2 Upgrade" (Doc ID 888834.1)

René Kundersma

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Blog of Rene Kundersma, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Development USA. I am designing and evaluating solutions and best practices around database MAA focused on Exadata. This involves HA, backup/recovery, migration and database consolidation and upgrades on Exadata. Opinions are my own and not necessarily those of Oracle Corporation. See http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/availability/htdocs/maa.htm.

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