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



Thursday Jun 09, 2011

Applying bundle patches on Exadata using Enterprise Manager Grid Control

With this post a small first note on applying Exadata Bundle Patches using Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11g.

Did you know:
  • Exadata BP's can be applied in a rolling fashion using Grid Control comparable to 'opatch auto'
  • The patching procedure always updates Opatch to the latest version automatically
  • To some extend conflicts are checked to prevent you from problems using patching
  • Before applying a patch you could run 'analyze' only and verify if the BP patch can be applied.
  • When a SQL script has to run as part of the BP, that's also taken care off

Interested ? Here some resources to help you forward:

More important, check first for required patches and what BP's are tested:
  • Grid Control OMS and Agent Patches required for setting up Provisioning, Patching and Cloning (Doc ID 427577.1)
  • Patch Oracle Exadata Database Machine via Oracle Enterprise Manager 11gR1 (11.1.0.1) (Doc ID 1265998.1)
  • Patch Requirements for Setting up Monitoring and Administration for Exadata (Doc ID 1323298.1)

Still, there's only one single source of truth when it comes to which patches are recommended for Exadata:

  • Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server 11g Release 2 (11.2) Supported Versions (ID 888828.1)

A small demo of a comparable 'RAC Rolling patch' can be found on OTN:

Rene Kundersma

Sunday May 08, 2011

Exadata Storage Server software 11.2.2.3.1 released

Since some days we have added Patch 12400152 (Exadata Storage Server software 11.2.2.3.1) to the list of Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server supported versions. The main enhancement in 11.2.2.3.1 is support for Solaris 11 Express  for x64 on the compute nodes on both X2-2 and X2-8 systems in addition to Linux. New Exadata Database Machines will ship with both Linux and Solaris installed on the compute nodes by default, and the customer can decide which OS to use at install time.

See note 888828.1 for supported patches

See the patch 12400152 README for more details on the enhancements.

 Rene Kundersma

About

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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