Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Oracle CM SDK 9.0.4.6.8 now available for download

I would like to inform you that we have now released Oracle CM SDK Patch 9.0.4.6.8 to My Oracle Support (Patch 17086605). This CM SDK 9.0.4.6.8 Patch includes a number of bug fixes that have been found by customers and partners during their testing of CM SDK versions 9.0.4.6.3 to 9.0.4.6.7. CM SDK 9.0.4.6.8 is code equal to the published open source code and will be the last official patch from Oracle on CM SDK 9.0.4.6. The Patch Readme that is bundled with the patch contains the list of bugs fixed in this patch as well as the installation and upgrade instructions.

We strongly recommend that you use this new CM SDK 9.0.4.6.8 Patch if you are interested in using CM SDK with the latest Java 6 compliant Middleware such as Oracle WebLogic Server or Oracle GlassFish Server. It will also ensure that you can benefit from fixes and enhancements provided by the community

Click here to download Oracle CM SDK 9.0.4.6.8 now.

Monday Aug 26, 2013

Easy upgrade path from CMSDK 9.0.4.2 to 9.0.4.6

Each Oracle CMSDK 9.0.4.6.x release comes with three different installation options.
  1. Create a new Oracle CMSDK 9.0.4.6 schema
  2. Upgrade from an existing Oracle CMSDK 9.0.4.2 installation
  3. Patch an existing 9.0.4.6.x installation

The upgrade process is divided into three phases: the Pre-SchemaUpgrade, Offline-SchemaUpgrade and Post-SchemaUpgrade phases.

Within each of these phases, a list of upgrade actions are performed in a specific sequence. The time required to complete the entire upgrade process depends on the size and complexity of the existing Oracle CMSDK schema. To minimize the down time of a production system, most of the long running actions are executed during either the Pre-SchemaUpgrade or the Post-SchemaUpgrade phase, because during these phases the system can remain in production. It is only during the Offline-SchemaUpgrade phase that the Oracle CMSDK system must be completely shut down.

Here is a brief overview of the three phases.

Pre-SchemaUpgrade

  • Executes while 9.0.4.2 system is running
  • Performs a number of long running actions
  • Can be executed multiple times before beginning next phase
Offline-SchemaUpgrade
  • 9.0.4.2 system must be shut down as this phase begins
  • Optimized to complete in a relatively short period of time
  • Pre-SchemaUpgrade actions are executed again, to process any "deltas" since the last time that phase completed
  • Offline-SchemaUpgrade actions are executed only once
Post-SchemaUpgrade
  • Can execute while 9.0.4.6 system is running
  • Performs actions which are largely optimizations
Our internal tests showed that a CMSDK system with 10 million documents required an actual down time of less than 15 minutes and a total upgrade time of roughly 25 hours. Again, this can vary based on other factors.

Detailed upgrade and installation instructions can be found in the Readme bundled with each release.

Friday Aug 16, 2013

Still on CMSDK 9.0.4.2 ?

CMSDK version 9.0.4.2 was released back in January 2005. This and every subsequent 9.0.4.2.x CMSDK version requires Oracle Application Server 10gR2 (10.1.2.0.2) for its run-time environment. This version of Oracle Application Server and the Java version it depends on (JDK 1.4) have already reached its end-of-life on Extended Support. See Oracle Application Server 10g certification information for more information.

So what now?

Let me explain to you how you can move your existing CMSDK environment to the latest Oracle stack.

In March 2012 we released a new version of CMSDK (version 9.0.4.6.3), which corrects two major issues that existed in CMSDK version 9.0.4.2:

  • Removing the dependency on Oracle Application Server 10g.
  • Making CMSDK compatible with the latest Java versions.

Since then, we have released a new CMSDK 9.0.4.6.x patch every four months. The most recent one, version 9.0.4.6.7, has been released to My Oracle Support as Patch 16465003 in July 2013. This patch includes a number of bug fixes that have been found by customers and partners during their testing of the earlier CMSDK 9.0.4.6.x versions. The Readme that is bundled with the patch contains the list of bugs fixed as well as the installation and upgrade instructions and the list of deprecated features.

CMSDK 9.0.4.6 is certified on current middleware products such as Oracle WebLogic Server or Oracle GlassFish Server and is available for download on My Oracle Support.

The following documents contain some further general information about CMSDK 9.0.4.6:

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My name is Frank Closheim. I lead Development for CMSDK at Oracle and want to share the latest news, best practices, examples and product updates about CMSDK with the Blogsphere.

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