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Using Application Management Suite for Patch Management in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

[Guest Author: Angelo Rosado]
Oracle Application Management Suite provides automated patch management both for patches delivered by Oracle and for custom patches. You can patch Oracle E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud or on-premises, and promote patches seamlessly across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite environments. You can also deploy patches using Oracle Enterprise Command Line Interface (EMCLI), which allows you to extend patch management with custom deployment procedures.
Automated patch management simplifies the online patching process for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, by enabling you to complete all phases of online patching through a UI-driven interview process rather than from the command line. You can also view worker logs directly from the user interface.
The patch management capabilities of Oracle Application Management Suite provide patch recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite, including the database tier and application tier technology such as Oracle WebLogic Server. These recommendations eliminate the need for additional research, by showing only patches that are recommended but that have not been applied to your environments. 
The following screenshots show examples of patch recommendations for each layer of the technology stack.

Patches recommended for Oracle E-Business Suite


Patches recommended for Oracle Database


Patches Recommended for Oracle Applications Tier Technology

Patches Recommended for Oracle WebLogic Server

Patches Recommended for Oracle Fusion Middleware Webtier

Patches Recommended for Oracle Fusion Middleware Common

Other patch management features of Application Management Suite include the ability to download patches from My Oracle Support, check for pre-requisite patches, merge patches, and support NLS patches. You can also define patch promotion policies to enforce testing and controls used for the promotion of patches across test, development, and production environments. 


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