A critical component of managing an application includes both patching and maintaining the software. Applying patches is not only required for bug fixes, it is also a means of obtaining new and beneficial functionality. Thus it becomes an important task to maintain a healthy and productive Enterprise Manager (EM) solution. The process of patching itself can present different challenges that can potentially increase the work and time involved in each patching exercise. Issues could arise such as patch conflicts, not meeting required prerequisites and even unnecessary downtime. Spending the proper time to setup a patching strategy can save time and effort as well as possible errors and risk when patching a production EM environment.
The MAA team has recently published a new whitepaper which provides an overview of the recommended patching strategy for Oracle Enterprise Manager. This information is intended to be a guideline for maintaining a patched and highly available EM environment and may need customization to accommodate requirements of an individual organization.
There are five main topics covered in this paper as outlined below: