Grace Period Increased for Applying (some) Database Patchsets

It's crucial to maintain the database in your E-Business Suite environments by applying the latest database patchsets.  Database patchsets contain important security, performance, and stability updates. As of today, the latest database patchset certified with EBS is 11.2.0.3. We strongly recommend that all EBS customers should be running this patchset now.

Oracle Database release roadmap

Until now, whenever a new database patchset was released, you had up to 12 months to apply it.  This is called the grace period.  No new patches for the previous patchset would be released after that 12 month grace period.

Oracle's Server Technologies group has just increased the grace period for the second and later patchsets to two years.

This is easier to understand with an example:

  • 11.2.0.1 was the major release for the 11gR2 codeline.
  • 11.2.0.2 was the first patchset.  You had 12 months to apply that patchset once it was released.
  • 11.2.0.3 was the second patchset.  You now have 24 months to apply that patchset after its release.

For more information about these database support policies, see:

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Comments:

Hi Steven,

Are there plans to integrate a tool in Oracle products to automatically apply patchsets once they are released? (Or at least semi-automatically, where the sys admin must issue a single command to do so)

Posted by Fadi El-Eter (itoctopus) on February 01, 2013 at 06:23 AM PST #

Hi, Fadi,

You can use tools today like Oracle Enterprise Manager to automate major parts of your patching cycle -- notably, applying the same set of patches to multiple servers as you move from DEV to TEST to PROD. I'd recommend checking out EM as well as our Application Management Pack plug-in.

Our Support team is also investigating options for identifying and downloading sets of patches required for your environment automatically. Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 01, 2013 at 08:50 AM PST #

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