By Steven Chan (Oracle Development) on Feb 01, 2013
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 18.104.22.168. We strongly recommend that all EBS customers should be running this patchset now.
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:
- 22.214.171.124 was the major release for the 11gR2 codeline.
- 126.96.36.199 was the first patchset. You had 12 months to apply that patchset once it was released.
- 188.8.131.52 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:
- Release Schedule of Current Database Releases (Note 742060.1)