Improved preupgrade.jar for Oracle 12.2 and 18c

My team mates are really quick. We received an information early this week about a missing or wrong DV check in the preupgrade – and they implemented it within a day or so. The September 2018 version of the improved preupgrade.jar for Oracle 12.2 and 18c is available for download.

Improved preupgrade.jar for Oracle 12.2 and 18c

What’s new in this version:

  • It adds a recycle bin check when the autofixup for dictionary statistics is run
  • And it updates DV_AUDIT_CLEANUP  to 11.2.0.4

Improved preupgrade.jar for Oracle 12.2 and 18c

Please find the new September versions of:

  • Oracle 12.2.0.1 preupgrade.jar – build 17
  • Oracle 18c preupgrade.jar – build 5

ready for download from MOS Note:884522.1 – How to Download and Run Oracle’s Database Pre-Upgrade Utility.… [ Read More ]

Office Hours: Upgrade and Migrations – September 20, 2018

It’s time for the next Office Hours: Upgrade and Migrations – September 20, 2018. This time Roy and Bill will run it as I’m traveling. And they’ve set it on purpose to a convenient time for the Americas. Roy has prepared a few slides upfront – and then it’s your time for questions.… [ Read More ]

Post-Conference Blues – or 5 days after POUG1018

Have you ever had a post-conference blues? This is the mood which makes you feel like sitting in a dark cage surrounded just by nothing as silence. And I’m still in post-conference blues – or 5 days after POUG2018.

Post-Conference Blues - or 5 days after POUG1018Worst post-conference blues ever?

Actually my worst post-conference blues wasn’t after POUG2018.… [ Read More ]

Oracle 12.2 and higher: Set _cursor_obsolete_threshold to old default

Sometimes development groups change default parameter settings because it fits well for a specific feature. This has happened with _cursor_obsolete_threshold in Oracle Database 12.2. But there’s now an official recommendation for Oracle 12.2 and higher: Set _cursor_obsolete_threshold to old default.

What is _cursor_obsolete_threshold?

First of all, this is obviously an underscore parameter.… [ Read More ]

Oracle Database 18c on-prem for MS Windows is available

I know it got delayed a bit. But there’s a good reason for the delay. In addition, my post is a bit late as well but I was on vacation. Anyway, you can download it since Aug 22, 2018. Oracle Database 18c on-prem for MS Windows is available.

Oracle Database 18c on-prem for MS Windows is available

Oracle Database 18c on-prem for MS Windows is available

You can download it from oracle.com and eDelivery:

Start here with the Oracle 18c on Windows Installation Guide.… [ Read More ]

New August 2018 preupgrade.jar for upgrades to 18c and 12.2.0.1

My team mates worked hard to improve release the new August 2018 preupgrade.jar for upgrades to 18c and 12.2.0.1. You can download both from myOracle Support.

New August 2018 preupgrade.jar for upgrades to 18c and 12.2.0.1

As usual, MOS Note: 884522.1 gives you access to the most recent versions of the preupgrade.jar tools (and of course the previous preupgrd.sql and utlu112i.sql scripts).… [ Read More ]

POUG – Pint with the Oracle User Group in Sopot, Poland

IPOUG - Pint with the Oracle User Group in Sopot, Poland‘m back from vacation. With 900 or so emails in my inbox. And messages on LinkedIn and Twitter, comments on the blog etc. So plenty of things to do for the next days. The event I’m really looking forward is my upcoming visit of the POUG – Pint with the Oracle User Group in Sopot, Poland.… [ Read More ]

Unified Auditing policies can slow down the upgrade

Unified Auditing policies can slow down the upgradeI posted several blog posts about Unified Auditing in the past. And recently a large customer in the UK alerted me about their upgrades with PDBs from 12.1 to 12.2 taking much longer when Unified Auditing policies were enabled. It looks like as if Unified Auditing policies can slow down the upgrade.… [ Read More ]

RMAN Backup Gives RMAN-06091: No Channel Allocated for Maintenance

RMAN Backup Gives RMAN-06091: No Channel Allocated for MaintenanceI really don’t want to turn this blog into an accumulation of issues and flaws. But as I explained many times before, the blog for me is also a way to dump information I likely will need the sooner or later again.

Recently I blogged about another RMAN issue in Oracle 12.2.0.1 with traces.… [ Read More ]

Cloning with Pluggable Databases in Oracle 18c

We had several discussions on the internal mailing lists the other day about cloning with Pluggable Databases in Oracle 18c (or 12.2.0.1). And I blogged about this topic a while ago but realized I may need to refresh this a bit.

Cloning with Pluggable Databases in Oracle 18c

My example from the old blog post still works fine.… [ Read More ]

Oracle 18.3.0 Multitenant: Compatibility Check does not work

Oracle 18.3.0 Multitenant: Compatibility Check does not workWhen I changed our Hands-On Lab to Oracle 18c, I encountered one strange issue in case I upgraded the UPGR database to 18.3.0 and wanted to plug it in afterwards. Before plugin I usually do a compatibility check. But this seems to fail. I checked my file, my paths, everything.… [ Read More ]

Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

While I was writing the blog post about Creating CDBs and non-CDBs with less options I realized that Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c – but I haven’t mentioned this here yet.

Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

Oracle Multimedia was called Oracle Intermedia a long time ago when we introduced it back in the Oracle 8i days.… [ Read More ]

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

If you are a regular user of ORAchk and/or EXAchk, you should download the most recent and newest version as Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released now.

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

The new features you’ll find in ORAchk 18.3.0 and EXAchk 18.3.0 include:

bullet Beta Support for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
In EXAchk Health Check Catalog under the Engineered systems of Private Cloud Appliance and Private Cloud Appliance Plane.
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Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

Usually I don’t post twice on a day, especially not on a Friday and not in the holiday season. But since last night, Aug 2, Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available for download from OTN.

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is availableOracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

You can download it from OTN:

And I couldn’t find it on eDelivery – where I find only the 18.1.0 version.… [ Read More ]

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?

That’s a question I have gotten several times already: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? Meaning, is there a fixed date when you’ll be unable to provision an instance containing Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 for instance?

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?

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Drop public synonym XMLCONCAT prior to upgrade

Thanks to my team mates, Cindy and Hector, who alerted me on this newly detected issue. When your database has been upgraded from release to release, it could happen that a public synonym XMLCONCAT exists. And before you upgrade to Oracle 12.2.01 or Oracle 18c you must drop this public synonym to avoid upgrade errors.… [ Read More ]

9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios

Our doc team has put a lot of effort together with the help of my team mates and created these 9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios as part of the official Oracle documentation.

9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios

The idea is to cut out the most common use cases and give a quick and comprehensive overview on all necessary steps.… [ Read More ]

Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c

Monday morning, another way-too-hot July day. Summer is crazy this year in Europe. We all enjoy nice sunny weather but nobody does enjoy a serious drought. Nowhere. While going through my inbox I spot this statement: ““Why should we go to 18.x with support till 2020?“. And this is not an unusual question.… [ Read More ]

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises is available for download on Linux since July 23, 2018. The other ports will follow soon. And via twitter I received a question why Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

When you unzip the downloaded database image:

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

then you may discover the following folder .patch_storage of 1.4GB size:

[oracle@localhost .patch_storage]$ ls -lrt
total 40
drwxr-xr-x.
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Oracle Database 18.3.0 Upgrade on premises

Oracle Database 18.3.0 Upgrade on premisesAs Oracle Database 18c is now available on Linux on premises, I blogged about the installation already. And the next logical step is the Oracle Database 18.3.0 Upgrade on premises. In this case I will show an upgrade on the command line from Oracle 11.2.0.4 to Oracle 18.3.0. A DBUA upgrade will follow in a separate blog post later.… [ Read More ]

Oracle Database 18.3.0 installation on premises

Oracle Database 18.3.0 installation on premisesOracle Database 18.3.0 is available on Linux since July 23, 2018. And I wanted to quickly sneak into the Oracle Database 18.3.0 installation on premises. I did blog about the Oracle 18c installation a few weeks ago but this was a plain 18.1.0. This time I install the 18.3.0 on-prem edition for Linux.… [ Read More ]

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises available for download on Linux

Finally … it took a bit longer than expected and many people have mailed me in the past days. But Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises available for download on Linux.

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises available for download on Linux

The other ports may follow soon after. I can’t give dates but you can download Oracle Database 18.3.0 on-prem for Linux now from OTN:

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises available for download on Linux

Follow this link to access the download location:

The download gets you the zip file but not the rpm.… [ Read More ]

July 2018 Update, Revision, BPs, PSUs – delays and other issues

This is a Friday morning blog post. And actually I had no intention to write it. I don’t mean it offensive. But yesterday I received an interesting email from Frits Hoogland from Enkitec/Accenture. Frits asked me about the July RUR and some unlogic things on MOS. Once I had answered his email, the next question came in.… [ Read More ]