This will be a short blog post but since I received a number of messages yesterday after I published my usual Patching all my environments with the April 2022 Patch Bundles blog post I need to clarify a few things regarding Oracle Database 188.8.131.52 – End of Support and Patch Bundles.
Premier Support for Oracle 184.108.40.206
If you remember this, the Premier Support period for Oracle 220.127.116.11 ended on November 30, 2020.
Limited Error Correction Support for Oracle 18.104.22.168
Since many of you were still on Oracle 22.214.171.124 when the end of Premier Support came closer, the people in charge at Oracle did listen to your concerns. And we added Limited Error Correction Support for Oracle Database 126.96.36.199 until end of March 2022. Basically, you could stay 1.5 years longer on 188.8.131.52 without any need to pay for Extended Support.
See here for a recap:
- Oracle 184.108.40.206 Support extended with Limited Error Correction Support
- Oracle 220.127.116.11 – Clarification for Limited Error Correction Support
No Patch Bundles and Fixes anymore for Oracle 18.104.22.168
As a result of this with Oracle 22.214.171.124 entering Sustaining Support from April 1, 2022 on, you won’t find patch bundles such as the RU for Grid Infrastructure and the database in the April 2022 cycle anymore.
And this is actually the main reason for my blog post. Several people were asking after my Patching all my environments with the April 2022 Patch Bundles post when the 126.96.36.199 bundles for GI and the database will be available. But unfortunately there won’t be any available anymore since 188.8.131.52 has left Limited Error Correction Support.
This means, you still can open SRs, we give you access to everything we produced for 184.108.40.206 – but there won’t be new patches from now on.
Upgrade to Oracle 220.127.116.11 aka 19c
So what are your tasks now? You need to upgrade to Oracle 18.104.22.168 which is better known as Oracle Database 19c. In the old terminology we would have called 19c the terminal patch set. But now it is simply 19c.
Upgrade your Grid Infrastructure at first. You can still operate 22.214.171.124 databases (and of course 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 databases, too) with GI 19c. Just ensure you patch GI to 19.15.0 and check MOS Note: 555.1 for additional known issues.
Oracle Database 19c gives you Premier Support until end of April 2024 – and several years of Extended Support in addition.
Please check the Single Source of Truth MOS Note: 742060.1.