AutoUpgrade

New AutoUpgrade version 20211115 (Nov 2021) available for download

Yesterday at DOAG conference I announced it already in our Upgrade and Migration Round Table – and just a few hours later my team mates made the New AutoUpgrade version 20211115 (Nov 2021) available for download.

How to download AutoUpgrade?

Always download the most recent version of AutoUpgrade via MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool.

Just click on this link in the MOS Note:AutoUpgrade Nov 2021

Why do you need a new version?

A good number of issues being logged to us via blogs, tweets, SRs and eMails can be solved with the current …

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Upgrading a non-CDB to Oracle Database 21c with AutoUpgrade

Yesterday I wrote about the installation of Oracle Database 21c on Linux. But today it is time for Upgrading to Oracle Database 21c with AutoUpgrade.

Upgrading a non-CDB to Oracle Database 21c with AutoUpgrade

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AutoUpgrade

You may have heard it already from us and other colleagues, but we can’t repeat it often enough: There is only one recommended tool to upgrade your databases – and this is AutoUpgrade.

In my 21c home, I’m checking the deployed version of AutoUpgrade at first:

[CDB3] oracle@hol:/u01/app/oracle/product/21/rdbms/admin
$ java -jar autoupgrade.jar -version
build.hash 57ab246
build.version 21.1.3
build.date 2021/04/21 13:32:13
build.max_target_version 21
build.supported_target_versions 12.2,18,19,21
build.type production

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New version of AutoUpgrade (21.2) is available for download

As we often tell you, our Upgrade Development team is working hard to ensure an agile release cycle for AutoUpgrade. And the New version of AutoUpgrade (21.2) is available for download.

How to download?

As usual, you can (and should) always download the most recent version of AutoUpgrade from this MOS Note: 2485457.1. Usually the tool gets refreshed every 6-8 weeks. And the version you will download is guaranteed newer than the one you could get on disk.

New version of AutoUpgrade (21.2) is available for download

The fact the tool has a 21c versioning does not affect 19c upgrades. There …

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Where are AutoUpgrade error codes documented?

I know, I didn’t blog for a while due to seminar preparations and holidays. But as I’m going through the open comments on the blog trying to answer them, I came across a question regarding the strange UPG error codes, AutoUpgrade is printing sometimes. And of course, where are AutoUpgrade error codes documented?

The UPG errors

Once AutoUpgrade hits an error condition, it prints an error code such as UPG-1400 or UPG-1303. And often, this error code is not very meaningful. In the comments section, somebody asked where to fine more information about these …

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Download the newest AutoUpgrade for 19c and 21c upgrades

It’s out now and available since yesterday: AutoUpgrade 21c. Download the newest AutoUpgrade for 19c and 21c upgrades with many new features and improvements.

Download it!

This is the current version of AutoUpgrade:

build.hash 8ee6880
build.version 21.1.1
build.date 2020/12/14 14:41:34
build.max_target_version 21
build.supported_target_versions 12.2,18,19,21
build.type production
48 bug fixes since v21.0.0 release
Tag: v21.1.1
Description: This is the release for 21.1.1 MOS only

As usual, download it please from:

What’s new?

  • Non-CDB to PDB Upgrades
    • AutoUpgrade can upgrade and convert a non-CDB to a PDB in a new
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October 2020 Version of AutoUpgrade is available

The October 2020 Version of AutoUpgrade is available now for download since Friday last week. As usual, you can access it easily via MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool.

What’s new in the October 2020 version?

As usual you find the change.log at the end of MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool for the most recent Oracle Database upgrade tool. You will find the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Enahancements
    • BUG_31709141 Allow the job state to be reset when database is restored manually
  • Fixes
    • AUPG-1862 ORA-65173 occurs when running the fix for
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When Fixed Object Stats Gathering takes very long during upgrade …

Over the past days I exchanged several emails with a very important customer regarding Fixed Objects Stats gathering in relation to database upgrade. The customer found out that it takes very long in their environment – over an hour to be precise. Relaxing on the weekend helped me a bit. And this morning, it dawned me that I’ve had two similar cases before already. Plus I didn’t blog about it yet. Now it’s time to tell you a little but about Unified Auditing and the situation when Fixed Object Stats Gathering takes very long during upgrade …

When Fixed Object Stats Gathering takes very long during upgrade ...

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AutoUpgrade and the Partial Offline Backup Strategy

In our Fallback talk we promote a backup strategy for large DWHs and database which are on purpose in NOARCHIVELOG mode. But last week I learned that there is something important to know about AutoUpgrade and the Partial Offline Backup Strategy. Otherwise you may hit a

AutoUpgrade and the Partial Offline Backup Strategy

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pitfall.

 

Partial Offline Backup Strategy?

I won’t explain in all details what this is. If you’d like to read more, please find all the necessary information on my blog post from July 17, 2018:

with graphics included. In brief, you take …

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Oracle AutoUpgrade between two servers – and Plugin?

In my previous blog post I demonstrated how you can upgrade with AutoUpgrade between two servers. This a very typical scenario where you get new server, often also with a newer operating system version installed. But I was wondering if you can use Oracle AutoUpgrade between two servers – and Plugin?

AutoUpgrade between two servers

Please see my previous blog post about all the details:

Upgrade and Plugin?

At the end of it, I was curious if I couldn’t just plugin afterwards. But I …

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Oracle AutoUpgrade between two servers

I try to catch up with missing AutoUpgrade posts. And I should have written this one a while earlier ideally. Just yesterday a colleague asked me about it. So it’s time now to describe how to use Oracle AutoUpgrade between two servers.

Oracle AutoUpgrade between two servers

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Documentation

The Oracle Database 19c Upgrade Guide has this section about the scenario:

And you see that it consists of 5 steps:

  1. Run the -mode analyze step on source server
  2. Run the -mode fixups step on source server
  3. Shutdown and
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Upgrade fails with ORA-20001 during datapatch run

I encountered this issue now multiple times in my own environment. And I searched MOS and tried different things. But I couldn’t solve it yet. My Upgrade fails with ORA-20001 during datapatch run – and I’d like to show you how to bring the upgrade to an successful end.

Upgrade fails with ORA-20001 during datapatch run

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It all starts with an upgrade

In my lab environment I upgrade two databases often in parallel. An 11.2.0.4 database and a 12.2.0.1. The 11.2.0.4 upgrades always flawless. But the 12.2.0.1 occasionally fails. This is the screen AutoUpgrade is showing me – but this is not …

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AutoUpgrade with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

I knew, one fine day I will have to dig into TDE. Resistance is futile. There were so many questions regarding AutoUpgrade with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) in the past weeks and months. And the team is still working hard on a solution to make the non-CDB to PDB plugin flawless and automated for such cases. But I won’t cover the latter in this post here. I will solely focus on the database upgrade itself.

AutoUpgrade with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

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TDE?

Almost everybody of you reading this blog post may have more knowledge of Transparent Data Encryption than I. …

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How to skip a Fixup in AutoUpgrade

In this blog post I’d like to demonstrate how to skip a fixup in AutoUpgrade. This can be very useful in cases where you know that an issue may happen. Recently we saw several cases with unexpected long runtime for the gathering of fixed objects stats.

How to skip a Fixup in AutoUpgrade

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Analyze Mode

During the analyze phase, AutoUpgrade creates a <SID>_checklist.cfg file. You will find it in your job’s prechecks subdirectory, e.g.

/home/oracle/logs/DB12/100/prechecks

My SID is DB12, and 100 is the job number.

This is how the db12_checklist.cfg looks in my example:

[SID]          [DB12]
==========================================
[container]          [DB12]
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More information on AutoUpgrade’s TARGET_PDB_COPY_OPTION

A few weeks ago I blogged about the 3 new parameter options to plugin a non-CDB right after the upgrade and make it a PDB. As I explained, you must create the receiving CDB by yourself. But from your emails and comments, we realized that the examples in the documentation are not sufficient. Hence, today I’d like to give more information on AutoUpgrade’s TARGET_PDB_COPY_OPTION parameter.

What does this parameter do?

At first, this AutoUpgrade parameter (not an init.ora parameter!) is optional. If you don’t set it, the NOCOPY option will be used. Your …

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AutoUpgrade: Refresh Status Information automatically

I have heard and received this question several times. And I always pointed people to the status logs in AutoUpgrade’s logging directory. But I wasn’t aware how simple the monitoring can be. Kudos to my colleague Meir Burmanov from Oracle Israel for explaining me today how you can simply monitor AutoUpgrade: Refresh Status Information automatically.

Like it – and it’s very simple

This won’t be a long blog post. And maybe there are even more fancier ways to do the monitoring. But for me it does the job. And it is super simple. …

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AutoUpgrade in trouble when you are short on RAM

Actually I blog about this topic for the simple reason that currently you won’t find helpful information in MyOracle Support. And I’ve seen this issue now twice in a row at Enterprise customers. You may see AutoUpgrade in trouble when you are short on RAM. During one of the restarts AutoUpgrade initiates you may get an ORA-600.

AutoUpgrade in trouble when you are short on RAM

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What you may see

At first, the alert.log – and this is the strange pattern here – does not give you any indication about this ORA-600. You will find it only in the logs written by autoupgrade.jar:…

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AutoUpgrade and Plug In to a CDB – with a single command (and video)

I have to confess, this feature is out and available for quite a while. But only unofficially. AutoUpgrade can upgrade and plug in a non-CDB into a CDB. But it lacked flexibility. And we didn’t test it a lot. Hence, you could find it documented in our Hands-On Lab instructions. And we did this exercise with you already in our sold-out labs at OOW 2019 as well. But since a week and a bit, it is officially supported: AutoUpgrade and Plug In to a CDB – with a single command (and video).

AutoUpgrade and Plug In to a CDB - with a single command (and video)

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Create

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Troubleshooting, Restoring and Restarting AutoUpgrade

What if … something goes wrong during your database upgrade with AutoUpgrade? Of course, this never happens. But just in case, no worries – one of the really big advantages of AutoUpgrade (and the command line upgrade with “dbupgrade” as well) is its resumability and restartablity. But in this blog post I would like to cover a bit more. I will show you more details on Troubleshooting, Restoring and Restarting AutoUpgrade.

Troubleshooting, Restoring and Restarting AutoUpgrade

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And as often, the cause for this blog post is an email from Hervé Schweitzer, the CTO of dbi-services. Hervé told …

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AutoUpgrade – New Version with RAC Database Upgrade Support

Thanks to all our customers who participated in our evaluation test for RAC upgrade support with the AutoUpgrade Tool. And my colleagues worked hard to deliver the new version as quickly as possible. Just to make sure: This is not an April’s fools blog post. Since 2 days, you can download AutoUpgrade – New Version with RAC Database Upgrade Support.

AutoUpgrade - New Version with RAC Database Upgrade Support

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Where to download it?

As usual, you can download the newest version – in this case 19.8 aka 20200327 from MOS Note: 2485457.1:

You simply copy the new version into your 19c (or …

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AutoUpgrade and the COMPATIBLE parameter

Several times I’ve got asked by customers if AutoUpgrade does change the COMPATIBLE parameter. So let me explain what happens to COMPATIBLE when you upgrade. And give you also some hints about AutoUpgrade and the COMPATIBLE parameter.

AutoUpgrade and the COMPATIBLE parameter

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Does AutoUpgrade change COMPATIBLE?

No. Clearly, AutoUpgrade does not change the COMPATIBLE parameter for several reasons. At first, we recommend to not change the COMPATIBLE parameter right after the upgrade if you can afford another downtime soon after. By keeping COMPATIBLE on the previous (before upgrade) value, you have the choice to revert back to the previous …

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Do you need to license Java for AutoUpgrade?

Actually this question came up internally. I did have no doubt that you don’t have to license Java in order to use AutoUpgrade. But a colleague had such doubts. So let’s clarify: Do you need to license Java for AutoUpgrade?

Do you need to license Java for AutoUpgrade?

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Or phrased in a different way: “Since Java 8 requires a Java subscription now. Does autoupgrade come with a license?

Do you?

Of course, No!

But where do the doubts come from? Actually this link here does not list the “Oracle Database” as a product. But there is this MOS Note

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January 2020 AutoUpgrade is available for download

All of you upgrading your databases with AutoUpgrade or planning to do so can now download the newest version of our AutoUpgrade tool. We are offering the 20191220 version. If you ask yourself why we release the December version in January 2020, there’s a simple answer. We do extensive system testing with it before releasing it to the public.

January 2020 AutoUpgrade is available for download

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Download 20191220 AutoUpgrade

You can always download the newest and some previous versions of the AutoUpgrade tool via this note:

January 2020 AutoUpgrade is available for download

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AutoUpgrade Tips: Running two (or more) sessions in parallel

Our intention with the AutoUpgrade as the single tool to upgrade your databases was initially: You have one big config file for your databases. And you will use this file to upgrade your databases unattended. Ideally you run an “analyze” at first, then you schedule a “deploy” for overnight or the next weekend or whenever it is convenient for you. But sometimes people have different needs. In this particular case several people asked whether you can run multiple AutoUpgrade tools in parallel on the same server. Hence, I’d like to explain the first of more AutoUpgrade …

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AutoUpgrade may fail when patch ID column is NULL

Monday morning – it’s time to write a new blog post. And actually I will set priorities based on what you reported to me in the past week. This way it may prevent others from hitting the same pitfall. The AutoUpgrade may fail when patch ID column is NULL in REGISTRY$HISTORY.

AutoUpgrade may fail when patch ID column is NULL

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What is happening?

You start a database upgrade with autoupgrade. But the initial check will fail with a message like this:

AutoUpgrade tool launched with default options
There was an error initializing the patching information for entry upg2

The AutoUpgrade won’t kick …

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The September 2019 AutoUpgrade – and the AutoUpgrade Video

My team mates work really hard. And I’m really proud on all of them. We try to fix upcoming issues or requirements with the new AutoUpgrade tool as quickly as possible and still maintain very high quality standards. And here it is, the September 2019 AutoUpgrade – and the AutoUpgrade video as a bonus in addition. Just in case you haven’t seen it in action and can’t join us at OOW 2019.

The September 2019 AutoUpgrade - and the AutoUpgrade Video

Download the September 2019 AutoUpgrade Tool

You can simply download the tool from MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool.

MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool:

Watch the AutoUpgrade Video

I just uploaded …

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