We are thrilled to announce that as of June 7, 2021 we have a new member in our Product Management team: Rodrigo Jorge joins our group as Product Manager for Database Cloud Migrations, Upgrade and Patching. Many of you may know Rodrigo already. He “was” an Oracle ACE Director until June 6, presented at many conferences and user group events – and he has an excellent technical blog. We are really excited to welcome Rodrigo at Oracle.
I’m very happy to announce that as of January 1, 2020 a new decade begins. And Daniel Overby Hansen joins our group as new Cloud Migration Product Manager. I worked with Daniel on the customer side at SimCorp for many years. When we had a job opening in our group, we were very happy when Daniel applied for the opportunity.
Who is Daniel?
Daniel has many years of experience in building enterprise-grade software from the Danish global provider of financial software, …Continue reading...
Just this week in Brighton at TechFest19 by UKOUG I’ve heard one of the common complaints about our license strategy. Something I can’t comment in my position. But even better that we are announcing some very good news now. Oracle is listening. It is a reaction to customer’s wishes.
Spatial and Graph
Effective December 5, 2019, Oracle Spatial and Graph (OSG) option will be included with Oracle Database. This will affect Enterprise Edition, SE2 and Database Cloud Service (DBCS) Standard Edition 2 and Enterprise Edition. This means, you can use Spatial and Graph in all …Continue reading...
Happy New Year 2019 to all of you! And thanks for reading the blog. And thanks also for the warm feedback you gave me in the past 20 months since I started this blog on a new platform.
I wish you all a very good start into the new year. If you wonder why I post this while the year is already 7 days old, we Germans have a lot of holidays – and this season it was pretty attractive to take two weeks off with just spending 5 vacation days. Hence, my working …Continue reading...
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:
Follow this link to access the download location:
The download gets you the zip file but not the rpm. Those may take a couple of weeks for unknown reasons.
And …Continue reading...
You may have seen my two blog posts about Oracle supplied objects and Oracle supplied user schema and roles a few days ago, One person commented asking about what to do with these. And I agree: It looks a bit harsh to deal with two external files to query Oracle supplied stuff. But actually (as Patrick Hurley commented as well) there is a much easier way since Oracle Database 12c to deal with objects created and supplied by Oracle: the
ORACLE_MAINTAINED attribute can be pretty helpful.
ORACLE_MAINTAINED attribute can be pretty helpful
In Oracle Database 220.127.116.11 we added a column …Continue reading...
This question comes up very often: What is the minimum supported version for database upgrades? Or a question I received today: “I have an Oracle 10.2.0.4 database, can I upgrade directly to Oracle 18.104.22.168?”
Usually I have to dig into my old slides from the past to give a definite answer. And of course, the Database Upgrade Guide of each version has the same information somewhere as well. Therefore I’d like to summarize the releases supported for direct database upgrades since Oracle 22.214.171.124 below.
When I speak about database upgrades, I mean you’ll use either the command line …Continue reading...
I did blog a few weeks back about the download of older versions of the Oracle Database as OTN offers you only the most recent ones.
Looked pretty simply, huh?
Well, here’s quick “how to” to access older Oracle Software downloads from eDelivery aka Oracle Software Cloud.
- Login to https://edelivery.oracle.com/, the Oracle Software Cloud
- Start typing “Oracle Database Enter” into the Search by field. It will display you the option below – mark it with a click:
- Then use
Somebody asked me the other day why the download options for Oracle Database 126.96.36.199 for Linux and Solaris disappeared from OTN?
The same will happen with the other platforms as soon as Oracle Database 188.8.131.52 is available on-premises for them as well.
You can always download Oracle Database 184.108.40.206 and previous releases from:
- Oracle Software Cloud (eDelivery)
If you can’t locate the older release you are looking for please see this blog post I did in addition:
For Phillipe and myself the answer is pretty clear and straight forward:
There is no minor upgrade anymore since every (patch set) release is a full release and since new parameters, parameter values, features and whatever appears even in patch sets.
But the following discussion on Twitter with comments from all sides made me think about why people would honestly declare going for instance from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 as a minor upgrade whereas going …Continue reading...
Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 has ended 4 weeks ago at 31-January-2015.
I think most Oracle DBAs are aware of it. And I have stressed the topic about the need to upgrade to Oracle Database 22.214.171.124 a lot in the past months via the blog, in workshops and in discussions and customer meetings.
But there are still plenty of people out there you would like to wait for Oracle Database 12.2, the so called “second” release. From looking backwards I can understand this thinking. Neither Oracle 9.0 nor Oracle 10.1 were the best and most …Continue reading...
Yesterday one of my colleagues, well known Data Guard Guru Larry “Murphy” Carpenter, sent out an internal email with links to older and recent Oracle Database Documentation. Reason why you should use the below links: Some sites in the www have stored copies of the doc – but some may represent not the most recent state or may not be complete. So stay with the official Oracle docs only:
- Oracle 8.0.6
- Oracle 8.1.7
- Oracle 9.0.1
- Oracle 9.2.0
- Oracle Database 10.1.0
- Oracle Database 10.2.0
- Oracle Database 11.1.0
- Oracle Database 11.2.0
A colleague of mine, Murilo from Oracle Brasil talked about our roles at Oracle (but this applies to any other software company in the market I’d guess).
Do you believe in flying cows?
In Sales you’ll sell a customer that cows can fly
The presales consultant will have to do a presentation showing the ROI, TCO and KPIs of flying cows. She or he may have also a screenshot demo in Powerpoint showing flying cows.
The consultant is the person to install the flying-cow piece of software at the customer site and embedd it into the customer’s
Discussing the topic “Why Upgrade” or “Why not Upgrade” is not always fun. Actually the arguments repeat from customer to customer. Typically we hear things such as:
- A PSU or Patch Set introduces new bugs
- A new PSU or Patch Set introduces new features which lead to risk and require application verification
- Patching means risk
- Patching changes the execution plans
- Patching requires too much testing
- Patching is too much work for our DBAs
- Patching costs a lot of money and doesn’t pay out
And to be very honest sometimes it’s …Continue reading...
In the past weeks several customers did either ask me in person or via email where to download Oracle Database 10.2 software, the base release. They need it for testing or to setup a system for an
older application etc. And there are plenty of reasons for downloading “older” Oracle software.
But it has been completely removed from our OTN page and from eDelivery/SoftwareCloud.
There is a reason for doing that but it would be more informative if somebody at Oracle would have put out a message on OTN and eDelivery excusing for the inconvenience and asking you …Continue reading...
If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that we have enjoyed our visits to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto immensely. We work very closely with our colleagues in Japan, and I would like to highlight a website that will be extremely useful to anybody who can read Japanese. The site is oracledatabase.jp/upgrade. Here is a screenshot:
With plenty of good information from web articles to white papers, this site is a terrific resource for our Japanese partners and customers!…Continue reading...