Minimum Supported Version for Database Upgrades

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 11.2.0.4?”

Usually I have to dig into my old slides from the past to give a definite answer.… [Read More]

Download Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 or older versions from the Oracle Software Cloud

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.

In case you miss the downloads of Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 on OTN

Looked pretty simply, huh?

Well, here’s quick “how to” to access older Oracle Software downloads from eDelivery aka Oracle Software Cloud.… [Read More]

In case you miss the downloads of Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 on OTN

Somebody asked me the other day why the download options for Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 for Linux and Solaris  disappeared from OTN?

The same will happen with the other platforms as soon as Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 is available on-premises for them as well.

You can always download Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 and previous releases from:

If you can’t locate the older release you are looking for please see this blog post I did in addition:

Download Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 or older versions from the Oracle Software Cloud

–Mike… [Read More]

Minor Upgrade? Going from 11.2.0.1 to 11.2.0.4?

My Belgium friend Phillipe Fierens raised a great question on Twitter last week and dropped me an email again after having a discussion with his client:

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.… [Read More]

Why you seriously can’t wait for the second release!

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 12.1.0.2 a lot in the past months via the blog, in workshops and in discussions and customer meetings.… [Read More]

Oracle Database Documentation – From Past to Present

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.… [Read More]

Why cows can fly! Believe it or not …

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?

  • Sales
    In Sales you’ll sell a customer that cows can fly
  • Presales
    The presales consultant will have to do a presentation showing the ROI, TCO and KPIs of flying cows.
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