Lifetime Support Policy

Oracle Database 12.2 – Lifetime Support Policy updated

The Oracle Lifetime Support Policy brochure for tech products has been updated now as well in order to reflect the addition and availability of Oracle Database 12.2 on-premises:

Lifetime Support Policy – Oracle technology products

Lifetime Support Policy Oracle Database

Please note that this table and the brochure never makes a distinction between patch sets and base releases. For instance, the line talking about Oracle 11.2 does not say that Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 is out of any bug fixing support since Aug 27, 2015 – and Extended Support only applies to Oracle Database 11.2.0.4. For those details please refer to the MOS Note

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Release Dates Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 on-prem – Extended Support Waiving for Oracle 11.2.0.4 / 12.1.0.2

Yesterday night the most important MOS Note:742060.1 got updated with the planned release date for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 on-premises.

In addition, the dates for Waived Extended Support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.2 got extended as well.

Please see:

In summary:

  • Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 for Exadata and SuperCluster is supposed to be released soon.
  • Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 for Intel Linux x86 and Solaris platforms (SPARC and Intel) is supposed to be released soon after the Exadata/SuperCluster releaseFOR EXACT DATES PLEASE SEE MOS Note: 742060.1.
  • The Free (Waived) Extended
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Oracle Database Release Status – MOS Note:742060.1

Almost every day I get at least one email by somebody asking things such as …

  • What is the current status of Oracle 11.2.0.3? 
  • Is Oracle 11.2.0.4 Standard Edition One under Extended Support’s treatment?
  • Do I get bug fixes for Oracle 12.1.0.1?
  • And is it really true that I don’t get bug fixes for Oracle 11.2.0.3 anymore???

All valid questions – and all of them get answered within this reference note called:

Why am I writing this?

Simply because the Lifetime Support Policy Brochure only has now a link to a …

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Extended Support Fee for Oracle 11.2.0.4 waived until May 31, 2017 – Extended Support until Dec 2020

PLEASE READ THE RECENT UPDATE from Jan 27, 2017 INSTEAD:


Friday, Oct 16, 2015, Oracle announced that the Extended Support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 will be waived until May 31, 2017. After this period of Waived Extendend Support, Extended Support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 will be offered until end of December 2020.

This information can be found here:

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Bug Fixing Support for Oracle 11.2.0.3 will end soon

The bug fixing support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 will end soon.

From my visits in the past months seeing some really large customer environments with easily over 1000 production databases each I can tell you that there may be many Oracle 11.2.0.3 installations out there. So maybe not everybody is aware of this fact.

It’s hard to believe but the Error Correction Support for Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 will end shortly on August 27,2015.

See MOS Note:742060.1 for further details.

And does it need to be said?
Yes, you can – of course – upgrade directly to Oracle Database

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Premier Support for Oracle 11.2 has ended months ago

PLEASE FIND AN UPDATED BLOG POST HERE:


I have blogged many times about the End of Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 and the different stages and regulations for Extended Support for this release. But still I’m getting inquiries almost every day, internally and externally.

Let me first point out that I’m not a rep of Oracle Support. I’m just a Product Manager with some Oracle Support background. So you’ll always have to consult our officially available documents and sources as regulations may change …

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