Why should you use the most recent version of OPatch?

Opatch. A tool nobody really loves but everybody has to use (at least those of you who patch or aren’t in our cloud deployment). Opatch gets distributed via MOS. And you often can apply patches with an older version of OPatch. So why should you use the most recent version of OPatch? Why should you use the most recent version of OPatch? First of all, you have a base installation of Opatch in your $ORACLE_HOMEs: [CDB2] oracle@localhost:/u01/app/oracle/product/12.2.0.1 $ ls OPatch auto jlib opatchauto.cmd operr.bat scripts config jre opatch.bat operr_readme.txt version.txt datapatch modules opatch_env.sh oplan datapatch.bat ocm opatch.pl oracle_common docs opatch…

When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS

I can just repeat what I’m saying not for almost a year: When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS. Updates (or Release Updates – short: RU) and Revisions (or Release Update Revisions – short: RUR) are patch bundles for the Oracle Database since Oracle 12.2.0.1. There are no PSUs (Patch Set Updates) anymore. And Revisions are not the same as PSUs. When you patch, please use UPDATES – and not REVISIONS One of the reasons why we recommend Updates, and not Revisions, simply is: Updates keep you more current whereas Revisions will let you miss a lot…

Patching to Oracle 18.2.0 in the Oracle Cloud (OCI Classic)

I was quite surprised when I spotted the Update (RU) Oracle 18.2.0 mid of April in my OCI Classic (DBCS, DBaaS) account. Of course I was thrilled immediately and started the patching to Oracle 18.2.0 in the Oracle Cloud (OCI Classic). Patching to Oracle 18.2.0 in the Oracle Cloud (OCI Classic) The April 2018 Updates (and Bundle Patches and Patch Set Updates for Oracle releases below 12.2) got released on April 17, 2018. You can read more here on how I applied all of them to my Oracle 11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.2 and 12.2.0.1 databases. But I was positively surprised when I…

Patching my databases with the April 2018 PSU, BP and RU

Patching is fun, isn’t it? And you may have heard already that the April 2018 patch bundles got released on April 17, 2018. And I thought I share a little bit of fun with you with a quick guide to patching my databases with the April 2018 PSU, BP and RU. For this exercise I use our Hands-On Lab with Oracle 11.2.0.4, Oracle 12.1.0.2 and Oracle 12.2.0.1 installed. Prerequisites for patching my databases with the April 2018 PSU, BP and RU First of all, in my VBox environment, I shutdown the databases for each release before patching them – and…

Do you have to execute “datapatch” when you create a new database?

Thanks to Connor McDonald (Mr. AskTom) I learned today that one topic is not clear from our patches readmes: Do you have to execute “datapatch” when you create a new database? And it’s true. It does not get explained in the readme anywhere. Do you have to execute “datapatch” when you create a new database? If you never applied an Oracle patch bundles you may ask now: What is “datapatch” doing. And the answer is very simple. When you apply a patch bundle usually the patch does not include only binary files but also SQL changes, for instance a new…

Databases need to be patched to a minimum before April 2019

Simon Pane from Pythian talked to me at OUGN (Oracle User Group Norway) Conference about a recently released alert in MyOracle Support saying “Databases need to be patched to a minimum before April 2019“. He was curious if I know more details. I did some investigation but shortly afterward the MOS Note got updated as well. So here’s a quick summary of things you should be aware of – but most people won’t be affected I’d guess.   Databases need to be patched to a minimum before April 2019 We released MOS Note 2361478.1 – Oracle Databases Need to be…

Additional Info for Adaptive Features Fixes in Oracle 12.1.0.2

I blogged about the Adaptive Features fixes in the past several times. But following some of the comments readers had I believe there’s some additional info for Adaptive Feature Fixes in Oracle 12.1.0.2 necessary. What happened so far? We delivered the most important fixes not only for adaptive features but only for dynamic sampling and some other things with the Database Bundle Patch in October 2017 for Oracle Database 12.1.0.2. The fixes got delivered on MS Windows a bit earlier. Enabling Oracle 12.2 ADAPTIVE Features in Oracle 12.1.0.2 – BEFORE the patches got included in BPs Oracle 12.2 Adaptive Features…

January 2018 Database RU and RUR got released

It’s patching time again. The January 2018 Database RU and RUR got released. And of course other patch bundles as well. And of course not only for the database but for many other products as well. I try to summarize below the most important information and links. January 2018 Database RU and RUR got released First of all always have a look at the Critical Patch Alert and the Risk Matrix: Critical Patch Update – January 2018 Risk Matrix for Oracle Database Then you’ll see that there are three fixes included for vulnerabilities which may be remotely exploitable without authentication,…

Oracle Database RU and RUR Recommendations and Facts

Well … another post about RU and RUR patches. But after having multiple discussions personally, via web conferences, in conference calls and of course on Twitter I think some clarifications may be helpful. Below you’ll find Oracle Database RU and RUR recommendations and facts. At least some of them … Oracle Database RU and RUR Recommendations and Facts First of all, you will find more information in several blog posts about RU (Release Update) and RUR (Release Update Revision) patches: PSU or BP? Patch Set Update or Bundle Patch? RUR or RU? (May 12, 2017) More Information about RU and…

Differences between PSU / BP and RU / RUR

Since Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 we change our patching model as well, switching from Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Proactive Bundle Patches (BP) to Release Updates (RU) and Release Update Revisions (RUR). But what are actually the differences between PSU / BP and RU / RUR patch bundles? Is there any or is it just a renaming of well known patch bundles? No change on MS Windows First of all, let me say that there won’t be any changes on the Windows platform. If your preferred operating system is MS Windows then stop reading here. On Windows you’ll see exactly the…

Are OJVM patches included in the Oracle 12.2 RU / RUR?

I have received this question multiple times in the past days, especially when I presented at the Slovenian Oracle User Group Conference about the new Release and Patching Mode but also via emaill: Are OJVM patches included in the Oracle 12.2 RU / RUR? Let me clarify this in the below blog post. Are OJVM patches included in the Oracle 12.2 RU / RUR? At first I did check MOS Note: 1929745.1 – Oracle Recommended Patches — “Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU and RU” (OJVM PSU and OJVM RU) Patches.But besides having RU mentioned in the Note’s title and one…

Fixes for Adaptive Features are included in Oracle 12.1.0.2 October 2017 BP

Finally … the two most important fixes for Adaptive Features are included in Oracle 12.1.0.2 October 2017 BP (Bundle Patch). I’m absolutely happy about this. Almost all of my customer and many folks outside I’m dealing with on a regular basis had to request and wait for merge patches over and over again. And we all knew – also based on the experience of the Real World Performance Team – that these two patches are so important to stabilize Oracle 12.1.0.2 production systems. You may find this ALERT on MyOracle Support: MOS Note 2289719.1 ALERT: Oracle Recommended Adaptive Feature Configuration…

October 2017 RU, RUR, BP and PSU are available

It’s October 17, 2017. And the October 2017 RU, RUR, BP and PSU are available for download. The most important links Find the most important information here: Landing page for Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletins Critical Patch Update – October 2017 Oracle Database Server, versions 11.2.0.4, 12.1.0.2, 12.2.0.1 The Risk Matrix Find the Risk Matrix here: Database RU, RUR, BP and PSU – October 2017 To access the RU, RUR, BP and PSU for the Oracle Database Server you will have to logon to MyOracle Support: MOS Note: 2296870.1 Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update October 2017 Availability…

Download Assistant for RUs, RURs, BPs, PSUs, Patch Sets and Releases

How often did I launch a search in MyOracle Support (MOS) for a specific Bundle Patch or Patch Set Update. And usually the MOS search results don’t get me what I’m looking for no matter how clever I search. But there was relief. A MOS Note combined all PSUs and BPs and much more into table format including the links. But what if there would be a Download Assistant for RUs, RURs, BPs, PSUs, Patch Sets and Releases? I did blog about the previous magic note a while back: Where is the Jan 2017 PSU for Oracle Database 11.2.0.4? But…

Oracle 12.2 Adaptive Features are enabled in Oracle 12.1.0.2 Windows BPs

Oracle 12.2 adaptive features are enabled in Oracle 12.1.0.2 Windows BPs already, This is quite a surprise to me. But thanks to Michael Pfautz. He alerted me today.as he was wondering why his database didn’t start up anymore after he applied the August 31 Bundle Patch on Windows. It complained about the parameter optimizer_adaptive_features in the SPFILE. Michael had to remove this parameter before he could startup his database again. Oracle 12.2 Adaptive Features are enabled in Oracle 12.1.0.2 Windows BPs We recommend to add two very important parameters to Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 installations. Enabling Oracle 12.2 Adaptive Features in…

How to patch the Oracle Instant Client?

That’s an interesting question a customer raised the other day: How to patch the Oracle Instant Client? I silently assumed that there’s a new release of the Oracle Instant Client every quarter or at least when we deliver fixes which apply to the client as well. Hm … What is the Oracle Instant Client? First of all, the Oracle Instant Client is a pretty cool thing. It gets distributed via OTN as a simple download. You deploy it to your client machine, you set LD_LIBRARY_PATH (or PATH on Windows) and add a tnsnames file if necessary, you may add SQL*Plus…

DBMS_OPTIM_BUNDLE – only available in Oracle 12.1.0.2 – or not?

The DBMS_OPTIM_BUNDLE package got introduced with the April 2014 Exadata 11.2.0.4 Bundle Patch. And it got introduced for all Oracle 12.1.0.2 databases with the April 2017 Bundle Patch (BP). DBMS_OPTIM_BUNDLE is only available in Oracle 12.1.0.2. Addition March 6, 2018: See the updated blog post about DBMS_OPTIM_BUNDLE available in Oracle 12.2 and 18c onwards. https://mikedietrichde.com/2018/03/08/dbms_optim_bundle-package-oracle-12-2-18c/ For more information on this package on Exadata in Oracle 11.2.0.4 you may look at: MOS Note:1942966.1: Exadata: DBMS_OPTIM Package Philippe Fierens’ blog post from October 2014 Purpose of DBMS_OPTIM_BUNDLE package in Oracle 12.1.0.2 The package got introduced to enable module bug fixes which cause…

Applying the first RU for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1

The first RU (Release Update) for Oracle 12.2 is available on most platforms since July 18, 2017. And of course I started applying the first RU for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 as soon as it got released. See: https://mikedietrichde.com/2017/07/19/first-ru-oracle-12-2-0-1-available/ Download the RU 12.2.0.1.170718 for Linux First of all I downloaded the Database RU 12.2.0.1.170718 Patch 26123830 for Linux from MyOracle Support. To my absolute surprise it was very small compared to previous Proactive Bundle Patches such as the April 2017 one. It has just 40 MB in size (no typo!). Applying the first RU for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 Then I unzipped…

More Information about RU and RUR patches for Oracle 12.2

The first RU (Release Update) for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 has been released. And Oracle Support provides some very helpful documents to explain the implication of the new RU (Release Update) and RUR (Release Update Revision) patches. More Information about RU and RUR patches for Oracle 12.2 First of all, these are the most important MOS notes to have a look at: MOS Note:742060.1 – Release Schedule for Current Database Releases (updated Aug 3, 2017 ) MOS Note: 2285040.1 – Release Update and Release Update Revisions for Database Proactive Patch Program MOS Note: 2275525.1 – FAQ for RU and RUR (not…

The first RU for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 is available

The first RU (Release Update) for Oracle 12.2.0.1 is available Just in case the port you are looking for is not available right now please see the ETA dates in the link below. Details of the July 2017 Critical Patch Advisory Find the General Information about the July 2017 Critical Patch Advisory here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpujul2017-3236622.html Find the Risk Matrix for the July 2017 Critical Patch Advisory here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpujul2017verbose-3236625.html#DB The details about the Database are included in this document: MOS Note: 2261562.1 – Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update July 2017 Availability Document Please find the “Missing patches” in section 2.2…

Adpative Features Patches with Oracle Peoplesoft

I’ve met David Kurtz, an Oracle ACE Director working for Accenture’s Enkitec division in the UK earlier this year on the OUGN Conference‘s boat trip from Oslo to Kiel and return. We set across the table at dinner. And of course we started discussing “Oracle”. David went to my talk about “How to ensure Performance Stability” before. He did ask me questions about the adaptive features patches I was recommending in my talk: Enabling ADAPTIVE Features of Oracle 12.2 in 12.1 The Adaptive Feature Patches I explained to him that he will have to request these specific two fixes unfortunately…

Oracle 12.2.0.1 – June 2017 Bundle Patch is available for Linux

After the removal of the first Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 Bundle Patch in May, the June 2017 Proactive Bundle Patch on Linux got released now: Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 Proactive Bundle Patch – June 2017 – BP170620 What’s inside? The Proactive Bundle Patch 12.2.0.1.170620 contains the June Database Bundle Patch and the June Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update. More information about previous and future BPs? First of all, the well known schedule for BPs (and of course PSUs) will be kept – so please expect the next Proactive Bundle Patch at the regular date in July. My reading of the June (and…

Can you apply Bundle Patches to SE2 databases?

Can you apply Bundle Patches (BP) to Standard Edition (SE2) databases? This question got raised by Adam (thanks!) via the comments section of the blog. But a few days later I read it on the internal mailing lists as well. Adam was referring to this sentence in the BP READMEs since October 2015: “In this document Oracle Database Home refers to Enterprise Edition. Standard Edition Database software installs should install Database PSU.” Why was this sentence added? There were issues with enabling functionality on SE2 databases by accident with a Proactive Bundle Patch – something which got fixed and corrected…

Issue with 2k and 4k db_block_size – ORA-1450 when upgrading to Oracle 12.2.0.1

Recently we got alerted by a customer and a colleague from Italy about an issue with the upgrade from Oracle 12.1.0.x to Oracle 12.2.0.1 if – and only if – your database got created with 2k or 4k db block size. Problem If your database got created with 2k or 4k db block size, and you attempt an upgrade from any upgrade-supported Oracle version to Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 the upgrade – regardless of DBUA or catctl.pl – will fail with an ORA-1450: maximum key length (1478) exceeded. Analysis In the catupgrd0.log – regardless of using the DBUA or the command…

Oracle 12.2.0.1 Bundle Patch 12.2.0.1.170516 DBBP on Linux x86-64 is available [not anymore]

All credits go to Ricardo Maeda as I knew that we’ll release a Bundle Patch for Oracle 12.2.0.1 sometime this week – but I couldn’t find it linked from the usual MOS notes. And please don’t ask my why that is. Anyhow, with patch 2579308 you’ll get access to the first BP for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1. There will be a first bigger Proactive Bundle Patch in July at the usual schedule – but this one is at least a start. Plus in addition get the OPatch version 12.2.0.1.7 via patch 6880880. The BP contains: Obrigado, Ricardo! Update June 9, 2017…