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AutoUpgrade and Data Guard, RAC, Restart and non-CDB to PDB

I need to bring this blog post forward about AutoUpgrade and Data Guard, RAC, Restart and non-CDB to PDB. Initially I planned to write this a bit later. But some of you had questions or were wondering why AutoUpgrade hasn’t done certain tasks. Hence, I’d like to clarify what AutoUpgrade can do, what it can’t and what you’ll have to do at the moment.

I refer to the AutoUpgrade tool as of July 2019. In later versions, one or the other restriction may be lifted. I will blog about it then as well.

AutoUpgrade and Data Guard, RAC, Restart and non-CDB to PDB

AutoUpgrade – Step-by-step

  1. The new AutoUpgrade
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Please download the new July 2019 (20190715) AutoUpgrade

Since last night, the new version of the AutoUpgrade utility is available. Please download the new July 2019 (20190715) AutoUpgrade and exchange your previous version in your destination $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin with this one.

Download

Please download the tool from: MOS Note: 2485457.1 – AutoUpgrade Tool

When you copied the new tool, call it for a version check to make sure you are using the most recent one:

$ java -jar $OH19/rdbms/admin/autoupgrade.jar -version
build.version 20190715
build.date 2019/07/15 12:45:48

Please notice that the tool allows you to upgrade to Oracle 12.2.0.1 and Oracle 18c as well:

 

Please download the new July 2019 (20190715) AutoUpgrade

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AutoUpgrade: Where do you find all the logfiles?

AutoUpgrade: Where do you find all the logfiles?In the previous blog posts you could read about how to create the configuration file, adjust it and tweak the init parameters for the AutoUpgrade tool. And then I described the different modes of it. In this blog post I’d like to give you some insights into AutoUpgrade: Where do you find all the logfiles?

AutoUpgrade: Where do you find all the logfiles?

AutoUpgrade – Step-by-step

  1. The new AutoUpgrade Utility – Download, documentation and supported versions
  2. Create and adjust the config file for AutoUpgrade
  3. Config file for AutoUpgrade – Advanced options
  4. Config file for AutoUpgrade – Tweaking init parameters
  5. AutoUpgrade: ANALYZE, FIXUPS, UPGRADE and DEPLOY modes
  6. AutoUpgrade:
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Behavior Change in Oracle 18c/19c: No symbolic links for Data Pump directories

Most of you may have recognized the desupport of UTL_FILE_DIR with Oracle Database 18c. Reason is mostly that UTL_FILE_DIR opens a lot of possibilities to do insecure things. But this has another effect which may not be obvious to you. There’s a behavior change in Oracle 18c/19c: No symbolic links for Data Pump directories. Read further to learn more about it.

UTL_FILE_DIR Desupport

In Oracle Database 18c we announced the desupport of UTL_FILE_DIR initialization parameter. But as you can read as well in the Database Upgrade Guide, there’s this remark:

UTL_FILE Package Symbolic Link in Directory Paths Not Supported

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AutoUpgrade: ANALYZE, FIXUPS, UPGRADE and DEPLOY modes

AutoUpgrade: ANALYZE, FIXUPS, UPGRADE and DEPLOY modes

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In the previous blog posts I explained mainly how to create, alter and tweak the configuration file for the AutoUpgrade tool. By now you should have your config file set up and adjusted for your environment(s). Let me go a step further and explain the different processing modes of AutoUpgrade: ANALYZE, FIXUPS, UPGRADE and DEPLOY modes. Then you’ll have a precise idea what the tool is actually doing, and how it operates.

AutoUpgrade – Step-by-step

  1. The new AutoUpgrade Utility – Download, documentation and supported versions
  2. Create and adjust the config file for
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Config file for AutoUpgrade – Tweaking init parameters

In the previous blog posts I explained how to generate a sample config file for the AutoUpgrade tool and how to adjust it. Then I gave you an overview about the most important Advanced Options you may want or need to deal with when using the utility. And in the below blog post I would like to show you have you need to edit the Config file for AutoUpgrade – Tweaking init parameters is an important topic.

This is the forth post of a series of blog posts regarding the new AutoUpgrade tool. Please find all the other available … [ Read more ]

The new AutoUpgrade utility in Oracle 19c

The new AutoUpgrade utility in Oracle 19cOracle Database 19c on premises is available – and one of the key features is the new AutoUpgrade utility. In the following days I will publish several blog posts explaining and showcasing the new AutoUpgrade.

What is the AutoUpgrade?

The Oracle Database AutoUpgrade utility is a new tiny little command line tool which allows you to upgrade your databases in an unattended way. I call it the Hands-Free Upgrade. TThe new AutoUpgrade utility in Oracle 19che idea of the tool is to run the prechecks against multiple databases, fix 99% of the potential issues, set a restore point in case something goes wrong … [ Read more ]

You MUST patch 12.1.0.1 and 11.2.0.3 and older databases before June 2019

First of all, this blog post is not new. I blogged about this SCN topic a while ago already. But some of you seem to operate still older databases for various reasons. And even if you think that you are safe, double check for any older databases in your environments. You MUST patch 12.1.0.1 and 11.2.0.3 and older databases before June 23, 2019. And just to be clear: June 23, 2019 is going to happen in less than 4 months.

You MUST patch 12.1.0.1 and 11.2.0.3 and older databases before June 2019

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Who is NOT affected?

If you use the following Oracle database releases … [ Read more ]

How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

This question sounds very simple: How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported? Right? But I learned at a customer site recently that the information about the support periods for Oracle 12.2 may puzzle people sometimes. Hence I thought some clarification may be useful.

Lifetime Support Policy Brochure

First of all, when you have a look into the Lifetime Support Policy brochure the answer you’ll read there is:

  • Premier Support until March 2023
  • Extended Support until March 2026

How long will Oracle Database 12.2 be supported?

But this doesn’t give you any distinction between Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c and Oracle 19c. These three releases fall under the Oracle [ Read more ]

Oracle 18.4.0 installation on AIX may fail with ORA-40238

Oracle 18.4.0 for IBM AIX is available since mid November 2018. But I’ve received several emails from people saying that Oracle 18.4.0 installation on AIX may fail with ORA-40238. And it’s true, this can happen. But there’s a simple workaround which unfortunately is not in the documentation yet. We’ll take care that it will be added soon.

Oracle 18.4.0 installation on AIX may fail with ORA-40238

Oracle 18.4.0 installation on AIX may fail with ORA-40238

First of all, this is an error pattern you may see on IBM AIX only. You may receive the following error message either during installation or startup of ASM or any … [ Read more ]

Premier Support Extension for Oracle 19c – and more

Wait a bit. Oracle Database 19c is not out yet (only in beta right now) but how can we initiate a Premier Support Extension for Oracle 19c already? Well, Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c and Oracle 19c all together sail under the cover of the “Oracle 12.2 Release Family” and hence have a common support frame.

What has been announced?

The single-source-of-truth MOS Note:742060.1 got updated. Roy tweeted about it already. And the major change in the note is the extension of the Premier Support for Oracle 19c until March 2023. That is one year more than it was … [ Read more ]

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? – NEW

A few weeks ago I published a blog post about provisioning dates in Oracle Cloud environments for different databases releases. As we did an important update, I rewrite today: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? – NEW.

What has changed since the original post?

The key point in the previous blog post was:

“And by end of this calendar year, the option to provision an Oracle 12.2.0.1 instance will go away. The same will happen in less than 1 year with Oracle 11.2.0.4 instances.”.

With “this calendar year” I pointed to end of 2018. … [ Read more ]

Oracle Database 18c for AIX, HP-UX and zLinux available

I rarely blog twice a day – but this message is the one a good number of people have waited for quite a while. Oracle Database 18c for AIX, HP-UX and zLinux available for download from eDelivery as of now. The software is not on OTN or oracle.com yet in the usual download section. I’m blindly guessing that it will be there soon, maybe tonight already.

Oracle Database 18c for AIX, HP-UX and zLinux available

→ Please go to eDelivery (also known as the Oracle Software Cloud) and type into the search line:
Oracle Database” – then hit … [ Read more ]

Oracle Express Edition XE 18c available for download

This was hard work right before Oracle Open World – and you had to wait a very long time. The last Oracle Express Edition we delivered was based on Oracle 11.2.0.2. Not exactly the most modern release these days. And my mates, especially Gerald Venzl, but of course also the involved developers and managers worked hard to have Oracle Express Edition XE 18c available for download. It of course has some restrictions. And you can’t get support for it. If you need support for anything, please visit the Community Forum. But it’s pretty cool Oracle database with … [ Read more ]

Oracle GoldenGate 18c is finally available

It took a while – and my blog post is a bit late due to OOW as well. But Oracle GoldenGate 18c is finally available since Oct 19, 2018. And it brings Oracle Database 18c support.

Oracle GoldenGate 18c is finally available

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Oracle GoldenGate 18c is finally available

You can download it from the usual sources:

The new release includes for the Oracle database:

  • Oracle Database 18c Support
    Capture and Delivery support for Oracle Database 18c, cloud and on-premises
  • Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud (ADWC) and Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) Support
    Easily connect to ADWC and ATP to deliver
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Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases

Yesterday a former colleague from the UK pointed me to a very old blog post about the fact that no patches will be produced for Oracle 11.2.0.3 anymore. Which is a true fact. But it reminded me that it may be time for an overview on the current support status for Oracle database releases as of October 2018.

Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases

Current Support Status for Oracle Database Releases

First of all, the single source of truth in case you’d like to look up support dates and patching periods is MOS Note:742060.1. Please always check this note first. Our Support Lifetime [ Read more ]

OOW 2018: Upgrade to Oracle 18c – Live and Uncensored

OOW 2018: Upgrade to 18c - Live and Uncensored

Less than two weeks until the potentially busiest Oracle Open World conference I’ve ever attended. The schedule is filled up already and closed down. And I’m pretty sure I will need time off afterwards to relax and recover. But I’m looking forward to our annual big event in San Francisco. To make it as exciting as possible for you we are very happy to have high profile speakers with us in all our talks. And we promise: No marketing. Just tech facts. If you’d like to sneak into OOW 2018: Upgrade to 18c – Live and uncensored, then mark … [ Read more ]

New Oracle Database Upgrade Lab for Oracle 18.3.0

New Oracle Database Upgrade Lab for Oracle 18.3.0

Our new and updated Oracle Database Upgrade Hands-On Lab for Oracle 18.3.0 is finally live and can be downloaded via this link:

What’s new?

Of course, Oracle 18.3.0 is inside to upgrade to. But we changed the entire instructions set a bit. We included a simple load generator. And we added way more performance stuff. And of course fallback. As soon as Oracle 18.4.0 becomes available, patching will be included in the instructions as well. Everybody should have used OPatch at least once 🙂

What’s in

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Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

While I was writing the blog post about Creating CDBs and non-CDBs with less options I realized that Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c – but I haven’t mentioned this here yet.

Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

Oracle Multimedia was called Oracle Intermedia a long time ago when we introduced it back in the Oracle 8i days.

Oracle Multimedia is deprecated in Oracle 18c

I don’t know how many people really used it, but it is part of a standard installation if you didn’t explicitly turned it off or deinstalled it.

And from Oracle 18c on, Oracle Multimedia is deprecated. Meaning, it won’t develop … [ Read more ]

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

If you are a regular user of ORAchk and/or EXAchk, you should download the most recent and newest version as Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released now.

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Version 18.3.0 are released

The new features you’ll find in ORAchk 18.3.0 and EXAchk 18.3.0 include:

bullet Beta Support for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
In EXAchk Health Check Catalog under the Engineered systems of Private Cloud Appliance and Private Cloud Appliance Plane.
bullet Automatic start from TFA install
Oracle Trace File Analyzer root installations on Linux or Solaris on non-engineered systems will automatically setup and run the ORAchk
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Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

Usually I don’t post twice on a day, especially not on a Friday and not in the holiday season. But since last night, Aug 2, Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available for download from OTN.

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is availableOracle Database 18.3.0 on SPARC Solaris is available

You can download it from OTN:

And I couldn’t find it on eDelivery – where I find only the 18.1.0 version. But I simply may be not clever enough to use the right search phrase (I used “Oracle Database” as “18” leads to something different).

Further Information

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How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?

That’s a question I have gotten several times already: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? Meaning, is there a fixed date when you’ll be unable to provision an instance containing Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 for instance?

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud?

Please find the updated blog post here:

–Mike

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9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios

Our doc team has put a lot of effort together with the help of my team mates and created these 9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios as part of the official Oracle documentation.

9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios

The idea is to cut out the most common use cases and give a quick and comprehensive overview on all necessary steps.

9 Upgrade and Migration Scenarios

These comprehensive 9 scenarios cover non-CDB and PDB/CDB as well as changing to new hardware:

  • Migrating and Converting Non-CDBs to a PDB with a Different Endian Operating System
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  • Migrating Non-CDBs to New Hardware with a Different
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Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c

Monday morning, another way-too-hot July day. Summer is crazy this year in Europe. We all enjoy nice sunny weather but nobody does enjoy a serious drought. Nowhere. While going through my inbox I spot this statement: ““Why should we go to 18.x with support till 2020?“. And this is not an unusual question. But I think I should write a Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c. I receive plenty of such questions in the past weeks. And actually many from my colleagues.

Clarification: Support Periods for Oracle 12.2.0.1 and 18c

First of all, your Single [ Read more ]

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

Oracle Database 18.3.0 on premises is available for download on Linux since July 23, 2018. The other ports will follow soon. And via twitter I received a question why Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

When you unzip the downloaded database image:

Oracle 18.3.0 on premises includes 1.4GB patches?

then you may discover the following folder .patch_storage of 1.4GB size:

[oracle@localhost .patch_storage]$ ls -lrt
total 40
drwxr-xr-x. 4 oracle dba 4096 Jul 18 19:39 28090523_Jul_14_2018_00_03_50
drwxr-xr-x. 4 oracle dba 4096 Jul 18 19:40 28090553_Jul_11_2018_19_20_31
drwxr-xr-x. 4 oracle dba 4096 Jul 18 19:41 27923415_Jul_15_2018_10_33_22
drwxr-xr-x. 8 oracle dba 4096 
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