Certifying an application on a specific RU-only is wrong

Well, there are still 80+ comments I need to answer and reply to on the blog. So please be patient – nothing gets deleted or ignored. But it happens that a topic crosses my inbox, and I need to blog about it right now. Today, it is a case where a customer asked me for advice, and mentioned on the side that they are going to 19.6.0 in OCI. In this relation I’d like to explain why Certifying an application on a specific RU- only is wrong.

What’s the story?

At first, …

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Which database version can be used with Grid Infrastructure 19c?

This will be a very short blog post today. But a colleague asked me this question just a few minutes ago: Which database version can be used with Grid Infrastructure 19c? And I realized that I neither put it on the blog yet nor did I bookmark it. But I answered this question several times already.

Which database version can be used with Grid Infrastructure 19c?

There are 4 sources I did check:

  • MOS Notes on MyOracle Support
  • Oracle Documentation
  • Certification Information on MyOracle Support
  • Database Upgrade Blog

At first, I answered with MOS

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Of course, Oracle Clusterware is certified on OL8/RHEL8 as well

To be very honest, when I posted a few days ago, Oracle Database 19c is certified on OL8/RHEL8 I didn’t check for the Oracle Clusterware (OCW) certification. I blindly assumed that this is the case. But from comments and discussions on twitter, I realized it may be necessary to point this out explicitly to avoid confusion. Even though my fellow mate, RAC Product Manager Anil Nair has pointed it out already many times: Of course, Oracle Clusterware is certified on OL8/RHEL8 as well.

Of course, Oracle Clusterware is certified on OL8/RHEL8 as well

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Find it on MOS

Your source for certification information …

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Oracle Database 19c is certified on OL8 and RHEL8

Oh … I’d say this was the question I’ve got asked the second most often in the past months (after a potential extension for Oracle support): When will Oracle certify OL8 and RHEL8? And I read this question internally even more often. Now thanks to my team mate Daniel Overby Hansen who spotted it on Twitter on the weekend, we can tell you that … finally … drum roll … Oracle Database 19c is certified on OL8 and RHEL8.

Oracle Database 19c is certified on OL8 and RHEL8

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How do you get the information?

Go to MyOracle Support and hit …

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Is Oracle Fail Safe 4.2.1 certified with Oracle Database 19c?

From time to time I get questions regarding the certification of Oracle Fail Safe. And just the other day, a customer asked: Is Oracle Fail Safe 4.2.1 certified with Oracle Database 19c? I briefly browsed my blog posts about Oracle Fail Safe from the past, and even though I mentioned that the certification for 4.2.1 on Oracle may apply to later versions, I never updated it.

Is Oracle Fail Safe 4.2.1 certified with Oracle Database 19c?

Is Oracle Fail Safe 4.2.1 certified with Oracle Database 19c?

Yes, it is. But you may want to know where you can read and find this information.

The latest version of Oracle Fail …

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Oracle GoldenGate 12.3 is supported for Oracle Database

Finally … it took a little while but now Oracle GoldenGate 12.3 is supported for Oracle Database

Never heard of Oracle GoldeGate? Then you may look either into our slide deck and see the customer case of Amadeus. Or you may read further on OTN: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/goldengate/overview/index.html

Oracle GoldenGate 12.3 is supported for Oracle Database

Roy and I received this question quite often in the past months:
When will Oracle GoldenGate be certified for use with Oracle Database

I just learned about it today via the blog post of my friend YV RaviKumar who wrote about it

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Is “imp” still supported in Oracle Database 12.2?

exp imp

Good question we receive quite often:

Is “imp” still supported in Oracle Database 12.2?

For clarification: I don’t talk about “impdp” but about old “imp” (import). And yes, it is still supported in Oracle 12.2.

The oldexp” got desupported with Oracle Database – but “imp” is still supported, even in Oracle Database 12.2.0.x. You should be able to import your old dumps into the newest release of the database and migrate even VERY old releases directly to Oracle Database 12.2.

Actually, the biggest step upwards we’ve heard about a year …

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Is your APEX version certified with your Database release?

+++ Blog post updated on Oct 2, 2019 +++ New additions marked in Red +++

+++ Blog post updated on Aug 3, 2021 +++ New additions marked in Blue +++

Last week I’ve had an interesting discussion with a customer about the certification of APEX and Oracle Database

I did a bit of research and emailing – and thanks to the APEX team – this is the source of truth for APEX certifications.

Is your APEX version certified with your Database release?

Minimum Database version for APEX

See MOS Note:1344948.1: Application Express (APEX) Database and Web Server Certification Reference:

  • For APEX 4.0, the minimum database version is
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SuSE SLES 12 certified with Oracle Database

Puh … I’ve got many mails over several months asking about the current status of certification of SuSE SLES12 for Oracle Database It took a while – and I believe it was not in our hands. But anyhow … finally …

See Release Notes for additional package requirements
Minimum kernel version: 3.12.49-11-default

Additional Notes

  • Edit CV_ASSUME_DISTID=SUSE11 parameter in database/stage/cvu/cv/admin/cvu_config & grid/stage/cvu/cv/admin/cvu_config
  • Apply Patch 20737462 to address CVU issues relating to lack of reference data
  • Install libcap1 (libcap2 libraries are installed by default); i.e. libcap1-1.10-59.61.x86_64
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Oracle Database certification on Microsoft Windows 10

The MOS Note: 1307195.1  about

Certification Information for Oracle Database on Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)

got updated right before the 2015 Christmas holidays with the official certification information for Oracle Database 12c on Microsoft Windows 10.

And it says:

Windows 10 O/S Information:
RAC is not certified.
The earliest release certified on Windows 10 is


Previous related blog posts from Aug 14, 2015:

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Oracle Databases and Microsoft Windows 10

Please find a more current blog post about certification of Oracle Database 12c on MS Win 10 here:

MS Windows 10

If you have upgraded already or plan to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 in the near (or later) future, you may find this Statement Of Direction by Oracle regarding Microsoft Windows 10 certification quite useful:


In summary:

  • Oracle plans to certify Oracle Database by October 2015
  • Oracle plans to certify the next major version of the database as well on MS Win 10 – 64bit

Addition [Oct, 22, 2015]:

  • Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.8 released
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SAP on Oracle Database 12c now with Oracle In-Memory

Oracle SAPOn March 31, 2015 SAP has been certified to run on Oracle Database

As of June 30, 2015, Oracle Database In-Memory is supported and certified for SAP environments for all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x. on Unix/Linux, Windows and Oracle Engineered Systems platforms running Oracle Database 12c – in single instance and Oracle Oracle Real Application Clusters deployments.

Oracle Database 12c is the database of choice for SAP customers based on In-Memory Technology which is fully supported for SAP BW and SAP OLTP applications.

For …

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SAP is now certified on Oracle Database

ORACLE and SAPSAP certified Oracle Database as of March 31, 2015!

Yes, it’s true. Our colleagues in the Oracle/SAP/CompetenceCenter in Walldorf worked really hard to complete the certification for SAP with Oracle Database But finally it happened. Actually it was announced long time before as planned. And it happened right in time.

Please find the official documents here:

SAP Service Marketplace ==> Products ==> Installation & Upgrade Guides ==> Database Upgrades (login required) ==> Oracle 

And here’s the link to the official

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EM Cloud Control (or newer) OMS Repository certified with Oracle Database plus patches

The certification for Oracle Database as Repository Database underneath of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (OMS) had been revoked for a while. One reason may have been the potential removal of the SYSMAN user during a DBUA upgrade 😉 But this is just a rumor. I don’t know the exact reasons.

After checking with the certification matrix earlier today I realized:

Cloud Control Repository Database Certification Oracle

Oracle Database is certified as a repository database for Cloud Control resp. OMS.

But … with a few important restrictions (see MOS Note:1987905.112c Database has been Certified as a 12cR4 Repository with Certain Patchset

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OEL6 and RHEL6 certification

Well, it took some time until Oracle Database got finally certified on Oracle Unbreakable Linux 6 (OEL6) and RHEL6 (see the official announcement here). One really interesting change is that effective immediately, Oracle will provide its Red Hat compatible Linux binaries, updates and errata for free http://public-yum.oracle.com

Finally MOS now has been updated as well (please go to the CERTIFICATION tab):

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