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…

Package Differences between Oracle 11.2.0.4 and 12.1.0.2?

The question sounds pretty trivial: Which packages did exist in Oracle 11.2.0.4 but don’t exist in Oracle 12.1.0.2 anymore? And going a bit deeper into the topic, Which procedures and functions calls of SYS packages have been changed since then? A colleague of mine (thanks to Thomas Kempkens from ACS Support for writing up a fancy procedure – all credits go to him) had to dig this out for a customer, See the result. These packages don’t exist in Oracle 12.1.0.2 anymore but did exist in Oracle 11.2.0.4 (without PSUs): CWM2_OLAP_INSTALLER DBMS_AMD DBMS_APPCTX DBMS_DBLINK DBMS_DM_IMP_INTERNAL DBMS_DM_UTIL_INTERNAL DBMS_DUMA_INTERNAL DBMS_JDM_INTERNAL DBMS_RULE_COMPATIBLE_90 DBMS_SQL2…

MS Windows Bundle Patches – a VERY different story

I like Upgrade Workshops for a very different reason: Hopefully people feed back with questions and information I wasn’t aware off before. So for myself these workshops are also a learning experience. And thanks to a customer in Singapore (Thanks a lot, Hanh!!) I learned something about Oracle’s Bundle Patches for MS Windows. Customer asked about a specific issue when using RMAN Duplicate command in 12c failing with a nice ORA-600 [KSRPCSEXEC_1]. This got logged a while ago as bug16883554 – and it will be fixed in database patch set 12.1.0.2. But this customer asked for an earlier delivery. So…