Minimum Supported Version for Database Upgrades

This question comes up very often: What is the minimum supported version for database upgrades? Or a question I received today: “I have an Oracle 10.2.0.4 database, can I upgrade directly to Oracle 11.2.0.4?” Usually I have to dig into my old slides from the past to give a definite answer. And of course, the Database Upgrade Guide of each version has the same information somewhere as well. Therefore I’d like to summarize the releases supported for direct database upgrades since Oracle 11.2.0.4 below. Upgrade? When I speak about database upgrades, I mean you’ll use either the command line upgrade…

Downgrade Oracle Restart 12c – Grid Infrastructure only?

Can you downgrade your Oracle Restart installation from Oracle 12c back to Oracle 11g? Actually there’s no real direct downgrade supported for Oracle Restart. But of course there’s a way to do it. Basically it is: Deconfigure Oracle Restart in 12c Configure Oracle Restart in 11g But wait a minute. It is very important to know if you have upgraded your database already. If that is the case then first you MUST downgrade your database(s) as you can’t manage a higher version Oracle Database with a lower version Clusterware. So first of all, please downgrade your Oracle database(s) first: Downgrade…

Oracle Database 12c is available on Windows!

Good things come to those who wait … and yes, Oracle Database 12c (Oracle 12.1.0.1) is available for download from  OTN/eDelivery for MS Windows as well since last night 🙂 Windows versions being supported: 2008, 2008 R2, 7, 8 eDelivery: Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for MS Windows Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Linux 64bit Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Solaris SPARC64 Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Solaris x86 . OTN: Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for MS Windows Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Linux 64bit Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Solaris SPARC64 Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1) for Solaris x86 -Mike PS:…

New White Paper about Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c

With the release of Oracle Database 12c many new collateral will be available right now including our new White Paper: White Paper: Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c This white paper outlines the methods available for you to upgrade and migrate your database to Oracle Database 12c.  Learn about different use cases and key factors to consider when choosing the method that best fits your requirements. And if you’d like to have a look into the new Oracle 12c documentation please find it here: Oracle Database 12c Documentation -Mike