Minor Upgrade? Going from 11.2.0.1 to 11.2.0.4?

My Belgium friend Phillipe Fierens raised a great question on Twitter last week and dropped me an email again after having a discussion with his client: For Phillipe and myself the answer is pretty clear and straight forward: There is no minor upgrade anymore since every (patch set) release is a full release and since new parameters, parameter values, features and whatever appears even in patch sets. But the following discussion on Twitter with comments from all sides made me think about why people would honestly declare going for instance from 11.2.0.1 to 11.2.0.3 as a minor upgrade whereas going…

Why people don’t patch and upgrade?!?

Please see the JAPANESE version of this blog post here!! Discussing the topic “Why Upgrade” or “Why not Upgrade” is not always fun. Actually the arguments repeat from customer to customer. Typically we hear things such as: A PSU or Patch Set introduces new bugs A new PSU or Patch Set introduces new features which lead to risk and require application verification Patching means risk Patching changes the execution plans Patching requires too much testing Patching is too much work for our DBAs Patching costs a lot of money and doesn’t pay out And to be very honest sometimes it’s…

Why is every patchset now a full release?

This question got posted by Naveen in the previous entry today – and I found it worth it to create a new blog entry as this question gets raised in nearly every 2nd workshop as well – so others might be interested as well. Mike, A question has been bothering me for a while and I thought I’ll throw it out there. I didn’t raise a support ticket, I knew what the response is going to be. So here is the question. I have an 11g ORACLE HOME that was built as 11.2.0.1. Now if I want to upgrade to…

Patches, Patch Sets, Patch Bundles, Bundled Patches …

Ouch … just realized that it has been a while since I posted a new topic on the blog. But actually the past weeks I was busy doing workshops, working with customers – and finally (yes!!) participating on an Exadata training class. Sitting there for 3 days, listening the instructor, playing around with the cell simulator and all the exercises was quite a nice change from the daily business. And I believe I’ve learnt something useful 🙂 Well, daily business, this brings me back to a topic which hit my inbox today again for the 2nd time in a few…

Patch Set 11.2.0.2 for Win32 and Win64 now available

Oracle Database Patch Set 11.2.0.2 for Windows (Patch: 10098816) is now available for download from support.oracle.com: Oracle Database 11.2.0.2 Patch Set for Windows 32bit Oracle Database 11.2.0.2 Patch Set for Windows 64bit Please keep in mind: It’s a full install – you don’t have to download 11.2.0.1 first, you can start right with 11.2.0.2 You’ll get it just from support.oracle.com – no download from OTN or eDelivery as this is a patch set Installation will be done by default into a separate %ORACLE_HOME% .- and this is our strong recommendation. If you’d like to install into your existing 11.2.0.1 %ORACLE_HOME%…