Oracle RESTART: Make sure you’ve patched your Oracle homes

Oracle RESTART: Make sure you've patched your Oracle homesThis blog post title sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Oracle RESTART: Make sure you’ve patched your Oracle homes. Why the heck should you patch your database homes upfront?

Oracle RESTART: Make sure you’ve patched your Oracle homes

Well, there’s an interesting issue happening. When you work with Oracle Grid Infrastructure, no matter if you operate a cluster or “just” use Oracle Restart, you’ll have to upgrade GI to Oracle 12.2 first before you can manage 12.2 databases with it.… [Read More]

Oracle RESTART deprecation announcement got withdrawn

Oracle Restart Deprecation announcementgot withdrawnVery good news for all customers using Oracle RESTART:
The Oracle RESTART deprecation announcement got withdrawn.

I have blogged in the past several times about Oracle RESTART of course either regarding upgrade, downgrade and patching:

And one of the customers I work with for quite a while, Swiss Mobiliar Insurance uses Oracle RESTART for all their Oracle Database environments:

The question all customers I deal with who use Oracle RESTART: How long will Oracle support it?… [Read More]

Restarting a failed Database Upgrade with DBUA 12.2

In my previous blog post I did showcase how to restart a failed database upgrade on the command line before Oracle Database 12c, with Oracle Database 12.1.0.x and with the new Oracle Database 12.2.0.x:

Restarting a failed Database Upgrade with

Here I’d like to show the new capability of the Database Upgrade Assistant (DBUA) to restart an upgrade, a functionality the DBUA was missing until now.… [Read More]

ORAchk with new checks + Restart support


Never used or heard about ORAchk? Then it’s time to give it a try! 

ORAchk has now be released. ORAchk has so many great features, especially more than 50 new health checks, OL7 Support – and is now aware of Oracle Restart environments.

New features include:

  • Linux on System Z (RHEL 6, RHEL 7, SuSE 12)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 7
  • Single Instance ASM Checks
  • Upgrade Validation checks for
  • Enhanced Golden Gate Checks
  • Enterprise Manager Agent Checks
  • Enhanced Reporting to highlight checks that ORAchk cannot gain
    full visibility for
    (checks that require manual validation)
  • Improved health Score Calculation (you can now hit 100%)
  • Over 50 new health checks
  • Bug Fixes

Download the most recent version via MOS Note:1268927.1.… [Read More]

Downgrade Oracle Restart 12c – Grid Infrastructure only?

Oracle RestartCan 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.… [Read More]