Happy New Year 2019 to all of you!

Happy New Year 2019 to all of you! And thanks for reading the blog. And thanks also for the warm feedback you gave me in the past 20 months since I started this blog on a new platform. I wish you all a very good start into the new year. If you wonder why I post this while the year is already 7 days old, we Germans have a lot of holidays – and this season it was pretty attractive to take two weeks off with just spending 5 vacation days. Hence, my working year 2019 starts more or less…

When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1?

This question is coming up on a regular basis for obvious reasons whenever we speak to customers about Oracle Database 12.2 and 18c: When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1? When does patching end for Oracle Database 12.2.0.1? Actually Roy and I are explaining this topic in our The New Release and Patching Model presentation: Annual releases, such as Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c, Oracle 19c and so on, get a minimum of 2 years patching after the succeeding release is available. This means, as soon as Oracle 18c is available, the previous release – Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 – will…

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 SE2 – Support and Patches for Oracle Database 12.1.0.1 SE/SE1

Please find all our articles about Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.2 SE2: Sept 17, 2015: SE2 – Some questions, some answers Sept 8, 2015: MOS Download for Oracle SE2 Sept 7, 2015: Support and Patches for Oracle 12.1.0.1 SE/SE1 Sept 3, 2015: Can you have Multitenant with Oracle SE2? Sept 1, 2015: Oracle Standard Edition SE2 available for download   Some questions regarding support for Oracle Database Standard Edition 12.1.0.1 (SE/SE1) came up in the past days. Most of those are answered already in MOS Note 2027072.1 (Oracle Database 12c Standard Edition 2 (12.1.0.2) ) How long will Oracle Database 12.1.0.1…

ORAchk – How to log SRs and ERs for ORAchk

I have recently recommended to use ORAchk in its new version 12.1.0.4 – and I can just emphasize on this. https://mikedietrichde.com/2015/07/03/orachk-12-1-0-4-released-a-must-use-tool/ During a conf call with a lead customer from the UK Roy and I learned about the uncertainness on how to log a Service Request (SR) or enhancement Request (ER) against ORAchk in case something is not working correctly or missing. Especially as the documentation of ORAchk states: Appendix B – How to Obtain Support If problems are encountered either at runtime or if there are questions about the content of the findings of the tool, please post your…

Best Practices for Patching — learn more at OOW!

Although upgrade and patching are truly two very different processes, they both fall into the same general category of planned maintenance and are often associated with each other. So, it seems relevant to point out yet another important talk at OpenWorld in San Francisco: Database Patching Best Practices II [CON7748] Tuesday, Sep 30, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Moscone South – 104 Building on a highly popular session from Oracle OpenWorld 2013, this session further explores ways to help you maintain and patch your database systems most efficiently. Learn about patch testing best practices, techniques for minimizing downtimes, how to…