To help you plan ahead the Oracle database upgrades and patching, below is an Oracle Database Releases roadmap, showing their lifetime support stages (Premier + Extended) for the latest releases.
Oracle Support Notes
- Ensure to maintain Oracle releases that are under Oracle Premium Support (black bars on the chart) or Extended Support (red bars on the chart)
- Extended Support is typically for three years following the expiration of Premier Support and only for the Terminal Patch Set release
- After end of Premium + Extended Support no new patches are released by Oracle + lower SLAs apply for the corresponding database release
- To receive Extended Support, you must:
- Continue to pay the support fee for Premier Support
- Purchase Extended Support on top of Premier Support fee (unless the fee is waived (usually for the 1st year)
- Most ULA/PULA contracts include Extended Support fee
- Enable Extended Support for your Support Identifier (SI) on MOS
I’m often asked questions on Oracle database or client software installation in Silent Mode with using response file. I used to do it in the past but not anymore. The silent software installation with Oracle response file is still available but I found another handy option in Oracle 11g/12c of doing the same. The same silent installation can be done directly from the command prompt without using an Oracle response file but it requires a minimum set of variables (from the response file) as arguments to the Oracle Universal Installer (OUI) (i.e “runInstaller or setup.exe”).
I give a few tested examples below to install Oracle software in Silent mode without a response file:
Oracle Database 11.2 on Linux silent installation (Enterprise Edition Software Only)
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The newest Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 is available for ordering! After I reviewed in my last article some hardware insights of Oracle Exadata X4, let’s talk about the software options, improvements and new features that will be available soon in the new Exadata.
If you order an Oracle Exadat X4 system you can choose between two Oracle database versions: 11g or 12c. The relevant database version will be pre-installed by Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS) Services with additional Grid infrastructure software including Oracle ASM and RAC. Prerequisite is that you have enough database and RAC licenses.
Oracle Exadata X4 Machine will be delivered with the new Exadata software version 188.8.131.52.0 that provides the following major capabilities:
– Automatic Flash compression on X3 and X4 systems
– Improved support for consolidation of multiple databases
– Many management improvements
– Many robustness and availability improvements
See below some major new Exadata software featurues that are going to be incorporated to the new X4 machines.
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Installation of Oracle 11gR2 64-bit client on Windows 7 is even trickier compared to Oracle 32-bit client installation. In fact after some series of installations, I do recommend installing Oracle client 32-bit on Windows 7 64-bit version, unless you have solid technical restrictions of that. This will avoid various installation issues as well as some client software incompatibility issues. I give however below a short installation plan for Oracle 11gR2 64-bit client with possible issues you can encounter during and after it. Read also my other article for some more tips on that: Oracle 11gR2 client installation on Windows 7 troubleshooting.
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Read below is the second part of Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Wrap Up. It’s about OEM Cloud Control, Unstructured data, Database Consolidation and some other topics. Read more »