This patch set has some significant differences to its predecessors. Most importantly Oracle 220.127.116.11 is a full installation of the Oracle software. In the past patch sets have contained a set of files that have replaced existing files in an existing Oracle home. This patch set is a full installation that replaces an entire existing installation. A consequence of this change is that Oracle 18.104.22.168 can be installed directly on a new server; it is no longer necessary to install the base release (Oracle 22.214.171.124) and then to apply the patch set.\n\nUnlike previous versions there is new functionality in this release. Oracle Corporation is claiming to 34 new features in the following product areas:
It is also worth noting that the documentation has been updated for this release. It is always worth checking the latest documentation, even if you are using older versions as it often contains corrections and additions. The latest documentation can always be found at http://tahiti.oracle.com. Worth checking out is the New Features Guide (E17128-03) and the What's New section at the front of the remaining manuals.
This article covers upgrade from Oracle 126.96.36.199 to Oracle 188.8.131.52 of a two-node Linux x86-64 cluster at a customer site. The database was not yet in production but we wanted to upgrade the Oracle software prior to user acceptance testing.
Oracle 184.108.40.206 is available in the download area of http://www.oracle.com. However, Oracle 220.127.116.11 can only be downloaded from My Oracle Support so you will need a CSI number to obtain it. The patch number is 10098816. Additional information about the upgrade can be found in Note 1189783.1 - Important Changes to Oracle Database Patch Sets Starting with 18.104.22.168. Also worth reviewing is Note 1179474.1 - Known Issues specific to the 22.214.171.124 Patch Set.
At the time of writing (early October 2010), Oracle 126.96.36.199 was available for:
Oracle 188.8.131.52 patch sets for AIX, HP/UX and Windows are still awaited.
The Linux x86-64 patch set consists of seven files:
p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_1of7.zip 1247MB Database 1 of 2 p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_2of7.zip 1001MB Database 2 of 2 p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_3of7zip 815MB Grid Infrastructure p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_4of7zip 612MB Client p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_5of7zip 563MB Gateways p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_6of7zip 458MB Examples p10098816_112020_Linux-x86-64_7of7zip 105MB Deinstaller
Oracle Grid Infrastructure is an out of place upgrade. This means that a new Oracle home will be created by the OUI for the Oracle Grid Infrastructure binaries. At the end of the upgrade you will be prompted to run the rootupgrade.sh script as the root user on each node in the cluster. The rootupgrade.sh script copies all configuration files etc from the old home to the new home.
The Oracle RAC/RDBMS software can be upgraded either out-of-place or in-place. Oracle recommends that an out-of-place upgrade is performed.
The first step in the Grid Infrastructure OUI installation is now the Download Software Updates page. This screen presents three options to download recommended patches including patchset updates (PSUs) and one-offs