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Applying Exadata Bundle Patch 6 (BP6)

Well November came around quickly - when I started blogging I promised myself that I would at least try to share my Exadata findings once a month.  So it is time to share my experience and findings from applying the bundle patch 6. If you are new to Exadata patching you should hopefully find some important points below. The patching took place on a ¼ Rack (2 compute nodes). The high level approach for applying BP6 is
1.       Apply patch 10114705 - Database Bundle Patch 6 for Exadata first

The patching nightmares are over (11.2.0.2.0)…

One of the things that continually annoys me is that to get the latest version of the database you have to install the base release and then instantly patch it to the latest patch set. Not any more.

“Starting with the 11.2.0.2 patch set, Oracle Database patch sets are full installations of the Oracle Database software. This means that you do not need to install Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.1) before installing Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.2).”

You don’t understand how happy this makes me. In addition, the installer also downloads and applies madatory patches, so even when you’re mid-way through the lifecycle of a patchset, your new installations are still up to date. :)

There is a bunch of new functionality already listed in the new features manual:

Happy downloading and upgrading.

Notes.

  • Read the patch notes before you start downloading. You probably don’t need all the zip files (4.8G). :)
  • Out-of-place patching (new ORACLE_HOME) is the recommended method now, so there is no real difference between patch sets and upgrades. Grid infrastructure *must* be patches out-of-place.
  • I guess OFA directories should now include the first 4 digits of the version (11.2.0 -> 11.2.0.2) as those directories will only ever contain that patch set.

Cheers

Tim…