Today I had to patch a virtualized Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 HA at a customer site. Current version was 220.127.116.11, installed in June 2016, and it had to be upgraded to 18.104.22.168. I’ve heard a lot of scary stories of colleagues and friends about possible issues during patching, so I was a little reluctant to do this. Anyway, no choice, what needs to be done, needs to be done.
I had one big advantage: this ODA was installed by myself and I was 100% sure that nobody had ever done something ‘unsupported’ with it. During installation in June 2016, I have taken very much care about following the books accurately and ensuring that nothing went wrong. This was a real clean install without any issues, now in production for 1 year.
Now one year later I have to say that I am very happy with “my ODA”. The patching today went smoothly. Not a single issue was encountered during the patching. Actually I was a little surprised, because as I said, I have heard about many issues of others during patching. Read the rest of this entry »