Real ODA “one button patching”, 12.1.2.6 to 12.1.2.10

Jun 19, 2017

Today I had to patch a virtualized Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 HA at a customer site. Current version was 12.1.2.6, installed in June 2016, and it had to be upgraded to 12.1.2.10. 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 »

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