dbnodeupdate.sh on Exadata Compute Nodes

Rene Kundersma at Oracle just published a nifty new utility named dbnodeupdate.sh that will assist with the sometimes-cumbersome process of updating the compute nodes in an Exadata environment.  Starting last year with 11.2.3.1.0, Oracle introduced yum updates for the Exadata compute nodes.  Previously, each Exadata storage server patch came with a “minimal” or “convenience” pack… Read More »

Exadata 11.2.3.2.1 NFS Issues – Ksplice Support for Exadata?

When the 11.2.3.2.1 release of the Exadata Storage Server software was released, I was a little excited.  There were numerous oneoff patches for the previous release, 11.2.3.2.0, which was the first version to support the Exadata X3, writeback flashcache, run UEK on the X#-2 systems, etc.  With that many large changes introduced in one version,… Read More »

Exadata X3-2 1/8th Rack

There have been a couple of posts we’ve seen lately about expectations of an Exadata X3-2 and X3-8 release at Oracle Open World 2012.  I mentioned in my previous post about the possible release of an X3-2 1/8th rack configuration.  I had guessed that this would be similar to the old V2 basic system that… Read More »

Upgrading the Oracle Database Appliance to Version 2.3.0.0.0

As you may have guessed, applying patches on the Oracle Database Appliance can be a little bit different from your standard Oracle environment.  Oracle releases a software version that covers all aspects of the ODA – firmware, operating system, and Oracle software stack (grid infrastructure, rdbms).  Versions are numbered like this (image courtesy MOS note… Read More »