Tag Archives: Patching

Exadata Storage Server Patching in 18.1.1 and Above

One of the cool new features that was introduced with 18.1.0.0.0 was a subtle change in the Exadata storage server patching process.  While not required, this new functionality removes the need to use patchmgr to drive Exadata storage server patches.  In Juan Loaiza’s Open World session on new Exadata features, this slide jumped out to… Read More »

Parallelizing datapatch execution

When applying quarterly PSUs to an Oracle database, there are generally two steps – one step that applies updates to the binaries inside the Oracle home, and one step that updates objects inside the database catalog via registry$sqlpatch. The first step has long been performed with OPatch, but beginning with Oracle 12.1.0.1, the second task… Read More »

Exadata Cell Patching – USB I/O Errors

I was playing around with the Exadata X2-2 in the Enkitec lab this weekend, and hit an interesting issue when patching the storage servers.  We were taking the system up to version 12.1.2.3.3 for testing purposes.  I fired off the patchmgr script, and one of the storage servers failed when beginning the first phase of the patching… Read More »

Exadata and Bash Shellshock

There has recently been a lot of news about the exploit revealed in the bash shell.  While the fix is very quick to implement, there are a couple of tricks that are required to install this update on an Exadata environment.  According to Oracle support note #1405320.1, Exadata storage server versions 11.2.3.x.x and 12.1.1.x.x are susceptible… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Yum Repository for Oracle Enterprise Linux

One of the new requirements of the Exadata Storage Server patches (starting with 11.2.3.1.0) is that the compute nodes will be patched through yum.  Previously, the minimal pack was bundled with the storage server patch and applied directly to the database servers.  Instead of having the compute node directly receive updates from Oracle’s yum repository… Read More »

New Exadata Full Stack Patches

Oracle has announced a new patching strategy for Exadata, starting with databases running 11.2.0.3.  Oracle will be moving away from the monthly bundle patch philosophy, which was panned by many administrators as coming too often to keep up with, given the tight schedules held around most Exadata systems.  Instead, Oracle will be releasing a Quarterly… Read More »