Best Oracle Database Download 11.2.0.4

Hi, I´m new in SAP WORLD and i have a doubt about Oracle Database SAP Bundle Patch 11.2.0.4.160419 - 201605. We have a SAP installation that uses an ORACLE 11.2.0.3 rdbms on LINUX.

Our customer would like to upgrade Oracle RDBMS to 11.2.0.4 and told us all we need to do is to apply 'SAP Bundle Patch 11.2.0.4.160419 - 201605'. But we have readed here some upgrade guides like: - Database Upgrade Guide Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2): UNIX For Oracle Patch Set Release 11.2.0.4 - Best Practice Document Version: 1.0 – 2015-02-04 Oracle Database Upgrade to 11.2.0.3 Upgrade Guide Both the documents explain that it´s necessary to upgrade RBMS ORACLE to 11.2.0.4 using specific oracle update patches (ex: using runinstaller) and only then apply 'SAP Bundle Patch 11.2.0.4.160419 - 201605'. Our customer insists that only 'SAP Bundle' is necessary, so our doubts are (sorry if they are silly questions ): - Is it possible to apply 'SAP Bundle Patch 11.2.0.4.160419 - 201605' in a SAP installation with ORACLE RBMS 11.2.0.3 installed? Or did 'SAP Bundle' upgrades the RDBMS to 11.2.0.4? - If runinstaller is necessary, did we need to download it from Oracle Support? Best regards, Sergio.

Hi, As everyone suggested, Oracle will NOT let you apply SBP 11.2.0.4 on Oracle 11.2.0.3. If you try this, it will throw errors. So, upgrade it to 11.2.0.4 and apply SBP 11.2.0.4. No bug fixes, no patches, no CPU/SPUs, no PSUs, no BPs produced for Oracle database 11.2.0.3 since August 28, 2015. And all new installations of SAP will require minimum Oracle version 11.2.0.4.

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 for Linux x86-64. Contains examples of how to use the Oracle Database. Download if you are new to Oracle and want to try some of the.

You can convince your customer with this information available in Oracle site and propose for upgrade. The below some important steps may help you in upgrade.

Oracle RDBMS PatchSet version 11.2.0.4 is available for downloading since 27-AUG-2013 ! again some time earlier than OOW2013

But(as of 29-AUG-2013) it’s still available only for Linux x86-64 + Linux x86 and all Oracle Solarises(x86, x86-64, SPARC 32-bit, SPARC 64-bit)

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Checked on 29-OCT-2013 – patchset aditionally available for next platforms: Microsoft Windows(32-bit), Microsoft Windows x64(64-bit), HP-UX Itanium(32-bit), HP-UX Itanium(64-bit), IBM AIX on POWER Systems (32-bit), IBM AIX on POWER Systems (64-bit)

Based on NOTE:742060.1 Release Schedule of Current Database Releases:

  • 11.2.0.4 on Linux x66(new platform ? ;)) released – this joke no more present in mentioned document 😉
  • this is the terminal patch set for 11.2
  • 11.2.0.4 will be available for other major Unix/Linux/Windows platforms(HP-UX Itanium, Oracle Solaris SPARC (64-bit), Oracle Solaris x86-64 (64-bit), IBM AIX on POWER Systems, Microsoft Windows (32-bit) and Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)) during the Q3CY2013 & Q4CY2013 = till the End of 2013.
  • for the rest platforms, like IBM Linux on System z and HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit), the release date is scheduled for Q1 2014

To download – use Patch number 13390677. The size of patchset is about 5.4GB(+400MB to 11.2.0.3 – more fixes or more bugs ? ;)).

Keep in mind that starting from 11.2.0.2 Oracle provides patchsets as a full installation packages with Out-Of-Place upgrade feature.

Happy patching! 😉 I will wait for second PSU… 😉

PS. useful links:

  • 13390677 – 11.2.0.4 direct download link on MOS
  • 742060.1 Release Schedule of Current Database Releases
  • 880782.1 ALERT: Oracle 11g Release 2 (11.2) Support Status and Alerts
  • 1562142.1 11.2.0.4 Patch Set – List of Bug Fixes by Problem Type
    • 5479(!!!) BUGs are listed as fixed for now – will it be the MOST STABLE ?
  • 1562139.1 11.2.0.4 Patch Set – Availability and Known Issues
  • 756671.1 Oracle Recommended Patches — Oracle Database
  • 1392633.1 Things to Consider Before Upgrading to 11.2.0.3 to Avoid Poor Performance or Wrong Results
  • 1320966.1 Things to Consider Before Upgrading to 11.2.0.2 to Avoid Poor Performance or Wrong Results
  • 1061295.1 Patch Set Updates – One-off Patch Conflict Resolution
  • 837570.1 Complete Checklist for Manual Upgrades to 11gR2
  • 785351.1 Oracle 11gR2 Upgrade Companion
  • 1152016.1 Master Note For Oracle Database Upgrades and Migrations

More Facts:

  • Patching end date for 11.2.0.2 is 31-Oct-2013 so we still have two monthes to move to 11.2.0.3 or 11.2.0.4

UPDATE1: 11.2.0.4 New Features

UPDATE2(from Borys Bazhura):

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  • since 29-AUG-2013 it’s available additionally for all Oracle Solarises(x86, x86-64, SPARC 32-bit, SPARC 64-bit)

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  • 11.2.0.4 available for Exadata – for step-by-step check 1565291.1 & 1555036.1

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  • now (29-OCT-2013) aditionally available for next platforms: Microsoft Windows(32-bit), Microsoft Windows x64(64-bit), HP-UX Itanium(32-bit), HP-UX Itanium(64-bit), IBM AIX on POWER Systems (32-bit), IBM AIX on POWER Systems (64-bit)