Patching Exadata

  • Martin Bach
  • Karl Arao
  • Andy Colvin
  • Frits Hoogland
  • Kerry Osborne
  • Randy Johnson
  • Tanel Poder

Abstract

One of the biggest drawbacks of running a custom-built Oracle system is that it may be a one-of-a-kind configuration. Even in environments with tight standards, it is very difficult to maintain consistency between hardware, firmware, and operating system configurations. Most organizations do not have the time needed to ensure that every build has the exact same Fibre Channel HBAs, internal RAID controllers, and network cards running the same firmware level, much less go through a testing plan to upgrade each of these components in a single maintenance window. Over the course of a year, it is atypical to find exactly matching components all the way across the stack. With Exadata, Oracle has a standard build that provides the exact same hardware, firmware, and operating system configuration for each release. Every Exadata customer with an X3-2 rack running storage server version 11.2.3.3.0 has an LSI RAID controller running version 12.12.0-178, Sun Flash F40 cards with firmware version UI5P, Oracle Unbreakable Kernel version 2.6.39-400.126.1, and so on. If an update is needed, Oracle releases a single patch that upgrades all of those components in one shot. This standardization allows Exadata administrators to apply bug fixes and firmware updates that most system administrators would not be willing to apply for fear of unexpected changes to their unique configuration. Testing these changes is much easier on Exadata due to the standardized configurations within each generation. This chapter will look at Exadata patching in depth, starting with the various types of patches to be applied on Exadata, the ways each of the patches are applied, and options to make patching as painless as possible.

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© Martin Bach, Karl Arao, Andy Colvin, Frits Hoogland, Randy Johnson, Kerry Osborne, and Tanel Poder 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Bach
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  • Karl Arao
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  • Andy Colvin
    • 1
  • Frits Hoogland
    • 1
  • Kerry Osborne
    • 1
  • Randy Johnson
    • 1
  • Tanel Poder
    • 1
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