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Enterprise Manager Fleet Maintenance FAQ (Doc ID 2272569.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Applies to:

Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database - Version 12.1.0.8.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Purpose

 This Document contains Frequently Asked Questions for patching databases using Fleet Maintenance.

Questions and Answers

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Purpose
Questions and Answers
 1. Which Management Pack is needed for using Fleet Maintenance Patching in Enterprise Manager.
 2. What is the Minimum version of Enterprise Manager needed for Fleet Maintenance Patching.
 3. Can I do fleet maintenance patching from Enterprise Manager Console.
 4. Is Fleet Maintenance Patching mechanism available only for database plugin targets(database, GI, Oracle restart).
 5. Is it possible to use Fleet Maintenance to do both minor(Ex: 11.2.0.3 to 11.2.0.4) and major upgrades(Example: 11g to 12c)
 6. Can I apply One off patches and Patch Set Update patches using Fleet Maintenance.
 7. Is it possible to apply Combo Patches or Grid Infrastructure Patches to both Grid Infrastructure and database home using single Fleet maintenance command.
 8. Can fleet Maintenance be used for both in place and out of place patching.
 9. Should Enterprise Manager be connected to My Oracle Support(online mode) for using Fleet Maintenance.
 10. What is the minimum privileges required for Enterprise manager user to do fleet maintenance.
 11. Can I use Patch recommendations(Enterprise > Provisioning and Patching > Patches & Updates > All Recommendations) for Fleet Maintenance.
 12. Does 'Software Standardization Advisor' consider Patch recommendations in Enterprise Manager.
 13. Would 'Software Standardization Advisor' work only if targets are patched using Fleet Maintenance. Say if there a patch applied via opatch and another one applied using EM Patch plan.
 14. Is it possible to create a Gold Image using Fleet Maintenance.
 15. Is there an option to selectively eliminate some folders of an Oracle home during image creation using Fleet Maintenance(using 'emcli db_software_maintenance -createSoftwareImage' command).
 16. Can a Gold Image created for Stand alone database be used for RAC database and vice versa.
 17. Can I use Gold Image of Single Instance HA(Oracle Restart) for Clusterware or vice versa.
 18. Is there a prerequisite only mode available for database db software deployment.
 19. What is the difference with creating multiple images and multiple versions of an image.
 20. Is it possible to apply patch to a database home with no databases running in it.
 21. Is it possible to selectively patch multiple databases running from an Oracle Home.
 22. Would the targets be automatically subscribed if a latest version of Gold Image is created and saved in software library.
 23. Lets assume a database target is patched using fleet maintenance from base release to version 1(2016 Dec PSU), version 2(2017 Jan PSU) and version 3(2017 April PSU). Can you rollback directly from version 3(2017 April PSU) to version 1(2016 Dec PSU).
 24. Can I patch targets using both Fleet Maintenance and Patch Plan creation mechanism. For example, applying 2016 Dec PSU using Patch plan based and then 2017 Jan PSU using Fleet Maintenance.
 25. Can I subscribe a target to an image which is already subscribed to a different image.
 26. Can I create a gold image for Linux Operating system and have targets in AIX or other operating system subscribed.
 27. I have a target subscribed to an image. Also have done deployment of image using DEPLOY_DB_SOFTWARE. Can I deploy the same image by passing a new Oracle Home.
 29. I have a target subscribed to gold image and have created a new Oracle home using db_deploy_software option. Later have removed and added back the newly created oracle home. Is there any issues with this.
 30.  The fleet maintenance activity shows 'Succeeded', but I always see some of the steps as 'Skipped - Condition evaluated to false'. Should I do anything to fix.
 31. Can I create a custom deployment procedure and use it with fleet maintenance steps.
 32. Can fleet maintenance support on windows target db servers.
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