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Upgrading SOA From 12.2.1.3 To 12.2.1.4 (Doc ID 2752458.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Applies to:

Oracle SOA Suite - Version 12.2.1.4.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

We are trying to perform upgrade form existing 12.2.1.3 SOA to 12.2.1.4 SOA and need clarification due to conflicting documentation and notes.

As per this note: 2603648.1 and this documentation (Appendix C Performing a Reduced Downtime Upgrade):
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/fupss/performing-reduced-downtime-upgrade.html#GUID-18644BA5-5426-4937-8F43-8DD200172D6D

There is a note at the top which says this:
Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3) is the only supported starting point for a reduced downtime upgrade. You cannot perform a reduced downtime upgrade if you are upgrading from a supported Fusion Middleware 11g or 12c (12.2.1.2.0 or earlier) release, or you do not have a multi-node environment. To perform a reduced downtime upgrade from 12c (12.1.3 or 12.2.1.2), you must first upgrade to 12.2.1.3 using the standard upgrade process.

And in this part of the documentation only 12.2.1.4 new binary replacement and UA schema upgrade is being performed.. the rest of the steps like the Domain Reconfiguration & UA (Component upgrade) is not being mentioned. The only process is perform binary install, run UA for schemas and bring the node1 up, perform binary replacement of node2 and bring node2 up.
There is no mention of any domain level changes or post upgrade tasks.

However if you refer the main documentation Chapter 6 (Understanding an Upgrade from a Previous 12c Release):
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/fupss/upgrading-oracle-soa-suite-and-business-process-management-previous-12c-release.html#GUID-89A9AC44-36DB-406D-A4A4-40CC575AC050

The note says:
When upgrading from a previous 12c release such as 12.1.3, 12.2.1.2, or 12.2.1.3, you will perform a full upgrade to reach 12c (12.2.1.4.0)

and also this note: 2658545.1 which mentions about upgrading specifically from 12.2.1.3 you have to perform full upgrade.
 

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