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Exadata Database Machine Grid Infrastructure and Database Upgrade for BP11 and earlier (Doc ID 1555036.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 23, 2024

Applies to:

Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This document provides step-by-step instructions for upgrading from Oracle Database and Oracle Grid Infrastructure release BP11 and earlier to on Oracle Exadata Database Machine for Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris x86-64 operating systems. For upgrades to coming from releases later than BP11 see. If you have multiple database homes installed, with at least one of them on BP11 or earlier, then also follow this document. This document does not cover Exadata on SuperCluster. 


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In this Document
 Oracle Exadata Database Machine Maintenance
 Prepare the Existing Environment
 Plan for the Upgrade
 Test on non-production first
 Preserve SQL Execution Plans with SQL Plan Management
 Develop and Test a Recovery Plan
 Obtain Required Account Access
 Review Upgrade Prerequisites
 Pre-requisite for Upgrade
 Generic requirements:
 Download Required Files
 Apply patches / updates where required before upgrading proceeds
 Update OPatch in existing 11.2 Grid Home and existing 11.2 Database Homes on All Database Servers
 Apply required patches / updates indentified in the section 'Upgrade Prerequisites' 
 Run Exachk or HealthCheck
 Validate Readiness for Oracle Clusterware upgrade using CVU and Exachck
 Early stage pre-upgrade check: analyze your databases to be upgraded with the Pre-Upgrade Information Tool
 Install and Upgrade Grid Infrastructure to
 Create a snapshot based backup of the database server partitions
 Create the new Grid Infrastructure (GI_HOME) directory where will be installed
 Prepare installation software
 Permanently Disable Automatic Memory Management (AMM) for ASM
 Set cluster_interconnects Explicitly for ASM
 Perform the Grid Infrastructure software installation and upgrade using OUI
 Apply the latest Bundle Patch to the Grid Infrastructure Home using 'napply' on all nodes in the cluster.
 Apply Customer-specific One-Off Patches to the Grid Infrastructure Home
 Change Custom Scripts and Environment Variables to Reference the Grid Home
 Modify the dbfs_mount cluster resource
 Install Database Software
 Prepare Installation Software
 Perform Database Software Installation with OUI
 Update OPatch in Database Home on All Database Servers
 Install latest Bundle Patch for Oracle Exadata Database Machine to the Database Home - Do not perform Post-installation steps
 Upgrade Database to
 Backing up the database and creating a Guaranteed Restore Point
 Analyze the Database to Upgrade with the Pre-Upgrade Information Tool
 Run Pre-Upgrade Information Tool
 Handle obsolete and underscore parameters
 Review pre-upgrade information tool output
 Set cluster_interconnects explicitly for All Primary and Standby Databases
 Data Guard only - Synchronize Standby and Change the Standby Database to use the new Database Home
 Flush all redo generated on the primary and disable the broker
 Data Guard only - Disable Fast-Start Failover and Data Guard Broker
 Shutdown the primary database.
 Shutdown the standby database and restart it in an database home
 Start all primary instances in restricted mode
 Upgrade the Database with Database Upgrade Assistant (DBUA)
 Review and perform steps in Oracle Upgrade Guide, Chapter 4 'Post-Upgrade Tasks for Oracle Database'
 Change Custom Scripts and Environment Variables to Reference the Database Home
 Underscore Initialization Parameters
 Perform Bundle Patch for Oracle Exadata Database Machine Post-Installation Steps
 Apply Bundle Patch Overlay Patches to the Database Home and other overlays when specified in Document 888828.1
 Apply Customer-specific One-Off Patches
 Data Guard only - Enable Fast-Start Failover and Data Guard Broker
 Post-upgrade Steps
 Remove Guaranteed Restore Point 
 DBFS only - Perform DBFS Required Updates
 Obtain latest script from Document 1054431.1
 Edit script and Oracle Net files for the new environment
 Run Exachk or HealthCheck
 Optional: Deinstall the or Database and Grid Homes
 Re-configure RMAN Media Management Library
 Revision History
 Oracle Documentation  
 Patch matrix for 12539000 - Patch requirement when upgrading from Linux 
 Patch matrix for 14639430 - patch requirement for rolling-back upgrades from 
 Community Discussions
 Patch matrix for 9329767 / 12652740 - Patch requirement when upgrading from Linux only
 Patch matrix for 14639430 - Patch requirement for rolling-back upgrades from 
 Patch matrix for minimum required patches on top of 

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