Oracle Database Applicance Release 2.10.0.0.0


On 1. May 2014 Oracle released the 2.10.0.0.0 patch for Oracle Database Appliance.

Major changes

This release doesn’t contain many new features, but some internal important internal bug fixes, so i’vh renames this section to “Major changes”

  • Oracle PSU 11.2.0.3.10 and 11.2.0.4.2 for GI and Database
  • Out of Place for Grid Infrastructure update supportes the upgrade from 11.2.0.3.x to 11.2.0.4.2
  • ODAchk has been renamed to ORAchk
  • Bug 17896838, has been fixed on 2.10.0.0.0. See here

NOTICE: ODA Note 888888.1 has been updated right now

Description:

  • ODA Bundle Patch
    Contains patches to the following components: OS, Component Firmware and Oracle Appliance Manager Modules, Grid Infrastructure, and RDBMS.
  • End-User GI/RDBMS Clone files
    Contains the latest Grid Infrastructure and RDBMS components, for deployment on an Oracle Database Appliance in the “shipped from factory” state, or an Oracle Database Appliance that has been re-imaged using the OS ISO Image.
  • OS ISO Image
    Used to restore the OS to the “shipped from factory” state. Use only when necessary.
  • Bare Metal
    Refers to the non-virtualized ODA configuration.

IMPORTANT:

  • There are some problems with the Shared Repository. Please read “Known Issues 2.10.0.0.0” section in MOS ID 888888.1 carefully!
  • X4-2 core Key generation not yet working on MOS. This is going to be fixed in Apr-2014. Until then, please open an SR requesting keys for X4-2. (Virtualized Deployment with core binding is working. This doesn’t need a core key)

Patch ID’s:

  • Patch 18284007     Oracle Database Appliance Patch Bundle 2.10
  • Patch 16186163     Oracle Database Appliance 2.10 Virtualized OS ISO Image (Dom0)
  • Patch 16186172     Oracle Database Appliance Template download for Virtualized Platform (ODA_BASE)
  • Patch 12999313     Oracle Database Appliance Bare Metal OS ISO Image
  • Patch 12978712     Oracle Database Appliance End User Bundle
  • Patch 17770873     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.4.2 End-User (RDBMS clone)
  • Patch 14777276     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.3.10 End-User (RDBMS clone)
  • Patch 14349293     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.2.12 End-User (RDBMS clone, not changed since 2.8.0.0.0)

Version Changes:

Component Name X4-2 Hardware X3-2 Hardware V1 Hardware
Controller 11.05.03.00 11.05.03.00 11.05.03.00
Expander 0018 0018 342
SSD_SHARED 9440 9440 E12B
HDD_LOCAL A606 A450 SF04,SA03
HDD_SHARED A600 A600 0B25,A700
ILOM 3.1.2.30.a r83840 3.1.2.10.d r 83372 3.0.16.22.d r83408
BIOS 25010601 17050100 12010311
IPMI 1.8.10.5 1.8.10.5 1.8.10.5
HMP 2.2.6.5 2.2.6.5 2.2.6.5
OAK 2.10.0.0.0 2.10.0.0.0 2.10.0.0.0
ORACLE LINUX 5.9 5.9 5.9
Kernel 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek
OVS 3.2.3 3.2.3 3.2.3
Dom0 Kernel 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek 2.6.39-400.126.1.el5uek
GI_HOME 11.2.0.4.2(18031740) 11.2.0.4.2(18031740) 11.2.0.4.2(18031740)
DB_HOME 11.2.0.4.2(18031668) 11.2.0.4.2(18031668) 11.2.0.4.2(18031668)
ASR 4.7 4.7  4.7

How to update see here

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2: Copper vs. Fiber


With the Database Applicance Release X4-2 hardware you can choose between 10GbE SFP+ and 10GBase-T (Dual Port) for interconnect or public network.

At initial deployment you are able to choose the configuration you want to use:

copper_vs_fiber

Delivery

If a new x4-2 has been ordered, it will be delivered with 2x SFP+ and 2x Ethernet Cable for both interconnect options

ethtool for fiber card

Settings for eth0
        Supported ports: [ FIBRE ]
        Supported link modes:   10000baseT/Full 
        Supports auto-negotiation: No
        Advertised link modes:  10000baseT/Full 
        Advertised pause frame use: No
        Advertised auto-negotiation: No
        Speed: 10000Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: Direct Attach Copper
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: external
        Auto-negotiation: off
        Supports Wake-on: d
        Wake-on: d
        Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
        Link detected: yes

Settings for eth1
        Supported ports: [ FIBRE ]
        Supported link modes:   10000baseT/Full 
        Supports auto-negotiation: No
        Advertised link modes:  10000baseT/Full 
        Advertised pause frame use: No
        Advertised auto-negotiation: No
        Speed: 10000Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: Direct Attach Copper
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: external
        Auto-negotiation: off
        Supports Wake-on: d
        Wake-on: d
        Current message level: 0x00000007 (7)
        Link detected: yes

Oracle Database Applicance Release 2.9.0.0.0


On 20. February 2014 Oracle released the 2.9.0.0.0 patch for Oracle Database Appliance.

New features

  • Import of http based templates on ODA_BASE
  • Send Key support to the VM via xenstore.
  • Oracle Database Patch Set Update (PSU) 11.2.0.4.1 and 11.2.0.3.9.
  • Software enhancements:
    • New template available for Very Very Small databases
    • Support for SNMP Version 3 which can be used, optionally, instead of SNMP Version 2
    • Hardware Monitoring Tool enhanced to collect information about storage enclosures
    • Revised prompts and tools for managing the selection of Fiber or Copper public network
    • New Oracle Appliance Manager option to update the first-boot installation configuration of a virtual machine
  • Oracle Appliance Manager updates include
    • The oakcli show command has a new option, enclosure, to monitor storage enclosures
    • The oakcli modify vm command has a new parameter, -s, to define and send a message to a virtual machine

Major Updates

  • Database Update 11.2.0.2.12, 11.2.0.3.9 or 11.2.0.4.1 (PSU JAN-2014 included)
  • Hardware Monitoring on X4-2

NOTICE: ODA Note 888888.1 has been updated right now
Description:

  • ODA Bundle Patch
    Contains patches to the following components: OS, Component Firmware and Oracle Appliance Manager Modules, Grid Infrastructure, and RDBMS.
  • End-User GI/RDBMS Clone files
    Contains the latest Grid Infrastructure and RDBMS components, for deployment on an Oracle Database Appliance in the “shipped from factory” state, or an Oracle Database Appliance that has been re-imaged using the OS ISO Image.
  • OS ISO Image
    Used to restore the OS to the “shipped from factory” state. Use only when necessary.
  • Bare Metal
    Refers to the non-virtualized ODA configuration.

IMPORTANT:

  • There are some problems with the Shared Repository. Please read “Known Issues 2.9.0.0.0” section in MOS ID 888888.1 carefully!
  • X4-2 core Key generation not yet working on MOS. This is going to be fixed in Apr-2014. Until then, please open an SR requesting keys for X4-2. (Virtualized Deployment with core binding is working. This doesn’t need a core key)

Patch ID’s:

  • Patch 17630388     Oracle Database Appliance Patch Bundle 2.9
  • Patch 16186163     Oracle Database Appliance 2.9 Virtualized OS ISO Image
  • Patch 16186172     Oracle Database Appliance Template download for Virtualized Platform
  • Patch 12999313     Oracle Database Appliance Bare Metal OS ISO Image
  • Patch 12978712     Oracle Database Appliance End User Bundle
  • Patch 17770873     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.4.1 End-User (RDBMS clone)
  • Patch 14777276     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.3.9 End-User (RDBMS clone)
  • Patch 14349293     Oracle Database Appliance 11.2.0.2.12 End-User (RDBMS clone)

Version Changes:

V1 Hardware:

Depending on your hardware, the output should look similar to the output below:    
System Version  Component Name            Installed Version         Supported Version       
--------------  ---------------           ------------------        ----------------       
2.9.0.0.0                                                                                   
                Controller                11.05.03.00               Up-to-date              
                Expander                  0342                      Up-to-date              
                SSD_SHARED                E12B                      Up-to-date
                HDD_LOCAL                 SF04                      Up-to-date              
                HDD_SHARED                A700                      Up-to-date              
                ILOM                      3.0.16.22.d r83408        Up-to-date  
                BIOS                      12010311                  Up-to-date              
                IPMI                      1.8.10.5                  Up-to-date              
                HMP                       2.2.6.5                   Up-to-date              
                OAK                       2.9.0.0.0                 Up-to-date              
                OEL                       5.9                       Up-to-date
                GI_HOME                   11.2.0.4.0(17721778)      Up-to-date
                DB_HOME                   11.2.0.4.1(17478514)      Up-to-date              
                ASR                       4.6                       Up-to-date

X3-2 Hardware:

Depending on the hardware, the output should look similar to the output below:    
System Version  Component Name            Installed Version         Supported Version        
--------------  ---------------           ------------------        ----------------    
2.9.0.0.0                                                                                   
                Controller                11.05.03.00               Up-to-date              
                Expander                  0018                      Up-to-date              
                SSD_SHARED                9440                      Up-to-date
                HDD_LOCAL {               A450                      Up-to-date              
                HDD_SHARED {              A600                      Up-to-date
                ILOM                      3.1.2.10.d r83372         Up-to-date  
                BIOS                      17050100                  Up-to-date              
                IPMI                      1.8.10.5                  Up-to-date              
                HMP                       2.2.6.5                   Up-to-date              
                OAK                       2.9.0.0.0                 Up-to-date
                OVM                       3.2.3                     Up-to-date              
                OEL                       5.9                       Up-to-date
                GI_HOME                   11.2.0.4.0(17721778)      Up-to-date    
                DB_HOME                   11.2.0.4.1(17478514)      Up-to-date              
                ASR                       4.6                       Up-to-date

X4-2 Hardware:

Depending on the hardware, the output should look similar to the output below:    
System Version  Component Name            Installed Version         Supported Version       
--------------  ---------------           ------------------        ----------------    
2.9.0.0.0                                                                                   
                Controller                11.05.03.00               Up-to-date              
                Expander                  0018                      Up-to-date              
                SSD_SHARED                9440                      Up-to-date
                HDD_LOCAL {               A606                      Up-to-date              
                HDD_SHARED {              A600                      Up-to-date
                ILOM                      3.1.2.30.a r83840         Up-to-date  
                BIOS                      25010601                  Up-to-date              
                IPMI                      1.8.10.5                  Up-to-date              
                HMP                       2.2.6.5                   Up-to-date              
                OAK                       2.9.0.0.0                 Up-to-date
                OVM                       3.2.3                     Up-to-date              
                OEL                       5.9                       Up-to-date
                GI_HOME                   11.2.0.4.0(17721778)      Up-to-date    
                DB_HOME                   11.2.0.4.1(17478514)      Up-to-date
                ASR                       4.6                       Up-to-date

How to update see here

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 is out!


On 04. December 2013 Oracle release the 3rd generation of Oracle Database Appliance over night. There is a good news: When Oracle changed v1 into X3-2 the price increased a “bit” … The price difference between x3-2 and x4-2 is zero which make me happy if I saw it the first time. No more discussions about “Why oracle increases prices in that matter …”. Further Oracle didn’t release a the option to run 12c on the Database Appliance. Maybe at the next ODA release 2.9.0.0.0?

A few days ago oracle also published the datasheet and whitepaper:

Here are the main specs:

  • 2x Server Nodes each with:
    • 2x E5-2697 v2 12-core 2.7 Ghz CPUs
    • Service processor w/ILOM 3.1
    • 256GB (16x 16GB) memory
    • 1x Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ NIC (PCIe cards)
    • 2x Dual port external SAS-2 (PCIe cards)
    • 1x Internal SAS-2 (PCIe cards)
    • 2x 2.5″ 10K 600GB SAS disks
    • 4x (onboard) 10GBase-T ports
  • One DE2-24P storage shelf (optional 2nd shelf can be ordered):
    • 4x 2.5″ 200GB SSDs
    • 20x 2.5″ 10K 900GB SAS HDDs

As you can see there are just a few technical innovations

  • Newer Server Case (4x-2) and mainboard
  • More cores. There are 2x 12 Cores each node
  • 10Gbit SFP+ Connect instead of 10GBit T-Base for Interconnect
  • Optional 10GbE SFP+ or 10GBase-T external networking connectivity

For further information visit the following links: