RE: Question on database fleet maintenance patching

From: Clay Jackson (cjackson) <"Clay>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:33:22 +0000
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Well, I suppose you could use some sort of automation/orchestration tool; there are lots out there, from DBMS_JOB to Puppet/Chef and lots of others.

But, do you REALLY want to trust patching your databases that presumably contain data of greater than zero value to some automated process? I’ve seen too many patch processes “go awry” to want to trust automation.

That said, of course you SHOULD have some sort of script that you run repeatedly (avoid typos or sequencing errors); but, automation as in “unattended” would not be my choice.

Just my $.02…..

Clay Jackson
Database Solutions Sales Engineer<> office 949-754-1203 mobile 425-802-9603 [cid:image001.png_at_01D5B9AE.B164A9B0]

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Hi All,

We have been asked to reduce the number of personals involved during our quarterly database patching. I was looking into using the fleet maintenance. Upon doing a POC, I notice the process of deploying the software job, awaits for manual step run and confirmation at three different points (new oracle home dir creation, pre -root run section and post run section), in spite of providing the normal and privileged credentials . We are wondering if there is a way to have these steps be run as part of the process automatically, instead of running manually.

./emcli db_software_maintenance -performOperation -name="deploy195" -purpose=DEPLOY_DB_SOFTWARE -target_type=oracle_database -normal_credential=FLEETMGR_STANDARD:SYSMAN -privilege_credential=FLEETMGR_PRIVILEGED:SYSMAN -input_file="data:/oracle/local/config/xyz.inp"

The .inp file
NEW_ORACLE_HOME_LIST=/oracle/product/195 workingDir=/backup/tmp

The databases we are trying patch is 19.x We have EM 13.3c

Our advance thanks for all your thoughts and suggestions.



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