Stay safe and patch

We would like to inform you that it’s patching day again, even though many of our customers have their databases located behind a secure network firewall. We understand that some customers may be reluctant to regularly engage in patching due to the effort and risks involved, especially when the system is actively in use. Therefore, we recommend that Oracle patches be initially installed on development and test systems before being applied to the production system after 2-3 weeks. We would be happy to support you in managing the patching process of your Oracle environment. Our Managed Services team is available to assist you promptly, and we also recommend this approach to our customers.


Introduction: Patching is an essential aspect of maintaining an Oracle environment. Keeping up with the latest patches can help ensure the security, stability, and performance of your database system. However, the patching process can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. In this blog post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide to Oracle patching and offer some tips to help simplify the process.

Step 1: Identify the Appropriate Patches Before starting the patching process, you need to identify the appropriate patches for your environment. Oracle releases patches on a regular basis, so it’s essential to keep track of the latest patches and determine which ones are relevant to your database system. You can use Oracle’s My Oracle Support (MOS) to identify and download patches.

Step 2: Plan the Patching Process Once you have identified the appropriate patches, it’s time to plan the patching process. This involves creating a patching plan that outlines the sequence of patch installations, the estimated downtime, and the rollback strategy. It’s important to involve stakeholders in the planning process to ensure that the patching process aligns with their requirements.

Step 3: Test the Patches Before installing patches on the production environment, it’s essential to test them on a development or test environment. This can help identify any potential issues that may arise during the patching process. It’s crucial to ensure that the testing environment replicates the production environment as closely as possible.

Step 4: Install the Patches After testing the patches, it’s time to install them on the production environment. The installation process can vary depending on the type of patch, but Oracle provides detailed instructions on how to install each patch.

Step 5: Validate the Patch Installation Once the patches have been installed, it’s important to validate the patch installation to ensure that the patches have been successfully applied. You can use Oracle’s opatch utility to validate the patch installation.

Step 6: Monitor and Maintain the Patched Environment After successfully patching the environment, it’s essential to monitor and maintain the patched environment. This includes regularly checking for new patches, applying patches as needed, and testing the patches before applying them to the production environment.

Conclusion: Oracle patching can be a complex and time-consuming process, but it’s an essential aspect of maintaining a stable and secure database environment. By following these steps, you can simplify the patching process and ensure that your Oracle environment remains up-to-date and secure.