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Want to learn more about the Oracle Database 12c Data Guard New Features

  • New Standby Database Type "Far Sync Standby Database"
  • SYSDG Administration Privilege
  • Multitenant Database Support
  • Rolling Upgrade using Active Data Guard
  • Online Movement of online Datafiles


Check out this Database Support News feature article Oracle Data Guard 12c New Features


View/download the recording of Oracle Database Advisor Webcast: New Feature 12c for DataGuard (select Archived 2014 tab)



Updated: 02nd September 2015


DB patchset (Patch 21419221) UPD.png 02-Sep-2015 is available on

  • Linux x86-64
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris on x86-64
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • IBM Linux on System z
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems


It is available for download from


Additional details about list of bug fixes and known issues is available via My Oracle Support


New features are listed in


Additional Oracle Database 12c Release 1 essential information and details are available via  UPD.png 12-Feb-2015


Webcast schedule

Posted by AnkeG-Oracle Oct 21, 2014

Webcast schedule and registration details are available via


In case you missed any of the Advisor webcasts, you can always replay the recording on demand. All presentation recordings and presentation material is listed and available via the documents mentioned above.

Updated: 21st October 2015

Security Patch Update (SPU) and Patch Set Updates (PSU) October 2015
The Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory is posted on OTN - Oracle Critical Patch Update October 2015 Advisory. Other documents related to Oracle Database are listed below:


Document 2031790.1Oracle Critical Patch Update October 2015 Documentation Map
Document 2037108.1Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update October 2015 Availability Document
Document 1227443.1Patch Set Updates Known Issues Notes
Document 2037760.1Critical Patch Update October 2015 Database Known Issues
Document 2037757.1Oracle Database Patch for Engineered Systems and DB In-Memory Known Issues
Document 2049800.1Critical Patch Update October 2015 Patch Availability Document for Oracle Java SE


Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU

Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU is released as part of the Critical Patch Update program from October 2014 onwards.
It consists of two separate patches:

  • One for the Oracle JavaVM component within the Oracle Database - applicable to database ORACLE_HOMEs only.
    This is usually referred to as "OJVM PSU" within My Oracle Support documents.
  • One for JDBC clients - applicable to Client, Instant Client, Database and Grid ORACLE_HOMES.
    This is usually referred to as "JDBC Patch"within My Oracle Support documents.

For further information, please review the following documents:

  • Document 1929745.1 Oracle Recommended Patches -- "Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU" (OJVM PSU) Patches


Join the Database Install/Upgrade/Opatch (MOSC) community on this topic to share your thoughts, ask questions etc.


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Oracle Database 12c Release 1 ( ) is available for download  on


  • Microsoft Windows (X64)
  • Linux x86-64
  • Solaris SPARC 64-bit
  • Solaris x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • IBM Linux on System z


Additional essential information and details are available via




Updated: 19th October 2015


For further information please refer to

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There has been some interesting and exiting announcements, updates and presentations during this year's OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco.

Check out the highlights and references outlined below related to Oracle Database.

Access to the starting point is via Oracle OpenWorld portal.



Keynotes are available as  full length replays and 2-3 minutes overview highlights  from Oracle Openworld Video Highlights

  • Opening Keynote - Larry Ellison
  • The Business Value of the Cloud - Mark Hurd
  • Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise - Thomas Kurian
  • Chairman's Keynote - Larry Ellison

Selected Product Announcements

Content Catalog
The Content Catalog offers search capabilities by keywords for sessions, speakers or demos or by selecting predefined filters on the left side.

In addition Focus On Docs links provide a list of sessions categorised by products and product area for easy access to relevant sessions.

Many of the presentations are available as ppt or pdf  - refer to a selected list, in no particular order, below:

High Availability
In-Memory Database
Application Development
Database Cloud

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Updated: 17th August 2015


DB patchset (Patch 13390677) is available on the following platforms

  • Linux x86-64
  • Linux x86
  • Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
  • Solaris x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM: Linux on System z


Oracle 11g Release for OpenVMS is available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC) and the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).  UPD.png 17-Aug-2015

For further details, please refer to the Readme, release notes, the installation guide and the other product documents.


DB Instant Client only, is available on


Additional details about list of bug fixes and known issues is available via My Oracle Support


New features are listed in

The new ORAchk release is now available to download.

Easier to stay up to date with the most current version of ORAchk

ORAchk release versioning now aligns with and follows the same format used by the Oracle 12c Database Patch Set Updates (PSUs); this version is, the next will be
It's also now even easier to update ORAchk across multiple machines.
  1. Download the latest release of into a shared network staging directory
  2. Set the environment variable $RAT_UPGRADE_LOC to the staging directory
  3. The next time ORAchk is run it will prompt you to auto update

New ORAchk Support for Windows

ORAchk is now supported on Windows when run within a Cygwin environment. Instructions for configuring Cygwin can be found from Document 1268927.2. ORAchk now includes hundreds of database and application checks which will run on Windows. There are even more Windows specific checks in the pipeline.


Easier execution for environments with role separation

You no longer need to have different users execute different ORAchk profiles to workaround your company’s implementation of role separation. ORAchk can now be run once as root to execute all checks. Prior to executing checks that do not require root access, ORAchk will switch user to the lower level accounts.


Faster execution time

When running against multiple databases, ORAchk can now run database checks in parallel meaning it takes a fraction of the time to complete execution.  Parallel database execution is now the default. It can be turned off, if you prefer to run checks serially.


Enhanced comparison of result output

Quickly find out what has changed on your system between two ORAchk runs. When ORAchk is run with the –diff command it will now not only compare check results but collection data too. Quickly compare and understand differences in kernel parameters or database initialization parameters.


Over 70 new EBS checks

ORAchk support for EBS has been enriched and broadened, with even more checks for Oracle Payables (R12) and Oracle Workflow and now with release introduces new support for Oracle Order Management (R12) and Oracle Process Manufacturing (R12).


For more details and to download the latest release of ORAchk see Document 1268927.2

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