877938 wrote:This is not necessarily correct. You aren't required to install bundle patches when upgrading Exadata Storage Server Software. However, most customers do apply updates to Exadata Storage Server Software, infiniband switches, and apply the latest bundle patch at the same time.
Upgrading Exadata Storage Server means you require to apply any Bundle patches on Grid and Rdbms homes and switch level as well.
It can be done in a rolling upgrade or non-rolling upgrade method depending on your down-time (SLA) availability.True, but this contradicts with the following statement you made...
Last time I upgraded exadata from 184.108.40.206.0 to 220.127.116.11.5 and it required to down the crs and asm.There is no requirement to bring down CRS and ASM to install bundle patches or Exadata software updates -- both can be done in a rolling fashion. Customers may choose a non-rolling upgrade if they wish, but almost every bundle patch and all Exadata 11.2.x->11.2.x software upgrades are rolling installable meaning no application downtime is required by Oracle. Some applications aren't able to tolerate rolling RAC outages and I'd view those as application issues since there are mechanisms available to applications such that they can allow instance outages without compromising availability.
user793306 wrote:If you plan to take an outage for the production system, that's fine. However, if you plan to do a rolling installation on production, you should also do a rolling installation on the test system to ensure the teams are prepared and have the opportunity to rehearse the steps.
In this case I will need to schedule the two teams to work on their various components. We will take the systems down to do it since it's a test system
andy.colvin wrote:Just to be clear (I know Andy already knows this), no Exadata software upgrade will ever touch the Grid Infrastructure or RDBMS binaries. The two patches/updates are completely separate. Bundle Patches are installed on GI and RDBMS ORACLE_HOMEs while Exadata software updates are installed on storage cells and include a small component to install on the database servers.
The patch you mentioned (18.104.22.168.x) does not touch the CRS/ASM binaries.