Dude wrote:Valid points and certainly a discussion I've had with myself already. What is pushing me towards this is what was left unsaid in my OP -- "Cut to the chase".
I wonder though whether keeping your sandbox at the exact patch level as your production system was actually that important. Perhaps it is more or less just a mindset than making a real in difference in practice. Beside the kernel version, the Oracle database is very much a stand-alone system. So unless need to verify or troubleshoot a very specific system related issue, I'd say it should not matter. To compare your VM with the production system for performance troubleshooting does not make sense anyway due to the different hardware. I'd rather see the point to keep the VM up to date with the latest and greatest to verify whether the production system should work.