On one of my Exadata Cloud at Customer system, I recently had an issue which required to check exactly which files were updated when upgrading the cloud-specific tooling included on Exadata Cloud at Customer, also know as dbaastools_exa. I needed to know if a configuration file had been overwritten or not, when upgrading dbaastools_exa. My knowledge in RPM packages being very limited, I did some research and here is what I found :
Exadata Cloud at Customer offers a very convenient method to manage your Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Services : REST APIs \o/
I am currently working on a PL/SQL package to interact with Exadata instances, from a central administrative database. Let’s see, step by step, what are the prerequisite to achieve this goal. (Note : I am currently learning PL/SQL, and I use Trivadis PL/SQL Cop, especially the very useful plugin for SQL Developer.)
Following up with this blog post, here is a quick overview of what is performed on Exadata Cloud at Customer nodes when a Grid Infrastructure patching is launched via the web interface, the Oracle Cloud control plane.
The whole patch process is not that different from the precheck process. Most of the steps are similar, and of course, the main difference is that the Opatch command actually … patches the Grid Infrastructure 😉
Let’s launch the patching process with a simple click on the Oracle Cloud control plane (sorry for the Fren-Glish screenshots …) :
I am now exploring the brand new Grid Infrastructure patching method for Exadata Cloud at Customer. With Exadata Cloud at Customer version 188.8.131.52, it is now possible to patch Grid Infrastructure with a few clicks in the GUI. Let’s see exactly which steps are performed.
First, with my preferred method (CLI 🙂 ), I run opatch against Grid Infrastructure home to check the current patch level :