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Oracle terminal releases and terminal patchsets,CPU

Few reader question..

  1. What is the difference and theory behind Oracle terminal releases and terminal patchsets ?
  2. What are Critical patch updates ?
  3. What is the terminal release after 11.5.10 CU2? or Do you have 11.5.10 CU3/CU4?

Terminal release means that the version specified is the last point release of that product. For example, the “terminal release 11.5.10” for the 11i E-Business Suite would mean that there will not be any further releases of 11i after 11.5.10. Specifically, that would mean there will not be a release 11.5.11 for 11i.

The terminal patchsets means that would the last patchset provide on that particular release.

This is very simple as this example:
In 10g Release 2 the last patchset would be 10.2.0.4, upon further there won't be any more patchset will be released under this version.
In 9.2 release the last patchset is 9.2.0.8, upon further there won't be any more patchset will be released under this version.

In other word :Terminal meaning no more patchsets are going to be delivered, so you will be forced to either apply one-offs or upgrade.

Critical patch updates

Oracle provides critical patch updates (CPUs) to its customers to fix known bugs that are critical in nature also includes security fixes.

Critical Patch Updates are the primary means of releasing security fixes for Oracle products:(Adpoted-otn [1] )

You can find information at Oracle Technology Network [1].

Q .What is the terminal release after 11.5.10 CU2? or do you have 11.5.10 CU3/CU4?

It's just a matter of terminology.There was the original 11.5.10 install (or upgrade maintenance pack).Then came 11.5.10.1CU (3240000), 11.5.10.2CU (upg from 1CU 3460000) and 11.5.10.2CU (upg from pre-11.5.10 3480000).

Since there was change in stretegy that why here are the details for ATG Rollup patchsets

Oracle EBS 11i Technology support Matrix

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1 Comment To "Oracle terminal releases and terminal patchsets,CPU"

#1 Comment By Dilesh On June 17, 2009 @ 10:29 am

Good article. I’m trying to learn more about CPU patching, if you have any other good write-ups then please let me know.