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I'm administering a number of production databases (mixture of standard and
enterprise editions) most of which are version 8.1.7.0.0 on Windows NT and
2000. All are functioning fine and I have no issues.

I'm considering patching (to 8.1.7.4) some if not all databases and just
want to know if this is an absolute must if all systems are currently
running fine. In other words does "if its not broken, don't fix it" apply?

Also, I'm considering implementing RMAN in the near future and am wondering
if there are significant issues with this on the unpatched 8.1.7 database.

Seán O' Neill
Organon (Ireland) Ltd.
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  • Gene Sais at Oct 3, 2002 at 4:53 pm
    IMHO, If it ain't broke don't fix it! I know some of the patch releases introduced new problems. I am at 8.1.7.0 and all is fine for 21 databases. Soon, I wil upgrade to 9iR2 using RMAN. I believe RMAN has improved some for 9iR2.

    Gene
    Sean.ONeill_at_organon.ie 10/03/02 10:03AM >>>
    I'm administering a number of production databases (mixture of standard and
    enterprise editions) most of which are version 8.1.7.0.0 on Windows NT and
    2000. All are functioning fine and I have no issues.

    I'm considering patching (to 8.1.7.4) some if not all databases and just
    want to know if this is an absolute must if all systems are currently
    running fine. In other words does "if its not broken, don't fix it" apply?

    Also, I'm considering implementing RMAN in the near future and am wondering
    if there are significant issues with this on the unpatched 8.1.7 database.

    Seán O' Neill
    Organon (Ireland) Ltd.
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  • McBain, Neil SITI-ITDSEL314 at Oct 4, 2002 at 1:13 pm
    Probably arguments both ways however if you have existing support from
    Oracle I would be inclined to upgrade to the terminal release of 8i since it
    will lengthen your support window (8i desupports Dec 2003). We have had to
    patch up to 8.1.7.3 for a few applications although we are running on Unix,
    there is always the chance you could hit a problem in the future which is
    fixed in 8.1.7.[2,3,4] however it is difficult to argue with "if its not
    broken, don't fix it", probably depends on any upgrade plans you have, 9i ?
    10i ?? Not sure about RMAN just investigating it myself no doubt others can
    comment.

    HTH,

    Neil McBain
    Oracle DBA - OCP 8i/9i

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    I'm administering a number of production databases (mixture of standard and
    enterprise editions) most of which are version 8.1.7.0.0 on Windows NT and
    2000. All are functioning fine and I have no issues.

    I'm considering patching (to 8.1.7.4) some if not all databases and just
    want to know if this is an absolute must if all systems are currently
    running fine. In other words does "if its not broken, don't fix it" apply?

    Also, I'm considering implementing RMAN in the near future and am wondering
    if there are significant issues with this on the unpatched 8.1.7 database.

    Seán O' Neill
    Organon (Ireland) Ltd.
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