This manual guides you through the process of planning and executing Oracle Database upgrades. In addition, this manual provides information about compatibility, upgrading applications, and important changes in the new Oracle Database release, such as initialization parameter changes and data dictionary changes.
Oracle Database Upgrade Guide contains information that describes the features and functions of Oracle Database (also known as the standard edition) and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition products. Oracle Database and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition have the same basic features. However, several advanced features are available only with the Enterprise Edition, and some of these are optional. For example, to use application failover, you must have the Enterprise Edition with the Oracle Real Application Clusters option.
See Also:Oracle Database New Features Guide for information about the differences between Oracle Database and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and the features and options that are available to you.
This preface contains these topics:
Oracle Database Upgrade Guide is intended for database administrators (DBAs), application developers, security administrators, system operators, and anyone who plans or executes Oracle Database upgrades.
To use this document, you must be familiar with the following:
Relational database concepts
Your current release of Oracle Database
Your operating system environment
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"Oracle Upgrade Companion" Note ID 785351.1 on My Oracle Support at
Oracle Database Concepts for a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and terminology used in this manual
Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for information about administering Oracle Database
Oracle Database SQL Language Reference for information on Oracle Database SQL commands and functions
Oracle Database Utilities for information about utilities bundled with Oracle Database, including Data Pump, Export, Import, and SQL*Loader
Oracle Database Net Services Administrator's Guide for information about Oracle Net Services
Oracle Database Enterprise User Security Administrator's Guide for information about Oracle Label Security
Oracle Database High Availability Best Practices for Oracle operational best practices and help choosing an upgrade method that minimizes downtime.
Many of the examples in this guide use the sample schemas, which are installed by default when you select the Basic Installation option with an Oracle Database installation. Refer to Oracle Database Sample Schemas for information on how these schemas were created and how you can use them yourself.
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