Oracle Exadata System Software, operating systems, and component firmware are upgraded and patched using Oracle utilities. Patches include all required software updates, operating system updates, and firmware updates. Use the following utilities to upgrade and patch Oracle Exadata Database Machine:
patchmgrutility is used for Oracle Exadata System Software, and InfiniBand switches.
The DB Node Update utility (
dbnodeupdate.shutility) is used for database servers.
In addition, Oracle recommends running the Oracle ExaCHK utility before and after performing planned maintenance.
Upgrade and patching information is available from My Oracle Support note 888828.1. Additional information is available in the patch readme, and associated support notes.