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Upgrading WLS via Oracle Support Maintenance Patchsets

We decided a new approach was required

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Recently I blogged about Upgrading WLS using the Oracle Smart Update utility. We discovered that while this utility will happily patch our developers' machines, we had h3lls own trouble trying to get it to work on our server. After much head scratching, gritting of teeth, yelling, begging and sobbing at our firewall administrators, without a solve, we decided a new approach was required.

As per Andreas Koop's comment in that original blog post, you can in fact run the Smart Update utility in offline mode, which implies you can download the patches and install them from the utility locally without directly connecting to the Oracle web services. However what I couldn't see was how to run the Maintenance Patch option in offline mode. Yet given the offline mode support it seemed reasonable that you could download a patchset from somewhere, and this post details where that's from.

Under Oracle Support's MOS and the HTML version you can click on the Patches and Updates tab.

In MOS under the Patch Search box with the Oracle, Siebel and Hyperion tab selected, click on the Product or Family link. From there as per the following screenshot enter WebLogic Server as the product, pick whichever release you want to upgrade to (not from), and the platform:


From here you can download the relevant patch:


The MOS interface isn't ideal as you can't use download managers for speeding up the stupendous size of the patchsets. Alternatively the HTML version does. The following screenshot shows the equivalent search'n'results under HTML:


From the resulting downloaded zip, extract it and run the exe. This invokes the upgrade installer that looks similar to the normal WLS installer. The installer steps from then on are self explanatory, requiring you to pick the existing WLS home then proceeding with the installation.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Chris Muir

Chris Muir, an Oracle ACE Director, senior developer and trainer, and frequent blogger at http://one-size-doesnt-fit-all.blogspot.com, has been hacking away as an Oracle consultant with Australia's SAGE Computing Services for too many years. Taking a pragmatic approach to all things Oracle, Chris has more recently earned battle scars with JDeveloper, Apex, OID and web services, and has some very old war-wounds from a dark and dim past with Forms, Reports and even Designer 100% generation. He is a frequent presenter and contributor to the local Australian Oracle User Group scene, as well as a contributor to international user group magazines such as the IOUG and UKOUG.

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