Recently Oracle announced that the extended support fee for the Oracle database 19c will be waived for the first two years.
Good news! Oracle Database 19c will waive the first and second years of Extended Support (EXS, ES) fees.— Biju Thomas (@biju_thomas) August 11, 2023
Premier Support (PS) ends on April 30, 2024, and waived Extended Support (ES) fees will be in effect from May 1, 2024, until April 30, 2026. pic.twitter.com/baLOX7XyrF
I wanted to take a moment to document the best MOS notes that help customers to upgrade their older version of Oracle databases to the 19c long-term version.
18.104.22.168 and 19c are similar releases before a major architecture change (PDB architecture was introduced in 12.1 and traditional architecture deprecated. In 23c traditional architecture is unsupported). You can see in the chart above that 22.214.171.124 had four years of waived extended support, 2 years of extended support, 2 years of market-driven support, and now has upgrade support from CSS (Customer Success Services, which used to be known as ACS). I think it is only prudent for customers to jump on 19c and stay there for a while – 19c is a good database release to be on.
19c Database Upgrade – Self-Guided Assistance with Best Practices (Doc ID 1919.2)
This is the best MOS note for upgrade planning and learning about the 19c upgrade.
Oracle Database Patches to Consider for 19c (Doc ID 2781612.2)
Primary Note for Database Proactive Patch Program (Doc ID 888.1)
Oracle Database 19c Important Recommended One-off Patches (Doc ID 555.1)
The RU and MRPs will include only the patches that are standby-first and RAC-rolling enabled. There are many critical patches that may need to go on your databases. This note is an absolute must for all DBAs to review and apply.
And finally, check out the new features in Oracle Database 19c using the interactive & easy to search APEX tool – Oracle Database Features and Licensing.
None of upgrade learning and planning is complete without reading and watching Mike Dietrich’s Blog About Oracle Database Upgrades.