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11g Release 2 (11.2) for Solaris Operating System

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What's New in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2)

The following is a list of new features or enhancements provided with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2):

New Grid Infrastructure Installation Option

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 introduces the Grid Infrastructure installation. For single instance databases, the grid infrastructure includes Automatic Storage Management, the listener, and Oracle Restart. Oracle Restart is a new feature that provides the ability to monitor, manage, and automatically restart on failure the Oracle Database environment including the Oracle Database instance, Oracle Automatic Storage Management instance, and listeners. In a clustered environment, the Grid Infrastructure includes Oracle Clusterware, Automatic Storage Management, and the listener.

If you want to use grid infrastructure for a standalone server, then you must install the oracle software from the grid infrastructure media before you install the database.

See Also:

"Oracle Grid Infrastructure"

New Desktop and Server Class Options

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 introduces a new option that allows you to specify the type of system on which the database is installed. If you are installing on a laptop or a desktop, then select the Desktop Class option; otherwise, select the Server Class option to install on a server. These options are available on the System Class screen.

There is no difference in the software that gets installed after you select any one option but the Desktop Class option installs a single instance database without the advanced configuration options.

See Also:

"Interactive Installation Types" for more information about the desktop and the server class options

Daylight Savings Time Upgrade of Timestamp with Timezone Data Type

When time zone version files are updated due to Daylight Saving Time changes, TIMESTAMP WITH TIMEZONE (TSTZ) data could become stale. In previous releases, database administrators ran the SQL script utltzuv2.sql to detect TSTZ data affected by the time zone version changes and then had to carry out extensive manual procedures to update the TSTZ data.

With this release, TSTZ data is updated transparently with very minimal manual procedures using newly provided DBMS_DST PL/SQL packages. In addition, there is no longer a need for clients to patch their time zone data files.

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SYSASM Privilege

Starting with 11g release 2, Oracle ASM administration must be done with the SYSASM privilege. The SYSASM privilege also can be granted using password authentication on the Oracle ASM instance.

You can designate OPERATOR privileges (a subset of the SYSASM privileges, including starting and stopping Oracle ASM) to members of the OSOPER for Oracle ASM group.

Using the SYSASM privilege for ASM administration creates a clearer division of responsibility between ASM administration and database administration.

Using the SYSASM privilege for ASM administration creates a clearer division of responsibility between ASM administration and database administration. It also provides the optional capability to prevent different databases using the same storage from accidentally overwriting each other's files.

See Also:

Oracle Database Storage Administrator's Guide for more information about SYSASM privilege, ASMSNMP account, and OSASM operating system group

Fixup Scripts and Prerequisite Checks

With this release, the installer (OUI) detects when minimum requirements for installation are not completed, and creates scripts, called fixup scripts, to resolve many incomplete system configuration requirements. If OUI detects an incomplete task, then generate the fixup script by clicking the Fix & Check Again button.

For Oracle Clusterware, you also can have Cluster Verification Utility (CVU) generate fixup scripts before installation.

The fixup script is generated during installation. You are prompted to run the script as root in a separate terminal session. When you run the script, it sets some of the system parameters to Oracle-recommended values, if necessary, and completes other operating system configuration tasks.

Database Smart Flash Cache

Database Smart Flash Cache feature is a transparent extension of the database buffer cache using solid state device (SSD) technology. The SSD acts as a Level 2 cache to the (Level 1) SGA.

SSD storage is faster than disk, and cheaper than RAM. Database Smart Flash Cache with SSD storage gives you the ability to greatly improve the performance of their Oracle databases by reducing the amount of disk I/O at a much lower cost than adding an equivalent amount of RAM.

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Deinstallation Tool

Oracle Universal Installer no longer removes Oracle software. Use the new Deinstallation Tool (deinstall) available on the installation media before installation as well as in the Oracle home directory after installation.

Run this tool from ORACLE_HOME first. It is located in:


An error occurs if there are any missing files and the tool prompts you to download the standalone version available in the deinstall directory on the installation media.

See Also:

"Removing Oracle Database Software"

Intelligent Data Placement

The Intelligent Data Placement feature enables you to specify disk regions on Oracle ASM disks to ensure that frequently accessed data is placed on the hot regions (outermost tracks) which provide higher performance.

See Also:

Oracle Database Storage Administrator's Guide for more information about Automatic Storage Management Intelligent Data Placement

Data Pump Export and Data Pump Import

Data Pump provides a legacy mode in which you can use original Export and Import parameters when performing Data Pump Export and Import operations.

See Also:

Oracle Database Utilities for more information about Data Pump Legacy Mode

Automatic Restart of Single Instance Databases

Oracle Restart is a new feature included in this release to enhance the availability of Oracle databases in a single-instance environment. If you install Oracle Restart, then in the event of a temporary failure of any part of the Oracle Database software stack, including the database, listener, and Automatic Storage Management instance, Oracle Restart automatically restarts the failed component. In addition, Oracle Restart starts all these components when the database host computer is restarted. The components are started in the proper order, taking into consideration the dependencies among components.

See Also:

Chapter 4, "Configuring Automatic Restart of an Oracle Database" in the Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for more information about Oracle Restart

New Method of Installing Oracle Automatic Storage Management

In past releases, Oracle Automatic Storage Management was installed as part of the Oracle Database installation. With Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2), Oracle Automatic Storage Management is installed when you install the grid infrastructure components and shares an Oracle home with Oracle Clusterware when installed in a cluster such as with Oracle RAC or with Oracle Restart on a single instance database.

If you want to upgrade an existing Oracle ASM, then you must upgrade Oracle ASM by running an Oracle grid infrastructure upgrade. If you do not have Oracle ASM installed and you want to use Oracle ASM as your storage option, then you must complete an Oracle grid infrastructure installation before you start your Oracle Database installation.

See Also:

"Oracle grid infrastructure" for more information about installing the Oracle grid infrastructure software

SRVCTL Support for Single Instance Database in a Cluster

SRVCTL has been enhanced to support single instance databases with Oracle Restart on standalone servers and on clusters with Oracle Clusterware. SRVCTL is a command-line interface used to manage Oracle processes (database instance, listener, Oracle ASM instance) when using Oracle Restart. With SRVCTL, you can manage the Oracle Restart configuration, see the status of processes managed by Oracle Restart, and start or stop processes such as the Oracle Database.

See Also:

Chapter 4, "Configuring Automatic Restart of an Oracle Database" in the Oracle Database Administrator's Guide for more information about SRVCTL commands

Deprecated in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2)

The following are not supported or not available anymore with Oracle Database 11g Release 2:

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