For Oracle Apps DBA its mandatory to know about opatch (utility to apply database patch) and adpatch (utility to apply apps patch) but if you are planning to upgrade your skills to Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g then think about learning new patching tool “Smart Update” (BSU).
Smart Update (BSU – BEA Smart Update) – is a utility (java based application) to apply patches on WebLogic Server (Oracle’s J2EE server in Fusion Middleware 11g)
Key points for BSU (BEA Smart Update for WebLogic)
1. You start smart updatetool using $MW_HOME/utils/bsu/bsu.sh or bsu.cmd
2.Default patch directory is $MW_HOME/utils/bsu/cache_dir . You can change this location via Preferences ; File -> Preferences
3. You can work with BSU in online or offline mode
Online Mode : BSU connected to Oracle My Support
Offline Mode : BSU NOT connected to Oracle My Support
5. How to start Smart Update in WebLogic (Fusion Middleware 11g) ?
Smart Update utility is available at MW_HOME/utils/bsu/bsu.sh(where MW_HOME is top level directory of your Fusion Middleware installation)
For Fusion Middleware Directory structure click here
6.Top level steps for applying patch in WebLogic Server
i) Start Smart Update Tool using bsu.sh (Unix/Linux) or bsu.cmd (Windows)
ii)Login to Oracle My Support Tool (work in offline modefor Machines which can’t connect to internet)
iii) Select Patches (by selecting Get Patches tab)
iv) Validate for conflicts and resolve conflict (optional)
v) Download and apply patch . (For machines which can’t connect to internet, copy patches to cache_dir)
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