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I have an Oracle instance running 11.2.0.2.0:

SQL> select * from v$version;

BANNER
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Oracle Database 11g Release 11.2.0.2.0 - 64bit Production
PL/SQL Release 11.2.0.2.0 - Production
CORE    11.2.0.2.0      Production
TNS for 64-bit Windows: Version 11.2.0.2.0 - Production
NLSRTL Version 11.2.0.2.0 - Production

I am going to upgrade to 11.2.0.3.11.

My question is which order should I perform the upgrade?

Option 1

  1. Install 11.2.0.3
  2. Upgrade Database
  3. Patch to 11.2.0.3.11
  4. Patch Database

Option 2

  1. Install 11.2.0.3
  2. Patch to 11.2.0.3.11
  3. Upgrade Database
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

3<4, I opt for option 2 approach.

This is also what Oracle instructs us to do in for example this document:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/server.112/e23633/upgrade.htm#UPGRD12394

After you have installed the software for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2) and any required patches, Oracle recommends that you analyze your database before upgrading it to the new release

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