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Most people may choose to use the Upgrade Assistant(UA) (i.e. ua.bat|sh) but there is a much easier way. The way I'm showing you below does not require the RPD to be automatically deployed to a running Oracle Bi 11g instance either which is the default result when using the UA GUI. In other words, don't use the Upgrade Assistant to upgrade just an RPD; just keep it around for Web catalog , BIP, and Scheduler Schema initial upgrades. Of course, the UA can be run by command-line as well but more on that in a future post.
The term patching is going to get used quite a bit with the new Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Suite that Oracle has established as a pivotal software release towards their Fusion Middleware brand and BI dominance. Specifically withing Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, the term patching will get to be ambiguous. First there is OPatch, which for those who are familiar with Oracle RDBMS, this has been around for some time. The other patching utilities are around the OBI Repository (RPD) and the web catalog. Yah, Finally!