For some unknown reason, the search on MOS (My Oracle Support) does not return any results when looking for the patch corresponding to a specific Oracle RDBMS Gold Image although it is essential when you want to deploy a new RDBMS version on an Exadata. You must know the corresponding patch number to be able to find it.
After some research, here is the simplest method I found.
Each time a new Gold Image is available, the “OEDA” tool is updated to include it in the list of deployable versions.
What is interesting here is that the “Read Me” of OEDA is also updated with the list of patches corresponding to the Gold Image.
So, to obtain the patch number corresponding to a specific version of an Oracle RDBMS Software Clone, you just have to read the “Read Me” of “OEDA” (patch number 30640393, this never changes between versions).
At the time I am writing this article, the versions are listed in the section 5 “Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant Support for Oracle Virtual Machines”. For example:
5.1 Gold Image Patch Sets for Oracle Database 21c Release Database Patch Grid Infrastructure Home Patch 184.108.40.206.220118 33742172 33742171 220.127.116.11.211019 33456945 33456944 21c 30766663 30766659 5.2 Gold Image Patch Sets for Oracle Database 19c Release Database Patch Grid Infrastructure Home Patch 18.104.22.168.220118 33742175 33742173 22.214.171.124.211019 33456947 33456946 126.96.36.199.210720 33117584 33117581 188.8.131.52.210420 32760863 32760862 184.108.40.206.210119 32372886 32372882 220.127.116.11.201020 32003212 32003210 18.104.22.168.200714 31601286 31601285 22.214.171.124.200414 31158495 31158493 126.96.36.199 30766422 30766421 188.8.131.52.191015 30397799 30397797 184.108.40.206.190716 30032931 30032930 19.3.0 29624531 29624542 19c 29121739 29121728
(I reduced the number of lines for the example, but you can find all the patch numbers since Oracle 11g)
Once you have identified the patch number corresponding to the desired version, simply search on MOS with the patch number and, this time, the patch appears:
Note that it also works to find the patch numbers corresponding to the “Grid Software Clone”.
I hope you find this post useful. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you have other ways to do this!