Release Notes

The following table lists changes to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Also see Known Issues.

Date Service API Version Affected Change
9-Feb-2018 Database 20160918 Virtual machine DB system managed patching: You can now patch virtual machine DB systems by using the Console or the API. For more information, see Patching a DB System.
6-Feb-2018 Console N/A Filter resources displayed in the Console: You can now filter some resource lists in the Console by state and availability domain. See Filtering the Displayed List of Resources.
5-Feb-2018 Block Volume 20160918 Policy-based backups: You can now schedule backups based on a predefined frequency and retention period. See Policy-Based Backups for more information.
5-Feb-2018 Block Volume 20160918 Backup types: The service now offers two types of backups, incremental and full. See Volume Backup Types for more information.
29-Jan-2018 File Storage 20171215 File Storage: The File Storage service is now available. For more information, see Overview of File Storage.
26-Jan-2018 Networking 20180115 DNS Zone Management: The DNS Zone Management API is now available.
25-Jan-2018 IAM 20160918 Instance principals: Instances are a new principal type in IAM. You can now apply policy to groups of instances just as you do for groups of users. You no longer need to configure user credentials for the services running on your compute instances. For more information, see Calling Services from an Instance.
24-Jan-2018 Networking 20160918 Public IPs: You can now create reserved public IPs, and move them between your instances in a given region. You can also control whether a given VNIC has an ephemeral public IP assigned to its primary private IP. For more information, see Public IP Addresses.
19-Jan-2018 Compute 20160918 VNC Console Access: The Compute service now provides VNC console access to virtual machine (VM) instances, enabling you to remotely troubleshoot malfunctioning instances. For more information, see Instance Console Connections.
18-Jan-2018 Load Balancing 20170115

Virtual hostname and path routing support: You can now manage your load balancer's request routing with virtual hostnames and path route sets.

Connection configuration timeout setting: You can now specify the maximum idle time in seconds when you create a listener.

19-Dec-2017 IAM N/A All new tenancies are federated with Oracle Identity Cloud Service. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions for Oracle Identity Cloud Service Federated Users.
18-Dec-2017 Compute 20160918 Emulated mode for virtual machines (VMs): You can now import custom images and run them on VMs using emulated hardware. See Bring Your Own Custom Image for Emulation Mode Virtual Machines for more information.
15-Dec-2017 Database 20160918 Patching: The August 2017 patch is now available. For more information, see Patching a DB System.
13-Dec-2017 IAM 20160918 Apply tags to your resources: Tagging allows you to organize, manage, and control your cloud resources with an organizational scheme you define. See Overview of Tags.
13-Dec-2017 Data Transfer N/A Data Transfer Service: New offline data transfer solution that lets you migrate large volumes of data to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. For more information, see Overview of Data Transfer.
13-Dec-2017 N/A N/A Service limits: You can now see your tenancy's service limits in the Console. For more information, see Service Limits.
30-Nov-2017 Networking 20160918 FastConnect public peering: You can now create public virtual circuits with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. For more information, see FastConnect Overview.
22-Nov-2017 Networking N/A

Two changes to the Networking DNS service:

  • Inactivity: Users will no longer be timed out after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Staged records: A number of bugs related to paging through staged records have been fixed.

For more information, see Managing DNS Service Zones.

15-Nov-2017 Block Volume 20160918 Boot volumes: Now when you launch a virtual machine (VM) or bare metal instance based on an Oracle-provided image or custom image, a new boot volume for the instance is created in the same compartment. See Boot Volumes for more information.
08-Nov-2017 Networking N/A

Five changes to the Networking DNS service:

  • Record Types menu: You can now filter the contents of the Record Type drop-down menu using a search box.
  • Protected records: The edit modal for protected records now displays an alert indicating that the record is protected.

  • ALIAS records: You can now add ALIAS records to hosts other than the apex host. Additionally, A/AAAA records that match an ALIAS record are indicated as "covered" in the UI.

  • SOA records: You can no longer edit SOA records. The edit modal can still be opened for SOA records for viewing purposes only.

  • Time To Live (TTL): You can now edit the TTL in the edit and add record modals via the Unlock link below the input. TTL can still be unlocked using the lock icon.

For more information, see Managing DNS Service Zones.

06-Nov-2017 Networking 20160918 Local VCN peering: You can connect two VCNs in the same region so their resources can communicate without routing the traffic over the internet. For more information, see VCN Peering.
06-Nov-2017 Networking N/A Easy VCN deletion: The Console now supports a VCN "Delete All" function that lets you click one button to delete a VCN, its empty subnets, and its related Networking service components. For more information, see To delete a cloud network.
03-Nov-2017 Compute 20160918 Launch instance with image OCID: You can now launch a Compute instance by specifying the image OCID. For more information, see Launching an Instance.
01-Nov-2017 Compute 20160918 X7 platform bare metal and VM Shapes: The Compute service now supports X7 shapes. See Oracle-Provided Images for the images that support X7 shapes, and see the shapes tables in Overview of the Compute Service for X7 shapes.
01-Nov-2017 Database 20160918

Virtual Machine DB System managed backups: You can now use the Console or the API to manage backing up and restoring a Virtual Machine DB System database.

Increased storage for 2-node RAC DB Systems: The BM.RACLocalStorage1.72 shape now provides 64 TB of raw storage.

30-Oct-2017 Database 20160918 Create database from backup: You can now use a standalone backup to create a database in a Bare Metal DB System. For more information, see To create a database from a standalone backup.
20-Oct-2017 Compute 20160918 Serial Console Access: The Compute service now provides serial console access to bare metal instances, enabling you to remotely troubleshoot malfunctioning instances. For more information, see Instance Console Connections.
20-Oct-2017 Block Volume 20160918 Cloned volumes: You can now make a copy of an existing block volume without needing to go through the backup and restore process. See Cloning a Volume.
19-Oct-2017 Audit 20160918 Audit Log Retention Period: You can now modify the log retention period for your tenancy. See Setting Audit Log Retention Period.
13-Oct-2017 Database 20160918 Managed backups: You can now use the Console or the API to manage backups to Oracle Cloud InfrastructureObject Storage. For more information, see Backing Up to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage.

Patching: The April 2017 patch is now available, and patching operations using the Console or API now include pre-check. For more information, see Patching a DB System.

29-Sep-2017 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 20160918

EU Region in Frankfurt, Germany: A region in Frankfurt, Germany is now available. See Regions and Availability Domains. To subscribe to the new region, see Managing Regions.

28-Sep-2017 Block Volume 20160918

Volumes: You can now create 16 TB volumes.

27-Sep-2017 Database 20160918

Bring your own license (BYOL): Oracle Database customers with an Unlimited License Agreement or Non-Unlimited License Agreement can use their license with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You do not need separate on-premises licenses and cloud licenses.

Oracle Data Guard: You can now use the Console or the API to enable and manage Oracle Data Guard functionality. For more information, see Using Oracle Data Guard.

Virtual Machine DB Systems: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database service is now available on virtual machines. For more information, see Virtual Machine DB Systems.

18-Sep-2017 Database 20160918 Patching: You can now patch a DB System and a database home using the Console or the API.
13-Sep-2017 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 20160918 NTP server: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure now offers a fully managed, secure, and highly available NTP server that you can use to set the date and time of your Compute and Database instances from within your virtual cloud network (VCN). For more information, see Configuring the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure NTP Server for an Instance.
07-Sep-2017 IAM 20160918 Rename Compartments: You can now rename compartments that you create.
06-Sep-2017 Load Balancing 20170115 Health Status API: You can view health status indicators that leverage your health check policies to report on the general health of load balancers and their components.
06-Sep-2017 Networking 20160918 You can route a subnet’s traffic to an instance in your VCN. See Using a Private IP as a Route Target.
28-Aug-2017 Database 20160918 Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2): You can now run Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 on all DB Systems.
24-Aug-2017 Compute 20160918 Serial console access: The Compute service now provides serial console access to virtual machine (VM) instances, enabling you to remotely troubleshoot malfunctioning instances. For more information, see Instance Console Connections.
24-Aug-2017 Compute 20160918 Oracle Ksplice: Oracle Linux images, versions 6.9-2017.08.17-0, 7.3-2017.08.17-0, and newer, now include Oracle Ksplice, which enables you to apply important security and other critical kernel updates without a reboot. For more information, see Linux Kernel Updates.
23-Aug-2017 Object Storage 20160918 Amazon S3 Compatibility API: You can use existing S3 tools (for example, SDK clients) to modify your applications to work with Object Storage, with minimal changes to these applications.
03-Aug-2017 Compute 20160918 Windows Server 2008 R2 - virtual machine (VM): A Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine (VM) image is now available for launching instances. For more information, see Oracle-Provided Images.
18-Jul-2017 Networking 20160918 Secondary VNICs and secondary private IPs: Each instance automatically comes with a primary VNIC and a primary private IP address, and now you can add secondary ones. See Virtual Network Interface Cards (VNICs) and Private IP Addresses.
07-Jul-2017 Compute 20160918 Image import/export: The Compute service enables you to share custom images across tenancies and regions using image import/export. See Image Import/Export.
06-Jul-2017 Networking 20160918 VCN IP address ranges: You can now create a VCN using any valid IP address range. Oracle recommends using one of the private IP address ranges specified in RFC 1918. See Allowed VCN Size and Address Ranges
06-Jul-2017 IAM 20160918 Federation with Microsoft Active Directory: You can federate with Microsoft Active Directory to enable your users to sign in to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using their Active Directory credentials. See Federating with Microsoft Active Directory.
13-Jun-2017 Load Balancing 20170115

Private load balancers: You can create a local load balancer with a private IP address to isolate your load balancer from the internet.

Session persistence: You can configure a load balancer to direct all requests originating from a single logical client to a single backend web server.

12-Jun-2017 Object Storage 20160918 Pre-authenticated requests: These requests provide a way to let users access a bucket or an object without having their own credentials.
09-Jun-2017 Compute 20160918 Chef Knife plugin: The Chef Knife plugin can be used as a tool for orchestrating server deployments.
08-Jun-2017 Object Storage 20160918 Public buckets: You can mark buckets as public, which means that there is anonymous, unauthenticated access to bucket contents. This does not include write access.
31-May-2017 Compute 20160918 VM shapes: Three DenseIO VM shapes are available. For more information, see Overview of the Compute Service.
15-May-2017 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 20160918 Region in Ashburn, VA: A region in Ashburn, VA is now available where you can create your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources. See Managing Regions.
15-May-2017 Block Volume 20160918 Volume size: When creating a volume, you can select a size in 1 GB increments between 50 GB and 2 TB. The default is 1024 GB. For more information, see Creating a Volume.
3-May-2017 Networking 20160918 Private subnets: When creating a subnet, you can designate it as private, which means instances in the subnet cannot have public IP addresses. For more information, see Internet Access.
1-May-2017 Database 20160918 Exadata DB Systems: You can now launch Exadata DB Systems. For more information, see Exadata DB Systems.
20-Apr-2017 Database 20160918

2-node RAC DB Systems: You can now launch 2-node Real Application Clusters (RAC) DB Systems. For more information, see Bare Metal and Virtual Machine DB Systems.

CLI: The odacli CLI is now the dbcli CLI. For more information, see Oracle Database CLI Reference.

Patching: You can now use CLI commands to patch a DB System. For more information, see Patching a DB System.

Backups: You can now use CLI commands to back up databases to Object Storage. For more information, see Objectstoreswift Commands.

20-Apr-2017 Networking 20160918 FastConnect: Your existing network and VCN can communicate over a private connection that doesn't traverse the internet. For more information, see FastConnect Overview.
3-Apr-2017 Compute 20160918 Windows images: You can now launch instances using Windows images. For more information, see Oracle-Provided Images and Launching an Instance.
31-Mar-2017 Networking 20160918 DHCP options: A new Search Domain DHCP option is now available. For more information, see DHCP Options and DNS in Your Virtual Cloud Network.
28-Mar-2017 Object Storage 20160918 Multipart uploads: You can use multipart uploads to upload an object in parts. For more information, see Managing Multipart Uploads.
14-Mar-2017 Compute 20160918

Additional VM compute instances: Two new Virtual Machine (VM) instances are now available using the Compute service in the Console or API (LaunchInstance). For more information, see Overview of the Compute Service.

2-Mar-2017 Networking 20160918 DNS: The Internet and VCN Resolver is now available. For more information, see DNS in Your Virtual Cloud Network.
22-Feb-2017 Compute 20160918 Ubuntu image: An Ubuntu image is now available in preview. For more information, see Oracle-Provided Images.
21-Feb-2017 Audit 20160918 Audit: The new Audit service is now available. For more information, see Overview of Audit.
21-Feb-2017 Object Storage 20160918 Encryption: Object data is now encrypted by default. For more information, see Object Storage Features.
08-Feb-2017 Compute 20160918 CentOS images: Two CentOS images are now available. For more information, see Oracle-Provided Images.
31-Jan-2017 Networking 20160918 Stateless security list rules: In addition to stateful security list rules, you can now create stateless rules. For more information, see Stateful vs. Stateless Rules.
26-Jan-2017 Load Balancing 20170115 Load Balancing Service: The new Load Balancing Service is now available. You can buy the service at the Oracle Store.
17-Jan-2017 Compute 20160918

Additional VM compute instances: Two new Virtual Machine (VM) instances are now available using Compute in the Console or API (LaunchInstance). For more information, see Overview of the Compute Service.

04-Jan-2017 Compute 20160918

VM compute instances: You can now launch Virtual Machine (VM) instances that run on the same hardware as bare metal instances and leverage the same cloud-optimized hardware, firmware, software stack, and networking infrastructure. For more information, see Overview of the Compute Service.

15-Dec-2016 Database 20160918

Database Service: The new Database Service is now available. You can buy the service at the Oracle Store.

22-Nov-2016 Block Volume 20160918

2 TB volumes: You can now provision 2 TB block volumes using Block Volume. Volumes are 256 GB by default; to provision 2 TB volumes, you must first set up a request through My Oracle Support.

17-Oct-2016 Networking 20160918

Two changes to the Networking API:

  • Ability to update object names: When you create a Networking object (e.g., VCN, subnet, etc.), you can optionally provide a friendly name. Now you can change that name using the object's "Update" API operation (e.g., UpdateVcn). The ability to change object names is not yet available in the Console.
  • VCN ID: These objects now include a vcnId field: DhcpOptions, InternetGateway, and RouteTable.