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July 2018

Installing ZFS on OEL7 UEK4 for Docker storage

The Oracle Database is fully supported on Docker according that Linux is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 with Unbreakable Enterprise 4. This is documented in MOS Note 2216342.1. Given the size of the Oracle database in GigaBytes even empty, the way it is installed at build with many file updates, and the per-block modifications of the datafiles, a block level copy-on-write filesystem is a must and deduplication and compression are appreciated. This makes ZFS a good option for the Docker storage driver, but also the external volumes. By the way, the Docker documentation about the storage drivers mention that zfs is a good choice for high-density workloads such as PaaS and this of course includes Database as a Service.

Oracle Security Training by Pete Finnigan in 2018

Are you worried about the data in your databases being stolen? GDPR has just become law across the EU and the UK and affects business in other countries that process EU citizens data. Maybe you store and process credit card....[Read More]

Posted by Pete On 19/07/18 At 02:04 PM

Google Cloud Spanner – inserting data

In a previous post I’ve created a Google Cloud Spanner database and inserted a few rows from the GUI. This is definitely not a solution fo many rows and here is a post about using the command line.

If I start the Google Shell from the icon on the Spanner page for my project, everything is set. But if I run it from elsewhere, using the as I did in A free persistent Google Cloud service with Oracle XE I have to set the project:

franck_pachot@cloudshell:~$ gcloud config set project superb-avatar-210409
Updated property [core/project].

Power BI 101 – Log Files and Tracing

Knowing where log files are and how to turn on debugging is an essential part of any technical job and this goes for Power BI, too.  Remember, as I learn, so does everyone else….Come on, pretty please?

Power BI Desktop

Log files and traces can be accessed one of two ways-

  • Via the Power BI Application
  • Via File Explorer

In the Power BI application, go to File –> Options and Settings –> Options –> Diagnostics.

Speaking At DOAG 2018 Conference And IT Tage 2018

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Easy way to create large demo-tables in #Exasol and #Oracle 600w,

Announcement: Venue Confirmed For Upcoming Brussels “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” Seminar

I can finally confirm the venue for my upcoming “Oracle Indexing Internals and Best Practices” seminar in beautiful Brussels, Belgium running on 27-28 September 2018. The venue will be the Regus Brussels City Centre Training Rooms Facility, Avenue Louise / Louizalaan 65, Stephanie Square, 1050, Brussels. Note: This will be the last public seminar I’ll run […]

Searching in Oracle Database documentation

Just a quick heads up with something I see from time to time in Chrome (but not in Firefox or any other browser).

Occasionally when doing a search, the results are not limited as per my criteria.  For example, if I am searching for information about Spatial in the Licensing Guide:


then when I click the Search button, the results might come back with a far broader search range:

Which Privileges Are Required to Use the ADWC Service Console?

The Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud (ADWC) service provides a Service Console that can be used to monitor the service activity and to carry out a small number of administration tasks (e.g. changing some resource management rules).

The documentation specifically says to use the ADMIN user to login. But, actually, any unlocked database user having the CREATE SESSION privilege can be used to login. This is not only useful, but, in my opinion, necessary. In fact, developers should be able to see the service activity without knowing the password of the ADMIN user.

Rebuilding Indexes: Danger With Clustering Factor Calculation (Chilly Down)

Let me start by saying if you don’t already following Jonathan Lewis’s excellent Oracle blog, do yourself a favour. In a recent article, Jonathan highlighted a danger with rebuilding indexes (or indeed creating an index) when used in relation to collecting index statistics with the TABLE_CACHED_BLOCKS preference. I’ve discussed the importance of the TABLE_CACHED_BLOCKS statistics […]