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12cR2 RMAN> REPAIR

Do you know the RMAN Recovery advisor? It detects the problems, and then you:

RMAN> list failure;
RMAN> advise failure;
RMAN> repair failure;

You need to have a failure detected. You can run Health Check if it was not detected automatically (see https://blog.dbi-services.com/oracle-12c-rman-list-failure-does-not-show-any-failure-even-if-there-is-one/). In 12.2 you can run the repair directly, by specifying what you want to repair.

12cR2 DML monitoring and Statistics Advisor

Monitoring DML to get an idea of the activity on our tables is not new. The number of insert/delete/update/truncate since last stats gathering is tracked automatically. The statistics gathering job use it to list and prioritize tables that need fresh statistics. This is for slow changes on tables. In 12.2 we have the statistics advisor that goes further, with a rule that detects volatile tables:

SQL> select * from V$STATS_ADVISOR_RULES where rule_id=14;
 
RULE_ID NAME RULE_TYPE DESCRIPTION CON_ID
------- ---- --------- ----------- ------
14 LockVolatileTable OBJECT Statistics for objects with volatile data should be locked 0

But to detect volatile tables, you need to track DML frequency with finer grain. Let’s investigate what is new here in 12.2

Purging Unified Audit Trail in 12cR2

A good thing from 12.2 is that the implementation of Unified Audit Trail has changed a little. It was stored in a weird CLI_SWP$ table but now we have a normal partitioned table named AUD$UNIFIED. In a previous post I traced the two purge method: purge all before a timestamp, or purge all. Here is the same in 12.2

Purge old

I have quite a few record in Unified Audit Trail here.

Oracle 12cR2 on Windows: Virtual Accounts

Oracle Database 12.2.0.1 is released for Windows, just 2 weeks after the Linux release, and this is a very good news. Let’s see something new you will encounter in the first screens of Oracle 12.2 installer. Don’t worry, the default choice is the right one. But better understand it.

SYSTEM

On Linux, you don’t install Oracle Database as root. You create a user, usually called oracle, which will be the owner of the database files and the instance processes and shared memory. This looks obvious be before 12c the Oracle Instance is running as the root equivalent, the built-in SYSTEM user. This was very bad from a security point of view: running a software with the most powerful user on the system.

12cR2: TNS_ADMIN in env.ora

The network files (sqlnet.ora, tnsnames.ora, lsnrctl.ora) are read by default from ORACLE_HOME/network/admin but you may have several Oracle installations, and want only one place for those files. Then you can use TNS_ADMIN environment variable. But are you sure that it is always set when starting the database? the listener? the client? They must be consistent (see https://blog.dbi-services.com/oracle-12cr2-plsql-new-feature-tnsping-from-the-database/). Then what we do for the cases where TNS_ADMIN is not set: define symbolic links from the ORACLE_HOME to the common location. It would be better to just change the default location and this is what can be done in 12.2 with env.ora

By default, the $ORACLE_HOME/env.ora is empty. There are only comments.

Oracle 12cR2, RAC, Cloud, ACFS, PDB thin clones and asmadmin

In the Oracle Public Cloud, fast provisioning gets all its meaning when creating a RAC database service: in one hour you can get an operational highly available multitenant database. You can even create it in Data Guard for Disaster Recovery. Now, Oracle is pushing ACFS to store the datafiles rather than direct ASM. Especially in multitenant because a great feature is thin cloning: CREATE PLUGGABLE DATABASE AS SNAPSHOT COPY. However, I encountered an error when I tried it for the first time.

TDE keystore

SQL> create pluggable database pdb2 from pdb1 snapshot copy;
create pluggable database pdb2 from pdb1 snapshot copy
*
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-28357: password required to open the wallet

Oh yes, in the cloud all tablespaces are encrypted. In 12.2 we can put the keystore password in the command:

Oracle 12.2 wait event ‘PGA memory operation’

When sifting through a sql_trace file from Oracle version 12.2, I noticed a new wait event: ‘PGA memory operation’:

WAIT #0x7ff225353470: nam='PGA memory operation' ela= 16 p1=131072 p2=0 p3=0 obj#=484 tim=15648003957

The current documentation has no description for it. Let’s see what V$EVENT_NAME says:

SQL> select event#, name, parameter1, parameter2, parameter3, wait_class 
  2  from v$event_name where name = 'PGA memory operation';

EVENT# NAME                                  PARAMETER1 PARAMETER2 PARAMETER3 WAIT_CLASS
------ ------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------------
   524 PGA memory operation                                                   Other

Well, that doesn’t help…