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OSP #2b: Build a Standard Platform from the Bottom-Up

This is the fourth of twelve articles in a series called Operationally Scalable Practices. The first article gives an introduction and the second article contains a general overview. In short, this series suggests a comprehensive and cogent blueprint to best position organizations and DBAs for growth.

Exadata: disk level statistics

This is the fourth post on a serie of postings on how to get measurements out of the cell server, which is the storage layer of the Oracle Exadata database machine. Up until now, I have looked at the measurement of the kind of IOs Exadata receives, the latencies of the IOs as as done by the cell server, and the mechanism Exadata uses to overcome overloaded CPUs on the cell layer.

Warning: Problems with 9.2 clients connecting to databases patched to…

I mentioned this a couple of days ago on Twitter, but I’ve only just go round to posting here…

I recently had to back out some patches because the patch seems to cause problems with Oracle 9.2 client connections where worked fine. I’m not sure how widespread the problem is. All I can tell you is we had two separate occasions (services) where this happened, so we’ve put a halt on patching to until we can identify and upgrade the old clients.

Why are there 9.2 clients lurking around? In some cases it’s due to certification of legacy apps. In other cases it’s because the service owner has been working on a, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, basis. I guess now it’s broke, we gotta fix it. :)

If you have legacy client installations lurking around, you might want to tread carefully when testing this patch.

Good luck!

Cloud Control 12c Database Backup Jobs (Continued)

I’ve been rather critical of the way Cloud Control handles database backup jobs, as can be seen in these two previous posts.

Yesterday I found out I schedule database backups in Cloud Control the “wrong way”…

So typically, when I am sorting out a new database, I do something like this:

Quick Pluggable Database (PDB) Update…

I’ve been playing around with using SQL Developer and Cloud Control 12cR3 for managing pluggable databases (PDBs) this morning. I’ve added a couple of quick references to my PDB article.

If you understand the DBCA and SQL*Plus approach, the SQL Developer and Cloud Control screens are pretty self explanatory, so I’ve made my references to them brief. :)



Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c : First Steps…

I’ve taken my first tentative steps into upgrading to Oracle 12c.

This article is targeted at the type of information you are likely to need for the 12c OCP DBA exam. In reality, upgrades are too important to rely on a generic article like this. Every time I do a real upgrade I go back to the upgrade docs and work my way through them. That’s the only way to make sure you’ve not missed out an important step, specific to the features you are using.

My first impressions are:

Windows Blue (8.1) and Oracle Database 12c

Inspired by this article, I decided to download Windows Blue 8.1 and install it on VirtualBox. Once Classic Shell was installed it looked almost usable. :)

The Windows version of Oracle 12c is now available, so that seemed like the obvious thing to try next. That went really smoothly.

Top-N Queries and the Multithreaded Model in Oracle 12c…

A couple of new 12c articles have rolled off the press. Both of them small, but interesting to me.

These resulted in amendments to a couple of old articles.

WITH Clause Enhancements in Oracle 12c…

After doing a number of 12c installations, I decided it was time to write something new. I figured I’d pick something easy to start off with, so here is the first thing off the press.

How can we make Oracle Database 12cR2 the best release ever?

Oracle will be releasing Oracle Database 12cR1 at some point this year. Many companies will avoid this release, opting to wait for 12cR2, their reasoning being it will be more stable and, as a terminal release, will have a longer support life-cycle. Since 12cR2 is what most businesses care about, what can we do to make it as good as it can possibly be? Here are a few thoughts…