Let’s face it: education without interaction is about as effective as shouting origami instructions at a lumberjack who is cutting down trees. Sure, your informative lessons will come in handy when the product of their work finally becomes paper, but it will be long forgotten and ultimately worthless by then. The only way a student is going to learn is if they can put their hands on what you’re teaching, walk the journey with you, and attach a positive interactive experience to the lesson.
After the previous day’s “networky” stuff, day 3 was back to some stuff that was more relevant to me. Amongst other things, I got a quick primer on IPv6, which was pretty useful and we looks at iApps and iRules. It looks like I will be writing lots of iRules using TCL to replace the functionality of our Apache reverse proxies. Fun, fun, fun…
We finished at about 15:00, so I hit the road and managed to do the M25 and M40 in a reasonable time. It wasn’t good, but it could have been a lot worse.
The challenge now is to get to work on Monday and try to start putting some of this stuff into practice before I forget everything.
Day 2 was a lot more “networky”, so it was pretty tough. I got through all the labs and stuff worked, but if I’m honest I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. Added to that, I won’t have privilege to do most of the stuff we covered when I’m on the real kit, so I’m pretty much going to forget it all in a few days.
Once again, it’s testament to the course that a complete networking gumby like me was able to survive the day.
Day 3 has got some sections that are more relevant to me. I’ve been swimming, so now it’s Monster, Diet Coke and Coffee for breakfast, check out of the hotel, then head off to start day 3.
As I suspected, I’m the only person on the course that doesn’t know what a network is. If I had not been tinkering with the reverse proxies over the last year I would have been pretty much lost.
The course itself is well structured and the teacher is good. The fact I’ve not flounced out in a huff is testament to that. The pattern will be quite familiar to anyone who has been on a hands-on course before. Discuss a topic with slides, then do a hands-on lab that works through that stuff.
My good friend (and personal hero) Cary Millsap is doing a series of one day classes around the world — Mastering Oracle Trace Data. One of them is conveniently scheduled in Birmingham Thursday next week right after the UKOUG Conference. It’s not far from the Birmingham ICC where the UKOUG Technology and Business Suite Conference [...]
Today is the last day for getting the early bird’s rate!
Also, our book will be out on Monday!
We have been secretly planning something with Kerry Osborne – and now it’s official – we will host The First Exadata Virtual Conference in the World, on 3-4 August 2011.
This conference takes place a couple of weeks after our Expert Oracle Exadata book is published (on 18. July – check out the awesome new cover design). So, we thought it’d be a good idea to run this conference, where we can explain some things in a different format, do live demos and answer questions that attendees have.
On the first day Kerry and Randy will talk about some serious fundamentals of Exadata, like how Exadata Smart Scan Offloading works and how to make the IO resource manager work for you (especially important in mixed workload consolidated environments).
And on the second day we’ll dig even deeper, with Andy Colvin talking about how to survive Exadata patching (he has patched more Exadatas than anyone else I know) and me following up with some complex performance troubleshooting stories I’ve encountered recently (trust me – there’s a LOT of issues to troubleshoot ;-)
About the Conference:
Since its release, Oracle Exadata quickly became a hit. Due to the relative “youth” of Exadata technology and internal behavior changes introduced with frequent patch-sets, there’s not much up-to-date quality technical information and know-how available to public. This virtual conference brings you a chance to learn from the leading Exadata experts, from their experience of working with real Exadata environments, from Exadata V1 to the latest X2-8. Additionally, there is plenty of Q&A time scheduled, so you can also get answers to your Exadata-related questions.
The speakers are probably some of the most experienced Exadata consultants in the world, in the field of Exadata deployment, migration, performance, and troubleshooting. Also, Kerry, Randy and Tanel are the authors of the #2970a6; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;\" href="http://blog.tanelpoder.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-feed-statistics/feed-statistics.php?url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5hcHJlc3MuY29tLzk3ODE0MzAyMzM5MjM=">Expert Oracle Exadata book published by Apress in July 2011.
All of the speakers are hard-core hands-on professionals, having worked on many different real-life (production) Exadata environments of their clients. Enkitec dudes didn’t stop there, they bought a half rack for themselves, just for playing around with it. Yeah (+1 from me), some people buy a red hot Ferrari, some buy a red hot computer rack with an X on it :-)
More information, abstracts and registration:
I don’t think you’ll find an Exadata learning opportunity like this from anywhere else (and any time soon), especially considering the price!
This conference is so hot, that one of the attendees managed to sign up to it even before I had published this page to the world! :-)
If you’ve troubleshooted (or tuned) RAC then you probably already know Riyaj Shamsudeen and his Orainternals blog & website (links below).
Anyway, since I started delivering my Advanced Oracle Troubleshooting classes some years ago, many people asked whether I would do a similar class for RAC. I had deliberately left out the RAC-specific stuff from my troubleshooting material, because it’s a very wide and complex topic and I feel like before trying to master RAC troubleshooting, you should master troubleshooting of regular single instance databases anyway. I realized that I didn’t have the time to build (and maintain) yet another set of trainig material, especially on so complex topic as RAC performance & troubleshooting.
So, having seen Riyaj’s impressive work and his presentations at various conferences, I asked whether he would be interested in building a RAC troubleshooting class, going from fundamentals to advanced topics – and he said yes. By now we are that far that I’m happy to announce the first Advanced RAC online seminars by Riyaj Shamsudeen (split across two weeks of online sessions, 4-hours per day, in end of august and september).
We initially called the seminar “Advanced RAC Troubleshooting” but then realized, that there are some closely related non-troubleshooting topics to be covered, like fundamental concepts, internals and also how to configure RAC for performance (so that you wouldn’t have to troubleshoot performance later :-)
We’ll use the same infrastructure and seminar philosophy as I do in my own online seminars, it’s just that this is Riyaj’s material and he will deliver it too.
You can read more about the seminar content, dates and sign up at the seminars page:
Riyaj’s website (articles, slides etc):
Let the RAC hacking begin! ;-)