Will the Real Revolutionary in Data Virtualization Please, Stand Up

While chatting on slack the other day, one of my peers asked if I’d seen that ESG Global had done a write up on Veritas Velocity.  Velocity is a product that won’t be available until the end of 2016 and is considered “Alpha”.  I was surprised that anyone allowed to participate in Alpha was able to publish a description on the product, but that’s not my call to make.

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The Rosetta Stone of Database Platforms

This is a living document that I will continue to update and will add new database platforms to as I go along in my career.  I spend a lot of time translating database platforms I’ve worked in for all tiers of the technical business.  It just seems natural that we might need a location on the web where that information is kept.

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I’ll add some diagrams at a (more...)

OmniFocus and AppleScript

I’m new to Mac, but most know that anything you give me, I’m looking to automate any task that I can get my hands on.  As busy as my life is with demands, if I can get a computer to do the work for me, I will.  Disaster strikes when anything is too manual in my life-

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One of those tasks is my weekly report to my boss (more...)

Why Mask Data

I’ve been involved in two data masking projects in my time as a database administrator.  One was to mask and secure credit card numbers and the other was to protect personally identifiable information, (PII) for a demographics company.  I remember the pain, but it was better than what could have happened if we hadn’t protected customer data….

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Times have changed and now, as part of a company that (more...)

Oak Table World 2016- Oracle Open World Edition!

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Anyone who’s anyone knows to search out OakTable World at major events in the US and Europe, and Oracle Open World 2016 is no different!

OakTable World 2016, (#otw16) will be held at the Children’s Creativity Museum again this year during the week of Oracle Open World.  The Oak Table members will be discussing their latest technical obsessions and research on Monday and Tuesday, (September 19th-20th).  The truth is, folks-  The (more...)

VMWare, but I use Virtualbox!

A number of emails I received about trying out Delphix Express was regarding VMWare.  Many of my followers had used Virtualbox for a long time and we all know, no one likes change, (OK, maybe me, but we know how abnormal I am anyway… :))

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Adding a VM in VMWare

Importing an OVA is pretty simple in VMWare.  In the VMWare Fusion application, click on File, Import and (more...)

Delphix Express- Adding XE DSource

For those of you that downloaded and are starting to work with Delphix Express, (because you’re the cool kids… :)) You may have noticed that there is an Express Edition Oracle 11g database out there you could use as a Dsource, (source database for Delphix to clone and virtualize…)

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If you’d like to work with this free version with your Delphix Express environment, these are the steps (more...)

Upcoming Events and The Caffeine

So some unknowing fool gave me full access to a fridge of Starbucks caffeinated beverages, which should be against the law in this fine country.  Needless to say, my ability to type approximately 180wpm has offered me the opportunity to catch up and blog about what it’s like almost a month in employed with Delphix.

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In just the last two weeks, a number of conference sessions have come (more...)

Tips and Tricks- Delphix Express

Delphix Express offers a virtual environment to work with all the cool features like data virtualization and data masking on just a workstation or even a laptop.  The product has an immense offering, so no matter how hard Kyle, Adam and the other folks worked on this labor of love, there’s bound to be some manual configurations that are required to ensure you get the most from the product.  This (more...)

Top Reason I’ve Learned Everyone Should Use Delphix- Week 2

I’ve been going through some SERIOUS training in just over a week.  This training has successfully navigated the “Three I’s”, as in its been Interesting, Interactive and Informative.  The offerings are very complete and the knowledge gained is limitless.

I’d also like to send a shout out to Steve Karam, Leighton Nelson and everyone else at Delphix who’s had a hand in designing the training, (more...)

Joining Delphix and Not Fearing Hot Coals

Back in 2012, when I started to build a reputation as a mentor, the goal was not just to create my own path and set it afire, but for others to desire to make their own path before my footsteps cooled.

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Never Fear Hot Coals

This week I joined Delphix.  Many acted as if this was pre-ordained and simply part of my destiny.  Due to my technical knowledge, they assumed (more...)

GPIOZero on Non-Zero Raspberry Pi

So there are some cool features that are built into the GPIOZero library/module.  One of the challenges I think many of us that have a lot of projects that we want to work on, is that we end up having to translate it to the version of RPI that we just happen to be working on or have available.  This can be frustrating when the code is available (more...)

Buckle Up, Baby!

So after over two years at Oracle, I’m moving on.  Yes, for those of you who haven’t seen the tweets and the posts, you heard right.

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OK, everyone-  cleansing breath.

I worked with great people and did some awesome things in the community, blogged everything Enterprise Manager and talked over 1/2 the Oracle community into buying and doing projects with Raspberry Pi while I was at it!

Many folks thought I (more...)

EM13c, Configuration Management and Comparing Targets

How many times have you had maintenance or a release complete and everyone is sure that everything’s been put back the way it should have been, all t’s crossed, all i’s dotted and then you release it to the customers only to find out that NOPE, something was forgotten in the moving parts of technology?  As the Database Administrator, you can do a bit of CYA and not be (more...)

Installing EM13c on Windows Tips

I just built out my own EM13c environment so I can answer many questions that I won’t be able to ignore just because I no longer work at Oracle.

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Tips

Installation of EM13c is different on Windows than Linux or Unix, (no duh!) but it’s good to know a few tips for those that required to use Windows as their hosting or monitoring OS.

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  1. Ensure you use (more...)

Do, There Is No Try

I know Werner DeGruyter will like the title of this post, so here’s a post dedicated to him as my last week at Oracle is off to a busy start…. 🙂

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As I attempt to wrap up any open tasks at Oracle, I’m still Training Days 2017 Conference Director for RMOUG, have a planning meeting for the 800 member Girl Geek Dinner Boulder/Denver Meetup group that I’m the owner of, (more...)

Options For Pre-EM13c Target Software and Non-Supported OS in EM13c

Per Oracle documentation, you’re able to upgrade from EM12c to EM13c, including the OMR, (Oracle Management Repository) to DB12c and the OMS, (Oracle Management Service) to EM13c, but leave the agent software at a version of 12.1.0.3 or higher, leaving upgrades of the agents to be performed later on using the Gold Agent Image, removing a lot of work for the administrator.

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Short-term Answers Vs. The Correct Answer

Enterprise Manager does a LOT.  Sometimes it may do too much.  Customers on forums, on support or via email and social media may come to us asking how to address something they view as not working right and the truth is, we could simply answer their question, but they aren’t using the right tool to accomplish what they’re attempting.

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The Export Feature in Enterprise Manager

A customer was (more...)