Oracle Sign up: more problems

I thought, i was successful, but:

I received a mail with the following content:

"We have re-authorized a new, specific amount on the credit/debit card used during the sign up process."

and

"To verify the account you have created, please confirm the specific amount re-authorized."


My problem: there is not any "re-authorized amount" on my banking account. I do not know, what is "re-authorized"?
Is this: this amount is charged on my (more...)

Oracle Cloud: First login

After signing up to Oracle cloud i tried my first login:

https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/sign-in


but i only got:
I think the problem is, that there i a manual review step on Oracle's side which i have not passed for now:
So let's wait for a day or two...

Oracle Cloud: Sign up failed… [3] & solved

Finally (see my attempts here and here) i was able to sign up to Oracle cloud.
What did the trick?

I got help from Oracle support:
So i used my gmail address and this worked:

and then:

Let's see how this cloud will work compared to Azure and AWS

Oracle Cloud: Sign up failed… [2]

After my failed registration to Oracle cloud, i got very fast an email from Oracle support with the following requirements:
So i tried once again with a firefox "private" window - but this failed again.
Next idea was to use a completely new installed browser: so i tried with a fresh google-chrome.
But the error still remained:
Let's hope Oracle support has another thing which will put me onto Oracle cloud.

Oracle Cloud: Sign up failed…

Yesterday i tried to sign up for oracle cloud:

 So let's start the registration process:


The mobile number verification is done with SMS and after entering the 7 digit pin, you are allowed to enter a password:

As payment information only credit cards are accepted:
  • VISA
  • Mastercard
  • Amex


Eve though my credit card was accepted:



"Your credit card has been successfully validated. Please proceed to complete the Sign up."
I got the (more...)

Ubuntu Linux: Change from Legacy boot to UEFI boot after installation

This weekend i did an installation of Linux on a laptop where already a windows 10 was installed.
Because laptop did not recognize my linux boot usb-stick i changed from UEFI to legacy mode and the installation went through without any problem.

At the end grub was in place but the windows installation was not listed. This is, because windows does not support booting.

The problem: If i switch back to UEFI the linux installation (more...)

Linux: Configuring hosts per ssh in parallel: pssh

If you have to set up some hosts in a way, that a number of commands has to be executed on each node, than you should consider PSSH:

http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/bionic/man1/parallel-ssh.1.html

The installation is straight forward:
root@zerberus:~# apt-get install pssh
Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.      
Statusinformationen werden eingelesen.... Fertig
Die folgenden Pakete wurden automatisch installiert und werden nicht mehr benötigt:
  btrfs-tools geoip-database-extra libcryptui0a libjs-openlayers seahorse-daemon
Verwenden Sie »apt autoremove«, (more...)

Oracle VM Server: Why the server uuid is important and why changes to this uuid are critical

After working a while with Oracle VM server it turns out, that a very important parameter is the UUID of a Oracle VM server.

This UUID is used by the ovs-agent (take a look at the Oracle documentation). Here a few excerpts of these chapter:
The Oracle VM Agent is a daemon that runs within dom0 on each Oracle VM Server instance. Its primary role is to facilitate communication between Oracle VM Server and (more...)

Firefox on Linux: password field flickering / curser blinks…

After upgrading to firefox 68 i was not able to enter the password (and configuration password) field in online registrations.
The cursor in the password fields kept flickering/blinking and on some pages firefox completely freezes.
With other browsers this does not happen, but i wanted to stay with firefox.

The solution was starting firefox with an additional environment variable:

GTK_IM_MODULE=xim firefox

apt-get install aspnetcore-runtime-2.2 fails on ubuntu: workaround with snap

Two week ago i tried to install a microsoft tool on my linux laptop and i got the following error:
So i tried:

apt-get install aspnetcore-runtime-2.2
Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.
Statusinformationen werden eingelesen.... Fertig
Einige Pakete konnten nicht installiert werden. Das kann bedeuten, dass
Sie eine unmögliche Situation angefordert haben oder, wenn Sie die
Unstable-Distribution verwenden, dass einige erforderliche Pakete noch
nicht erstellt wurden oder Incoming noch nicht verlassen haben.
Die (more...)

Ubuntu Server: How to activate kernel dumps

If you are running ubuntu server, you can add kdump on your system to write kernel dumps in case of sudden reboots etc.

Installing is very easy:
root@ubuntuserver:/etc# apt install linux-crashdump
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  binutils binutils-common binutils-x86-64-linux-gnu crash kdump-tools kexec-tools libbinutils libdw1 libsnappy1v5 makedumpfile
Suggested packages:
  binutils-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  binutils binutils-common binutils-x86-64-linux-gnu (more...)

Google Jamboard ?!

By reorganising my Google drive i ran into "Jamboard"...
This is a tiny Google web application, where you can do some fast sketches but the functionality is really limited:








Ubuntu Server: eBook

For testing waagent (Microsoft Azure Linux Guest Agent) i downloaded Ubuntu Server. Ubuntu advertised an ebook for administrators:

Here the short summary from this webpage:

Server provisioning: what Network Admins and IT pros need to know

This document is designed to help system administrators and DevOps focused organisations to understand bare metal server provisioning, understand its value proposition, and learn about how leading companies are using server provisioning solutions within their hyperscale environments.
Canonical’s (more...)

Oracle JDeveloper: Is this IDE dead? Are there new releases?

Some weeks ago i read the Java Magazine (http://www.javamagazine.mozaicreader.com)

They report from a survay taken place in 2018 about Java. One of the questions was which application server do you use in production:

This was not really amazing.
But the question about the IDE gave a really surprising result:



More developers use IntelliJ than Eclipse?
Not really surprising was the usage of Oracle's JDeveloper: Only 1% of the developers (more...)

Wireguard: Status information / using the wg command


After the installation of wireguard on two servers i shut down the secondary server and after 4h i did the wg command:
root@zerberus:~# wg
interface: wg0
  public key: XXX=
  private key: (hidden)
  listening port: 46932

peer: YYY=
  endpoint: 192.168.178.54:35891
  allowed ips: 10.0.0.2/32
  latest handshake: 4 hours, 19 minutes, 2 seconds ago
  transfer: 348 B received, 436 B sent
With the "ip addr" (more...)

firefox extension do not work anymore….

Today some of my extensions stopped to work and a reinstall failed due to "Download failed. Please check your connection.":

There is an article about this issue, which says, that this is due to an expired certificate:
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/firefox-addons-being-disabled-due-to-an-expired-certificate/

The workarounds stated there, do not work for my extensions, so i have to wait, that firefox gets a solution (and a new certificate).

For all others with this problem: Do not deinstall your (more...)

Wireguard: Installation & configuration

To install wireguard i followed this instruction.
First step is to add the repository to your machine:

root@zerberus:~# add-apt-repository ppa:wireguard/wireguard
 WireGuard is a novel VPN that runs inside the Linux Kernel. This is the Ubuntu packaging for WireGuard. More info may be found at its website, listed below.

More info: https://www.wireguard.com/
Packages: wireguard wireguard-tools wireguard-dkms

Install with: $ apt install wireguard

For help, please contact

Review at amazon: SAP Cloud Platform

Last week i read this book:
Before starting with the Oracle Cloud i wanted to read something other than AWS or Microsoft Azure. I was surprised at the completely different target of this cloud in respect to AWS and Azure. It is much more focused on business and business value - which is clearly one core domains of SAP.

This book contains a very well written introduction into cloud services - many other books could (more...)

Oracle Database 19c (19.3) released!

And after nearly 3 months of waiting - Oracle released 19c:


First special feature: The rpm is still there and the release is only done for Linux and Oracle Solaris.

To get to the Linux download page just click here.



But the Grid Infrastructure is still not delivered as RPM package. :-(


Wireguard: An easy way to build VPNs

Last week i came across the following tool:

If you want to build up a VPN you can choose one of the following strategies:
  • based on IPSec
  • using TLS
(These two are the options to choose - of course there are some others...)

The nice thing with wireguard (from the linux point of view) is, that the wireguard interfaces are handled like all other  network interfaces on your device.

If you (more...)