Step by Step: Ansible Role To Setup Oracle ACFS On Multiple Nodes

This post contains step by step instructions for creating an Ansible role acfssetup to setup Oracle ASM Cluster Filesystem (ACFS) on multiple nodes of a cluster. This assumes that Grid Infrastructure 12.1.0.2.0 is already installed on the nodes, and ASM is working fine. This also assumes that there already is Ansible installed on some controller host with ssh equivalency setup between root and Oracle users.




Step 1: Create directory structure for (more...)

OPS$Oracle user after Wallet Creation in Oracle 12c


----- In Oracle 12.1.0.2, created the wallet by using below commands:

TEST$ orapki wallet create -wallet "/u01/app/oracle/admin/TEST/wallet" -pwd ****  -auto_login_local
Oracle PKI Tool : Version 12.1.0.2
Copyright (c) 2004, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.


TEST$ mkstore -wrl "/u01/app/oracle/admin/TEST/wallet" -createCredential TEST2 sys ********
Oracle Secret Store Tool : Version 12.1.0.2
Copyright (c) 2004, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Enter wallet password:
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Network Slowness Caused Database Contention That Caused Goldengate Lag

I got paged for a goldengate extract lagging behind. Checked the extract configuration and it was normal extract and it seemed stuck without giving any error in the ggserr.log or anywhere else. It wasn't abended either and was in running state.


Tried stopping and restating it, but still it remained in running state while doing nothing and lag was increasing. So the issue was clearly outside of goldengate. Checked the database by starting from (more...)

Log Buffer #546: A Carnival Of The Vanities For DBAs

This Log Buffer Edition covers Cloud, Oracle, and PostgreSQL.
Cloud:
Google Maps platform now integrated with the GCP Console
Getting more value from your Stackdriver logs with structured data
Improving application availability with Alias IPs, now with hot standby
Performing a large-scale principal component analysis faster using Amazon SageMaker
Optimized TensorFlow 1.8 now available in the AWS: deep learning AMIs to accelerate training on Amazon EC2 C5 and P3 instances


Oracle:

How to find the UUID of a device in Linux for Oracle ASM

UUID stands for Universally Unique Identifier. I use UUID for my disk device, when I need to create and add disks for Oracle ASM, as UUID is independet of device name or mountpoint. So its always a good idea to include UUID of device in the fstab file in Linux.

So here is how to find the UUID of a device in Linux for Oracle ASM:




[root@bastion ~]$ ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root (more...)

Relocate Goldengate Processes to Other Node with agctl

Oracle Grid Infrastructure Agents can be used to manage Oracle Goldengate through Oracle GI. agctl is the utility to add, modify and relocate the goldengate. These Oracle GI agents can also be used with other products like weblogic, mysql etc. 


Frits has a good article about installation and general commands regarding GI agents for a non-clustered environment.

Following is the command to relocate Goldengate processes to other node with agctl. 


[gi@hostname ~]$ agctl (more...)

Oracle DBAs and GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).


To bring Oracle database to align with GDPR directive, we have to encrypt all the databases and files on disk, aka encryption at rest (when data is stored). We also have to encrypt (more...)

AWS Pricing Made Easy By Simple Monthly Calculator

With ever changing pricing model and services, its hard to keep track of AWS costing.





If you want to check how much would it cost to have a certain AWS service, tailored to your requirement then use the following Simply Monthly Calculator from AWS.

AWS Price Calculator.

AWS CLI is Boon for DBAs

For most of production RDS databases , we normally have a related EC2 server to access that RDS database through tools like datapump, sqlplus etc.



RDS is great for point and click but if you want to run your own monitoring or other administration related scripts, you need to have an EC2 instance with AWS CLI installed. For example if you want to check the status of RDS instances or if you want to check (more...)

Oracle DBAs and Meltdown & Spectre (M&S) vulnerability Patch

So what Oracle DBAs need to do regarding Meltdown & Spectre (M&S) vulnerability patch? 



Well, they should ask the sysadmins to install the patch to the affected versions. They need to get a maintenance window for that. They need to take full backup of Oracle infrastructure and databases before that patching and they should get some baseline of OS metrics to compare it with post patch status of the system. 

Not much there (more...)

Move a Datafile from one ASM Diskgroup to Another Diskgroup

Following are steps to move a datafile from one ASM diskgroup to another diskgroup in the same ASM instance:




For this example, let's suppose the full path of datafile to be moved is +DATA/test/datafile/test.22.121357823 and datafile number is 11.

Step 1: From RMAN, put datafile 11 offline:

SQL "ALTER DATABASE DATAFILE ''+DATA/test/datafile/test.22.121357823'' OFFLINE";

Step 2: Backup Datafile 11 to Copy using RMAN:

$ rman target /
BACKUP AS COPY DATAFILE 11 (more...)

Its Cloud Service, Not Oracle 18c RDBMS which is Self-Driving and Autonomous

Look at the following picture displayed at Oracle's official website here, and you would forgive anyone who would naively believe that the Oracle 18c is a self-driving, autonomous database.





Now, in above mentioned article after reading the title and the first paragraph, one still maintains the notion that Oracle 18c is autonomous and self-driving database. Its only after reading second paragraph carefully, one should get become sceptical about the above claims.

The second paragraph (more...)

ORA-00240: control file enqueue held for more than 120 seconds 12c

Occasionally, In Oracle 12c database, you may get ORA-00240: control file enqueue held for more than 120 seconds  error in the alert log file.


Well, as this error contains the word control file so it looks scary but if you are getting it infrequently and the instance stays up and running then there is no need to worry and this can be ignored as a fleeting glitch.

But if it starts happening too often and worst (more...)

Enters Amazon Aurora Serverless

More often than not, database administrators around the technologies have to fight out high load on their databases. It could be ad hoc queries, urgent reports, overflown jobs, or simply high frequency and volume of queries by the end users.

DBAs try their best to do a generous capacity planning to ensure optimal response time and throughput for the end users. There are various scenarios where it becomes very hard to predict the demand. Storage (more...)

Query Flat Files in S3 with Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena enables you to access data present in flat files stored in S3 (Simple Storage Service) as if it were in a table in the database. That and you don't have to set up any server or any other software to accomplish that.

That's another glowing example of being 'Serverless.'


So if a telecommunication has hundreds of thousands or more call detail record file in CSV or Apache Parquet or any other (more...)

List of Networking Concepts to Pass AWS Cloud Architect Associate Exam

Networking is a pivotal concept in cloud computing. Knowing it is a must to be a successful Cloud Architect. Of course you won't be physically peeling the cables to put RJ45 connectors on but you must know various facets of logical networking.


You never know what exactly gonna be in the exam but that's what exams are all about. In order to prepare for AWS Cloud Architect Associate exam you must thoroughly read and understand (more...)

Guaranteed Way to Pass AWS Cloud Architect Certification Exam

Today and for the sometime to come, one of the hottest IT certification to hold is AWS Cloud Architect Certification. There are various reasons for that:



  • If you pass it, it really means you know the stuff properly
  • AWS is the Cloud platform of choice world over and its not going anywhere
  • There is literally a mad rush out there as companies scramble to shift or extend their infrastructure to cloud to stay relevant and (more...)

Passed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam

Well, it was quite an enriching experience to go through taking the AWS certification exam and I am humbled to say that I passed it. It was first time, I underwent any AWS exam and I must say that quality was high and it was challenging and interesting enough. 

I will be writing soon as how I prepared and what are my tips for passing this exam.

Good night for now.

CIDR for Dummies DBA in Cloud

For DBAs of Cloud, its imperative to learn various networking concepts and CIDR is one of them. Without going into much detail, I will just post here quick note as what CIDR is and how to use it.



A CIDR looks something like this:

10.0.0.0/28

The 10.0.0.0/28 represents range of IP addresses, and no its NOT from 10.0.0.0 to 10.0.0.28. Here is what (more...)

Idempotent and Nullipotent in Cloud

I was going through the documentation of Oracle Cloud IaaS, when I came across the vaguely familiar term Idempotent.



One great thing which I have felt very strongly with all this Cloud-mania is the recall of various theoretical computing concepts which we learned/read in university courses way back. From networking through web concepts to operating system; there are plethora of concepts which are coming back to be in practice very actively in everyday life (more...)