UKOUG Systems Event and Exadata Content

I’ve been involved in organising a couple of upcoming UKOUG events.

I will be involved with the engineered systems stream for the annual UKOUG conference, returning after an absence of a couple of years, to once again being held in Birmingham.

While the planning for this is at a very early stage, Martin Widlake will be giving you the inside scoop on this.

The event I really want to talk about though is an event (more...)

In Enkitec We Trust

The 2nd of March 2015 was my first day as part of the Accenture Enkitec Group.

When I first started using Exadata back in 2011, the one thing I relied on more than anything else to get me up to speed was the original Expert Oracle Exadata book by Kerry Osborne, Randy Johnson, and Tanel Poder. I am equally sure the 2nd Edition will prove just as valuable.

e-dba years

I have thoroughly enjoyed my (more...)

Oracle Bundle Patching

I’ve spent a few days playing with patching with the so called “Database Patch for Engineered Systems and Database In-Memory”. Lets skip over why these not necessarily related feature sets should be bundled together into effectively a Bundle Patch.

First I was testing going from to BP2 or Then as soon as I’d done that of course BP3 was released.

So (more...)

12c Upgrade and Concurrent Stats Gathering

I was upgrading an Exadata test database from to and I came across a failure scenario I had not encountered before. I’ve upgraded a few databases to both and for test purposes, but this was the first one I’d done on Exadata. And the first time I’d encountered such a failure.

I started the upgrade after checking with the (more...)

Exadata Shellshock: IB Switches Vulnerable

Andy Colvin has the lowdown on the Oracle response and fixes for the bash shellshock vulnerability.

However, when I last looked it seemed Oracle had not discussed anything regarding the IB switches being vulnerable.

The IB switches have bash running on them and Oracle have verified the IB switches are indeed vulnerable.

[root@dm01dbadm01 ~]# ssh

root@'s password:

Last login: Tue Sep 30 22:46:41 2014 from


Exadata: What’s Coming

This is based on the presentation Juan Loaiza gave regarding What’s new with Exadata. While a large part of the presentation focussed on what was already available, there are quite a few interesting new features that are coming down the road.

First of was a brief mention of the hardware. I’m less excited about this. The X4 has plenty of the hardware that you could want: CPU, memory and flash. You’d expect some or all (more...)

Free Oracle event with beer: London 3/7/2014

A quick note to drum up interest in a free Oracle event being hosted by e-dba in London on the evening of 3rd July 2014.

The aim is to have a series of informal get togethers over beer, pizza and some good Oracle speakers.

The theme of the first event is based around upgrading.

We have Jonathan Lewis presenting on general principles and strategies for upgrading the RDBMS.

I will be doing a couple of (more...)

Oracle ASM 12c: New Features

Last week I was lucky enough to be presenting at the UKOUG AIM SIG. There was a decent enough crowd in attendance and there were some really interesting talks and some really good speakers. In particularly I found Chris Lawless speaking on replication a particularly engaging speaker, and Dave Webster really held the audiences attention late in day.

I was giving a presentation on the new features available to you with 12c ASM. The presentation (more...)

Thoughts on UKOUG tech 13

So the annual UKOUG technology conference has come and gone for yet another year. This time it was in a new location, having moved away from its regular berth in Birmingham. Manchester is not a city I’m that familiar with, the only previous time I had been there was a (more...)

VritualBox 4.30 on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

I’ve been using OS X for a very long time, and one of the Applications that is invaluable in my day to day work is VirtualBox. It’s a great application allowing you to work with various Oracle versions and products, and I have quite a few linux VMs with differing (more...)