Creating a database link using a tnsnames entry

I have had this in my draft posts for a couple of weeks and I refrained from publishing because it was too simple.

However the main purpose of this post is to help others save time by providing useful information. The secondary purpose of to remind myself how I overcame whatever problem is being covered.

A user did not have permissions to edit the tnsnames.ora file on a server so I created the database (more...)

ORA-01450: maximum key length (3800) exceeded

This is an oddity as essentially I have an index on a table but I cannot rebuild it because it suggests the block size should be bigger than 8K – however both the database and tablespace block size are 16K already.

The maximum allowed index key length depends on your block size. So the minimum allowed size reported in ORA-01450 varies, depending on which block size your index is using:

ORA-01450 maximum key length (758) (more...)

How to add a metric extension and use a ‘control’ table to test results

I have previously blogged about creating a User Defined Metric (UDM) before  (7 years ago!)  but the method I am using today demonstrates how you can test out the alert using specific data.

The aim was to see if integration data is flowing through a table.  If there is a backlog we want to know about it.

Simon Ryan, a colleague did all the preparatory work and created all the 18 !! screen shots (more...)

DBA vacancy Bradford, West Yorkshire

I have a vacancy in my team and the details are in the link below–database.html

Lots of interesting work going including 85Tb Data Warehouse on Exadata and developing Cloud capability using AWS and Google.


Baselines – session creating privs v session running privs

A colleague Richard Wilkinson was telling me about an issue he had come across with baselines and I asked him to write it up as it was an interesting experience.

The following MERGE SQL runs once a day. It always uses the same plan and roughly takes between 30 and 80 minutes:

SQL_ID/ PHV 6zs5dk6t6pkfs / 3064471754

 SELECT ilv.bsns_unit_cd,
 ilv.cntnt_cd ,

Managing the WINDOW_ID in Goldengate V11.

When we import data into the landing schema on a Dat Warehouse via Goldengate, we add 3 fields to each record detailing when and how the record got loaded. This can be found in the *.inc files under $GG_HOME/dirinc on the target GG installation. An example of this is:

HP Systems Management vacancy

I know I do not have the right readership on this blog for a Systems Management vacancy but if any readers have colleagues who have experience using any of HP Openview, OpsBridge, HP Service Management and HP UCMDB then I have a vacancy at our Head Office in Bradford for a permanent position

Details below–system-management.html

Using DataGuard broker to show apply lag and throughput

To determine how much lag there is I normally run a script similar to this

select sequence#, applied, to_date(to_char(first_time,’DD-MON-YY:HH24:MI:SS’),
‘DD-MON-YY:HH24:MI:SS’) “First Time” ,
to_char(next_time,’DD-MON-YY:HH24:MI:SS’) “Next Time”
from v$archived_log
select NULL,database_role,NULL, db_unique_name from v$database
order by “First Time”;

However there is another way which I sometime use which actually gives a lot more information. This uses the dataguard broker command line. Use the show configuration parameter to determine database name if you are not sure


Downgrading a RAC database from to

It is not often that I see a database downgrade activity performed and so I thought it would be worthwhile just noting how it was done.
 2 node RAC database to, downgraded the database only and not the grid home.
Downgrade taking place on HP-UX, any downgrades taking place on Windows OS have several additional steps and won’t be covered in this post. 
This database does (more...)

What is the future for an Oracle DBA?

I have worked with Oracle databases for around 25 years now and during that time I have been very fortunate in that there has always been work for DBAs and it has been one of the higher paying disciplines within IT.

I am not prophesying the end of the Oracle database engine but I do see the writing on the wall for some of the large corporate solutions sitting on physical equipment in a datacentre. (more...)