Abstract Review Tips

Yes, this is for my RMOUG abstract reviewers, but it may help other conferences and user groups, too.  We have some incredible content at RMOUG, (Rocky Mtn. Oracle User Group) Training Days conference and its all due to a very highly controlled, thought out process that has evolved over time to ensure that we have an abstract selection process that is as fair as possible and offers new speakers opportunities as well.

I’m going to (more...)

Building a Great Conference Agenda

We are deep into RMOUG’s abstract submissions and reviews, preparing for the following:

  • Oct. 2nd-  Close of Abstract Submissions
  • Oct. 6th-  Close of Abstract Reviews
  • Oct. 10th-  Schedule up for 2015 Training Days

With this weighing so heavily on my mind, I felt it might be a good time to put down on paper why I’m so proud of how RMOUG does it’s reviews and why this conference has such a great lineup.  This (more...)

How to Configure EM12c to NOT Use Load Balancers

This may not come up very often, but for some reason, an administrator might have to reconfigure an EM12c environment to NOT use load balancers.

This could be due to:

1.  Hardware Issue on the Load Balancers
2.  Mis-configured Load Balancers
3.  Re-allocation of Load Balancer hardware for other purposes.

Whatever the reason may be, I noted that the instructions to set up the load balancers are easy to find, but not (more...)

Oracle Open World Schedule

I will be in San Francisco a little early this year and as I’m not longer an ACE Director, it’s to attend the IOUC, (International Oracle User Conference) at Redwood Shores on Sept. 25th and 26th.  I’ll be representing RMOUG for the two day event that has representatives from user groups from all over the world.  Our lovely host, Mary Lou Dopart and her team, will ensure we have another great (more...)

EM12c and Windows OS Failover Cluster- Keep it Simple

This is going to be a “KISS”, (Keep it Simple, Silly) post.  I was offered a second Windows cluster to test on when my original one was required for QA.  It was a gracious offer, but I also found out why a cluster should be kept simple and this cluster was anything but simple.  Many times, issues are created and we’ll never see them coming until we go through the pain and (more...)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the DBA Kevlar Way

I believe you do your best when you follow in what you believe.

Kellyn’s …. Hold the ice…:)



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Renaming an Oracle Apache Target in EM12c

When installing Enterprise Manager 12c, the host value can come from a number of places for different applications/tiers.  For most, it comes from the environment variable $ORACLE_HOSTNAME, (for Windows Servers, %ORACLE_HOSTNAME%).

The OHS1 target, aka Oracle Apache in the middle tier of the EM12c environment pulls it’s value from the etc/hosts file, (for Unix as well as Windows) and so it is vulnerable with a virtual host name or host name change occurs.  (more...)

Dealing with Wi-Fi Problems the DBA Kevlar Way

As much as KSCOPE 14 fixed any and all Low-T levels, it couldn’t do anything for our the WiFi problems we were experiencing back in May. I’ve been a telecommuter for almost 4 straight years now and was quite frustrated when our WiFi service became dismal back then.

We called Comcast service and worked through trouble-shooting with their support multiple times, only afterward, still unable to download files or watch Netflix into the first three (more...)

Weblogic Start Failure: Empty Initial Replica

This post is to address a failed Weblogic start in EM12c.  The fix is performed on a Windows host, but the fix can easily be for any EM12c environment that experiences this issue.  In the below instructions, just replace the %OMS_BASE% for Windows Env Var to $OMS_BASE for Linux/Unix.

Issue:  OMS Fails to Start and Points to Weblogic Issue in EMGC_OMS1.out File.

Error in Out File:  <Critical> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000386> <Server subsystem (more...)

Monitoring a Microsoft OS Failover Cluster

I know, I know-  none of you are using Microsoft Windows.  This is why I get so many questions on this topic and why there is so much interest in a white paper that no one thought I needed to write.  Well, while that pesky ol’ white paper is in review, I’m going to go onto a secondary topic of how to monitor a Microsoft Active/Passive cluster with Enterprise Manager 12c, release 4.

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