No DBA Required?

Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman put out a nice post a few days ago which you can read here. It talks about the future of the DBA, especially in the light of Oracle’s new “fully managed” Database Cloud Service that will be announced soon. I pushed out some links to the post on social media with a “Just Read” message, as I sometimes do, then was hit by a wave of questions and comments about it. I think (more...)

My Current Focus

In recent weeks I’ve been writing fewer blog posts and pushing out more technical posts. I know a lot of people don’t make the distinction, but the technical stuff goes on the main website and the bullshit opinion pieces go on this blog. 🙂

The changes to the Oracle ACE Program travel policy have had a very positive effect on me. It’s allowed me to get back to my roots, which is producing technical content for (more...)

VirtualBox 5.1.28

VirtualBox 5.1.28 has been released.

Downloads and changelog in the usual places.

It installed fine on a Windows 7 host on my PC at work. I’ll probably do the macOSX Sierra and Oracle Linux 7 installations at the weekend and update here.

Happy upgrading!



VirtualBox 5.1.28 was first posted on September 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm.
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Oracle 12c on Fedora 26

Before we get into this, I feel the need to mention this important caveat, so I don’t get any grief about this.

With that done, here we go…

Fedora 26 has been out for a while now. As soon as it dropped I tried to do some 12c installations on it and hit a stumbling block. The software would install and link fine, but it wouldn’t (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 : I’m Presenting!

A few weeks ago I tweeted about being a member of #TeamRejectedByOracleOpenWorld again. Since then I found out one of my presentations was accepted for JavaOne as part of the Oracle Developer Champion program, so I will be going to San Francisco this year after all. This is the presentation I’ll be doing if you want to come along.

Make the RDBMS Relevant Again with RESTful Web Services and JSON
Wednesday, Oct 04, 4:30 p. (more...)

Fusion Middleware Released (OBIEE and ODI)

There I was, happily patting myself on the back that I’ve installed and patched a bunch of lovely new OBIEE servers when they go and drop Aaarrggghhhh!

I’ve now ripped them all out and reinstalled them with the new version. It was pretty straight forward actually, and easier to do it now than when they start getting used a lot! 🙂

The only real difference is (more...)

MobaXTerm 10.4

I just noticed MobaXTerm 10.4 was released about a week ago.

The downloads and changelog are in the usual places.

I live this tool. I much prefer using MobaXTerm on Windows to using a native terminal window on Mac or Linux!



MobaXTerm 10.4 was first posted on August 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm.
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Hey DBA, install/update APEX!

I recently got a question about APEX, which in itself is kind-of funny as it’s a case of the blind leading the blind, but as a result of that question it became apparent the poster was running a very old version of APEX. My first reaction was “Dude, you really need to upgrade!”. It was at that point I was hit with a line I’ve heard a lot over the years.

“Our DBA(s) won’t (more...)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) : That’s Customer Service!

If you were reading my Twitter stream about 11 days ago you will have seen me tweet the following message.

That feeling when your reserved instance ran out and you didn’t realise. 🙁

The story was I logged into AWS and noticed the reserved instance for my website had expired about a month and a half before. For those that don’t know, buying reserved instances reduces your compute costs because you are committing to (more...)

Database Smart Flash Cache on which OS (OL5, OL6, OL7)?

I got a DM from someone a couple of days ago asking me to try the Database Smart Flash Cache (DSFC) feature on a few combinations of DB version and OS version.

You are probably thinking, why bother? Both Oracle 12.1 and Oracle 12.2 are supported on a variety of Oracle Linux versions, so it works on all of them right? Wrong…

  • Oracle 12.1 : DSFC works on OL5 and OL6, but (more...)