White paper: Unifying Cloud and On-Premises Data Security

Data Security is the #1, #2, and #3 concern for organizations adopting Cloud.  Whether on-premises or in the cloud, databases are the repositories of sensitive data and therefore are attractive targets for attackers. Read this white paper for a methodology to protect sensitive information in cloud databases and... [Read More]

DSTv27 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.1

Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

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Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is out – just only on the cloud

Graphic for Getting Started pageThe next major release of the Oracle Database has always been a big thing. Last year at Oracle OpenWorld [2015], a lot of sessions were dedicated to Release 2 of Oracle Database 12c – with sharding as probably its most eye catching new feature. Talk of the release date started at once. June 2016 was a popular date in these talks. June came and went. And now, come Oracle OpenWorld 2016, R2 is out – (more...)

Oracle Database 12c STIG Compliance Standard sample code is here!

One of the most requested features in the compliance management area has been a compliance standard for Oracle Database 12c. As most of you would know, Oracle Database 12c has been out for quite some time, and indeed Larry Ellison has just announced at OOW2016 availability of Oracle Database 12cR2 in Oracle’s public cloud offering. However, as I discussed in another post earlier this year, creating a new STIG compliance standard is not a simple (more...)

Oak Table World 2016 Followup

The Oak Table network is a closed membership of about 100 technical scientists who have a passion for technology and the world around them.  These men and women, representing some of the brightest minds from each of their companies, are individuals who have built companies and major technical innovations.

Initially, much of their research and work was presented at Oracle Open World.  Over time, Oracle Open World welcomed (more...)

You are in trouble when more than 8 kernel options are enabled in oracle executable

A brief headsup for everyone responsible for maintaining kernel options in the oracle executable.

The environment where I discovered this is a 3 node racattack cluster with Oracle GI & RDBMS 12.1.0.2.0. After enabling Unified auditing in my 12.1.0.2 database I noticed that all of a sudden database startup started failing with an almost  unlimited amount of core dump files being generated.

SQL*Plus: Release 12.1.0.2. (more...)

Virtual Development Server: Provide Docker images in docker registry for Oracle XE Database and others

For later creation of containers as needed in the deployment process we have first to build docker images whenever we do not find suitable one in docker hub.

For most of my development I need a oracle database. On the internet you can find a lot of Dockerfile’s for this, but no ready image. This is because for running a database you have to accept a license and this happens when you download the installation (more...)

#OOW16, San Francisco

This year, 2016, is turning out to be an amazing year again, with #OOW16 being once again on of the apices!

Looking back

After the discovery of the Oracle community in 2012, as a result of a very first trip to downtown San Francisco in 2010 for #OOW10, an amazing chain of events was set in motion. This very first introduction in the Oracle World was as ‘a mere participant’ in this awe-inspring, large (more...)

SYSAUX LOB segment for auditing bug not released in Standard Edition

Last week we were struck by an issue, which turned out to be a bite from a bug!
SYSAUX table-space had quickly filled up to the “my data-file is full”-limit, which in the end was fixed by adding a data-file.

Strange thing though, that for a very small footprint database, we now have a very big SYSAUX table-space.

Some investigation brought me to the Unified Auditing being standard active in database 12c (you can read (more...)

Oracle Database INTERVAL Partitioning and Virtual Columns

I bumped into this issue recently which prevents you INSERTING a date of 31-12-9999 into an INTERVAL partitioned table due to the fact that the LESS THAN partition value would be larger than an Oracle Date. After speaking with Jeff Moss he mentioned that we might be able to get round the problem by using a virtual

Oracle Database Interval Partition Set Up Script

This script is used to set up the test table for the following blog posts: Oracle Database INTERVAL Partitioning Date Error With 31-12-9999 Oracle Database INTERVAL Partitioning and Virtual Columns [crayon-578913d2a047f830082062/]  

Oracle Database INTERVAL Partitioning Date Error With 31-12-9999

You may have seen the below error when using dates at the extremes with an Oracle Database. This post focuses on the scenario where you’re inserting a high date, such as 31-12-9999 into an INTERVAL partitioned table. High dates such as this are often used in warehouse environments where from and to dates are specified

Create a Simple Cassandra Cluster With 3 Nodes

Apache Cassandra™ is a massively scalable open source NoSQL database. Cassandra is built from day 1 to be clustered to tick the usual clustering boxes; no single point of failure, and capacity and throughput scales with cluster size. This guide will look at creating a three node basic cluster within a single data centre. It is assumed

Install DataStax Cassandra 3 on Debain/ Ubuntu

The following process will install the DataStax distribution of Cassandra on any Debian based system, such as Debian or Ubuntu. We’ll use the official DataStax apt repositories to install Cassandra using apt-get. Cassandra is written in Java and the latest version (at the time of writing) of Cassandra requires Java 8. You can use either OpenJDK or

Top Reason I’ve Learned Everyone Should Use Delphix- Week 2

I’ve been going through some SERIOUS training in just over a week.  This training has successfully navigated the “Three I’s”, as in its been Interesting, Interactive and Informative.  The offerings are very complete and the knowledge gained is limitless.

I’d also like to send a shout out to Steve Karam, Leighton Nelson and everyone else at Delphix who’s had a hand in designing the training, (more...)

My New Book!

After what seems like eons since we first started on it, I’m excited to announce a new book I co-authored is finally out. The book is called “Building Database Clouds in Oracle 12c” and is available on Amazon. Of course, it really isn’t that long ago that we started writing the book, but there’s been a lot happening between then and now!

The book was co-authored with Tariq Farooq and Sridhar Avantsa. Tariq asked me (more...)

Canberra Event – Next Let’s Talk Database presentation by Richard Foote

Let’s Talk Database – Thursday, 28 July 2016

The next in Richard Foote’s popular Let’s Talk Database series – Let’s Talk Database: Oracle Database 12c – Built for Data Warehousing – is on in Canberra on July 28th. These are free events but due to limited places have often “sold out” in the past, so booking early is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Session Details

The Oracle Database is the leading database in market but it (more...)

clckwrk Design Blueprint: Peoplesoft Campus Solutions on AWS

Higher eduction establishments around the world use Peoplesoft Campus Solutions from Oracle to manage their key business processes. 

In this reference architecture we look at the key requirements for Campus Solutions and the technical solutions that can be deployed on the Amazon Web Services Cloud. 




Availability: Campus solutions needs a high availability infrastructure to ensure that both the administrative and student users can access data at all times. This solution uses multiple web and (more...)

clckwrk Quick Guide: Run your DR solution for the cost of a backup – ERP in the AWS Cloud

In this blog we're looking at a cost effective method for disaster recovery in the AWS cloud. The key here is that the cloud gives you on-demand infrastructure so there is no need to have any servers, storage or networking kit patiently waiting for the DR button to be pushed, instead you can hold just the definition of the technology and a recent backup of your data and build the necessary infrastructure just when it is needed. 

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Slashing the costs of your databases … choosing your PaaS or Next Gen Database Platform

Do you want to lower the costs of your database estate? Are you trying to stay inside the license purchases you’ve made? Maybe looking to simplify the admin across servers, storage, networks and DBA?

It’s a question we get asked over and over in a world where there are great advantages in adopting the next generation of Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Next Generation database platforms. Seeing AWS park its tanks on Oracles lawn (more...)