Today, Oracle announced the Exadata X4-2 model. The X4 has some considerable improvements, namely:
I heard a strange report from a client late last week - they weren't getting any smart scans on their Exadata - a data warehouse, no less (and we checked to see if cell_offload_processing was set to true). Queries would run normally, but for some reason, the "cell physical IO (more...)
Original Post can be viewed at 12c: Sqlplus Displays Last Login Time For Non – Sys Users
12c database has introduces a pretty nifty Security feature which allows you to check last login time for non-sys user. e.g If I connect to scott user as below, it displays that (more...)
I really didn't think we would be seeing 12c until OpenWorld. I got a nice surprise a couple of weeks ago when people started tweeting that the docs were out. That followed quickly with the actual software being available for download.
I realize that people won't really be producing (more...)
Original Post can be viewed at 12c:Limiting PGA with pga_aggregate_limit
This is a interesting feature for Oracle DBA’s. Till now there has been no way of limiting total PGA being used by oracle instance. _pga_max_size (hidden parameter) could be used to limit per process memory. SGA_TARGET used to be hard (more...)
how NOT to design (more...)
Oracle Database Gateways 11g R2 (11.2) Installation and Configuration for heterogeneous connection from Oracle to Microsoft SQL database
Install the Oracle Database Gateways 11g R2 (11.2). See the screen snapshots of the installation here.
- During the installation, the following+ default initialization parameter file is created:
dg4msql = Database gateway for Microsoft SQL Server. If you choose a different database option, use the appropriate path name.
- Copy initdg4msql.ora to a new file init[MSSQL].ora.
[MSSQL] can be any meaningful name easier to refer to, (more...)
When to consider sharding a MySQL database
Why should you not just design your applications from the start to account for data sharding? Sharding a database, that is horizontally partitioning tables among multiple databases, creates an added level of complexity that is not desirable in an application. However, there are times when sharding is required to maintain acceptable performance. So when is the right time to shard your database?
When to consider sharding a MySQL database Why should you not just design your applications from the start to account for data sharding? Sharding a database, that is horizontally partitioning tables among multiple databases, creates an added level of complexity that is not desirable in an application. However, there are times when sharding is […] -->
Schemas and users are frequently used interchangeably as if they were the same thing. For the most part, that's ok. In Oracle the concepts are so tightly coupled that thinking of them as the same thing is not really that far wrong.
In reality, a user is a database account that is given a password and permissions. A schema is a container, or namespace, for containing schema objects. Schema objects are things like tables, views and indexes.
In Oracle, when a us
The LAST_REFRESH_DATE column of the DBA_MVIEWS or the LAST_REFRESH column of the DBA_MVIEW_REFRESH_TIMES indicates the start refresh time. But what if we’d like to find out how long the refresh of the materialized view really takes. Well, we can query the DBA_MVIEW_ANALYSIS.
For Complete Refresh, the refresh duration will be in the FULLREFRESHTIM column of the DBA_MVIEW_ANALYSIS. For Fast Refresh duration, it will be in the INCREFRESHTIM column.
Both values are in seconds.
SELECT mview_name, (more...)
I finally created a page and put up all my presentations. Actually, it's not all of them. I can't find about a half dozen or so that I know I've done and I think there are a couple more. For example, I used to do a security presentation and I can't find that one. I have several that I created while working different places and I can't find those either. Those would be my data (more...)
Given the incredible number of comments I received on my last blog post, and the content of those comments, it is very obvious that folks are extremely confused by what I meant by that post, as well as the comments by Mr. Garsthagen (Oracle Director Level Employee), referenced in that post.
The confusion is typified by the following comment, the most recent I have received:
Oracle does not recognize either (Vmware/DRS Affinity) as a hard partition
First, to be completely clear, I have never stated, nor do I believe, that VMware (or any other software hypervisor for that matter) (more...)
As all of my readers know, I have been a strong proponent of VMware virtualization of Oracle Database servers for license cost savings purposes. Predictably, Oracle has pushed back on this issue in the past. Well, they have now thrown in the towel.
In an online video, Richard Garsthagen, Director of Cloud Business Development EMEA for Oracle, has stated publicly that VMware host affinity rules (when combined with vMotion logging) work just fine, thank you very much, for purposes of establishing where Oracle software is "installed and/or running" for purposes of the Oracle Software License Agreement (OSLA).