Oracle Essential Support Tools im Exadata Umfeld

Mein DOAG Vortrag zum Thema

„Oracle Support wie gehe ich vor und welche Tools setze ich im Exadata Umfeld ein“



In der Zwischenzeit hat Oracle eine neue Version den Trace File Analyzer bereitgestellt die man dann auch einsetzen sollte. Einfach über die Doc-ID suchen.

TFA Collector – TFA with Database Support Tools Bundle (Doc ID 1513912.1)

Noch eine Anmerkung für alle die gerade PSU’s etc. eingespielt haben. Leider stellt Oracle Support (more...)

Oracle EBS Suite blank Login page – Post Exadata migration

As part of EBS database migration on Exadata, we recently deployed a brand new Exadata X5-2L (eighth rack), and migrated an Oracle EBS Database from the typical storage/server technologies.

Below are the environment details:

EBS Suite 12.1.3 (running on two application servers with hardware LOAD BALANCER)
Database :, RAC database with 2 instance

After the database migration, buildxml and autoconfig procedures went well on both application and database tiers. (more...)

Presenting at Cloud day event of North India Chapter of AIOUG

I will be presenting a session titled “An 18 pointers guide to setting up an Exadata machine” at Cloud Day being organized by North India chapter of AIOUG. Vivek Sharma is doing multiple sessions on various cloud and performance related topics. You can register for the event here 


ksplice kernel updates and Exadata patching

If you have installed some one off ksplice fix for kernel on Exadata, remember to uninstall it before you do a kernel upgrade  eg regular Exadata patching. As such fixes are kernel version specific so they may not work with the newer version of the kernel. 

Exadata X5-2L deployment & Challenges

A brand new Exadata X5-2L eighth rack (I knew the latest is X7 now, but it was for a POC, so no worries) has been deployed recently at a customer for Oracle EBS Exadata migration POC purpose. Its wasn't an easy walk in the park as I initially presumed. There were some challenges (network, configuration) thrown during the migration, but, happily overcome and had it installed and EBS database migration completion.

So, I am going (more...)

Exadata Storage Server Patching in 18.1.1 and Above

One of the cool new features that was introduced with was a subtle change in the Exadata storage server patching process.  While not required, this new functionality removes the need to use patchmgr to drive Exadata storage server patches.  In Juan Loaiza’s Open World session on new Exadata features, this slide jumped out to me:

While this slide may look like marketing fluff, this new feature turns out (more...)

Oracle 12.1 big table caching IO code path

Recently I was triggered about the ‘automatic big table caching’ feature introduced in Oracle version with Roger Macnicol’s blogpost about Oracle database IO and caching or not caching ( If you want to read something about the feature in general, search for the feature name, you’ll find several blogposts about it.

If you are not familiar with automatic big table caching, it’s a feature (more...)

Exadata Flash Cache enabled for Write Back

During Tests for an Migration of a major customer application we saw in our AWR reports that most of the jobs are very write intensive. This was the point where we would like to test what happens when we change the Flash Cache Mode from Write Through to Write Back.

What are the main benefits of Write Back mode:

  • it improves the write intensive operations while writing to flash cache is faster than writing to (more...)

Oracle C functions annotations

Warning! This is a post about Oracle database internals for internals lovers and researchers. For normal, functional administration, this post serves no function. The post shows a little tool I created which consists of a small database I compiled with Oracle database C function names and a script to query it. The reason that keeping such a database makes sense in the first place, is because the Oracle C functions for the Oracle database are (more...)

Thoughts About the Exadata X7-2 Launch

Last week’s Oracle Open World conference included many different announcements – one that impacts my work was the release of a new generation of Exadata machines – this time, the X7-2. If you’ve followed Exadata development over the years, there has been a typical set of features that come in with each release:

  • Increase in CPU core count
  • Increase in disk storage (typically 2x)
  • Increase in flash storage (typically 2x)
  • New software features

The screenshot (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day : Oracle Exadata Database Machine

Those that know me well, will know about my “appreciation” of the “Oracle Exadata Database Machine“, more commonly known as “Exadata🙂

So this will be my contribution to ODC Appreciation Day formally known as OTN Appreciation Day, a great initiative by Tim Hall aka

You can see a summary of last year’s blog post here:
OTN Appreciation Day : Summary

The very first Exadata, was the (more...)

Important Change for Grid 12.2 Upgrade and MGMTDB

I just did an Grid Infrastructure Update to Oracle 12.2 with the latest PSU Aug 2017.

I did my preparation with the help of the Doc ID 2111010.1

„12.2 Grid Infrastructure and Database Upgrade steps for Exadata Database Machine running and later on Oracle Linux“

In the Post-upgrade Steps was written that the Management DB should be deconfigured

  • Post-upgrade Steps

      • Deconfigure MGMTDB


The deconfigure is obsolete and the (more...)

Exadata 18 available

Yes, that great news for all Exadata guys.

The documentation is also updated. So please check first the Maintenance Guide.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine Maintenance Guide.

Have fun :-)


The full table scan direct path read decision for version 12.2

This post is about the decision the Oracle database engine makes when it is using a full segment scan approach. The choices the engine has is to store the blocks that are physically read in the buffercache, or read the blocks into the process’ PGA. The first choice is what I refer to as a ‘buffered read’, which places the block in the database buffercache so the process itself and other processes can bypass the (more...)

How to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine Exa Check (exachk)

Oracle customer who are fortunate to have an Oracle Exadata Database Machine, will need to run “exachk” from time to time, which is pronounced as Exa-Check.  This tool check your Oracle Exadata Database Machine configuration, software, critical issue and provide a Maximum Availability Architecture score.  It is required to run before and after Exadata patching and is good practice to run on frequent basis and review the recommendations.

More info here:

Oracle Exadata Database Machine exachk (more...)

Switching to a Physical Standby

[contact-form]Now that I’m back to doing more normal DBA work (see here for the reasons behind that), I’ll be posting some more how-to type posts from a DBA perspective, not necessarily an EM perspective. While I’m hoping these posts will be of interest to others, I also want to use them to keep track of just how I did different things so I can rinse and repeat as necessary. 😊

This first post will be covering (more...)

Linux memory usage

One of the principal important configuration settings for running an Oracle database is making appropriate use of memory. Sizing the memory regions too small leads to increased IO, sizing the memory regions too big leads to inefficient use of memory and an increase in memory latency most notably because of swapping.

On Linux, there is a fair amount of memory information available, however it is not obvious how to use that information, which frequently leads (more...)

Taming XML data in the v$cell% family of Exadata views

While researching Exadata 12.2 features that have been introduced with Oracle I ran into an old problem of mine, querying the v$cell% views that are new with Exadata and Oracle RDBSM 12c Release 1 in a meaningful way. In case you haven’t seen them yet, these views expose cell metrics and other information in the database without having to actually connect to the cells (more...)

New workshop "Exadata For Developers"

Just a short note that I've developed a new two day course that covers all relevant features that a database application developer should know when dealing with the Oracle Exadata Database Machine platform.

It covers in detail Smart Scans, the Exadata Flash Cache, Hybrid Columnar Compression and all surrounding features like Storage Indexes, (serial) direct path reads etc. etc.. Of course it also includes features that were added in 12c, like Attribute Clustering and Zone (more...)

Failed to create voting files on disk group RECOC1

Long story short, faced this issue while running OneCommand for one Exadata system. The step (Initialize Cluster Software) was failing with the following error on the screen

Checking file on node
Error: Error running root scripts, please investigate…
Collecting diagnostics…
Errors occurred. Send /u01/onecommand/linux-x64/WorkDir/ to Oracle to receive assistance.

Doesn’t make much sense. So let us check the log file of this step

2017-04-27 (more...)