12.2 Grid Patching lesson learned

What happend?

During the last month I updated manually the TFA Software.

I  do this update while the TFA release installed via the Patchset is an older Version. This happens while Oracle Support adds the TFA release which is available while they create the Patchset.

Last weekend I start Patching GI Software 12.2 to RU Oct 2018 on a 4 Node Exadata Cluster

As best practice I do the installation manually and not via (more...)

Getting locale warnings when logging on to Linux

This blogpost is about the reason and solving getting the following message, or messages alike these when logging i to a linux box using ssh:

-bash: warning: setlocale: LC_CTYPE: cannot change locale (UTF-8): No such file or directory

However, this is a warning. Please mind such an issue might be come up in another way, which can be more disrupting; at least in the past I had issues running perl for the same issue:

[root@dmcel01 (more...)

Checking Flash Cache Mode in Exadata Cloud

While looking at an exachk report for an Exadata rack running in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, I saw an interesting finding:

Since this is an Oracle cloud environment, we don’t have any access to view the storage servers – they are managed and maintained by Oracle.  For several reasons, I believed this to be a false alert, but wanted to see if I could determine what the flashcachemode setting is.

On some flavors of Exadata (more...)

Changing IP Addresses on InfiniBand Network with 12.2 GI on Exadata

I was tasked a while back with modifying the IP addresses assigned to the InfiniBand network on an X6-2 rack.  We were configuring a ZFS appliance to share between 2 Exadata clusters, and we wanted to keep them on separate network ranges.  In this case, we were moving the interfaces from 192.168.10.x/22 (the Exadata default network range) to 192.168.14.x/22. The process is documented very well by Oracle (more...)

Understanding grid disks in Exadata

Use of Exadata storage cells seems to be a very poorly understood concept. A lot of people have confusions about how exactly ASM makes uses of disks from storage cells. Many folks assume there is some sort of RAID configured in the storage layer whereas there is nothing like that. I will try to explain some of the concepts in this post.

Let’s take an example of an Exadata quarter rack that has 2 db (more...)

Oracle Database 19.2 for Exadata is available

Oracle 19.2 is available for Exadata on Premise

Yes, and the good news are ..

We actually setup a X7 with Oracle Linux 7 …. which is a prerequisite

I will prepare an article in the near future





exachk 18.4 does not run database

For all of you who use exachk and have updated to exachk Version 18.4. There is a known Bug on Oracle databases

While running exachk as root user the program try to connect to the database and this will no work.

You saw the following message:

„OS authentication is not enabled so please enter sysdba privileged user name for <User name>:- sys

Enter password for sys@<User name>:-

SELECT 1 FROM (more...)

Oracle’s Autonomous Database (Cloud)

So yesterday I attended the “Autonomous Database GTM Roadmap Sales Workshop” at Oracle’s London office.  This training is for Oracle partners such as Version 1, which is one of Oracle’s strategic partners.

A lot of what is in this blog post is subject to Oracle’s Safe Harbour statement.

Key Takeaways

1 . Maturity

The Autonomous Database is still very new!  It’s like back in 2008 when the first Exadata Machine (V1) (more...)

Flamegraph with function annotation

Recently, Franck Pachot tweeted the following:

This is a very clever way of using Brendan Gregg’s flame graphs for Oracle database process flame graphs and using my ora_functions project database.

However, the awk script uses a full match using f[$2]:
– f is an array with the function name annotations filled using {f[$1]=$2;next}.
– // means to only work on lines that have in it.
– The lines have the oracle function stuck to , (more...)

dbca doesn’t list diskgroups

This is an Exadata machine running GI version and DB version On one of the DB nodes while running dbca, it doesn’t list the diskgroups. it works fine on the other node.

I cheked the dbca trace and found that the kfod command was failing. I tried to run it manually and got the same error:

[oracle@exadb01 ~]$ /u01/app/ op=groups verbose=true
KFOD-00300:  (more...)

OBUG Tech Days Belgium 2019 – Antwerp – 7/8-FEB-2019

Agenda: https://www.techdaysbelgium.be/?page_id=507

Dates: February 7 and 8, 2019

Location: http://cinemacartoons.be in Antwerp, Belgium

More information soon.

For people from the netherlands: this is easy reachable by car or by train! This is a chance to attend a conference and meet up with a lot of well-known speakers in the Oracle database area without too extensive travelling.

New web based OEDA for Exadata

It started with an xls sheet (that was called dbm configurator) . Then OEDA (Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant) was introduced that was a Java based GUI tool to enter all the information needed to configure an Exadata machine. Now with the latest patch released in Oct, OEDA has changed again; to become a web based tool. It is deployed on WebLogic and comes with some new features as well. SuperCluster deployments will continue to use the (more...)

opatch investigations

This blogpost is about opatch and how to obtain information about the current oracle home(s), and how to obtain information about the patches to be applied.

Patches that can be applied using opatch are provided by oracle as zip files which have the following naming convention:
p[patchnumber]_[baseversion]_[platform]-[architecture].zip. The patch normally contains an XML file called ‘PatchSearch.xml’ and a directory with the patch number. Inside the patch number directory there is a README.txt (more...)

opatch versions

This blogpost is about oracle’s patching tool for the database and grid infrastructure: opatch. I personally have a love/hate relationship with opatch. In essence, opatch automates a lot of things that would be very error prone if it were to be done by hand, which is a good thing. However, there are a lot of things surrounding opatch that I despise. An example of that is the version numbering of opatch itself.

Versions and more (more...)

Arbeitsgruppen Treffen „Engineered Systems“ in Nürnberg

Wie jedes Jahr trifft sich die Arbeitsgruppe „Engineered Systems“

am Vorabend der Konferenz.

Termin: Montag, den 19.11.2018, um 17:00 Uhr

Ort: Nürnberg, ConventionCenter Ost Messezentrum, 90471 Nürnberg

Der Raum befindet sich im Zwischengeschoss

Wir haben spannende Themen auf der Tagesordnung und das Oracle Exadata und ODA Product-Management ist ebenfalls vor Ort.

Es wird wie immer interessant mit vielen Neuigkeiten rund um die Engineered Systems

Das Networking kommt natürlich auch nicht zu kurz

Wir sehen (more...)

FIRST_ROWS_10 CBO Is Hopeless, It’s Using The Wrong Index !! (Weeping Wall)

There’s an organisation I had been dealing with on and off  obeer the years who were having all sorts of issues with their Siebel System and who were totally convinced their performance issues were due directly to being forced to use the FIRST_ROWS_10 optimizer. I’ve attempted on a number of occasions to explain that their […]

Oracle wait event ‘TCP Socket (KGAS)’

I was asked some time ago what the Oracle database event ‘TCP socket (KGAS)’ means. This blogpost is a deep dive into what this event times in Oracle database

This event is not normally seen, only when TCP connections are initiated from the database using packages like UTL_TCP, UTL_SMTP and the one used in this article, UTL_HTTP.

A very basic explanation is this event times the time that a database (more...)

ODC Appreciation Day : Oracle dcli Utility

What is ODC Appreciation Day?

The Oracle Developer Community (ODC) Appreciation Day formally known as OTN Appreciation Day, is a great initiative by Tim Hall aka Oracle-Base.com.  Where we take the opportunity to say thanks to the Oracle Developer Community #ThanksODC.

More info on Oracle Developer Community can be found here:
About Oracle Developer Community

When is it?

This year, it is on Thursday 11th October 2018.

You can see my previous (more...)

Few Exadata MOS Docs to review

If you have MOS login credentials and managing Exadata database machines, below is the list of few MOS Doc which is worth reading:

  • 888828.1, "Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server Supported Versions"
  • 1070954.1, "Oracle Exadata Database Machine Exachk or HealthCheck"
  • 1353073.2, "Exadata Diagnostic Collection Guide"
  • 1500257.1, " Exadata Write-Back Flash Cache - FAQ"
  • 1553103.1, "dbnodeupdate.sh and dbserver.patch.zip: Updating Exadata Database Server Software using the DBNodeUpdate Utility (more...)

Resolving Slow Performance, Skipped Checks and Timeouts on Exa Check (exachk)


For more information with regards to Exa Check, please read the following post:
How to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine Exa Check (exachk)

Slow Performance, Skipped Checks and Timeouts

When running the latest exachk (at time of writing, version 18.3.0_20180808), you may notice it takes a long time to run compared to the past.  This is due to the vast amount of additional checks carried out by the tool.  Due to (more...)