OneCommand Step 1 error

Hit this silly issue while doing an Exadata deployment for a customer. Step 1 was giving the following error:

ERROR: 192.168.99.102 configured on dm01celadm01.example.com as dm01dbadm02 does not match expected value dm01dbadm02.example.com

I wasn’t able to make sense of it for quite some time until a colleague pointed out that the reverse lookup entries should be done for FQDN only. As it is clear in the above message (more...)

Google Big Querry and Oracle Smart Scan

Marveling at the technology is my pastime and lately there are 2 technologies which truly have made me say ' Simply Wow.' One is Google's Big Query and the other one is Oracle's Exadata Smart Scan.

I have been managing data in different databases for a long time to appreciate how critical it is for the client to get the results out of their data as fast as possible. It's all about the returning (more...)

Exadata Upgrade to 12.2.0.1 – The Missing Step

I decided this week to be a little brave and upgrade one of the Enkitec Exadata racks to 12.2.0.1.  I installed the 12.2.1.0.0 Exadata image a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for a chance to upgrade clusterware to 12.2.  Thankfully, Oracle provides a very good note for this, but I did hit one large snag that should be documented.

The process for upgrading GI to 12.2 (more...)

Oracle Database 12.2 released for Exadata on-premises

We live in exciting times, Oracle Database 12.2 for Exadata was released earlier today.

The 12.2 database was already available on the Exadata Express Cloud Service and Database as a service for a few months now.

Today, it has been released for Exadata on-premises, five days earlier than the initial Oracle announcement of 15th Feb.

The documentation suggests that to run 12.2 database you need to run at least 12.1.2. (more...)

Exadata Cell Patching – USB I/O Errors

I was playing around with the Exadata X2-2 in the Enkitec lab this weekend, and hit an interesting issue when patching the storage servers.  We were taking the system up to version 12.1.2.3.3 for testing purposes.  I fired off the patchmgr script, and one of the storage servers failed when beginning the first phase of the patching cycle:

[root@enkdb03 patch_12.1.2.3.3.161208]# ./patchmgr -cells cell_group -patch -ignore_alerts
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Upgrading to Exadata 12.1.2.2.0 or later – mind the 32bit packages

This might not be relevant anymore, shame on me for keeping it draft for few months. However, there are still people running an older versions of Exadata storage software and it might still help someone out there.

With the release of Exadata storage software 12.1.2.2.0, Oracle announced that some 32bit (i686) packages will be removed from the OS as part of the upgrade.

This happened to me in the summer last (more...)

onecommand fails to change storage cell name

It’s been a busy month – five Exadata deployments in the past three weeks and new personal best – 2x Exadata X6-2 Eighth Racks with CoD and storage upgrade deployed in only 6hrs!

An issue I encountered with the first deployment was that onecommand wouldn’t change the storage cells names. The default cell names (not hostnames!) are based on where they are mounted within the rack and they are assigned by the elastic configuration (more...)

Unable to perform initial elastic configuration on Exadata X6

I had the pleasure to deploy another Exadata in the first week of 2017 and got my first issue this year.

As we know starting with Exadata X5, Oracle introduced the concept of Elastic Configuration. Apart from allowing you to mix and match the number of compute nodes and storage cells they have also changed how the IP addresses are assigned on the admin (eth0) interface. Prior X5, Exadata had default IP addresses set at (more...)

SLOB 2.3 Data Loading Failed? Here’s a Quick Diagnosis Tip.

The upcoming SLOB 2.4 release will bring improved data loading error handling. While still using SLOB 2.3, users can suffer data loading failures that may appear–on the surface–to be difficult to diagnose.

Before I continue, I should point out that the most common data loading failure with SLOB in pre-2.4 releases is the concurrent data loading phase suffering lack of sort space in TEMP. To that end, here is an example of (more...)

Exadata memory configuration

Read this post if your Exadata compute nodes have 512/768GB of RAM or you plan to upgrade to the same.

There has been a lot of information about hugepages and I wouldn’t go into too much details. For efficiency, the (x86) CPU allocates RAM by chunks (pages) of 4K bytes and those pages can be swapped to disk. For example, if your SGA allocates 32GB this will take 8388608 pages and given that Page Table (more...)

OTN Appreciation Day: dbnodeupdate.sh

In the wake of the great hospitality shown by the OTN crew at Open World, Tim Hall thought that getting the community together for a series of “OTN appreciation” blogs would be a good way to show our thanks back.

Thinking about tools provided by Oracle that make my life easier, my mind went to dbnodeupdate.sh.  This tool helps automate many of the tedious tasks that must be performed when performing an OS update on an Exadata compute (more...)

How to enable Exadata Write-Back Flash Cache

Yes, this is well-known and the process has been described in Exadata Write-Back Flash Cache – FAQ (Doc ID 1500257.1) but what the note fails to make clear is that you do NOT have to restart cell services anymore hence resync the griddisks!

I had to enable the WBFC many times before and every time I’d restart the cell services, as note suggests. Well, this is not required anymore, starting with 11.2.3. (more...)

Extending an Exadata Eighth Rack to a Quarter Rack

In the past year I’ve done a lot of Exadata deployments and probably half of them were eighth racks. It’s one of those temporary things – let’s do it now but we’ll change it later. It’s the same with the upgrades – I’ve never seen anyone doing an upgrade from an eighth rack to a quarter. However, a month ago one of our customers asked me to upgrade their three X5-2 HC 4TB units from (more...)

How to resolve missing dependency on exadata-sun-computenode-minimum

I’ve been really busy last few months – except spending a lot of time on M25 I’ve been doing a lot of Exadata installations and consolidations. I haven’t posted for some time now but the good news is that I got many drafts and presentations ideas.

This is a quick post about an issue I had recently. I had to integrate AD authentication over Kerberos on the compute nodes (blog post to follow) but had (more...)

SCAN Listener Crash After Applying July 2016 PSU

I ran in to a small issue while applying the July 2016 quarterly patch to a couple of Exadata racks last week.  The systems were running GI 12.1.0.2, previously with the January 2016 PSU.  The patches applied successfully, and we were beginning the process of running the post-patch scripts on the databases in the cluster.  This process involves manually starting the database in upgrade mode, and we saw a message in SQL*Plus that the (more...)

Redirecting ILOM Console Via SSH Tunneling With Putty

While preparing for a virtualized Exalytics upgrade, I was testing the various connection methods that would be needed.  Last on the list was to validate that I could connect to the ILOM’s web interface, launch the java console, and mount an ISO file from my laptop to the machine.   This is necessary because the Oracle VM server upgrade for a virtualized Exalytics requires you to boot from a specific ISO file in order to patch (more...)

Notes on vendor lock-in

Vendor lock-in is an important subject. Everybody knows that. But few of us realize just how complicated the subject is, nor how riddled it is with paradoxes. Truth be told, I wasn’t fully aware either. But when I set out to write this post, I found that it just kept growing longer.

1. The most basic form of lock-in is:

  • You do application development for a target set of platform technologies.
  • Your applications can’t run (more...)

How To Configure Exadata Database Machine in Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c (OEM13c)

I have followed the steps in Oracle Documentation link: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E63000_01/EMXIG/ch2_deployment.htm#EMXIG215 to configure Exadata Database Machine in OEM13c. If you want to configure your Exadata in OEM13c you have to follow the above mentioned link. In this post I will share the mandatory steps for configuration, and some of the issues which I faced while configuring the Exadata…

Is Your Data Center Ready For Exadata Machines!!

Before opting to procure Exadata machines, the first thing you need to check is the readiness of your data center to hold these machines. Exadata's dimensions are similar to other normal racks i.e a 42U rack. The complete details for X5-2 physical site requirements can be found HERE. This is very important step as, for some data…

Exadata X6-2 Launched

5th April 2016, Oracle announced arrival of Exadata X6-2. Overview of all its capabilities can be found HERE. Check DataSheet for list of hardware components and capacity of each X6-2 rack. Sometimes, Oracle changes hardware specifications for its racks e.g X5-2 was released with 4TB HDD initially, but after few months the datasheet was modified and…