I was installing another Exadata last month when I got an error on create cell disks step. I’ve seen the same error before when I was extending two to three rack Exadata configuration but thought it was one-off.
The cell disk creation failed as below:
[root@exa01db01 linux-x64]# ./install.sh -cf Customer-exa01.xml -s 8
Executing Create Cell Disks
Checking physical disks for errors before creating celldisks.........................
Restarting cell services....................................................
Stopping the RS, CELLSRV, (more...)
When I find myself making the same observation fairly frequently, that’s a good impetus to write a post based on it. And so this post is based on the thought that there are many analogies between:
- Oracle and the Oracle DBMS.
- IBM and the IBM mainframe.
And when you look at things that way, Oracle seems to be swimming against the tide.
Drilling down, there are basically three things that can seriously threaten Oracle’s market (more...)
I made a presentation called "Best Practices for Exadata Maximum Availability" at BGOUG autumn event last week. In addition to general Exadata best practices about backup&recovery, disaster recovery, RAC&ASM, corruption detection features; i reserved half of my time to speak about integration of Exadata and ZFS storage appliance for the best performance of database backup&recovery. This topic
Deployment of Exadata requires you to generate configuration using Oracle Exadata Deployment Assistant (OEDA). Within the same the default ASM disk groups names are DBFS_DG, RECOC1 and DATAC1. I usually change those to RECO01 and DATA01 as others doesn’t make sense to me and the only place where I find the default ones is on Exadata.
I had an incident last year where the Exadata deployed half way through and names were left by default (more...)
Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler used the occasion of Open World 2015 to introduce Oracle's SPARC M7 processor, the fastest in the world. Learn more ...
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While working on another Exadata project recently I found that OEM12c agents on the compute nodes were installed on different locations on each of the three Exadatas. On one of them was under /home/oracle/agent, another one had them under /opt/oracle/agent and third one had them under /oracle/agent. Obviously this was not the standard and the agents had to be moved under /u01/app/oracle/agent. The only problem with that was that the three Exadatas were already discovered (more...)
I last wrote about Couchbase in November, 2012, around the time of Couchbase 2.0. One of the many new features I mentioned then was secondary indexing. Ravi Mayuram just checked in to tell me about Couchbase 4.0. One of the important new features he mentioned was what I think he said was Couchbase’s “first version” of secondary indexing. Obviously, I’m confused.
Now that you’re duly warned, let me remind you of aspects of (more...)
I don’t have an official OOW presentation in the conference this year. However, I am presenting a session at the Oak Table World 2015 event behind held concurrently with OOW 2015. My topic is “Exadata Database Machine Security” and I plan to review some of the newest updates to security for the Exadata Database Machine engineered system.
As the website indicates, the event is completely free and there is no pre-registration or enrollment required–just show (more...)
Exadata X5-2 and X4-8B racks are delivered with the “Enhanced” PDU metering units connected via the Cisco switch. Although the documentation says they should have static addresses, they don’t. You need to configure them manually using serial console connection, this is described in my earlier post here.
However if you forget to exit the serial console connection to the PDU and then try to login using SSH later you’ll get the following message:
login as: (more...)
Good new features announced, such as finding Flash Cache and Flash Log statistics on AWR, automatic ASM data redundancy check even shutting down a storage server by pressing the power button or through ILOM, preventing Flash Cache population in cell to cell rebalance, disabling SSH on Storage Servers and running CellCLI commands from Compute Nodes via new ExaCLI utility.
Find details in the MOS
Monitoring database servers for hardware failures in Exadata used to be an issue. We have CELLCLI for storage servers where we can make many administration tasks and set SMTP configuration to receive e-mail for hardware failures. For the DB servers we were able to configure SMTP Client on database server's ILOMs for email alerts but it was not a straightforward and easy configuration as we do in
I had the pleasure of rebuilding an Exadata rack for a customer a while back, and it provided a pretty good refresher in backup and recovery for me. As DBAs, we back up databases all the time, but the restores are performed much less frequently. In the case of this rack, there were several databases across multiple ASM diskgroups. One of the goals of the rebuild was to consolidate all of the databases into a (more...)
Announcing the release of Exachk Version 22.214.171.124.4_20150702. Exachk is a tool that is used to quickly determine the health of the entire Exadata infrastructure. Some of the key components that are checked include the database, cell servers and the network. This tool further reviews the configuration of the system and compares with the best practices. […]
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This will be simple and short post on an issue I had recently. I got the following error while running the first step of onecommand – Validate Configuration File:
2015-07-01 12:31:03,712 [INFO ][ main][ ValidationUtils:761] SUCCESS: NTP servers on machine exa01db02.local.net verified successfully
2015-07-01 12:31:03,713 [INFO ][ main][ ValidationUtils:761] SUCCESS: NTP servers on machine exa01db01.local.net verified successfully
2015-07-01 12:31:03,714 [INFO ][ main][ ValidationUtils:778] Following errors were found...
2015-07-01 12:31:03,714 [INFO ][ (more...)
If you’ve run an exachk report, y0u may have seen the following message with regard to your databases:
||Database parameter CLUSTER_INTERCONNECTS is NOT set to the recommended value
This check is commonly seen when a database is created on Exadata without using the custom “Exadata” templates included with the database creation assistant. These customized templates include a multitude of recommended parameter settings found in (more...)
While deploying an X5 Full Rack recently it happened that the Grid Infrastructure Management Repository was not created by onecommand. The GIMR database was optional in 126.96.36.199 and became mandatory in 188.8.131.52 and should be automatically installed with Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c release 1 (184.108.40.206). For unknown reason to me that didn’t happen and I had to create it manually. I’ve checked all the log files (more...)
I’ve done several Exadata deployments in the past two months and had to upgrade the Exadata storage software on half of them. Reason for that was because units shipped before May had their Exadata storage software version of 220.127.116.11.0.
The upgrade process of the database nodes ran fine but when I ran dbnodeupdate.sh -c for completing post upgrade steps I got an error that the system wasn’t on the expected (more...)
I made this presentation at Serbia Oracle User Group event in Zlatibor and Harmony 2015 event in Tallinn at last month. Both were very nice organizations that i really enjoyed, learned much and met with many Oracle experts.
I prepared this presentation to answer to following questions, which i think are really important for Exadata Database Machine administrators:
- To what degree, disk and
This is just a quick post to highlight a problem I had recently on another Exadata deployment.
For the most customers the management network on Exadata is routable and the DNS servers are accessible. However in a recent deployment for a financial organization this wasn’t the case and the storage servers were NOT able to reach the DNS servers. The customer provided a different set of DNS servers within the management network which were still (more...)