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We are recruiting for a major blue chip company based in the South of English (Hampshire area), where we seek a proven Oracle Database Administrator (HPUX, Linux, and AIX) who can (more...)
SQL> create table t1
ORCL /export/home/oracle > sqlplus / as sysdba
Tuning has always being good fun and something like a challenge for me.
From time to time we are being asked to find out why something did run slow while you are sleeping; answering this question is, in most cases, a challenge.
My batch did run slow last night, can you let us know why? Or why did this query run slow? Are questions we, as DBAs, have to answer from time to time.
Oracle has provided us with many tools to dig out information about past operations. We have EM, AWR, ASH, dba_hist_* tables, scripts (more...)
I always found Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) to be an interesting tool for different reasons. The only thing I missed was an easy way to create my own alerts.
It is very simple to create a KSH, Perl, etc script to do some customised monitoring and notify you by email, Nagios, NetCool, etc.
By integrating your scripts with OEM, you will have an easy way to enhance your monitoring and still have notification by email, SNMP traps, etc. as you would currently have if your company is using OEM for monitoring your systems.
Develop an easy way to (more...)
Couple of days ago I had an interesting request, “How can I see the contents of nfs_dir”?
We were using DBFS to store our exports. This was the perfect solution as the business could “see” the files on the destination folder, but it did not meet our requirements performance wise on our Exadata.
We have decided to mount NFS and performance did improve, but we had a different problem. NFS is mounted on the database server and business do not have access for security reasons and segregation of duties.
Since then, the export jobs run, but business could (more...)
This is a quick post regarding the error on the subject. This is the second time it happens to me, so I thought I will write a bit about it.
I am refreshing one of my UAT environments (happens to be a Full Rack Exadata) using Oracle RMAN duplicate command. Then the following happens (on both occasions).
1.- Duplicate command fails (lack of space for restoring archivelogs, or any other error). This is can be fixed quite easy.
2.- following error while trying to open the database after restore and recover has finished:
SQL> alter database (more...)
I had a requirement of transferring files from our PROD ASM to our UAT ASM as DBFS is proving to be slow.
We are currently refreshing UAT schemas using Oracle Datapump to DBFS and then transferring those files to UAT using SCP.
DBFS does not provided us with the performance we need as datapump files are quite big. Same export onto ASM or NFS proves to be much, much faster.
We are currently testing exports to ASM, but, how to move dmp files from PROD ASM to UAT ASM?
The answer for us is using DBMS_FILE_TRANSFER. (more...)
I must say, this has been a busy weekend.
We have been promoting a release to production and a guaranteed restore point was created on Friday as rollback strategy. On Sunday I was called as we started to receive alerts.
Our monitoring system started to send emails and SNMP Traps with the following alerts:
OEM alert for Automatic Storage Management +ASM4_ssssss4: Disk group RECO has used 100% of safely usable free space. (Current Disk Group Used % of Safely Usable value: 100) OEM alert for Automatic Storage Management +ASM2_ssssss2: Disk group RECO has used 100% of safely usable (more...)
One of the big differences between Exadata and Non-Exadata systems is the necessity to administer the Exadata Storage Server.
The first time you have to configure the Server side, it has to be done through KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse), meaning you will need to be physically near your server. Once the initial configuration steps have been performed, we shall be able to administer the Exadata Storage Servers over the network (i.e. SSH protocol or redirect the KVM console to your desktop using the Sun Integrated Lights Out Management – ILOM – remote client).
Once you are in the server, (more...)
This is a quick blog as to how to check the status of Voting Disks.
You receive a call/email from you 1st line support with something similar to:
---- [cssd(9956)]CRS-1604:CSSD voting file is offline: o/xxx.xxx.xx.xx/SYSTEMDG_CD_05_SSSSSin; details at (:CSSNM00058:) in /apps/oracle/grid_11.2/log/sssss/cssd/ocssd.log. ----
Easy to check using crsctl:
oracle$ crsctl query css votedisk ## STATE File Universal Id File Name Disk group -- ----- ----------------- --------- --------- 1. ONLINE a0a559213xxxxxxffa67c2df0fdc12 (o/xxx.xxx.xx.xx/SYSTEMDG_CD_05_SSSSSin) [SYSTEMDG] 2. ONLINE 121231203xxxxxxfc4523c5c34d900 (o/xxx.xxx.xx.xx/SYSTEMDG_CD_05_SSSSSin) [SYSTEMDG] 3. ONLINE a6b3c0281xxxxxxf3f6f9f1fd230ea (o/xxx.xxx.xx.xx/SYSTEMDG_CD_05_SSSSSin) [SYSTEMDG] Located 3 voting disk(s).
As always, comments are welcome.