Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1 (fixed with CVE-2014-0160 with openssl-1.0.1e-23.0.1.el7)

Last post, I blog about Oracle Linux Beta 1 that I would like to learn more after it has changed to use Systemd targets. In this post, I just wanted to update for some people who have installed Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1 or have been testing it. On Oracle Linux Beta 1, that uses openssl version (openssl-1.0.1e-23.el7) and it's issue about CVE-2014-0160. Users can go Oracle Linux Early Access Downloads and download (more...)

Running scripts in CDBs and PDBs in Oracle Database 12c

You’ve been sold on the whole concept of the multitenant option in Oracle 12c and you are launching full steam ahead. Your first database gets upgraded and converted to a PDB, so you start testing your shell scripts and bang! Broken! Your company uses CRON and shell scripting all over the place and the multitenant architecture has just gone and broken the lot in one fell swoop! I think this will end up being a (more...)

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch Event and Webcast!!

| Apr 19, 2014

On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from (more...)

Driving Miss DVT*. The Evolution of Dashboards User Experience

For many of us, our first exposure to the concept of a dashboard was in the car. Indeed, the term is still used most frequently in that context. Since the days of the Ford Model T, dashboards in cars have come a long way.

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Bentley Continental GTC dashboard (Source: WikiPedia)

Dashboards on the web, and in enterprise applications, have also come a long way since our first exposure to the pioneering digital dashboard (more...)

Coincindences

I had another of those odd timing events today that make me think that Larry Ellison has access to a time machine. I found (yet another example of a) bug that had been reported on MoS just a few days before it appeared on an instance I was running. How is it possible that someone keeps doing things that I’m doing, but just a few days before I do them !

For no good reason I happened to (more...)

AU/X, NeXTSTEP, and Mac OS X

One thing that gets tedious in the IT community and Oracle community is the penchant for Windows only solutions. While Microsoft does an excellent job in certain domains, I remain a loyal Apple customer. By the way, you can install Oracle Client software on Mac OS X and run SQL Developer against any Oracle Database server. You can even run MySQL Workbench and MySQL server natively on the Mac OS X platform, which creates (more...)

Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 (‘Heartbleed’) Released

Hi, this is Eric Maurice.

Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 to address the publicly disclosed ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability which affects a number of versions of the OpenSSL library.  Due to the severity of this vulnerability, and the fact that active exploitation of this vulnerability is reported “in the wild,” Oracle recommends that customers of affected Oracle products apply the necessary patches as soon as they are released by Oracle.

The CVSS Base Score for (more...)

Link to blog post about the Angola PSRM v2.4 installation

| Apr 18, 2014

 

I came across this interesting blog post today while searching for something else.  This is from a member of the PSRM project team in Angola who was installing their PSRM v2.4 environments.  He posted step by step information.  It looks like the installation went well.  I thought is was worth sharing for other project teams who may be doing their first PSRM installations.   

http://thatoracledude.blogspot.com/2014/01/installing-oracle-psrm-24-former-etpm.html

Processing Incoming Attributes with OIF / SP

When OIF acts as a Service Provider, it:

  • Validates the incoming SSO response from the IdP
  • Maps the SSO response to an LDAP user record
  • Extracts the user identifier and optional attributes contained in the SSO response and stores them in the OAM session.

Those attributes stored in the OAM session can later be used:

  • In Authorization Policies, where the conditions/rules will evaluate the attributes in the OAM session
  • As Policy Responses to provide those (more...)

Thank you for Joining us at Collaborate 2014

Thank you for attending Collaborate 2014! We had over  5500+ customers attend Collaborate 2014 last week.

Our EDQ and MDM customers were very interested in knowing what Oracle offers to help to reconcile them together. The presentation included our definitions related to Data Governance and Master Data Management – and their differences vs. similarities. Also discussed were the general definitions related to Data Management itself, as well as the multiple solution strategies and applications that (more...)

After Windows XP and Office 2003: E-Business Suite Implications

Microsoft logoMicrosoft ended support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. 

Our policy for the E-Business Suite is that we support certified third-party products as long as the third-party vendor supports them.  When a third-party vendor retires a product, we consider that to be an historical certification for EBS.

What can EBS customers expect after April 2014?

After Microsoft desupports WinXP and Office 2003 in April 2014:

PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour

In four days, Jeff Robbins (Senior Director, PeopleSoft Product Strategy) and I visited four cities in four separate European countries as part of our annual PeopleSoft EMEA tour. Events in each city were attended by enthusiastic PeopleSoft customers. We shared with them a consistent message that conveyed:

  • Oracle continues to invest in PeopleSoft
  • Oracle’s investments in PeopleSoft enable it to address customers’ needs for modern enterprise (more...)

When Bad Tweets Attack: 8 Bits of Advice

| Apr 18, 2014

Bad Twitter attackIt’s the nightmare every C-suite exec envisioned back when talk of doing social media first started…what happens if the brand makes a catastrophic and very public social media mistake? Don’t people realize how much money has been spent on marketing and PR to make sure every syllable the brand puts out is soft, safe and sanitized?


Social is 24/7, real-time, revealing, and involves interaction between humans. That is not a recipe corporations seek out. But (more...)

Bitmap loading

Everyone “knows” that bitmap indexes are a disaster (compared to B-tree indexes) when it comes to DML. But at an event I spoke at recently someone made the point that they had observed that their data loading operations were faster when the table being loaded had bitmap indexes on it than when it had the equivalent B-tree indexes in place.

There’s a good reason why this can be the case.  No prizes for working out what it is – and I’ll supply an answer in (more...)

I Love Logs

It occurred to me a few days ago, as I was reading this article on DevOps, that I might actually be a DevOps.

I think of myself as a developer, but my current role is in a small team running a small system. And by running, I mean that we are 

  • 'root' and 'Administrator' on our Linux and Windows servers
  • 'oracle / sysdba' on the database side, 
  • the apex administrator account and the apex workspace (more...)

Supplemental Logging and Securefiles Causing DBWn to Block

A few weeks back, we began making changes to prepare for using Oracle Golden Gate. One of the first steps required is to enable "minimal supplemental logging" at the database level. We did this during an evening maintenance window. However by the time the morning workload picked up, we started seeing a lot of sessions blocking, and the root blocker was one of the DB Writer (DBWn) processes.

Looking at the blocked sessions, a query (more...)

MongoDB is growing up

I caught up with my clients at MongoDB to discuss the recent MongoDB 2.6, along with some new statements of direction. The biggest takeaway is that the MongoDB product, along with the associated MMS (MongoDB Management Service), is growing up. Aspects include:

  • An actual automation and management user interface, as opposed to the current management style, which is almost entirely via scripts (except for the monitoring UI).
    • That’s scheduled for public beta in May, (more...)

How important is a Disaster Recovery site for you?

I regularly read threads on the oracle-l mailing list, and occasionally feel very tempted to reply to one. Just recently I saw one that I liked a lot. It is specifically about using an Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) as a Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for an Exadata system. The Exadata configuration was not specified, I assume it was a smaller (eighth rack/quarter rack) configuration.

There were lots of arguments pro and against that Exadata->ODA architecture, (more...)

An introduction into Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3

I have given some internal and customer presentations lately that you might find useful or like, so hereby a direct share to the presentation about Oracle’s Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (V3) An introduction into Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 from Marco Gralike

Read Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1

It might be too late posting about Oracle Linux 7 (Beta 1). Just came back from long holidays in Thailand. I think it's very interesting to learn something new in OL7. Users can download it by using OTN account.
Download.
Release Note.

After installed it, I tested some a little bit.
[root@ol7beta ~]# cat /etc/oracle-release
Oracle Linux Everything release 7.0 Beta
[root@ol7beta ~]# uname -r
3.8.13-31.el7uek.x86_64
Users can choose to (more...)