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11G R2 Cluster: AVOID using sqlplus & lsnrctl for Oracle

For last few months I was part of the Pythian’s team helping implement Oracle 11gR2 Clusters for different Oracle customers. All the implementations had different requirements and configurations, however, in all cases, the client’s DBAs made the same mistake over and over again. They used sqlplus and lsnrctl utilities to manage (start/stop) databases and listeners. This is totally wrong in the 11gR2 Cluster world. The following commands are just few examples on how you should start/stop Oracle processes

DBD Release 1.27 Release Candidate 1

Sorry, no funny nick name for version 1.27 but here is the scoop on it anyway. This version removes ‘PERL_POLLUTE’ and adds in PL_ so it will be fully compatible with Perl 5.13. So in a nutshell 1.27 is a single issue maintenance release.

Failure Scenarios for your Restore Practice

I always tell DBAs to practice their restore skills because this is one area that you are not allowed to get wrong. Having experience with different types of restores give you the confidence to do the right thing in an emergency. However, I noticed that when it comes to practicing, not all DBAs are equally imaginative on what to practice. Practicing the same failure over and over is not the best possible practice. Here are few scenarios you should be able to recover from

UKOUG Days 2 & 3

My presentations are finished and the feedback positive. I will be presenting one of sessions (Using AWR/ASH data) at RMOUG Training Days and Hotsos Symposium 2011 with minor modifications (I wonder…can I use the 11g analytical function LISTAGG with AWR/ASH data?). Anyway here are some highlights from the last day and a half…

News from UKOUG 2010 Conference

The highlight of Monday night was Doug Burns shaving ceremony and finalizing it at Tap & Spile. I have captured some videos but they need some post-processing before I can publish them. Another highlight was watching photos of previous UKOUG conferences I attended.

Your Schwartz Factor on your CPAN Page

The Schwartz factor of a CPAN author is the ratio of the number of tarballs sitting in his CPAN directory over the number of distributions. A low number indicates that it’s probably time for this author to do some clean-up. I wanted to include a periodic check of my Schwartz factor to my monitoring system. Coming up with a script to extract the information from my CPAN home directory was simple enough.

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