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UKOUG 2010 – 2 Days Later

Blogging from the Speaker Ready room which is now suited on the balcony overlooking the exhibition. I must say that I like the new location. Not only it is closer to the action, but allows you to oversee who is hanging out over the exhibitors. There’s been a number of interesting sessions, but it’s little things here and there that I learn that provide some real value. Here’s a few examples

UKOUG Day 1.5

After an inauspicious start, my 7th visit to Birmingham for the UKOUG Conference is in full swing. As in the past, the quality of the presentations is outstanding and the biggest challenge to the attendee is to decide which of the 3 concurrent sessions to attend.

Disaster Recovery is More Than Just Technology Part 1

I’ll be writing a series of articles about disaster recovery and what RPO/RTO/SLAs are and how they fit into the whole disaster recovery strategies. Before I dive into the “technology” part of the PPT ingredient for a successful HADR implementation, I will talk about the people and the process part first..

Using UNPIVOT with CDC Functions to get Updated Columns List

Microsoft introduced Change Data Capture (CDC) technology in SQL Server 2008. This technology captures DML (insert/update/delete) changes to a table. After CDC is enabled for a database and a given table, one can use cdc.fn_cdc_get_all_changes_ function to query changes made to the table. The challenge was to produce a “log” table with columns like this…

Pythian at UKOUG Technology and E-Business Suite Conference 2010

Who from Pythian are at the UKOUG conference this year? In additional to myself, it’s Christo Kutrovsky, Daniel Fink, Paul Vallee and Andrew Poodle. Christo, Dan and myself are presenting, Andrew is helping organization of MySQL track as a MySQL SIG Chair and Paul… well, I’d say Paul is a slacker so he is covering the beer tap to pay up! :) It’s close to 2am – gotta get some sleep before tomorrow.

Exadata OEM Monitoring Plugins are Now Available

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control monitoring plug-ins for Exadata have been released. This is great news for Exadata users, since important components like InfiniBand switches previously had no direct monitoring. The plug-in bundle includes five separate monitoring plugins, here they are.

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