Log Buffer #319, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

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This week again, Log Buffer covers the exciting and ever-evolving galaxies of Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.


When does an Oracle process know it’s on Exadata?

MobaXterm 6.3 has been released. You can find the download and changelog in the usual place.

A new major release (version 3.0) of Randolf’s XPLAN_ASH tool is available for download.

Important !! Clustering Factor Calculation Improvement

Grouping Data Sets by Week Number of the Month

SQL Server:

Jason Crider asks to put some Windows update in his basket.

Data cleansing can be done via SSIS as well as Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS).  The lines are a bit blurred when talking about data cleansing using SSIS, DQS, and MDS.

How To: Migrate Encrypted Procedures To Windows Azure SQL Database (WASD).

It’s best practice to keep your index keys as narrow as possible, and SQL Server enforces a maximum key length of 900 bytes on most “normal” clustered and non-clustered indexes.

Webcast Presentation Materials: Introduction to SQL Server Security


This is the start of the heavy travel season for the MySQL Community Team. So if you are attending PHPTek, Drupalcon, Texas LinuxFest, SELF, Redhat Summit, or Lonestar PHP, please make sure to say “hi” while you are in Chicago, Portland, Austin, Charlotte, Boston, or Addison.

Your databases in a glance with Glimpsee.

Continuent Tungsten 2.0 is a major step forward that includes key feature improvements to help you manage very large datasets on MySQL.

How to create a new (or repair a broken) GTID-based slave with Percona XtraBackup.

Disk I/O is frequently the performance bottleneck with relational databases. With AWS recently releasing 4,000 PIOPs EBS volumes, Laine Campbell wanted to do some benchmarking with pgbench and PostgreSQL 9.2.

Interested in working with Fahd? Schedule a tech call.

About the Author

I am in love with Oracle blogging since 2007. The blogging coupled with extensive participation in Oracle forums, plus Oracle related speaking engagements, various Oracle certifications, teaching, and working in the trenches with Oracle technologies enabled me to get Oracle ACE award. I was the first ever Pakistani to get that award. From Oracle Open World SF to Foresight 20:20 Perth, I have been expressing my love for Exadata. These days for the last some years, I am loving the data at Pythian, and proudly writing their log buffer carnivals.

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