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Log Buffer #337, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

The journey is old, but the milestones are new. It’s the same old quest for excellence. Innovative questions are being asked and answered in the blogs across the Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL branches of technologies. This Log Buffer Edition relishes just that. Let’s start this Log Buffer with the exquisite blog post by Dana…

Not so good news for MCM Aspirants

A few days back, late Friday (30th August 2013) MS has made an announcement – that they are cancelling the MCM Certification, not so good news for MCM aspirants. This announcement has upset many in the SQL Community including myself. I had my own reasons, and beliefs about not attending any of the certification exam…

The death of the MCM Program

In case you’re unaware, Microsoft sent a late night email on Friday August 30th announcing it would kill off the MCM, MCSM and MCA certifications as of October 1, 2013. These are top level certifications, requiring candidates to do more than answer multiple-guess questions, and that, when achieved, really separate the experts from the rest…

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 – Bloggers Meetup

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is just few weeks away, and of course, we are organizing the Annual Oracle Bloggers Meetup — one of your top favorite events of OpenWorld. What: Oracle Bloggers Meetup 2013 When: Wed, 25-Sep-2013, 5:30pm Where: Main Dining Room, Jillian’s Billiards @ Metreon, 101 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (street view). Please…

Proactive FRA Monitoring Using OEM Metrics

As you know, thresholds for flash/fast recovery area (FRA) usage are set internally in a database to 85 and 97 per cent, and there are no ways to change the thresholds — at least none that are supported by Oracle. This might work fine in most cases, but being aware of changes in FRA usage can sometimes be helpful. You can then contact your DBA and suggest verifying your database’s settings.

Log Buffer #334, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This Log Buffer Edition starts with an awesome post by Dana Pylayeva from Rakuten LinkShare, a long term Pythian client, about her deep and insightful reflections about security. And as usual, it also brings together all the sparkling gems of Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. Enjoy!

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