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How to Secure Microsoft SQL Server

Security! This is a top-of-mind word for every concerned person when it comes to storing,  accessing, and sharing data, databases, or database servers. When applications are running in a restricted area, they are less likely to be exploited. However, with the increasing popularity of the Internet and the availability of applications, the security of data, databases, and database servers has…

Log Buffer #329, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

In this Log Buffer, you have naan bread, two types of roti, pasta, Karachi biryani, Chiken Tandoori, Beef tikka, eggplant masala, mixed pickles, French pastry with some elixir to wash all of it down. Yes, once again, this edition of Log Buffer contains numerous flavors from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Be Warned: cmclean.sql Is Dangerous!

I’m sure one of the most popular scripts for Apps DBAs on My Oracle Support is cmclean.sql from MOS Article ID 134007.1 “Concurrent Processing – CMCLEAN.SQL – Non Destructive Script to Clean Concurrent Manager Tables”. DBAs usually use the script to clean up stale data from concurrent processing tables (FND_CONCURRENT_%) after incidents like a crash…

SLOB2 Kick start

A few of my friends asked me to assist them with getting up to speed with SLOB2 testings. I have decided to publish this quick blog post and give people to a few hints. Additional Scripts Here are some of the scripts I have used to simplify SLOB testing management for my testing efforts: SLOB2…

OEM Notification on Generated Trace Files

The predefined metric “Dump Area Used (%)” can monitor space consumption for dump destination of oracle database. However, it just triggers on percentage occupied, and if there are several databases on the host using the same file system for trace files destination, the metric notifies DBA for all databases at once. I decided to create…

Connection Resets When Importing from Oracle with Sqoop

I’ve been using Sqoop to load data into HDFS from Oracle. I’m using version 1.4.3 of Sqoop, running on a Linux machine and using the Oracle JDBC driver with JDK 1.6. I was getting intermittent connection resets when trying to import data. After much troubleshooting, I eventually found the problem to be related to a…

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