I worked on one site for a while and during 2.5 years it didn’t face a single media corruption of Oracle datafiles. But one day, my fellow DBA (who is usually extremely cautious and reviews his actions at least twice) overwrote a controlfile with some crap. Even the fact that controlfiles were on raw devices didn’t prevent this disaster from happening.
I believe that a good DBA should have well developed “peripheral vision”. It helps everywhere — troubleshooting production issues or performance problems, database/application design, system architecture, reading documentation, etc. I also notice that a newbie DBA with good peripheral vision catches up much faster than a strictly focused person.
Lisa Dobson has published the 20th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs, on her Oracle Newbies Blog.
First of all, there is now FREE Solaris 10 media kit available to order by mail if you’re not fancy downloading several GB. By the way, it also includes Sun Studio (anyone using it?). Second, I found a cool article on Solaris BigAdmin portal – Deployment Guide for an Open Source Stack on the Solaris 10 OS also available as PDF.
It will take me a while to follow up on all the presentations I’ve visited during UKOUG06 and photos I’ve taken. One of the best presentations was Inside RAC from Julian Dyke. Have a look.
I received a few emails from people who don’t have access to the UKOUG 2006 files, asking whether my presentations are available online. They are available and should appear on the Pythian Papers page shortly.
Daisy-fresh from MySQL Camp, Jay Pipes hosts the 19th edition of Log Buffer, the weekly review of news from database blogs. Thanks, Jay!
UKOUG 2006 is over and I was planning to finally provide a bit more details about it. I got a reminder that today is the last day to send IOUG abstracts. Since I planned to submit an abstract there – I rushed in and filled out two proposals based on responses I’ve got from my UKOUG presentations.
Just a quick note: Log Buffer #19 is running a little late, but our readers can expect it to be published today.
Yesterday I attended Julian Dyke’s session on Inside Rac and had the good fortune to be node 2 in a 4way node cluster. And Julian clearly demonstrated the importance of a good network in RAC, particularly for the internode interconnect.