New Oracle E-Business Suite Blogger

My name is Vasu Balla, and I’ve been with Pythian for about four months now. I have worked on Oracle E-Business Suite instances for over five years, and I’ve never had a moment where I felt bored. I am constantly challenged with new technologies and new issues, and my Pythian team’s clients continue to present interesting issues. Our team recently encountered an issue a client had had with Oracle Configurator for two years. They had followed up with Oracle Tech Support for over a year and had eventually learned just to live with the problem. When Pythian came in, we were shocked to learn the history of the problem. It turned out to be one of the most exciting problems we’ve resolved.

Distribution Cleanup job and xp_cmdshell

Recently I encountered a SQL Server 2005 Replication setup where an error message was appearing about every 5 minutes in the SQL Server error logs. The error message was coming from the failing distribution cleanup job. Examining the job history I was able to determine the real error message. The first step in debugging was to confirm if xp_cmdshell was enabled….

Is Summer Canceled in Ottawa This Year?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I was at the Hotsos Symposium 2008 this year. You might not know that I also had a chance to take few days off and spend 1+ week vacation in Texas after the symposium — enjoyed the sun and warm weather. My family liked that even more than I did. Unfortunately, when I was back home last weekend, I discovered pretty unpleasant view from my windows…

Saying What You Mean

Ah, the perils of working in a shared, client environment. One client has us using a login that is not exclusive to us. I prefer using bash; the client is set to use zsh. This is not a problem in and of itself. However, there is a section in the .profile that is causing me issues, let me show you.

Hating MySQL for the Wrong Reasons

In Spotting the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Frank Mash writes about a specific person who is spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about MySQL. Now, this always gets me, especially with MySQL. For how long will MySQL be the bastard stepchild of the database world? Because really, it’s been a full-fledged DBMS for at least 5 years. Don’t hate MySQL for the wrong reasons and there are plenty of reasons to hate MySQL. But hating MySQL because “it sucks” or because “it doesn’t have blah feature” — which, 9 times out of 10, it has — is just wrong.

Does MySQL Send Passwords In the Clear?

I was asked this question recently, and I thought it was a great little tidbit of knowledge to pass along. The short answer is “no”. The slightly longer answer was written up by Jan Kneschke when dealing with a forum post about proxy + connection pooling.

MySQL Conference Sessions

At this year’s MySQL Conference & Expo, taking place in Santa Clara, California in mid-April, I’m giving two sessions: Best Practices for Database Administrators,Database Security Using White-Hat Google Hacking. You can see more info about me here, including descriptions of the workshops.

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