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Pythian’s Third Annual Geek Pride Day

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The day has arrived, and it’s probably one of our favorite days at Pythian – Geek Pride Day! Since May 25 (the “official” day according to Wikipedia) falls on Saturday, we celebrated it a day early so everyone could participate. For the third year in a row, our 250+ global Pythianites have had the opportunity…

EBS Forms Compilation Errors in Large Terminal Windows: Size Does Matter!

During a recent customer environment cloning activity, I got myself up to the point where CUSTOM.plx was required to be recompiled. Nothing difficult, you might say, right? I thought the same. But that activity just killed lots of troubleshooting hours for me. frmcmp_batch.sh call was just failing with “Terminal map initialization failed.” [oracle@appslab01 ~]$ frmcmp_batch.sh…

ODA Re-imaging Could Take Anywhere Between 20 and 120 Minutes

This blog posts explains why Oracle Database Appliances re-imaging process timing may vary from 20 to 120 minutes. There are a check in the ISO:/Extras/setupodaovm.sh script that have an issue. Until the bug is fixed a) you may face different ODA nodes’ re-imaging times b) to be on the safe side check if md devices’ re-synchronization process is finished by running “cat /proc/mdstat” command before running any business critical processes on your ODA.

How to Collect Cluster Information Using TSQL

Sometime back, I was involved in a project that consisted in collecting information for the servers we are supporting – creating an inventory of servers. Logging into each server and collecting information is a bit tedious when you have hundreds of servers in your environment.  I have spent sometime creating a script that does this…

The Importance of an Action Plan

When I started my work in IT, I used to be in a very small shop. And even though we had people in several places in the same state, everything used to be very centralized, and work was from 9 to 5. Since we were basically only 2 people , our action plan used to…

Online Retailers Have 3 Seconds to Make Mom Happy

Mother’s Day is coming up fast. May 12th 2013 is just around the corner, and if you have not already done so, make sure you go out and get mom a special gift as soon as possible. If you need a hand picking something great, take a look at this Mother’s Day gift guide by…

Log Buffer #318, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

News and views are an integral part of our modern daily life. When it comes to the information-hungry roles such as database professionals, such need becomes more pressing. Log Buffer is one way to keep abreast news and views from the world of Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL.

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