Minimal Downtime Option for Upgrading Oracle 9i/10G Databases to 11G

Often, a hardware is updated at the same time as a database version. In such cases, we migrate a database from an original location to a new server upgrading the database version and sometimes changing operational system. If this is your situation, you can use the upgrade process to minimize the system’s downtime to 1 hour, independently from the size of the database you migrate.

Interval Partitioning and Parallel Query Limit Access Paths

Interval partitioning – this ability to create partitions on the fly was introduced in 11g. When the feature came out, there were several nasty bugs. One such particular “limitation” has to do with parallel group by on the partition key. If you want to see just that part, skip towards the end, but I think reading the whole post will offer some insight on how Oracle Parallel Query works.

Oracle Direct NFS: How to Start

First of all, if you are using NFS to store Oracle database data files, I strongly advise you to enable Oracle Direct NFS (DNFS) to access these files. However, if you are not using NFS, DNFS is probably not of interest to you, and you should stop reading here. But, if you want to set it up, let’s go!

How to Upgrade from to on Linux

Recently, I was upgrading a database from to the current version. The database was using ASM, but I should notify at the beginning that the configuration is for a Stand-Alone Server and not RAC. Basically, the first things to be done for this procedure are part of the following checklist…

DBD::Oracle v1.45_00 on Its Way to CPAN

A new trial version of DBD::Oracle has been churned out. This release is mostly about Martin J. Evans going all ninjawesome on minor bug fixes as well as paving the way for an upcoming refactoring/speed boost of ora_verbose. As usual, the new version will be soaked for at least 2 weeks before it will turn into its fit-for-general-consumption v1.46 incarnation. Testers, please give this baby a whirl. The full changelog follows for the curious-minded.

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