Oracle

Performance Issues with the Sequence NEXTVAL Call

Is SELECTing from a sequence your Oracle Performance Problem? The answer to that question is: it might be! You wouldn’t expect a sequence select to be a significant problem but recently we saw that it was—and in two different ways. The issue came to light when investigating a report performance issue on an Oracle 11.2.0.4…

ORA-28043: Invalid Bind Credentials for DB-OID Connection

Have you ever encountered this error connecting to a DB using global authentication against OID? Was re-registration a temporary workaround, but the issue came back after some time? Check out this solution for ORA-28043: invalid bind credentials for DB-OID connection. During a long project which included changing human account’s authentication method from local to global…

Join Us For a Networking Event at UKOUG

Ask not what you can do for your data. Ask what your data can do for you! Join us for an informal networking event alongside Rittman Mead on Monday December 8th during UKOUG. We will be discussing how to leverage data to drive your organization’s success. Come meet with peers and industry experts, Mark Rittman…

What Does “Backup Restore Throttle Speed” Wait Mean?

After migrating a 10g database to 11g, I asked the Application team to start their tests in order to validate that everything was working as expected. I decided to keep an eye on OEM’s Top Activity page while they were running the most mportant job. I already knew what kind of “colors” I would  find…

Pythian at UKOUG 14

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Will you be joining us at the UKOUG Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool, UK? Over 200 world-class speakers and industry experts will be in attendance, including some of our very own. Michael Abbey, Oracle ACE and Team Lead at Pythian notes that Pythian’s attendance is important, not only for the company and its employees, but for the…

New leafmisscount Option in Flex Cluster 12c

In the Oracle RAC previous version we have worked with the option “misscount” of crsctl, which applies for all the servers because there was only one kind of servers, but in the new version of Oracle (12c) we have a new kind of RAC configuration, the “Flex Cluster”. With Flex Cluster we have two kinds of servers “Hub nodes”…

The Power of the Oracle Database Proxy Authenticated Connections

We recently received this inquiry from a client: “Can an Oracle database account support two passwords at once so we can roll out updated credentials to application servers gradually rather than having to change them all at the same time? Then once all of the application servers have been configured to use the new/second password…

High System Time on Windows Running in a VM

Recently I’ve seen an issue with CPU usage on a server running Windows 2003 Server in a VMware. This is a small Virtual Machine with just 2 cores allocated (which are possibly mapped to “threads” on a host level but I don’t know the details). For some reason very high System CPU time was reported…

An Introduction to Extended Data Types in Oracle 12c

One of the lesser known new features that comes as a boon to many developers and DBAs is the provision of implicit handling of large data strings using scalar data types like VARCHAR2 and RAW. When creating tables, each column must be assigned a data type, which determines the nature of the values that can…

Oracle E-Business Suite Updates From OpenWorld 2014

Oracle OpenWorld has always been my most exciting conference to attend. I always see high energy levels everywhere, and it kind of revs me up to tackle new upcoming technologies. This year I concentrated on attending mostly Oracle E-Business Suite release 12.2 and Oracle 12c Database-related sessions. On the Oracle E-Business Suite side, I started…

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