Installing Oracle 11gR1 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

Hello, there! With another Ubuntu release, it has come the time to update our series of posts on how to install Oracle 11g on Ubuntu. In this post, we’ll see the steps needed to install Oracle 11gR1 on an Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex box all the way to creating your very first database. I’ve been working very hard to ensure that at every new post, the results you get when executing this procedure are as deterministic as possible, leading to a successful setup.

Performance Tuning: HugePages in Linux

Recently we quickly and efficiently resolved a major performance issue with one of our clients related to a central database that was intermittently freezing because of high CPU usage. In this blog, I will discuss this performance issue and its solution.

Thoughts on the Cloud

For those of you who have been under a rock for the last several years, there is a buzz-phrase floating around—cloud computing. If you haven’t been paying attention, it is time to wake up. While I could spend an entire blog post—if not several—on a definition of cloud computing, I will be talking only about cloud computing in the sense of companies moving servers from their building or network operations center to running virtual servers in this computing cloud.

Riyaj’s Presentations at SIOUG and DOUG

I recently traveled to Europe to present at a few conferences. The Slovenia Oracle User Group (SIOUG) conducted an Oracle conference in Portoroz, a port city in Adriatic Sea. Back to reality. I presented a few papers for the Dallas Oracle Users Group (DOUG) for their October tech meeting too. All these papers can be accessed following these links…Also, if you are planning to attend the UKOUG Conference & Exhibition in December, please attend my presentation on “Cost based query transformation” on Thursday of that week.

Oracle Performance Issue: High Kernel-Mode CPU Usage

Recently, I resolved a performance issue with one of our clients related to an application shut down in DB1 which created massive CPU consumption on the PROD1DB server. Unfortunately, this spike in CPU usage lasted for five to ten seconds,causeing the ASM heartbeat to fail. I found this problem interesting and worth blogging about. Have a look.

Standby Log Apply Elapsed Time

This has been discussed before by my colleague Paul Moen in his article on Oracle standby recovery rate monitoring, but I recently made a discovery that makes it easier to generate both statistics on log apply performance, and more useful stats too. First, let me say that this discovery is based on my observations and has not been verified with Oracle Support nor by any insider. If you know one who can confirm this, please ask him or her.

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