Ubiquity and Tahiti: Together At Last!

You can load the command in your Ubiquity-enabled browser by visiting this page. Ubiquity users should already see the notice at the top of the page to subscribe to this command. You can view the source code at the end of this post.

Pythian Penal Colony: Inmate #8777984426

Long story short — I’m moving to Australia. My flight from Ottawa leaves in three hours and I’m all packed and ready to go. Today we had a kiss-goodbye lunch at here at the Pythian office in Ottawa, and I was presented my new role Down Under. Hmm . . . to be honest, I expected it to be somewhat different….

Oracle Silent Mode, Part 8: Add a Node to a 11.1 RAC Database

The process of adding a node to a 11.1 RAC is very similar to the 10.2 process described in Part 5 of this series. For this reason, this post will just focus on what has changed between the 2 versions. Make sure you’ve kept a copy of the voting disk and that you have a backup of the OCR. Check that the locations for all the components to be installed, i.e.: Inventory, Clusterware, ASM, database software, OCR, Voting Disks, and data files, are writable. Confirm that all the prerequisites are met for the node and for the whole cluster with the node to be added.

Log Buffer #111: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Crisis has struck! This week’s Log Buffer editor had to beg off at the eleventh hour when his time vanished. It happens. But, in every crisis, an opportunity (well . . . maybe, maybe not). The opportunity — an open discussion of this week’s best database blog articles. Readers in control.

Multi-Node to Single-Node Cloning in R12 and 11i

Anybody who has tried this multi-node to single-node cloning in 11i knows that it’s difficult and very error-prone. If we outline the Apps Tier cloning process, it looks like this (supposing we have a two-node instance with the DB and CM on one node, and Web and Forms on the other): This process is called merging appltops. It’s not as easy as it looks. Many times, the production environment might not have proper values in the fnd_nodes table, which makes fail to properly recognize the appltops for merging. But in R12, life is made easy. Let me show you.

Does Oracle’s Block Change Tracking File Shrink?

.Recently in IRC (#oracle on freenode, to be precise), a fresh face asked if the Block Change Tracking file ever shrinks. I began to do some reading. For some reason, actually reading the official tahiti docs was last on my list. A search of the 10gR2 docs quickly yielded this (from RMAN Incremental Backups)…

What Makes a Good DBA?

A few days ago I had a new idea for a blog post. A post about what it really takes to be a good database administrator. I began by researching what others had done on the topic. At the end of this post you will find links to six of the posts I found that provided some insight into this question. Even after uncovering this information, I thought I could add something to the mix from my own experiences. So here we go!

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