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Daniel Westermann
Senior Consultant and Technology Leader Open Infrastructure

Daniel Westermann has more than 10 years of experience in management, engineering and optimization of databases and infrastructures. He is specialized in Oracle Technologies as Performance Optimization and Tuning, Standardization, Backup & Recovery, in High Avaibility solutions as Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Grid Infrastructure, as well as in storage technologies as Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM). Daniel Westermann is Oracle Certified Professional 10g/11g/12c. He is also a PostgreSQL Plus 9.0 Professional and a Postgres Advanced Server 9.4 Professional. Prior to dbi services, Daniel Westermann was Management System Engineer at LC SYSTEMS-Engineering AG in Basel. Before that, he worked as Oracle Developper & Project Manager at Delta Energy Solutions AG in Basel (today Powel AG). Daniel Westermann holds a diploma in Business Informatics (DHBW, Germany). His branch-related experience mainly covers the pharma industry, the financial sector, energy, lottery, telecommunications.
Daniel Westermann

Changing the LOCALE in CentOS/RedHat 7

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

What I really don’t like is this: Someone wants me to work on a Linux system for whatever purpose and then I get messages like this: postgres@pgbox:/home/postgres/ [pg960final] cat /proc/sysrq-trigger cat: /proc/sysrq-trigger: Permission non accordée or: postgres@pgbox:/home/postgres/ [pg960final] cat /proc/sysrq-trigger cat: /proc/sysrq-trigger: Permiso denegado It is not that I don’t like French or Spanish but usually (well, not in that simple case) I am not able to translate that without the help from others. So…

 
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udev rules for ASM devices on RHEL 7

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 2 Comments

Preparing the storage devices for use with ASM is one of the first tasks you should do. When you do not want to use ASMLib then udev is what you should use for this. As the order/naming of the devices in the device tree is not guaranteed (e.g. dm-1 is not guaranteed to be the same device after a reboot of the system) you need a way to fix this and that is what udev…

 
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Going from SLES12 SP2 to SLES12 SP3, online

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SLES 12 SP3 was released some time ago and as we have customers running on that I thought it might be a good idea to test the upgrade from SP2 to SP3. Actually it turned out this is quite easy and can be done online. The supported methods for doing this is either by using YaST or Zypper directly. As I wanted to stay on the command line I’ll use Zypper for the scope of…

 
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Announcing the dbi OpenDB Appliance

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As already announced on Twitter and LinkedIn here is the blog post to describe our OpenDB appliance in more detail. I am sure you wonder what this is about so let me explain why we are doing this. What we do see day by day at our customers is that more and more databases get consolidated on to a VMWare deployment. This is not only true for the smaller ones of those but also for…

 
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Be careful when putting the Oracle ADR on xfs, or better 4K sector format drives

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Today, after we did a fresh setup of a Grid Infrastructure cluster (12.1.0.2.170814) we faced two issues reported in the alert.log of the ASM instances (in fact you would see the same for the alert logs of any instance in that configuration but we did not had any other instance up and running at that time): This: ORA-00700: soft internal error, arguments: [dbgrfrbf_1], [/disk00/app/grid/diag/asm/+asm/+ASM2/metadata/INC_METER_SUMMARY.ams], [0], [4], [], [], [], [], [], [], [], [] ORA-27072:…

 
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Developer GUI tools for PostgreSQL

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There was a recent thread on the PostgreSQL general mailing list asking for GUI tools for PostgreSQL. This is question we get asked often at customers so I though it might be good idea to summarize some of them in a blog post. When you know other tools than the ones listed here which look promising, let me know so I can add them. There is a list of tools in the PostgreSQL Wiki as…

 
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A wonderful PostgreSQL feature: default privileges

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Imagine this scenario (which is not so uncommon): You have a lot of objects in a user schema and you want to grant another user access to that tables. You can easily do this by granting select on the tables to the user and you’re fine. Really? Maybe now, but what will happen when the user which owns the objects creates new objects? Then you will need to grant those to the second user as…

 
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