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Jérôme Dubar

Jérôme Dubar

Oracle Database Appliance: ODA patch 19.10 is out

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction 4 months after the 19.9, here comes the 19.10 version of the Oracle Database Appliance patch. Let’s have a look at what’s new. Will my ODA supports this 19.10 patch? The 19.10 release will be the same for all ODAs, as usual. The oldest ODA compatible with this release is the X5-2. Don’t expect to install this version on older models. X4-2 is stuck to 18.8, X3-2 is stuck to 18.5 and V1 is…

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How to configure additional listeners on ODA

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction Oracle Database Appliance has quite a lot of nice features, but when looking into the documentation, at least one thing is missing. How to configure multiple listeners? Odacli apparently doesn’t know what’s a listener. Let’s find out how to add new ones. odacli Everything should be done using odacli on ODA, but unfortunately odacli has no commands for configuring listeners: odacli -h | grep listener nothing! The wrong way to configure a listener One…

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Oracle Database Appliance: what have you missed since X3/X4/X5?

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction ODA started to become popular with X3-2 and X4-2 in 2013/2014. These 2 ODAs were very similar. The X5-2 from 2015 was different with 3.5 inches disks instead of 2.5 inches and additional SSDs for small databases (FLASH diskgroup). All these 3 ODAs were running 11gR2 and 12cR1 databases and were managed by the oakcli binary. If you’re still using these old machines, you should know that there is a lot of differences compared…

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How long does it take to redeploy an ODA X8-2M?

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Operation systems, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction One of the advantage of Oracle Database Appliance is its fast deployment. Most often, the initial setup of a lite ODA (with a reimaging) only takes half a day, from unboxing until a first test database is available. Trust me, it’s hard to do better. For some reason, for example if you need to patch to the latest release and you have some intermediate patch to apply before, or if you plan to change…

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A typical ODA project (and why I love Oracle Database Appliance)

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction You can say everything about Oracle infrastructure possibilities but nothing compares to experience based on the realization of real projects. I did quite a lot of ODA projects during the past years (on other platforms too), and I would like to tell you why I trust this solution. And for that, I will tell you the story of one of my latest ODA project. Before choosing ODAs A serious audit of the current infrastructure…

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odacli create-database -io doesn’t work for older databases in 19.9

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 4 Comments

Introduction On ODA, you create your databases with odacli create-database. You can create a complete database, and it takes about 10 minutes, and you can also create an instance-only database. It will simply and quickly create a record in the ODA registry, start the instance with a basic pfile, and that’s it. Then you’re supposed to do the next step: feed up the database with a manual restore or an RMAN duplicate. Create a 12.2…

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Configure Data Guard with odacli on ODA

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

Introduction I always thought integration of Data Guard was a missing feature on Oracle Database Appliance. For sure, you can configure Data Guard manually as you do on a classic server, but as an appliance, ODA should have proposed an easier way for configuring that. After years of waiting for this feature, it’s now available, and I just tested it. And I’m here to give you my feedback. Disclaimer You’ll need 2 ODAs for building…

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ODA 19.9 software release is out

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | One Comment

Introduction 6 months after the 19.6, the first 19c production release, here comes the 19.9 Oracle Database Appliance patch with major improvements. Will my ODA supports this 19.9 patch? First, the 19.9 release will be the same for all ODAs, as usual. Like 19.6, the oldest ODA compatible with this release will be the X5-2. Don’t expect to install 19c on older models. X4-2 is stuck to 18.8, X3-2 is stuck to 18.5 and V1…

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Disk usage on ODA – Free MB and usable MB

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | No Comments

Introduction Oracle Database Appliances rely on ASM to manage disk redundancy. And ASM is brilliant. Compared to RAID, redundancy is managed at the block level. For NORMAL redundancy, which is similar to RAID1, you need at least 2 disks, but it can also work with 3 disks, 4 disks, 5 disks and so on. There is no need for parity at the disk level. HIGH redundancy, which does not exist in RAID technology, is basically…

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