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Jérôme Dubar

ODA: Quickly solve ILOM and BIOS update errors

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Introduction Patching an Oracle Database Appliance is sometimes quite tough and you often struggle to solve failures at different steps. Regarding ILOM and BIOS patching errors, a simple workaround is possible. Errors when patching ILOM and/or BIOS This is something I recently had on an ODA X7-2S when trying to apply patch 19.11. Patching of the test server was OK, but patching the production server on a week-end was not OK. I needed to find…

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Jérôme Dubar

Deploying a KVM-based virtualized X8-2M ODA

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Introduction Until now, High-Availability (HA) ODAs could have been deployed either in bare metal or in virtualized mode. Virtualized mode means that instead of installing a classic Linux system on the nodes, an OVM hypervisor (based on Xen) was deployed. This hypervisor had at least one VM, a special one called ODA BASE, holding all the databases and having direct path to ASM disks. Other VMs could be created, not for databases but for applications,…

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Jérôme Dubar

Manage ODA patching with Data Guard or Dbvisit Standby

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Introduction Building an Oracle infrastructure today without thinking about a Disaster Recovery solution (DR) is quite rare. This became obvious that a backup or a dump will not help if you do not know where to restore or import once your production server is down. And restoring a backup is definitely not the fastest way to bring back your database to life. As a consequence, Data Guard or Dbvisit Standby, depending on which edition you’re…

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Casimir Schmid

When to secure erase storage devices? How to do it on Oracle Database Appliances?

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TL;DR If hardware stays inside your data center, it’s ok to secure erase storage devices. If it leaves your data center (decommission, move to another location), it’s best to physically destroy (shredder) it. Storage devices are not only hard drives, solid state drives, but also the ones holding data temporarily like memory modules (RAM) and CPUs (containing caches, register, …). As a consequence, do not sell used storage devices. Main reason to follow this advice…

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Karsten Lenz

De-Ubuntu Ubuntu

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Canonical is consistently promoting Snap Integration in the Ubuntu world with all its market power. However, many do not like this development with Ubuntu. But what options do you still have as an Ubuntu user if you don’t necessarily want to change the distribution? I’ll show you how to run Ubuntu 20.04 with Flatpak instead of Snap and get rid of the data-collecting packages. Many switch to Linux because dealing with privacy in other operating…

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Jérôme Dubar

Does it still make sense to deploy a virtualized HA ODA in 2021?

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Introduction Starting from version 19.11 of the Oracle Database Appliance software bundle, OLVM will definitely replace OVM server as virtualization engine. This change has quite a big impact as there will be no more virtualized specific deployment. Bare metal will come as a standard for all ODAs, and creating VMs for applications, or even databases, will be possible on top of that, for sure if you need them. And you can decide later to use…

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Mouhamadou Diaw

Patching ODA HA from 19.8 to 19.10

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In this blog I am describing the steps to patch an ODA HA from the version 19.8 to version 19.10. The patching was done with a customer. Thanks to Pierre. The name of the servers were changed The ODA is an X8-HA with following nodes -server-aa -server-ab Before starting the patches, be sure that you have enough space on / /u01 and /opt filesystems. Below the state of our filesystems [[email protected] Downloads]# df -h /…

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Joël Cattin

Automating Linux patching with Ansible

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Since the beginning of the year, several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux Kernel as well as in others important and widely-used packages. Among them, there was the famous CVE-2021-3156 affecting the sudo package and allowing any unprivileged user to gain root privileges. This one had a base score of 7.8, which is considered as high. This kind of events demonstrate the importance of having a strong patching strategy to ensure up-to-date softwares and…

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Jérôme Dubar

ODA: Move a DB to ASM after migrating from 11g to 19c

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Introduction Modern Oracle Database Appliances still support 11gR2, but there are several drawbacks using this old version: if you want/need support for your databases, you should pay for Market Driven Support (11gR2 is even no more under extended support – it ended at the end of 2020) some ODA features will not work with 11gR2 (odacli Data Guard feature for example) the use of ACFS filesystems is mandatory As I already told you, it’s more…

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Jérôme Dubar

Oracle Database Appliance: ODA patch 19.10 is out

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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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