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Franck Pachot

AWS DynamoDB Local: running NoSQL on SQLite

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By Franck Pachot . DynamoDB is a cloud-native, managed, key-value proprietary database designed by AWS to handle massive throughput for large volume and high concurrency with a simple API. simple API: Get, Put, Query, Scan on a table without joins, optimizer, transparent indexes,… high concurrency: queries are directed to one shard with a hash function massive throughput: you can just add partitions to increase the IOPS large volume: it is a shared-nothing architecture where all…

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Daniel Westermann

Attaching your own CentOS 7 yum repository to AWS SSM

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From some blogs I’ve written in the past you might already know that we are using AWS SSM to patch and maintain the complete EC2 and onprem instances at one of our customers. The previous posts about that topic are here: Avoiding patching madness by using AWS SSM Avoiding patching madness by using AWS SSM A simple Terraform script to create an AWS EC2 playground Schedule reboots of your AWS instances and how that can…

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Christophe Cosme

AWS – RDS – SQL Server Native backups

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Introduction RDS provide automatic backup feature. This feature will backup the entire RDS instance. As a DBA sometimes you need to backup individual database, they are many reason for that (legal, migration, replication,…). Unfortunately individual database backups are not available within the RDS instance. This post explains how you can enable the native database backup on RDS , as you are used to with an on-premises SQL Server instance. To summarize we will create a…

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Franck Pachot

Oracle Standard Edition on AWS ☁ socket arithmetic

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By Franck Pachot . Note that I’ve written previously about Oracle Standard Edition 2 licensing before but a few rules change. This is written in May 2020. TL;DR: 4 vCPU count for 1 socket and 2 sockets count for 1 server wherever hyper-threading is enabled or not. The SE2 rules I think the Standard Edition rules are quite clear now: maximum server capacity, cluster limit, minimum NUP, and processor metric. Oracle has them in the…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Certified Database Specialty (DBS-C01)

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Here is my feedback after preparing and passing the AWS Database Specialty certification. There are tips about the exam but also some thoughts that came to my mind during the preparation when I had to mind-shift from a multi-purpose database system to purpose-built database services. Exam Availability This exam was in beta between last December/January and then was planned for production starting April 6, 2020. I initially planned to take the exam this first day…

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 4 – Changing parameters

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If you followed that last posts about DB Parameter Groups, Subnet Groups and Setting up the RDS instance you should have a running RDS instance. You should also be aware that changing parameters can not be done like you usually do it but you need to do that by changing the DB parameter groups. In this post we’ll look at how you can do that and, especially, what you should avoid.

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 3 – Creating the RDS PostgreSQL instance

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In the last tow posts we had a look at DB Parameter Groups and Subnet Groups as these need to be ready when you want to deploy a RDS PostgreSQL instance on AWS. In this post we’ll use these two building blocks to bring up a high available PostgreSQL instance using a master instance in one, and a replica in another availability zone. This is usually what you want when you want a production deployment…

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 2 – Subnet groups

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In the last post we had a look at DB Parameter Groups when it comes to AWS RDS for PostgreSQL. This is one of the first things you should think about. But even before you think about PostgreSQL parameters you need to configure the networks your database instances shall be running in. In real life this is done by one of your network administrators and you will not have much to configure in this area….

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Daniel Westermann

AWS RDS for PostgreSQL – 1 – DB Parameter Groups

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When your go for AWS RDS you can very quickly bring up a database instance and start using it. I’ve written about my thoughts using this approach here and really encourage you to learn about a specific service in more detail before you start using it. If you want to have a managed service for PostgreSQL in AWS, you can go for AWS RDS for PostgreSQL and this service will be the topic for this…

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Daniel Westermann

Some thoughts about working with/on AWS

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In the last year working with/on AWS has become an almost daily task in my life as a consultant and trainer. From a trainer perspective there is not much to say about it because we use a very limited amount of services (EC2, mostly) and we have a limited amount of trainers that use the platform to deliver our trainings. When the amount of services you use is small and the amount of people managing…

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