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Marc Wagner

Migrating Oracle database from windows to ODA

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 2 Comments

Nowadays I have been working on an interesting customer project where I had to migrate windows oracle standard databases to ODA. The ODAs are X7-2M Models, running version 18.5. This version is coming with Red Hat Enterprise Linx 6.10 (Santiago). Both windows databases and target ODA databases are running PSU 11.2.0.4.190115. But this would definitively also be working for oracle 12c and oracle 18c databases. The databases are licensed with Standard Edition, so migrating through…

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Jérôme Dubar

ODA X8-2: the new generation

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | 2 Comments

Introduction ODA X7-2 marked the maturity of the Oracle Database Appliance evolution, with 3 models suitable for nearly all customers using Oracle databases. The X7-2M was my favorite, with a lots of cores available (and restrainable), enough memory for dozens of databases, and strong storage performance and capacity (with a maximum of 50TB RAW NVMe). And taking up only 1U of space in your rack. Today, 2 years later, Oracle just introduced the new generation…

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Marc Wagner

Moving oracle database to new home on ODA

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

Moving database to new ORACLE_HOME is a common dba task. Performing this task on an ODA will need an additional step knowing ODA Lite is using an internal Derby database for the metadata. ODA HA will not be a problem here, knowing we do not have any Derby database. Through this blog I would like to give you some guidance and work around to move database to a new home (of same major release). In…

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Jérôme Dubar

Patching or reimaging your ODA?

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

Introduction One of the key features of the ODA (Oracle Database Appliance) is the ability to patch the entire stack every three months, the goal being to keep all the components up-to-date. Most of the customers won’t patch so often, but one patch a year is quite a good average. But when comes the time for patching, comes the time for anxiety for the DBA. And it’s totally justified. Why ODA patching can eventually be…

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Jérôme Dubar

Why ODA reimaging doesn’t work on the first try?

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

Introduction Reimaging an ODA is a good practice for a lot of reasons. To make your ODA cleaner if it’s running for many years and if you patch regularly. To simplify patching because if you’re late you could have to apply multiple intermediate patches to reach the target version. Or simply because you need to change the configuration (for example network configuration) and you want to make things clean, and be sure that future patches…

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Jérôme Dubar

How to patch your ODA lite to 18.3.0.0.0

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Hardware & Storage, Oracle | 4 Comments

Even you don’t need 18c, or you’re not ready for this release, this patch will also update your 11gR2, 12cR1 and 12cR2 databases to the latest PSU available on ODA, it means for example the patchset from last July if you’re using 12cR1. Here is how to apply this latest patch for your ODA lite. In this example, the patch was applied on an X6-2S ODA running on previous release: 12.2.1.4.0. 1) Download the patch…

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Jérôme Dubar

ODA : Free up space on local filesystems

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle | One Comment

Introduction When you work on ODA you sometimes get struggled with local filesystem free space. ODA has terabytes of space on data disks, but local disks are still limited to a raid-1 array of 2x 480GB disks. And only few GB are dedicated to / and /u01 filesystems. You do not need hundreds of GB on these filesystems, but I think that you prefer to keep at least 20-30% of free space. And if you…

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Jérôme Dubar

5 mistakes you should avoid with Oracle Database Appliance

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 4 Comments

Introduction It has been 5 years I’m working on ODA and I now have a quite good overview of the pros and the cons of such a solution. On one hand, ODA can greatly streamline your Oracle Database environment if you understand the purpose of this appliance. On the other hand, ODA can be your nightmare if you’re not using it as it supposed to be used. Let’s discover the common mistakes to avoid from…

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Jérôme Dubar

Reimaging an old X3-2/X4-2 ODA

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle | One Comment

Introduction X3-2 and X4-2 ODAs are still very capable pieces of hardware in 2018. With 256GB of RAM and at least 16 cores per node, and with 18TB RAW disk capacity as a standard these appliances are far from obsolete even you probably don’t have any more support on the hardware from Oracle. If you own several ODAs of this kind, hardware support may not really be a problem. If something fails, you can use…

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Marc Wagner

ODA database been stuck in deleting status

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

Facing an internal inconsistency in the ODA derby database is very painful (see https://blog.dbi-services.com/oda-lite-what-is-this-odacli-repository/ for more info about the derby database). I have recently faced a case where the database deletion was failing and the database remained then in “Deleting” status.  Connecting directly to the internal derby database and doing some self cleaning is very risky and should be performed at your own and known risk. So, in most of the case, a database inconsistency issue…

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