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Jérôme Dubar

odacli create-database extremely slow on ODA X8-2 with 19.5

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Introduction ODA X8-2, in the S, M or HA flavour, is the new database appliance from Oracle. But as a brand new product, you can experience troubles due to the lack of maturity. This time, it concerns database creation that can be extremely slow on these servers if you are using ODA 19.5. Deployment, appliance creation and core configuration X8-2 reimaging is fine, and appliance creation is done without any problem on X8-2. Don’t hesitate…

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Jérôme Dubar

Should I go for ODA 19.5 or should I wait until 19.6?

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Introduction As you may know, Oracle Database 19c is available for new (X8-2) or older Oracle Database Appliances since several weeks. Current version is 19.5. But when you go to the official ODA documentation , it still first proposes version 18.7 not compatible with 19c databases. Here is why. 19c database is the final 12.2 First of all, 19c is an important release because it’s the terminal release of the 12.2, as 11.2.0.4 was for…

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Jérôme Dubar

odacli create-database error DCS-10802: Insufficient disk space on file system: database

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Introduction I was reimaging an X6-2M ODA after various patching troubles, and everything was fine. After several databases created, the next ones could no more be created. DCS-10802: Insufficient disk space on file system: database. Expected free space (MB): {1}, available space (MB): {2} I’ve spent some time on it, and finally found the cause of the problem. And the solution. Context After successfully reimaged an X6-2M ODA with 18.5, and applied the patch for…

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Marc Wagner

Adding a dbvisit standby database on the ODA in a non-OMF environment

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I have recently been working on a customer project where I had been challenged adding a dbvisit standby database on an ODA X7-2M, named ODA03. The existing customer environment was composed of Oracle Standard 12.2 version database. The primary database, myDB, is running on server named srv02 and using a non-OMF configuration. On the ODA side we are working with OMF configuration. The dbvisit version available at that time was version 8. You need to…

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Marc Wagner

Connecting to ODA derby database

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ODA light (ODA X7-2S, X7-2M, X8-2S, X8-2M) come with an internal derby database to manage ODA metadata. From time to time, there is a need to check or update some information within it, as for example when facing database deletion issue. I would like to strongly advise that updating manually the ODA repository should only be done after getting Oracle support guidance and agreement to do so. Neither the author (that’s me 🙂 ) nor…

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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

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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?

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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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