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Jérôme Dubar

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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Jérôme Dubar

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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Jérôme Dubar

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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Jérôme Dubar

Oracle Database Appliance vs Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

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

Introduction Oracle Database Appliances are very popular these days. And not only among new customers for this kind of engineered systems. Almost all customers already using old generation ODAs are renewing their infrastructure by choosing again ODAs, meaning that the solution is good enough and probably better than anything else. But now, public clouds are a real alternative to on-premise servers, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a solid competitor vs Amazon and Azure public clouds….

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Marc Wagner

How to migrate High Availability databases on an ODA?

By | Oracle | One Comment

Through this blog, I would like to show, with a real customer case, how I have been migrating databases in High Availability environment on an ODA. High Availability using Data Guard for Oracle Enterprise Edition or dbvisit for Oracle Standard Edition 2. One of the advantage here would be to use the Standby Database as fallback in case there would be some application issue with new database version. Although, I would expect that for any…

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Marc Wagner

How to synchronize the appliance registry metadata on an ODA?

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle | No Comments

Databases administration on a Bare Metal ODA will be done as root user by running odacli commands : odacli create-database to create a database odacli upgrade-database to upgrade a database between major releases odacli move-database to move databases from one Oracle home to another of the same database version odacli update-dbhome to update a specific RDBMS home to the latest patch bundle version etc… The odacli commands will do the needful and at the end…

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Mouhamadou Diaw

Duplicate Database on ODA X4

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

The ODA X4 is still in use for some customers. The last time I was asked to validate the backups . Let me explain the context. Actually the backups are done via RMAN on local in a NFS share. After these backups are backep up by Netback on tape. The goal was just to validate that the backups done by Netback can be used to restore if needed. So the backup teams restored the backups…

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