Author: Mark Brinsmead

Recent Changes to Oracle SE Licensing Rules: Higher Price?

I came across what appeared to be a change to the rules for licensing Oracle Standard Edition — a change that appears to be subtle on the surface, but one that could have significant and surprising repercussions.Mistake or not, though, there is a clear moral to this story. You need to read the license agreement, even when you are only planning a purchase. Trust me — reading the license after the P.O.s have been cut will not make you look good in a situation like this. And not reading the license would be a major mistake indeed!

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Oracle Configuration Manager: Bane or Blessing?

I’m not sure how long this has been out there, but there is a new (to me) headline on Oracle’s support website, announcing that next month, they will be phasing out “manual configuration” information for service requests. Customers are now required to download and install something called Oracle Configuration Manager (OCM), which will gather their system/database configuration information automatically, and forward it to Oracle Support on their behalf. I don’t know a lot about this tool. Yet. The OCM page on on Metalink offers the following description…

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Open Letter to Oracle: The Response so Far

About six weeks ago, I wrote, with my colleagues here at Pythian, an open letter to Larry Ellison, imploring him and Oracle to free API-level access to Automated Workload Repository (AWR) and Active Session History (ASH). This letter has received amazing support from the community, with 158 “signatories” at last count, and many other positive comments.

We received an informal but cordial response from Oracle two or three days after we couriered the letter to them, which said we could expect a formal reply soon.

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Postscript to “An Open Letter to Larry Ellison”

Last week, in collaboration with several of my colleagues here at Pythian, I published an open letter to Larry Ellison. The response to this letter has been — well — surprising, both in volume and in character. It is clear that many in the Oracle community seem to share the sentiments that we have expressed. In fact, we know that we are not alone in this endeavour.

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An Open Letter to Larry Ellison on AWR and ASH Licensing

15 years ago, with the release of Oracle 7.0.12, Oracle gave the world—or at least its customers—something really great: the Oracle Wait Interface (OWI). We believe that the Oracle database software is the best instrumented database software available. The fact that Oracle already leads the industry in this regard probably led to their decision to make this leap forward in instrumentation an extra-cost item. However, in the interest of making Oracle even better, we would like to invite readers to join us in signing the following open letter to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation.

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Silly DBA Tricks 1: Editing the SPFILE

Here is an article I posted on the Oracle-L mailing list recently. Much to my surprise, people liked it enough that they asked to see it here, too.
This was written in response to the question: “How do you edit an SPFILE?”

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