Author: Simon Pane

Oracle Database and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Background A common question from Oracle customers is whether they can configure the Oracle Database to use: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) A “Time-based One-time Password” (TOTP) code, which is usually a six-digit code generated from a hardware or…

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PART 4: Implementing Oracle Database Single Sign-on Using Kerberos, Active Directory, and Oracle CMU

This is the fourth and final article in a four-part series related to testing Oracle Database 18c Centrally Managed Users (CMU) by leveraging the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for Oracle DBAs to create a lab or testbed. The third article…

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PART 3: Implementing Oracle Database Active Directory Password Synchronization using Oracle CMU

This is the third in a four-part article series related to testing Oracle Database 18c Centrally Managed Users (CMU) by leveraging the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for Oracle DBAs to create a lab or testbed. The second article covered Configuring…

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PART 2: Configuring Windows and Linux Servers for CMU Testing

This is the second in a four-part article series related to testing Oracle Database 18c Centrally Managed Users (CMU) by leveraging the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for Oracle DBAs to create a lab or testbed. The first article covered how…

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PART 1: Creating an Oracle 18c Centrally Managed Users Testbed using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Database 18c introduced a new feature called Centrally Managed Users (CMU) to allow simplified database user management through integration with Microsoft Active Directory (AD). This is an exciting and much-needed enhancement. Previously, complex additional tiers such as Oracle Unified…

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Accessing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using Google G Suite SSO

Background One of the nice things about so many web apps these days is how easily they integrate with Google authentication and Single Sign-on (SSO). This is thanks to web-based authentication and authorization technologies such as SAML and OAuth. So…

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Getting started with Oracle Database Backup Service in 2018

A few years ago I wrote an article on getting started with the Oracle Database Backup Service which can be found here. It’s no surprise that in the last few years things have changed significantly.  Trying to use this service…

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Oracle 18c Non-CDB databases in the Oracle Database Cloud Service (ODBCS)

Oracle is implementing a cloud first approach and hence the newest releases such as Oracle Database 18c first appear in the Oracle Database Cloud Service (ODBCS).  But only in the Container DB architecture for this PaaS offering.  However, that doesn’t mean…

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Cost management (expenditure alerts) in the Oracle Cloud

Background As an Oracle Cloud user using it for my own purposes (mostly just testing), I’m very careful to always shut down services when not required so I don’t incur unnecessary charges. However, I’m always just a little bit worried…

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Trials and tribulations of reactivating an Oracle Cloud Account

I recently tried to reactivate an Oracle Cloud Account and it turned out to be quite a bit more difficult than anticipated. The purpose of this article is to assist others in this situation so they can go through the…

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