Author: Simon Pane

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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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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Oracle Database 18c schema only accounts

One nice new feature of Oracle Database 18c is that schemas can be created without a password. These are called “Schema Only Accounts“. This new functionality is pretty simple and is a nice step forward that can allow administrators to…

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Using Oracle Wallets and SEPS with Perl, JDBC, and ODBC

A few years ago I wrote a couple of popular blog articles on using Secure External Password Stores (SEPS) and Credential Wallets to manage passwords used by scripts for database connections: Securing Oracle Monitoring And Backup Scripts Issues With Oracle…

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Oracle’s Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) Version 2 (2.0.1)

Background Oracle recently released a new version of their Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) – version 2.0.1. This is a welcome update as it’s been a while since the initial release in 2016. In fact, the tool hasn’t been enhanced…

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Coming to UKOUG 2017? Meet up with Pythian

UKOUG Applications Conference & Exhibition, Tech17 is just around the corner. The event will take place December 4-6, 2017 in Birmingham England. It is the largest gathering of UK Oracle Database professionals, and we’re really looking forward to it! Pythian…

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