Author: Simon Pane

Issues with Oracle secure external password stores

Simon Pane, Pythian Database Consultant, Illustrates how to properly lock-down and harden scripts that use Oracle Wallets and Secure External Password Stores (SEPS).

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Securing Oracle monitoring and backup scripts

Simon Pane, Pythian Database Consultant, demonstrates how to secure backups and monitoring scripts using an Oracle Wallet and Secure External Password Store.

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Oracle upgrade failures due to METHOD_OPT and XDBCONFIG

Background I recently experienced a problem when upgrading an old Oracle 10.2.0.4 database to 11.2.0.4 that had no matches in a My Oracle Support (MOS) or Google search. The problem presented itself initially when upgrading as the following error was…

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Part 3: comparing Oracle Cloud database backups options

Comparing Oracle Database Backup Service (ODBS) and Oracle Secure Backups (OSB) to Amazon Web Services (AWS) This is part 3 of a 3 part series on “Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Backups”. Part 1 covers setting up RMAN to backup…

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Part 2: Oracle Cloud Backups to AWS S3

Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Backups – Amazon Web Services (AWS) This is part 2 of a 3 part series on “Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Backups”. Part 1 covers setting up RMAN to backup directly to the new Oracle…

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Part 1: Oracle cloud database backup service

Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Backups – Oracle Cloud Database Backup Service (ODBS) This is part 1 of 3 in a series on “Getting Started with Oracle Cloud Backups”. Part 1 covers setting up RMAN to backup directly to the new…

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Making existing SQLPLUS Scripts 12c and Container DB (PDB) compatible

Oracle 12c introduces new catalog features including CDB_ dictionary views (which include a CON_ID column) superseding the DBA_ views that most DBA sqlplus scripts are based upon. However, existing DBA sqlplus scripts can easily be modified using just a few…

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Recovering an Oracle Database with Missing Redo

Background I ran into a situation where we needed to recover from an old online backup which (due to some issues with the RMAN “KEEP” command) was missing the archived redo log backups/files needed to make the backup consistent.  The…

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Oracle Database 12c Patching: DBMS_QOPATCH, OPATCH_XML_INV, and datapatch

Background Oracle Database 12c brings us many new features including: the long needed ability to run OPatch and query the patch software installed in the Oracle Home programatically through SQL using the new DBMS_QOPATCH package. If you’re a DBA working…

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Performance issues with the Sequence NEXTVAL call

Is SELECTing from a sequence your Oracle Performance Problem? The answer to that question is: it might be! You wouldn’t expect a sequence select to be a significant problem but recently we saw that it was—and in two different ways….

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