Tag: Group Blog Posts

Are You Switching to BULK_LOGGED Recovery Model? Know Your Risks.

This post should give you some insights into the risk that your databases are in by switching to the bulk-logged recovery model. So, what do you need to do to avoid this risk? Make sure that you run a backup immediately after the transactions you are running under the bulk-logged recovery model complete.

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AlwaysOn Readable Secondaries: That Extra 14-bytes in Your Record You Didn’t Know About

I describe AlwaysOn Availability Groups as a “database mirroring configuration sitting on top of a Windows Failover Cluster infrastructure.” Why do I say this? It’s because I want SQL Server DBAs to leverage what they already know on features like database mirroring and failover clustering and apply them when dealing with AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

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Set Up Exadata for Cloud Control 12.1.0.2

I recently helped setup an Exadata X2-8 Database Machine with the latest version of OEM Cloud Countrol (12.1.0.2). A few documents do exist for this process. However I found a few inconsistencies and problems; I think the existing documents I found were written on older versions of OEM and older versions of the tools. I’m publishing my final procedure here with hopes that it helps you, but as always please cross-reference this with the appropriate documentation before doing anything in your own environment.

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New Year, New Big Data Appliance

Shortly before we all went on break for the holiday, Oracle announced the new BDA X3-2. Now I have time to properly sit down with a glass of fine scotch and dig into the details of what is included in the release. Turns out that there are quite a few changes packed in. We are getting new hardware, new Hadoop, new Connectors and new NoSQL. Tons of awesome features are included. Let’s get into it.

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Sleuthing for Temporary Space Spendthrifts

I was recently looking at an issue where a large database server was running out of temp space. The issue had happened in the past, so the goal was to identify what had been causing the system to run out of temp. Although ORA-1555 messages will appear in the database alert log (with query text) when a query runs out of temporary space, they only talk about the query that was “unlucky” enough to be attempting to get space when the tablespace was full, not who was using the temp space.

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No Time Like the Present

Prepare your database for the apocalypse with these 10 easy tips.

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Revealing the Hints Behind the Automatic SQL Tuning Advisor

A client recently supplied a list of 50+ SQL IDs that should receive SQL profiles, and I’ve been working with Gwen Shapira to review the list. Further discussion showed that this list had come from the Automatic SQL Tuning feature, installed by default in Oracle 11g. The report includes a list of recommended SQL profiles ordered by “Maximum Benefit”, and in our case it included several hundred statements. The expected workflow, as far as I can gather, is to see the recommendations, look at the before- and after- execution plans, and accept the recommendations. Before blindly accepting recommendations, though, I like to see what exact changes are being proposed. They aren’t listed anywhere in the report, and require some extra work to uncover. The first step is to get the automatic SQL tuning advisor report. (

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The First Pythian Tree Decorating Contest

All the submissions from Pythian tree decorating teams are in! the team names are anonymous until the votes are in.

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Temporary Tablespaces: to BIGFILE or Not to BIGFILE

The environment was an Exadata environment undergoing pre-production stress testing. We used Real Application Testing to take a highly-concurrent OLTP workload, and replayed the workload with the synchronization parameter set to FALSE, effectively increasing concurrency beyond the original test system. AWR showed a large volume of buffer busy activity.

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Do it Right; Do it Once – A Roadmap to Doing Maintenance Windows

UKOUG roadmap to maintenance windows… please enjoy this copy of the recent presentation I gave at the UKOUG 2012 conference in Birmingham England. Feedback and comments always welcome.

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